Wetlands International Community Development Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Wetlands International Community Development Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 205701

Category: Environment and Natural Resource, Water and Sanitation
Location: Ziway/Batu township, Oromia Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)
Employment Type: Full time

Job Description


Wetlands International is dedicated to safeguarding and restoring wetlands for people and nature. We are driven by the knowledge that safeguarding and restoring wetlands is urgent and vital for water security, biodiversity, climate regulation, sustainable development and human health.

Our global not-for-profit network of 20 independent offices is governed by a Supervisory Council and a Board of the Association of 35 national government and non-governmental organization members.

We bring knowledge into policy and practice, connect local actions in 100 countries to make a global difference, we catalyse actions that support those that use or depend on wetlands, and we are passionate about the positive change we make for people and nature.

See our website (www.wetlands.org) for more information on the values, strategies and policies that guide our work.

Wetlands International has been active in Ethiopia since 2010. In its programs in the CRV, Wetland International is partnering with a range of stakeholders, such as the Rift Valley Lakes Development Office (RVLDo), Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), Meki-Batu Small Holder Cooperatives Union, Joytech Fresh, Acacia Water, World Waternet, Ethiopian Wildlife and Natural History Society (EWNHS), HoAREC and the relevant Kebele, Woreda and Regional government bodies.

For the successful implementation of the on the ground interventions we are therefore seeking to hire an experienced and successful Community Development Officer to join our growing portfolio in the Central Rift Valley of Ethiopia.

Job summary

The Community Development Officer will report directly to the Field Coordinator, Central Rift Valley and will be responsible for the implementation of project activities at community level and providing support in the mobilization of community and local government stakeholders.

These include supporting the field team in the mobilization and capacity building of target communities and local governments to plan and implement, facilitating and assisting in field visits, assessments and documentation of good practices, etc.

Specific duties

Under the supervision of the Field Coordinator, the Community Development Officer will be expected to:
  • Establish functional relationship with local governments and community stakeholders and regularly liaise with them for assessments, target settings (site and farmers’ selections), agreement signings, and activity planning.
  • Support in the selection of model farmers, organization of community groups and preparation of contractual
    agreements between project partners, farmers and targeted woreda administrations.
  • Support capacity needs assessments, action plan development and awareness raising events.
  • Ensure sufficient support for model farmers and implementing partners to increase their capacity building and support local initiatives to be driven in their programme management.
  • Support partners and farmers in piloting water efficient, environmentally sustainable and economically viable water management, agricultural and wetland restoration activities;
  • Support in the organization of consultation meetings and planning workshops.
  • Support and facilitates community experience sharing sessions
  • Undertake regular field visits, monitor project progress and share updates to the technical coordinator on a regular basis.
  • Undertake a variety of specialized tasks related to results management, including support to design, planning, coordinating, managing data and reporting.
  • Develop and implement strategies to enhance a coordinated approach to community development, livelihood initiatives and the development of strategies that help to achieve agricultural water efficiency and ecosystem, resilience
  • Serve as a resource person in community development for all Wetlands International projects/ activities in the CRV
  • Monitor activities and discourse related to community development and water management issues, and ensure relevant databases are maintained;
  • Perform any other related functions as may be required by Wetlands International.

    Job Requirements

    Educational Qualifications, Experience and Competencies


  • Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Water Resources Management, Environmental science or related fields.

    Experience/ competencies

  • A minimum Four years of related work experience in Water resources management, watershed management or similar skills at the community level.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Experience implementing a development program with communities and local governments in wetland settings
  • A good understanding of the environmental problems of the Central Rift Valley.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience working with community groups and/or government officials.
  • Flexibility, adaptability and team orientation; ability to work independently yet productively is essential.
  • Attention to detail.

    How to Apply

    Candidates should apply by sending:

  • An updated Curriculum Vitae, (mandatory)

  • A motivation letter including one-page summary of experience (mandatory)

  • Current and Expected Remuneration including Benefits (Mandatory)

  • Names and contact details of three professional referees (Mandatory).

    If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by emailing your application to HREastAfrica@wetlands-africa.org no later than 27 April 2019.

    The Title of the Position You Are Applying for Must Be Mentioned on the Subject of Your Motivation Letter.

    Women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

    Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.

    Wetlands International Community Development Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

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