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Capacity Development Officer

Abuja (Nigeria)

Title Capacity Development Officer
Location Monrovia
Department Name Program Delivery
Pact Overview
Pact Overview
At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life.;. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.
Project Overview
The goal of the Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability (FIFES) program (Sept. 2015-Oct. 2020) is to develop key rural, forest-based enterprises, which provide inclusive, sustainable economic opportunities for farmers and forest-dependent communities that combat drivers of deforestation and biodiversity loss. FIFE’s objectives are to: 1) Sustainable forest-based enterprises developed and strengthened; 2) Community Forest Management Improved; and 3) enhance knowledge and skills for forest enterprises and landscape management. The project approach focuses on collaboration, learning, and adaptation (CLA) in order to strengthen the skills of forest dependent stakeholders and their targeted forest enterprise value chains. Promoting sustainability for livelihoods and strong governance institutions, which positively impact biodiversity conservation, is a key premise. Pact will implement the governance and management capacity development portion of this overall project, in collaboration with ACDI/VOCA.
Position Purpose
Pact seeks Capacity Development Officers to support the FIFES program’s field activities. The Capacity Development Officers will be responsible for building the capacity of Community Forestry Management Bodies (CFMBs), related local governance structures, WORTH groups, and work closely with FIFES Field Facilitators at the community level. He/She will report to the Senior Capacity Development Officer and will provide regular supervision and management of various capacity building interventions taking place at the community level. Successful applicants will be responsible for the quality of the design and delivery of the program’s capacity development and women empowerment activities of FIFES and must ensure that such activities are implemented in compliance with all donor, consortium, Pact, and project-specific policies.
Key Responsibilities
Deliver high priority customized capacity development-related activities in diverse areas of organizational development (i.e. program management, resource mobilization, and monitoring and evaluation), agriculture, micro/small-enterprise development, community savings & loans, money management) at the community level.
Work closely with selected forest governance structures and WORTH groups to ensure adequate capacity is built in key operational and technical areas.
Conduct institutional technical and organizational capacity assessments (ITOCA), Organizational Network Analysis (ONA), Organizational Performance Index (OPI) with partners-local governance and management structures, Field Facilitators and relevant partners.
Support local partners at the community level in the implementation of their Integrated Strengthening Plans (ISPs) including training, mentoring, and coaching of partners, peer learning and other methodologies.
Ensure flexibility and high quality of the capacity development support provided to the forest governing structures.
In collaboration with other FIFES Field personnel, integrate the organizational capacity development support for forest governing structures and livelihood groups participating in FIFES activities.
Support strategies and interventions that promote the economic and social empowerment of women and youth to enable their full and responsible participation in community forestry
Support the development and implementation of strategies and interventions for household income-generation and savings among targeted women and youth. This includes assisting participants in earning and saving income, managing money, and allocating household resources for improved household security and achievement of project objectives.
Work closely with Pact’s FIFES team to ensure integration of women’s and youth economic empowerment activities across programs, sectors and core competencies
Provide technical support to project livelihoods activities in line with state-of-the-art, globally-recognized best practices for addressing needs of the targeted women and youth.
Ensure all livelihoods improvement strategies are gender-sensitive and promote women’s empowerment and gender equity in overall project goals.
Perform consistent program monitoring, evaluation, learning, and periodic reporting related to capacity building.
Coordinate with stakeholders at county and community levels for all aspects of activity planning, implementation and monitoring.
Contribute to the development of quarterly work plans, success stories, and writing of program reports.
Administer logistical aspects related to capacity development activities at the field level.
Ensure that the project Capacity Development results are consistent with best practices.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Basic Requirements
Bachelor’s or a related advanced degree, in international, sustainable, and/or organizational development, development studies, business, Agriculture or a related area.
A minimum of 5 years related experience in implementing technical, organizational capacity building and livelihoods programs for rural communities in Liberia.
Ability to live in rural communities, and travel within Liberia.
Ability to drive a motor cycle.
Strong written and verbal English communication skills.
Liberia resident (Liberian nationals strongly preferred).
Preferred Qualifications
Substantial demonstrated experience in developing the capacity of community-based organizations and networks.
Strong planning and inter-cultural communication skills required.
Proficiency with activities, methods and experience in the capacity development field.
Demonstrated flexibility, adaptability and the ability to perform and collaborate under challenging conditions.
Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks;
Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and database skills.
Experience working on other US Government-funded projects pertaining to livelihoods, women and youth programming.
Strong community-based, community development and mobilization work with women;
Knowledge of varied savings-group approaches, direct implementation experience in at least one model;
Experience in effective design, M&E and implementation of livelihoods/economic development programs particularly savings-led methodologies;
Demonstrated facilitation and program development skills and upholding of Pact’s behavioral competencies;
Quick learner.
Ability to work independently and produce timely, high quality results.
Ability to live and work in any of the target counties (Grand Bassa, Nimba, and Grand Gedeh).
Experience with management of personnel, budgets, and country operations.

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  • Organization: Pact World
  • Location: Abuja (Nigeria)
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2017-03-10

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