GIZ Advisor – Community Engagement for Integrated Watershed Management and Catchment Protection Jobs in Zambia

GIZ Advisor – Community Engagement for Integrated Watershed Management and Catchment Protection Jobs in Zambia


Job Details:

  • The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is the implementing agency of the Federal Republic of Germany for technical and international cooperation. It offers flexible, sustainable and effective solutions in political, economic and social change processes. Most of the work of GIZ is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as public and private bodies in Germany and abroad. These include the European Commission, the United Nations, the World Bank and governments of other countries.

  • Zambia has abundant water resources. However, due to population and economic growth there has been an increase in demand for the resource. At the same time, climate change, droughts and shifting rainfall patterns heavily impact on the availability and supply of water for domestic, industrial and agricultural use nationwide. The Lower Kafue Sub-Catchment is particularly affected by climate variability.

  • Output 2 and 3 include the implementation of Integrated Watershed Management (IWsM) and 16 Catchment Protection Measures (CPM), to restore the degraded rivers and surrounding watersheds. So far, in line with the WRM Act No. 21 of 2011, stakeholders with support from GIZ AWARE implemented two (2) catchment protection measures in the jurisdiction of Magoye and the Mutama-Bweengwa Water User Associations (WUAs).
    In this context, GIZ is seeking a suitable candidate for the following position:
    Advisor – Community Engagement for Integrated Watershed Management and Catchment Protection (Lusaka based)

    Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

    • Community engagement during planning and implementation of 16 IWsM and CPM
    Technical support.

    • Developing community-led approaches for integrated Watershed Management (IWsM) and Catchment Protection in the Lower Kafue Sub-Catchment.

    • Planning and implementation of community engagement.

    • Development of localised stakeholder maps including grassroot interest groups relevant to the implementation of IWsM and CPM and a community engagement strategy.

    • Supporting stakeholders and WUAs in the development of micro watershed plans/ IWsM Road maps.

    • Organising workshops for stakeholders on district and community level on integrated Watershed Management (IWsM) and Catchment Protection Measures.

    • Development of suitable training material.

    • Supervision of implementation of CPM through regular monitoring visits to the project area in Mazabuka / Monze / Pemba / Mumbwa

    • Assisting the team with the development of a compendium on IWsM and CPM in Zambia

    • Maintaining an excellent working relationship between GIZ, MoA (all levels), MWDSEP (all levels), WARMA, local communities and traditional authorities

    • In a team of three, being jointly responsible for the successful implementation of 16 IWsM/CPM measures

    Other duties/additional tasks

    • Performing any other tasks as requested by project management,

    Qualifications and Requirements:

    • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. Development Studies, Community Engagement, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Management, Agricultural Water Management, etc.

    Professional Experience:

    • At least 5 years of professional experience in community engagement and capacity
    development, preferably linked to smallholder agriculture and/or water management.

    • Demonstrable experience in capacity development/training of individuals, households and communities and facilitating workshops and training.

    • Demonstrable experience in developing community-led solutions/implementation of measures.

    • Demonstrable experience in engaging with local communities.

    • Extensive knowledge of the project area Southern and Central Province.

    • Demonstrable experience in the field of climate change, environmental science, water resources management.

    • Demonstrable political, advisory and facilitation skills is an added advantage.

    • Experience in working for an international organization is an added advantage.

    Knowledge, Additional Competences:

    • Must be self-motivated and proactive.

    • Must have strong analytical skills.

    • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

    • Knowledge on behavioural change.

    • Knowledge of process management and experience with formal and informal multi-actor networks is an added advantage.

    • Ability to manage and prioritize own workload.

    • Excellent IT skills (MS Office Suite, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; online research);
    ability to learn new tools an added advantage.

    • Impeccable English language skills, especially strong writing skills (e.g. professional letters, project descriptions and PR material).

    • Excellent Tonga speaking skills are essential.

    • Existing professional network with core actors in the water sector in Zambia is an added advantage.

    • Good knowledge of the WRM Act No. 21 of 2011 and decentralized water governance structures in Zambia is an added advantage.

    • Willingness to travel frequently within Zambia

  • Experience in Months: 60

  • Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

    How to Apply

  • The successful candidate will be expected to start full-time employment with GIZ, on a fixed term contract, as soon as possible. Interested candidates must send their CVs and cover letters electronically quoting GIZ_AWA_CMIWsM in the subject line to:

  • jobzambia@giz.de by 17:00 hrs on Wednesday, 2nd June 2021. GIZ will only assess applications which meet the following criteria:

    • Cover letters must be sent in MS Word format, with using font type Arial, size 11. In the first paragraph, please outline your motivation for applying for the position. In the second paragraph, outline your experience in community engagement for integrated watershed management (IWsM) and catchment protection.

    • CVs must not exceed three (3) pages and must be submitted in PDF.

    • Certificates, qualifications, etc. must not be attached to the application.

    • Traceable references of previous engagements must be provided.

  • Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted. GIZ is committed to be an equal opportunities employer, therefore, women and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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