Position: Advocacy Officer
Duty Station: Surkhet
A national non-governmental organization (NGO) in Nepal, the Center for Environmental and Agricultural Policy Research, Extension, and Development (CEAPRED) was founded in April 1991. It is one of the first NGOs in the nation to work in the agricultural sector, focusing on environmental management, socio-economic empowerment of women, and food and nutrition security for underprivileged communities. Since its inception, its programmatic focus has been on building climate resilience, improving food and nutrition security, improving livelihoods, and empowering women and the poor.
Over the course of its operations over the past three decades, CEAPRED has worked in 66 districts of Nepal, providing assistance to over 600,000 farm families, of which 70% are headed by women, 31% are from ethnic minorities, and 19% are Dalits. It has finished 105 projects that were funded by various donors and development partners. These initiatives were carried out either independently by CEAPRED or in collaboration with various domestic and international development organizations. A significant portion of our projects were devoted to activities that generated income, such as the promotion of commercial high-value agriculture and agro-enterprises, the development and expansion of new market infrastructures, and the strengthening of local value chains. Numerous social, physical, and economic infrastructures have been developed during this process. The overall advantages have resulted in significantly better livelihoods and well-being for women, marginalized communities, and the poor.
In collaboration with Welthungerhilfe, CEAPRED has been carrying out the Skill Up project in Nepal (WHH). The project is being carried out for a 42-month period beginning in November 2019 in two districts of the Karnali (Surkhet and Salyan) and one district of the Sudurpaschim (Kanchanpur) provinces. It is funded by BMZ Germany.
The job, which reports to the project coordinator overall, focuses on advocacy-related activities, assists with project implementation, monitors project outcomes and coordinates with partners and stakeholders, such as organizations and cooperatives, municipalities, green colleges, provincial authorities, etc. The position is responsible for ensuring that projects are implemented effectively and on time in accordance with a detailed implementation plan, the program framework, and the project's log frame, as well as for contributing to the ongoing growth and expansion of programming. The position's primary responsibility is to expedite the implementation process and activities without sacrificing quality.
Roles and Responsibilities:
- Oversees the execution of advocacy-related activities, ensuring stakeholder involvement, coordination, and field-based synergies. Synergy and capacity building between partners
- Support for project reporting, including quarterly and annual reports for the MEAL system.
- Assistance with accelerating project execution, budget monitoring, and collaboration on coordination and day-to-day project management
- Make sure the project DIP is on schedule and monitor project activities and output in relation to the schedule.
- Assistance with the analysis of technical data, including appropriate market, governance, and food and nutrition security indicators to determine the priorities for program implementation.
- Assist in applying the MEAL framework to the project, including conducting regular progress reviews and advising the PM to make any necessary adjustments.
- As assigned by the project coordinator, regular field visits support results-based program monitoring.
- Make sure to incorporate RBA, GESI, and good governance throughout the project cycle.
- At the district level, coordinate, connect, and create partnerships with Rural Municipalities/ Municipalities/ District Level Authorities, I/ NGOs, Government Institutes, Private Sectors, Thematic Networks, and Other Relevant Stakeholders.
- Participate in and, as necessary, represent the project at meetings pertinent to the local, district, and/or regional levels.
- Make sure that the project is implemented in accordance with governmental policies and procedures, and avoid duplicating any initiatives put forth or carried out by the GoN or other organizations.
- Gather and record examples of best practices, case studies, tales, and pictures.
- To ensure the greatest possible synergy, collaborate with other project partners in the district or province.
- Make sure the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS) are followed when implementing the project.
- Make sure the information management process is transparent, has a complaint response system, and is inclusive.
Education + Experience
- Master degree in Agriculture Economics, Social Sciences, Rural Development or related fields.
- At least 5 years of experience in the above fields with I/NGOs in implementing livelihood-based projects.
- Substantial experience of working, coordinating and partnering with Municipalities, local organizations, and provincial authorities.
- Knowledge of, and sound technical understanding of vocational training, food and nutrition security, nutrition awareness and promotion is required.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Nepali languages.
- Good quality report writing, case study formulation, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Excellent coordination and facilitation skills.
- Ability to integrate gender issues and right-based approaches within a conservative environment and indigenous community setting.
- Creative, flexible and proactive, willing to learn and to share knowledge.
- Willingness to work in the field, with overnight stays in villages with marginal facilities.
- Knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) and web-based communications systems/technologies.
- Valid Driving License, able to ride a motorcycle on rural roads.
- Works well in and promotes teamwork, is comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible, and able to work well under pressure and in response to changing needs.
- Good understanding of gender and social inclusion-related issues.
- Self-motivated and ability to work independently