Department (and Section): Conservation and Policy - Global Conservation Programmes - Species
Closing Date: 09/12/2020
Level: Officer / Advisor / Executive / Coordinator
Position Type: Fixed Term Contract Full-Time
Advertised Salary: N/A
Functional Area: Project implementation, Partnerships, Reports and Communications
Position Title: Project Officer
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal with frequent field visit to ZSL working sites
Duration: 12 months from entry on duty (renewable)
The livelihood officer (LO) will be responsible for leading, planning, implementing, monitoring and reporting of ZSL's livelihood interventions under socio-economic theme in our working landscape.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
In consultation with ZSL officers and guidance from the Country Representative (CR)/Deputy CR, the LO will be responsible for designing and conducting baseline, mid-term, end-line and impacts mixed method surveys of livelihood interventions for ZSL projects. The LO will coordinate to ensure that the surveys use ZSL centralised methods and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) where possible. The LO will be responsible for study design, data collection, data analysis and report preparation.
Key responsibilities include:
- Co-designing and undertaking mixed method socio-economic surveys and participatory research to map the socio-economic conditions of communities in ZSL's working landscape.
- Carry out sustainable livelihood and economic recovery needs assessment surveys and/or participatory mapping among communities, experts and key stakeholders, beneficiaries and identify appropriate activities for programme interventions.
- Research the extent of dependency of local communities on natural resources and their potential involvement on IWT for the livelihood within the project sites.
- Carry out study on existing livelihoods practices and document the best practices within the project sites.
- Analyse data and provide recommendations for adoption of best livelihood schemes in line with project agreement and scope.
- Conduct participatory research (both quantitative and qualitative methods) to demonstrate attribution of projects to changes in multi-dimensional poverty.
- Develop an integrated livelihoods and recovery implementation plan based on outcomes of socio-economic survey/ participatory research in close coordination with relevant stakeholders to ensure FPIC compliance.
Project activities implementation and M&E
The LO will be responsible to implement ZSL funded project activities in the field in the TAL region. Coordination with the project partners, beneficiaries, protected area authorities, and related stakeholders should be the focus of LO during the tenure. Key responsibilities include:
- Ensure the timely implementation of the livelihoods component of the programme against quarterly-workplan, targets, time-plans and impact indicators
- Monitor programme implementation of partners (contractors, consultants, grantees) in accordance with agreements, work-plans, deliverables, and timelines
- Ensure timely and quality progress reporting by partners in line with agreed templates and schedules
- Build partner capacity through training in areas related to empowerment, inclusion and sustainability in livelihoods and providing guidance on technical approaches
- Develop sustainable livelihood initiatives that are in line with the programme strategy for using livelihoods to strengthen social cohesion
- Support ZSL to implement community related work in the ZSL project landscape and formulate case-studies and communication materials on livelihoods and poverty alleviation
- Implement GESI and ESMS policies in project sites as per ZSL’s Safeguarding and GESI Policy
The candidate should at least have:
- Master's degree in sociology or relevant subject
- Minimum 3 years of experience with good track record in the implementation of the livelihood and community development programs in the field
- Good knowledge and pragmatic skills for socio-economic surveys and tools related to biodiversity conservation programmes
- Good socioeconomic research and facilitation skills including experience using mixed method surveys and participatory research techniques is essential.
- A very good understanding of the socio-political context in Nepal, specifically of the lowland region
- Familiarity with the relevant policies and laws regarding communities’ use of natural resources, tenure system, forestry, and wildlife conservation motivations
- Excellent English proficiency in oral and written communication, including a demonstrated track record in technical report writing and ability to communicate technical matters effectively to general audience
- Proficiency in both written and spoken Nepali language is required, ability to speak local language is a plus
- Proficiency in the use of data analysis software and MS Office is required
- Experience of using online data collection tools such as SurveyCTO, Survey Monkey or KoBoToolbox is a plus
- Experience working remotely and communicating effectively with teams in multiple countries is a plus
- Skills on data management, workshop facilitation, working with community people of diverse background is plus
Applicants will need to send their CV and covering letter (detailing relevant experience and skill, stating why they want the position and including details of availability) to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or by clicking the apply button on the ZSL website. If you have any queries regarding this position or the application process please contact Human Resources at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
A link to the full TOR is available here.