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Capacity Builder and Technical Advisor (Voluntary)

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The post holder will be working as part of Azafady's international team supporting NGO staff to work with vulnerable communities on the sustainable management of natural resources. Azafady’s natural resource management projects are based on a belief that truly sustainable management will not be achieved by providing communities with solutions but by creating opportunities for local people to make their own decisions and to learn from the results of these decisions. Building on the foundation of a variety of community-based tools and approaches previously used, including participatory rural appraisal and participatory environmental planning and adaptive management, this post-holder will build the skills and provide the support required to the local team to ensure sustainable results are attained across all project work.

Azafady is a partnership between a British and Malagasy NGO specialising in integrated conservation and development capacity building projects in a small geographical area in the South East of Madagascar. Capacity building is core to the remit of both organisations, and since 2008 Azafady's projects have benefited from the support of a team of international capacity builders and advisors who have supported organisational development and implementation of best practise across the range of Azafady's projects.

The Capacity Builder and Technical Advisor will work with Azafady for a minimum of 12 months on the ground in Madagascar. The post-holder will be predominantly based in Azafady's office in Fort Dauphin but on-site support in rural communities will also be required.

Overall aim of the role:

To provide technical support, training and advice on participatory natural resource management and livelihoods approaches, tools and programming to staff working with local communities

Main Tasks and Responsibilities:

• Together with the project teams, identify capacity needs both within Azafady staff teams and local communities and develop innovative strategies and tools to meet these needs
• Advise on, and assist in the development of participatory monitoring strategies and tools
• Through training and ongoing capacity building, support the project teams to , to conduct participatory monitoring with communities
• Provide an on going, informal information exchange with the Conservation Research team to support the development of monitoring strategies, which align community and scientific data collection
• Provide advice and training on integrated community-based climate adaptation planning, with particular focus on climate-sensitive livelihood diversification strategies
• Work alongside the Head of Conservation & Environment to develop implementation plans for projects concerning the management of natural resources
• Work alongside the Head of Conservation & Environment and Head of Project Development in ensuring compliance with donor requirements throughout any project activity and assist in any project related communications
• Lead on donor reporting and assist with writing of project proposals with support from the Project Development Team
• Participate in monitoring and evaluation meetings and input into the future development of related projects
• Oversee the write up and appropriate dissemination of all related monitoring and evaluation activities
• Support the local team with the development and implementation of presentations and workshops relating to the subject area
• Together with the Head of Conservation & Environment, represent Azafady at stakeholder engagement meetings
• Support ongoing knowledge management of project approach and activities through documentation and information sharing
• Support ongoing knowledge management of capacity building activities through documentation and information sharing
• Support Azafady's media presence through regular contributions of blogs, articles and papers to Azafady's website, facebook, and other international publications
• Support with the orientation and work-related induction of new international volunteers, presenting at workshops as necessary

Experience, Skills and Knowledge:

• Masters in sustainable livelihoods, natural resource management or community conservation or the equivalent professional experience
• Experience of working on community-based natural resource management or sustainable livelihoods projects in least developed countries
• Experience of using participatory methodologies with communities
• Experience of using, or knowledge of, participatory monitoring and learning tools
• Knowledge of sustainable livelihoods approaches
• Experience of engaging with a broad range of stakeholders including multilateral institutions, governments, private sector and civil society organisations
• Proven ability to produce clear and engaging written work, for a variety of technical and non-technical audiences including donor reports, project proposals, blogs and articles
• Excellent research and analytical skills
• Excellent verbal communication skills including presentation, negotiation and facilitation
• Excellent listening and social awareness skills
• Proven ability to coordinate multiple pieces of work and meet strict deadlines with limited technological resources
• Experience of living and working oversees
• Fluent in written and spoken English
• Previous experience of mentoring, coaching and training
• Experience of conducting participatory action research with communities
• Working knowledge of French
• Working knowledge of GIS
• Knowledge of community-based climate adaptation
• Experience or knowledge of agroforestry techniques

Personal Attributes
• Be able to take personal responsibility, acting at all times with professionalism and respect for self, others and the organisation
• Be able to work independently under limited supervision, managing own workload in high-pressure environments
• Be capable and comfortable adapting to life in a least developed country with sometimes basic living conditions
• Be able to adjust to life in another culture and a foreign language, and be able to work at all times with cultural sensitivity
• Actively promote and adhere to Azafady’s health, safety and security policies and procedures both in and out of the workplace
• Be able to adapt and respond to changing priorities, demonstrating flexibility, a willingness to learn and an open mind

Voluntary Position

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):

Term of Appointment:
July/August 2013

Application Deadline:
10th June 2013

Send CV and cover letter addressing the criteria listed above to Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email. Interviews will take place with the Madagascar team by phone and with the London team in person. A two day orientation period in the London office will be required of successful applicants.

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