Project Officer – Economic Empowerment Project – Zambia

Location: Lusaka, Zambia Contract: 2 year fixed term contract Salary: Local terms and conditions apply

About the Project Manager Role – Economic Empowerment

Sightsavers is expanding its new Economic Empowerment program area which advocates for local businesses to successfully employ people with disabilities while helping people with disabilities develop skills, confidence and experience to successfully find employment.

The project team is actively seeking Project Officers to join their team to support the work of the project. Key to this role is knowledge and previous experience of labor market issues, labor market assessments, training and skills development, disability inclusion, and placements and fairs. Strong project management and partnership building.

As a Project Manager, you will support the Economic Empowerment Project to manage activities and relationships with key stakeholders and ensure that the project is planned, implemented, coordinated, monitored, evaluated and adjusted to standards of highest possible quality.

The main duties and responsibilities of the Project Officer include, but are not limited to:

Project delivery – Work with the project management team and other funding/resource partners to coordinate the implementation of activities and sharing of lessons learned; manage the project cycle with partners; liaise and work with Global Technical Leads (Disability Inclusive Economic Empowerment) and external partners

Monitoring, evaluation and learning – Support the development of tools, i.e. ILO tool, three circles tool, informed consent forms, feedback forms, participant registration forms; support adaptive learning by implementing tools, events and processes such as learning journals, action learning groups, qualitative and quantitative data collection tools; document learning and adaptation to feedback in project design; support the project team, global teams and GTLs; support and collaborate with external stakeholders, partners and participants; advocate for ethics and data protection through the development of protocols.

Working with partners – Identify appropriate organizations with which to partner to achieve the strategic goal of the project and organization – equal rights and opportunities for people living with disabilities; build long-term partnership relationships through outreach and information sharing; ensure that partner capacity building and technical needs are supported.

Financial and resource management -Follow-up of the expenditure of the financial resources of the project with the support of the team; work with partners regarding budget and forecast preparation, audits, timely reporting.

Information and communication management – Support fundraising and advocacy materials by providing high quality information on project case studies and news stories; participate in public relations activities related to inclusive employment for people with disabilities, education and social inclusion.

The Project Officer, EE is a very varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or job skills required. Please see the job description for more details.

Requirements of the job holder

Essential:

  • Proven experience with labor market issues including labor market assessments, training/skills development, internships, disability inclusion, internships, job fairs
  • Solid experience in project monitoring, evaluation and learning
  • Previous experience in designing, managing and delivering advocacy work for social inclusion/disability projects
  • Advanced degree in social sciences, development, public health for example
  • Familiarity with national disability, human rights and employment legislation and policies
  • Excellent working knowledge of implementing projects in the disability/gender mainstreaming sector
  • Previous provision of technical assistance to external organizations.
  • Strong written and spoken English.
  • Current and continuing right to work in Zambia.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of current issues and best practices in disability, UNCRPD, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and employment.

Next steps

We will begin a two-step recruitment process from November 7, 2022 From. This will consist of a written assignment carried out at the Country Office for shortlisted candidates. Successful applicants will then be invited for a face-to-face interview at the Country Office. We reserve the right to extend this process if necessary.

How to register

To apply

As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a confident leader in disability. Therefore, qualified individuals living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.

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