Local recruitment: Field Officer, CBA-SCALE+

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Bikita, Zimbabwe 🇿🇼

Vacancy #:  6244
Unit:  ESARO Mozambique Programme
Organisation:  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:  Zimbabwe Country Office, Harare, Zimbabwe
Reporting to:  Team Leader, CBA-SCALE
Work percentage:  100%
Grade:  A3
Expected start date:  01 January 2023
Type of contract:  Fixed-term (36 months)
Closing date:  31 December 2022





Southern Africa is highly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change, which affects water availability, the integrity of ecosystems, food and livelihood security and human health. This vulnerability stems from a number of factors. First, Southern African countries are highly exposed to climate risks including increased rainfall variability, floods, droughts, extreme temperatures and, in the case of coastal countries, cyclones. The devastating 2019 cyclones Idai and Kenneth, which killed more than 1,000 people and led to agricultural losses of at least USD 141 million in Mozambique alone, are only one recent example. This requires both short-term, emergency response efforts and investments in adaptation for the longer term. Poverty rates remain high, with Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe having 21-62% of the population living below the poverty line, based on World Bank data. About 70% of the region’s population depends on agriculture for food and income, making people’s livelihoods reliant on rainfall. Land degradation, coupled with pollution and poor management of natural resources, have reduced the resilience of ecosystems and the people that depend on them. Social inequalities, notably based on gender, also exacerbate vulnerability across the region, constraining access to information, resources and decision-making power.

Over the last few years, a number of projects and programs have promoted community-based adaptation (CBA) approaches across the region, in an effort to reduce local vulnerability to immediate as well as future climate change impacts. However, implementation of CBA at scale has not occurred. Many of these initiatives have operated as pilots, achieving localized impacts and generating useful learning, but without putting in place the systems and capacities for sustained implementation and institutionalization of the approaches. Another challenge is the disconnect between national-level policy processes and the realities on the ground in communities – even when good policies are in place, implementation is often lacking. Sub-national governments, the essential link between the local and national levels, are under-resourced and over-stretched and lack the capacity to bridge this gap. As decentralization processes advance, their role will only become more important, making it essential that they have the resources and capacities to support climate-resilient development in the communities they govern.

In this regard the IUCN and its programme partners, will implement a BMU-IKI funded project: Community-Based Adaptation: Scaling up Community Action for Livelihoods and Ecosystems in Southern Africa and Beyond (CBA-SCALE Southern Africa+) in Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe between 2023 and 2027. The overall objective of the intervention is to building climate resilience, including: the integration of adaptation (incl. disaster risk reduction) in policies, planning and budgets at different levels; promote actions to build climate resilience and address climate risks in key sectors such as water, agriculture and fisheries; strengthening climate information, early warning and disaster management systems; and ecosystem and biodiversity protection; among others.The expected outcome of the project is increased resilience to climate change, for all genders and social groups, in over 100 communities of different size in Southern Africa. Inclusive, gender-responsive and nature-based planning and implementation of CBA actions will target over 500,000 community members in managing climate-related risks to human security, livelihoods and food security. Through learning networks and knowledge dissemination we will engage another 100+ communities

The Field Officer will work in the project site of Bikita, executing project activities together with consortium partners, the local district council and the community. S/He will ensure effective and efficient implementation of the CBA-SCALE+ project activities through timely implementation in accordance with the project workplan. Further, the Field Officer will spend about 50% of his/her time working on the IUCN Water Programme. IUCN has a long-standing history in the sustainable management of freshwater resources across the eastern and southern Africa region. To date, much of the work has focused around integrated water resources management (IWRM) and has involved concrete action on the ground, generating new knowledge and influencing policy and practice. Freshwater initiatives within the ESARO portfolio involve both standalone projects (such as BRIDGE Africa) as well as water related activities within other projects/programmatic initiatives. As such, the effective delivery of the freshwater portfolio involves a multiple set of functions – from direct delivery and coordination as well the provision of technical support and inputs to initiatives that are coordinated by other units across the regional programme.



More specifically, the roles and responsibilities of the Field Officer are as follows:

Programme Implementation;
Develop a thorough understanding of the CBA-SCALE+ project as it relates to Zimbabwe’s climate change priorities and outcomes; and craft strategic and operational workplans for the delivery of projects and other programmatic initiatives.
Take responsibility for implementing all project activities in Bikita and ensuring that they are delivered in a timely, effective and accurate manner; Contribute directly to the delivery of technical outputs, ensuring high quality, relevance and technical accuracy;
Work effectively with the Bikita Rural District Council (BRDC) and other consortium members to deliver project products and communicate results;
Convene regular project meetings with the local communities and BRDC to review progress well and provide monthly reports to the Team Leader
Represent the IUCN team in all local events organised by the BRDC and consortium partners
At the request of the Senior Programme Officer (Water), attend the regional technical programme monthly briefing meetings as well as the regional technical coordination group meetings and actively contribute to the substance of these meetings;
Contribute to the development and implementation of strategies for learning and knowledge generation from ongoing initiatives for sharing with the wider Regional Team as well as the broader IUCN Constituency;
Support the identification of needs and opportunities for Programme development and work with the Team Leader, CBA-SCALE+ and other members of the team to develop new concept notes and mobilizing resources
Carry out other relevant tasks assigned by, and mutually agreed with, the line manager



Education and Work Experience:
A Bachelor’s Degree in environmental management, resource economics, forestry, agriculture, water resources or development studies. A post graduate qualification is advantageous.
At least 3 years’ experience in programme implementation in the environment, climate change or forestry sector, preferably with an international organization
Experience with results-based project cycle management including monitoring and evaluation methodologies and principles and project budget management
Experience working with local communities in Zimbabwe in desirable
Excellent command of written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in a local language is vital
High personal integrity especially in matters related to finance, official information and communications;
Ability to work with minimum supervision and function in multicultural and multidisciplinary environment.
A good team player with leadership abilities.

Core Competencies
Transparency: Able to build trust and contribute to informed and responsible decision making by carrying out the work of IUCN in a transparent manner; provides clear guidance to ensure that objectives and desired measurable results are understood by members of the team.
Inclusiveness: Understands and accepts cultural diversity, and provide a tolerant, positive and supportive working environment that fosters respect for diversity, demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
Professionalism: Promote the organization’s interests, objectives and values in a diligent and professional manner.
Accountability: Takes responsibility of individual and collective actions.

Functional competencies;
Must be highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated with the ability to multi-task and prioritize needs
Possess energy, drive, enthusiasm, commitment and passion for high quality work.
Proven interpersonal skills and be to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity
Must be dependable, a good team player and able to work independently as well as have the ability to learn quickly and expand scope of functions;
Capacity to work under pressure, meet tight deadlines and produce high quality documents at short notice.
Excellent writing and communication skills
Willingness to travel


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