Community Visioning Lead

Job Title: Community Visioning Lead
Department: Programs – DFSA
Band: 9
Reports To: Chief of Party
Country/Location: Zimbabwe/ City to be advised

Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.

Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
CRS has been supporting program activities in Zimbabwe since 1989 and has long-standing relationships with Church and non-Church partners and communities throughout the country. Zimbabwe program implements projects through 19 partners in 23 districts in the areas of health, OVC, food security and agricultural livelihoods, shelter, WASH and peacebuilding.
About the program
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Food for Peace (FFP) is seeking applications for funding for development food security activities in Zimbabwe from 2020-2025. Drawing on previous experience in managing USAID Food for Peace (FFP) awards in Zimbabwe, as well as considerable experience managing and implementing FFP awards globally, CRS will be submitting a proposal in response to the anticipated 2020 FFP Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) Request for Applications (RFA). The proposed program will involve a multi-sectoral response to build resilience and address food insecurity and malnutrition in Zimbabwe, with focus on Matabeleland North.

Job Summary
The Community Visioning Lead (CV) will provide technical advice, guidance, and support to a wide range of program design and implementation issues in line with CRS’ program quality principles and standards, donor guidelines, and industry best practices to advance the delivery of high-quality programming to the poor and vulnerable. You will lead a shared visioning process for collective action (accounting for different genders, ages, and socio-economic groups), in which the various actors can contribute their perspectives, articulate aspirations, define individual and community strengths and hoped for contributions, voice concerns and highlight successes. You will be responsible for generation of local solutions and strategies for addressing food and nutrition security issues and mobilizing communities to work jointly to address these issues.

Job Responsibilities

• Contribute to the development and implementation of agency-wide strategies, standards, tools, and best practices in community visioning that effectively engage partners, donors and governments. Help ensure a cross-sectoral approach integrating gender, protection mainstreaming, and disaster risk reduction.
• Provide technical solutions to the food security program on-site, for strategic planning and how to best apply program design and implementation standards, best practices, partnership principles, tools, and monitoring and evaluation, ensuring high-quality implementation.
• Engage communities through an in-depth, iterative processes that continues throughout the life of the project, collectively identifying challenges and opportunities and the array of resources needed to address them.
• Build on existing cohesion among community members, strengthening where weak and ensuring psychological safety of poor and marginalized people to participate, contribute and feel integrated.
• Work closely with the Food Security Technical Lead to ensure that implementation meets the needs of the targeted communities and aligns with participant aspirations.
• In collaboration with the leads for Food Security, and Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation, engage communities in sustained participatory learning throughout the life of the program to guide any necessary adaptation and address challenges articulated by program participants as they strive towards realizing their development aspirations.
• Prepare technical reports according to agreement requirements.
• Contribute to knowledge management and learning through collecting and analyzing program data and support the documentation of best practices and lessons learned in community visioning, to enhance food and nutrition security and facilitate their effective use to improve program quality.
Typical Background, Experience & Requirements:

Education and Experience

• A Bachelor’s degree in a Social Science discipline required. A Master’s degree in a Social Science discipline preferred
• At least 7 years of demonstrated experience in community visioning and social mobilization with particular experience in facilitating transformational leadership and shared visioning with communities.
• Demonstrated understanding and application of technical principles and concepts on youth, gender, age and other socio-cultural factors in the context of food and nutrition security programming, preferably in Zimbabwe.
• Previous experience working on international donor projects preferred as well as working with stakeholders at various levels and strengthening community partnerships.
• Experience in leading participatory analytical processes and learning process through mmentoring, coaching, training facilitation applying adult learning principles required.
• Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation.
• Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, faith-based and civil society partners.
• Proficient in MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications, information and budget management and knowledge-sharing networks.

Personal Skills

• Excellent relationship management skills with ability to influence and get buy-in from people not under direct supervision and to work with individuals in diverse geographical and cultural settings.
• Strong strategic, analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment
• Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
• Strong presentation, facilitation, training, mentoring, and coaching skills
• Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Ability to understand and speak Ndebele desired.

Travel Required: Ability to travel for up to 50% of time.

Key Working Relationships
Supervisory: Nil
Internal: Deputy Chief of Party, Other Technical Leads, All Departments of the Country Program.
External: Partner organizations, the Church, international and local NGOs, Research institutions
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
• Strategic Mindset
• Integrity
• Accountability & Stewardship
• Builds Relationships
• Develops Talent
• Continuous Improvement & Innovation
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS' talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Applications addressed to the Country Representative, together with CV and letter from the learning institution should be forwarded to: 95 Park Lane, Harare, or email: Zimbabwe.crs@crs.org.. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation. CRS does not charge application fees or processing fees to potential applicants or any fee throughout the recruitment process

Created: November 14, 2019
Category: Ngo, Social Services, Kubatana
Location: Harare
Expiry Date: Nov. 28, 2019

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