NLCP Social Programme Operations Officer and Deputy COP, USAID-funded LLCA

Zambia, Africa, Employee, full-time, 5-7 years of experience

About the Project

​FZS-Zambia is seeking a highly motivated Social Programme Operations Officer and Deputy Chief of Party (for the USAID-funded Luangwa Livelihoods and Conservation Activity, LLCA).  The position will be based in Mpika, Mano and/or other agreed location with time spent in the field with the team, and with relatively frequent travel to Lusaka. The position reports to the USAID-funded LLCA Chief of Party with occasional input from the NLCP Senior Management and there are a number of people who will report to the position – including: the (currently named) Community Outreach Manager and Coordinators.

Ihre Aufgaben


Your Tasks

  • Ensure that the NLCP social programme is founded on a robust Theory of Change and results-based management, with adequate monitoring, evaluation, learning and adaptation
  • In a leadership role, guide and mentor the field-based implementation of FZS’s work with the people living in the North Luangwa Landscape – including i) leading the work on Land and Resource Use agreements, ii) agricultural extension (including conservation/regenerative agriculture and enhancing coexistence between humans and wildlife), iii) enterprise and livelihood development and iv) literacy, education and vocational training – all to function within the environmental framework of FZS’s work which will contribute to achieving our conservation goals in the landscape.
  • Contribute to keeping NLCP’s stakeholder analysis up to date such that the power dynamics and structures, and influences among all stakeholders and actors are well understood
  • Lead, oversee and mentor the field-based team of Managers, Coordinators, SCCOs, CCOs and CLAs
  • Work with other members of the team, including: the FZS-Zambia’s Senior Management team and Finance Department, the MERL Advisor, the Gender/Diversity Advisor, the NLCP Chief Operations Officer, Programme Manager and all Grant Managers within FZS-Zambia team
  • Engage with partners and other actors, including engaging technical staff and consultants, and/or other partner organisations to support the social programme
  • Contribute to the development of proposals and reporting for submission to donors
  • Lead on the development of annual workplans for and reporting on the social programme’s fieldwork

Your Profile

  • A first degree and preferably a post-graduate degree (Master’s or PhD) in social science –ideally within sustainable development, social development and protection, or similar
  • A minimum of 6 years of international experience in programme design, development and implementation – within at least two of the following: livelihood programmes, community-level enterprise development, human-wildlife conflict mitigation and management, community-based nature resource management, social marketing, community-based organisation governance and operation, conservation/regenerative agriculture among small-holder farmers, grievance redress mechanisms
  • Experience working as a social development practitioner, including (but not limited to) stakeholder engagement and stakeholder mapping
  • Experience leading and managing diverse and multi-cultural teams
  • Experience living in remote areas
  • Valid driver’s license with 4×4 offroad experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and fluency in written and oral English
  • A self-motivated, person who demonstrates great initiative

We Offer

An attractive salary package based on our in-country or international employment schemes. An initial two-year contract is standard practice, with the perspective of a long-term position in an internationally recognized conservation organization. Probation period is 6 months.

Your Application

Your application should contain a cover letter, your chronological CV as well as qualifying certificates. Your cover letter should answer the following questions:
Please send your electronic application documents (as one single pdf) and indicate your salary expectations and the earliest possible starting date to or click ​below to apply online.

 The position will remain open until filled by a suitable candidate – but applications received before 15 March will be viewed positively and those received earlier than this date will be viewed even more positively.

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