Save the Children is seeking a Community Visioning Lead for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Zimbabwe. The program will seek to sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in the selected regions. The estimated implementation timeframe for the DFSA is 2020-2025.
Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The Community Visioning Lead will work as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the program applies participatory community engagement principles, at all levels of the program including research, assessments, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. The Community Visioning Lead will be responsible for leading an in-depth, iterative community engagement process throughout the program’s duration that aims to generate local solutions and strategies for addressing food and nutrition security issues, ensures that implementation meets the needs of the targeted communities and aligns with participant aspirations.
- Responsible for engaging with communities in a sustained, collaborative, and participatory process to identify challenges in the context of desired food and nutrition security and resilience outcomes.
- Lead a shared visioning process for collective action, ensuring that various actors, representative of the community, can contribute their perspectives, articulate aspirations, define individual and communal strengths and hoped-for contributions, voice concerns and highlight successes.
- Lead facilitation of dialogue on group and individual aspirations and potential pathways for the attainment of their aspirations within the local context.
- Responsible for the generation of local solutions and strategies for addressing food and nutrition security issues, and mobilizing communities to work jointly to address these issues, building on existing cohesion among community members, fostering cohesion where it is weak, and ensuring psychological safety of poor and marginalized people to participate, contribute, and feel integrated.
- Lead Working closely with the Food Security Technical Lead and the Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation Lead, lead the engagement of communities in sustained participatory learning throughout the life of the program to guide any necessary adaptation to the program and address challenges articulated by participants in their journey to realize development aspirations.
- Lead the collection, analysis and utilization of information from a wide variety of sources to inform the program’s participatory and collaborative action and problem solving approach.
- Manage community and stakeholder consultations and analyses during the programs’ initial refinement period, and utilize the findings to formulate an effective community visioning Strategy for the program. Train and mentor team members on the realization of this strategy in the context of program implementation plans. Contribute to other Refine period studies, and related program strategies.
- Lead the development of documentation related to the above, and contribute to program reporting.
- Bachelor’s degree in a social sciences or relevant field; Master’s degree preferred.
- Specific technical expertise and in-depth understanding of gender, age, and other locally significant socio-cultural factors in the context of food and nutrition security and resilience programming.
- At least seven years of relevant implementation experience at the community-level required.
- Demonstrated experience in community visioning and social mobilization with particular experience in facilitating transformational leadership and shared visioning with communities.
- Demonstrated capacity to lead the collection, analysis, and utilization of information from a broad range of sources.
- Strong participatory learning and action skills, facilitating collaborative problem solving, as well as tool and/or curriculum development and training skills.
- Demonstrated ability to foster commitment and build capacity among activity staff and in-country actors around gender and youth integration and empowerment.
- Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English. Knowledge of local languages is an asset.
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