Monday, 27 March 2017

Job Opportunities at Caritas, Economic Strengthening And Livelihoods Officers

  Ajira Yako       Monday, 27 March 2017
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Caritas – Mbeya is a development organization under the Catholic Diocese of Mbeya working with urban and rural poor communities in the region/diocese. Briefly it is a coordinating and facilitating body of the Diocese of Mbeya (Mbeya Region), working in partnership with local organizations through training, awareness creation, capacity building, fundraising, research, lobby and advocacy, and other ways of technical support to strengthen their effectiveness in helping them utilize their resources to meet their basic needs for justice and wellbeing of everybody.

VisionCaritas exists to empower the poor and marginalized through facilitation, training, lobbying and advocacy and information sharing in collaboration with other stakeholders; our work is inspired by the Gospel values of love, justice, respect for human life and dignity and the social teaching of the Church. Mission to facilitate the empowerment of the poor and marginalized to identify causes of the ongoing problems including poverty, meet their basic needs, obtain and reclaim their right sustain ably.

Caritas in collaboration with PACT Tanzania and Railway Children Africa are implementing KizaziKipya project in Mbeya City and Mbeya District council: USAID New generation program is the USAID funded project that aims to enable one million Tanzanian orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) and young people affected by HIV utilizing age-appropriate HIV/AIDS-related and other services for improved care, health, nutrition, education, protection, livelihoods, and psycho-social well-being. The project is implemented by Pact Tanzania in partnership with Aga Khan Foundation (AKF), Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), Railway Children of Africa (RCA), and Restless Development. To achieve its goal, the project works with civil society organizations (CSOs), the Government of Tanzania (GoT) at the national, regional and district levels, the communities and other stakeholders. In FY 2017 the project covers 84 scale up Councils.


ECONOMIC STRENGTHENING AND LIVELIHOODS OFFICER (POST-2)

Job description
Roles & Responsibilities;
• Directly supervise Empowerment Workers (EWs) and National Peer Educators
• Recruit and train EWs in the Village Savings and Loan Groups (VSLG) model and oversee EWs establishing and supporting new groups and supporting inherited VSLGs.
• Ensure that EWs provide facilitation support for VSLGs to ensure that destitute household members (lower savings levels and interest) are able to join VSLGs.
• Ensure that VSLGs establish community resources mobilization committees to map community resources for social protection.
• Conduct overarching mapping of economic strengthening service providers in implementation areas.
• Work with district level TASAF to ensure USAID Kizazi Kipya is aware of new expansion areas.
• Ensure TASAF can refer TASAF beneficiaries to USAID Kizazi Kipya for screening and enrollment.
• Roll out a household financial literacy and money management curriculum to EWs and ensure a quality roll out to VSLG members.
• Lead the creation of trade networks and learning and sharing cohorts within industry types.
• Train EWs to roll out a self-assessment tool with mature groups; establish relationship with pro-poor financial institutions.
• Serve as the lead for youth related activities including conducting an organizational youth assessment, implementation action items from the assessment, ensuring establishment and high quality support to in and out of school Teen clubs, and ensuring delivery of youth focused curriculums.
• Provide continuous supportive supervision to EWs to ensure quality economic strengthening programming and to NPEs to ensure quality youth programming.
• Submit timely economic strengthening and youth updates to the Program Coordinator for inclusion in the quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports.
• Document lessons learned and best practices for experience sharing and replication.
• Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the Project Coordinator.

Qualifications:
• Degree in social sciences or a related field preferred; gender studies or experience an advantage.
• 2 years’ experience designing, implementing and monitoring household economic strengthening activities.
• Solid knowledge of social protection, household economic strengthening, and microenterprise and market development instruments and frameworks.
• Experience in leveraging private sector partnerships and resources for creation of business opportunities, business mentorship and skills training, market access, strategies to strengthen household resilience, etc.
• Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of technical and management expertise and experience, and strong interpersonal, writing, and oral presentation skills including such skills in English.
• Experience with a USG cooperative agreement and PEPFAR programming strongly preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies.
• Ability to work independently and manage a high volume work flow without constant or close supervision and ability and willingness to travel to program areas and internationally as required.
• Excellent training skills in working with adult learners, particularly at the community level; experience in an appreciative approach a plus.
• Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills.
How to Apply

How to apply:
If you believe you are the ideal person we are looking for, submit your application letter describing why you are the right candidate for this position and curriculum vitae detailing your experience with three referees to caritas.recruitment@yahoo.com  or

Director, 
Caritas Development Office, 
Diocese of Mbeya 
P.O.BOX 179 
Mbeya. 

Only shortlisted candidates will be informed on a date for interview.

Caritas is an equal opportunity employer. Women are highly encouraged to apply.
Deadline 30/03/2017: 16:00HRS
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