Peace-building Officer || Score Against Poverty (SCORE)

  • Mwenezi

Score Against Poverty (SCORE)

DUE: 08 FEB 2024

Job Description

Job title: Peace-building Officer
Reports to: Project Director
Location: Mwenezi District, Zimbabwe
Duration: 1 year (renewable upon satisfactory performance)

Project title: Locally Led Indigenous Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation in Zimbabwe (LINCZ) project

Organization Overview:

Score Against Poverty (SCORE) is a community-based organization located in the Mwenezi District of Zimbabwe. The organization actively works in diverse projects relating to food security, nature-based solutions, biodiversity promotion, water and sanitation, and climate change and clean energy. In line with our commitment to making a significant impact, SCORE prioritizes locally led initiatives, sustainable solutions, and inclusive strategies.

Project Overview:

The Locally Led Indigenous Nature-Based Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation in
Zimbabwe (LINCZ) project represents a significant endeavour with a profound commitment
to environmental sustainability, community empowerment, and climate resilience. In the face
of escalating climate change challenges, it has become imperative to address not only the
immediate needs of communities, but also their long-term capacity to adapt and thrive
sustainably.
LINCZ emerges as a response to these pressing challenges, offering a comprehensive
approach that integrates indigenous knowledge, community participation, and nature-based
solutions. It is a testament to the project belief in the power of local communities to drive
change, nurture resilience, and protect their environment. There are different dimensions to
the project including: Policy development, promoting Indigenous Knowledge systems,
promoting nature-based solutions to climate change (such as land reclamation and
afforestation activities, conservation agriculture, drilling a borehole for better access to water,
establishing a community garden amongst many other interventions), Advocating for clean
energy technologies, promoting value chain addition (in the area of Bee keeping, Mopane
worms and Legumes), addressing gender equality and conflict related issues.

Key role and responsibilities:

1. Community Engagement and Participation:

  • Establish and maintain close relationships with community members, local leaders, and stakeholders to understand their needs, priorities, and challenges in relation to the nexus between peace and climate change.
  • Organize regular community meetings, workshops, and focus groups to involve project participants in the design and implementation of peacebuilding strategies.
  1. Conflict Assessment:
  • Conduct research processes, alongside community members, to identify and map out climate change factors driving conflict in community.
  • Identify activities in the LINCZ project that require sensitivity in handling them and devise strategies to effectively implement those activities to prevent conflict from arising.
  • Facilitate the documentation and sharing of Indigenous knowledge and traditional practices that support conflict prevention and management.
  1. Peace-building Planning:
  • Guide and support community members in identifying their capacity to impact the elements of the context that drive conflict and support peace.
  • Implement nonviolentpeace-building plans/initiatives in carrying outconflict prevention, conflict management, conflict resolution and transformation, and post conflict reconciliation.
  • Offer technical assistance and training to ensure the successful implementation of these initiatives.
  1. Capacity Building and Training:
  • Organize capacity-building sessions to enhance the awareness and skills of project participants, empowering them to become stewards of peace.
  • Promote efforts to strengthen governments, institutions, systems and individuals to meet the challenges of sustainable peace.
  1. Monitoring and Reporting:
  • Collaborate with the project team to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks to track the progress and impact of peacebuilding strategies on climate resilience and sustainable livelihoods.
  • Regularly collect data and document success stories, challenges, and lessons learned to inform project reporting and decision-making.
  1. Networking and Collaboration:
  • Strengthen partnerships with local organizations, government agencies, and relevant stakeholders to maximize project impact and promote knowledge exchange.
  • Represent the project and organization in relevant community events and forums.

Qualifications

  • Degree in Peace-building , Conflict, Social transformation Studies or any other relevant field. but Masters preferably .
  • Proven experience of at least 3 years in Peace-building and conflict Initiatives or/and any related work.
  • A good understanding of ethics, structures, systems to sustain peace.
  • An advocate for non-violence
  • Knowledge and experience in peace and climate change nexus initiatives.
  • Knowledge of basic program/project development and management, or similar role.
  • Familiarity with working in a humanitarian environment.
  • Knowledge ofdata collection software’s and tools.
  • Attention to detail and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong Organizational skills with ability to multi-task and prioritize work.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

TO APPLY

Submit a CV and a motivation letter (each 1-page max), all combined in a single PDF document. Send this document with ” Peace-building Officer-  LINCZ Project” in the subject of the email to: scoreagainstpoverty@gmail.com  by 8 February 2024.

SCORE is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. SCORE values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply. Note that applications not following these instructions will not be considered, and only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.