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Zambia Community Forests Livelihoods Specialist (Local) 

About the Organization Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
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Category International Program Development  


Livelihoods Specialist

Effective with the release of this position announcement, Winrock International is seeking applicants for the position of Livelihoods Specialist for an anticipated US Agency for International Development (USAID) Community-based Forest-management program in Zambia. This is a multi-year program to support the Government of the Republic of Zambia address the drivers of deforestation and degradation and strengthen forest management in the Eastern Province of Zambia.  The responsibilities, duties, and qualifications are described in the attached position description.


Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity, and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.


Winrock offers employees excellent benefits. The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


  • Applicants should submit a current resume and cover letter referencing “Livelihoods Specialist” by June 30, 2013. Zambians residing in Zambia are encouraged to apply.
  • Winrock would like to graciously thank all applicants for their interest but only candidates who meet all requisite criteria and are short listed will be contacted.
  • EEOE/AA.

LOCATION:                Zambia

UNIT:                          Forestry & Natural Resource Management


Winrock is seeking a Livelihoods Specialist for an upcoming USAID-funded program in Zambia.  The Community-based Forest-management program (CFP) will be a key component of USAID/Zambia’s Global Climate Change (GCC) program under the Presidential GCC Initiative. The CFP will strengthen the Government of Zambia’s Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) strategy, by using a range of approaches to more effectively and sustainably manage forested areas through integrated forest planning and active community engagement.


The Livelihoods Specialist will be responsible for the overall implementation and monitoring of the livelihoods and economic development activities included in the program. He/she will work with the staff to ensure that livelihoods activities are tailored to the appropriate context and implemented within the program budget and in accordance with the proposed implementation plan. The Livelihoods Specialist will also coordinate short-term technical assistance requirements for these activities, and supervise short-term advisors. Specifically, the Livelihoods Specialist will work with the program team to finalize participatory program selection methods, develop the component workplan, conduct initial assessment activities, identify and coordinate staff development and training activities as relates to the successful implementation of livelihoods activities, provide related capacity building and skills development training to local implementing partners, monitor livelihoods activity expenditures, and evaluate the impact and results of the component activities within the overall program PMP framework.

The Livelihoods Specialist will coordinate efforts to organize and strengthen local community groups to improve communities’ capacity to create social good and economic opportunity. He/she will help community organizations to establish gender-inclusive and environmentally sustainable procedures and processes for improving local business development in a variety of sectors including agriculture, artisan crafts, tourism, etc.


  • Manage program activities, including monitoring and evaluation of community development and livelihood program components.
  • Conduct community needs assessment using participatory approaches as needed.
  • Facilitate the development of community organizations.
  • Provide training and technical assistance and mentoring to build local leadership and capacity.
  • Help support transparent, accountable and inclusive committee structures and procedures.
  • Work with local community groups to address issues of conflicts, ineffective community participation, and other challenges.
  • Ensure the participation of women in community organizations and livelihood improvement activities.
  • Provide technical support and training for small enterprise development and community business associations.
  • Develop and foster relationships with NGO’s to help grow new organizations to fill gaps.
  • Develop, maintain and strengthen working relationships with key partners, including national ministries, local governments, private sector, NGOs, universities and the media to identify and implement efforts to increase synergy among the key stakeholders.
  • Prepare and submit reports and other deliverables.
  • Complete any other tasks as assigned.



  • Master’s Degree in social sciences, international community development, development economics or a related area. 

Work Experience:

  • Minimum six years’ experience required, preferably in community development; rural development, poverty reduction.
  • Experience in cooperation with local planning authorities and in capacity building of strong community partnerships and networks.
  • Sustainable livelihoods, market linkages, value chains, tourism; capacity building.
  • Experience working on USAID or international development projects is desirable.
  • Experience must demonstrate the ability to work within and understand intricate government structures and to successfully administer programs under sensitive situations.


  • Excellent management, communication, and organization skills are essential. Basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, and databases) are required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Expertise in local language is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, as well as the ability to conduct professional relationships.
  • High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality.
  • Able to work independently and effectively in a team environment.
  • Detail-oriented and highly organized, with a proactive approach.
  • Ability to multi-task and work to meet tight deadline.
  • Experience working internationally.
  • Ability to work as part of a multi-cultural team.
  • Willingness to travel frequently to remote areas and live under fairly basic conditions.
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