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Community Liaison Officer

  • Debark, Ethiopia
  • Posted on Friday, February 2, 2018
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The Community Liaison Officer will work in promoting conservation and livelihood enhancement in the Simien Mountains Landscape by developing income generating activities and sustainable development projects for communities living in the surrounding areas of Simien Mountains National Park. The officer will also ensure that the initiatives are sustainable, bring significant and equitable benefits to communities, and are complementary to biodiversity conservation of the protected area.

The position also requires engagement with local communities for awareness-raising on environmental issues and natural resource and land use management of the Simien Mountains National Parks (SMNP). The Community Liaison Officer will also be required to establish good relationships and work closely with the community, partners, as well public and private organizations working in the Simien Mountains Landscape.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Lead the Gich community livelihood improvement program.
  • Develop and implement community engagement and participatory tools.
  • Collaborate with Ethiopia Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) officials and other relevant stakeholders, facilitate processes of identifying viable alternative livelihood options, and develop associated implementation plans.
  • Promote an enabling environment for community-based natural resource management.
  • Build the capacity of EWCA staff, other relevant stakeholders, and other private organizations and contribute to interventions on conservation enterprise development and community-private partnerships.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of alternative livelihood options and feedback into conservation strategic planning.
  • Develop and implement strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflict.
  • Assist in relevant program monitoring and management oversight in the implementation of the GMP, Work Plans and Business Plans.
  • Work with park office, the local government, and community representatives to organize and conduct community sensitization meetings to mobilize and promote understanding of the program activities and outputs at different levels of implementation.
  • Assist and support the preparation and submission of Annual Work Plans guided by baseline, field information and in collaboration with stakeholders for approval.
  • Develop and implement community awareness strategies.
  • Prepare project progress reports or monitoring and evaluation reports as required.
  • Assist consultants or project partners in conducting studies related to enterprise development as required.
  • Act as liaison among the AWF-SMNP, community, public and private organizations, and stakeholders around the SMNP landscape.
  • Attend meetings, workshops, and trainings as authorized by the supervisor.
  • Feedback regular information to the supervisor to enable the preparation of project reports and plans in a timely manner.
  • Carry out additional tasks as may reasonably be required by the Technical Advisor.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or MSc degree in the social sciences or associated subject.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working with livelihood issues in rural communities in Ethiopia
  • Experience in engaging partners and other stakeholders in natural resource management planning, agricultural production, and/or livestock extension.
  • Experience and competence in implementing participatory techniques for mobilizing rural communities.
  • Field experience in planning, field extension services, implementation, and monitoring programs is preferable.
  • Fluency in spoken and written Amharic.
  • Fluency in oral and written English.
  • Ability to work both as part of a team and independently.
  • Respect for communities, other organizations, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to network strategically with a wide group of partners.
  • Proficiency in MS Office and internet skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and meet deadlines.

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