Job Summary
Governance and Policy Specialist: Cesvi Zimbabwe
Deadline: 15 September 2020

Location: Beitbridge
Start date: Tentatively 1 October, 2020 (depending on COVID-19 lockdown and imposed restrictions)
Duration: 12 months
Job Ref No#: EU/GPS/05-092020

Cesvi has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1998 in three key areas; Environment, Agriculture and the Health sector. Cesvi activities in the agricultural sector revolve around supporting rural communities to transform traditional practices from subsistence farming to commercial farming.

Project Scope
Cesvi in Zimbabwe in partnership with Mwenezi Development Training Center (MDTC) is implementing the European Commission supported project ‘Building Resilience Inclusively in Drier Geographic Environments’ for a period of 36 months which started in February 2020. The project will be implemented in Beitbridge district which is in Natural region V with the overall objective of building the resilience of smallholder farmers in drought prone communal areas of Beitbridge district to shocks and stress. The project seeks to increase the participation of CSOs in preventing and mitigating risks and vulnerabilities caused by drought and other climatic conditions. The underlying specific project objective is to strengthen the capacities of key community-based institutions and structures in addressing resilience at community level. This will be achieved through three interrelated outcomes:(i) Improved management and governance in Irrigation Management Committees (IMCs), District Commodity Associations (DCAs), Disaster Risk Reduction committees and Livestock Development Committees (LDCs) (ii) Improved performance of IMCs, DCAs, DRR Committees and LDCs in the development of resilient AVCs (iii) Enhanced capacity of IMCs, DCAs, DRR Committees and LDCs to influence key policies related to agriculture and resilience. The project will work with private sector partners and incorporate relevant government stakeholders at different levels.

Duties And Responsibilities

The governance and policy specialist be responsible for driving the implementation of initiatives to strengthen management and governance capacity in targeted community CSOs and shall be the technical lead on evidence-based policy advocacy initiatives for the BRIDGE ‘Building Resilience inclusively in Drier Geographic Environs’ project.

Main tasks and responsibilities include to: Deliver expert, proactive, professional and contextually relevant guidance and support on the policy and governance component of the BRIDGE project; Undertake research, analysis and review alternatives in relation to the governance and management models in community CSOs and lead the piloting of best practice models; Support the training expert to undertake capacity needs assessment of the 27 targeted community CSOs, develop corresponding capacity development plan and interventions; Contribute to the development of training modules and participate in the training of community CSOs on management and governance of community CSOs and evidence-based policy advocacy; Capacitate target groups and key stakeholders to undertake policy audits, analyse key policies, compile key policy issues to be addressed in order to develop the AVCs and improve resilience and lobby for desired change; Facilitate target groups to convene multi-stakeholder roundtables on selected policy issues and in liaison with the communication expert support the creation of an online platform (SMS and/or WhatsApp) to discuss key policies on smallholder agriculture; Provide direction and support to policy analysis initiatives including preparation policy briefs and discussion papers; Provide technical assistance, mentorship and coaching to target groups and key staff from government departments on evidence-based policy advocacy; Prepare a monthly report for project progress for use within the organisation and to share with Local authorities in line with the MOU for the district andLiaise with MEAL Officer and Project Manager in preparing progress reports to the Head of Mission, consortium partners, and the donor.

Qualifications And Experience
A Degree in Agriculture Economics. Agribusiness, Public policy; Experience working with community institutions preferred; A minimum of 5 years’ experience in community development; Experience in working with public sector, private sector and experiences in institutional development projects; Class 4 drivers’ license.

How To Apply
To apply
This is a field-based position, therefore Cesvi expects flexibility and the ability to operate independently to compliment the work of the rest of the team. Suitably qualified candidates should submit their application letters and detailed CVs to; [email protected]

Due to the high number of applications we’re anticipating to receive, we are unable to provide feedback to all applicants. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted on the status of their application.