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Development Aid from People to People in Zambia (DAPP)
Posted Job
10 days ago

Self-Help Group (SHG) National Co-ordinator

Kindernothilfee.V, which means ‘help for children in need’, is a German non-governmental child rights organisation, founded in 1959, which supports more than 1.9 million children and young people in 33 countries in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. Kindernothilfe (KNH) has been working in cooperation with local organizations in Zambia since 2001 and is currently supporting around 12 projects and programs that are implemented by direct partners. In addition to the direct partners, KNH promotes the Self-Help Group Approach (SHGA), which is implemented by 14 promoting organizations in Southern, Lusaka and Eastern Provinces in Zambia. The current project phase is a 6 year one, starting in July 2021.

Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) in Zambia is a nationally registered NGO working with development projects in the fields of education, health, human rights, agriculture and other poverty alleviation programs. DAPP has agreed to coordinate the Self-Help Group Approach programme with the support of KNH from July 2021.

The SHGA is a successful instrument that enhances the living conditions of children and their families in a sustainable way. It empowers the most vulnerable women and children within a community to attain adequate sustainable economic and social living conditions as well as political participation by unleashing and developing their individual potentials in groups and networks. The SHGA tackles the structural causes of poverty by empowering women to increase family income, to address social concerns at household and community levels, and to give impetus for political change.

The SHGA Programme is coordinated by the National Coordination Office (NCO) based in Lusaka, consisting of the Self-Help Group National Coordinator (NC), 2 Programme Officers and the Accountant. The NC is assigned to follow up and enrich the SHGA Programme and is therefore the focal person for the SHG Approach. The NC is also responsible for coordination of the overall SHGA at the national level and is charged with the duty of building the capacity of the promoting organizations, documenting and forwarding the learning to the involved stakeholders and scaling-up the SHGA in the country.

KNH and DAPP are seeking a highly motivated and competent individual to take up the position of the SELF-HELP GROUP (SHG) NATIONAL CO-ORDINATOR.

Location: The SHG National Coordinator will be based in Lusaka at the National Coordination Office

  • Contract: 2 years with a possibility for renewal.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the work of the SHGA promoting organizations in Zambia by following the guiding principles of the SHGA as per the respective manuals.
  • Travel regularly to conduct monitoring visits to the promoting organizations within the country and provide feedback to the promoting organizations.
  • Travel to attend the Annual NC’s Meeting and other functions that are organized in various countries by KNH and/ or DAPP from time to time.
  • Organize regular partner forums and trainings to provide inputs and share experiences on implementation of the SHGA.
  • Prepare annual budgets, work plans and reports as required.
  • Review and assess work plans, budgets and reports submitted by the promoting organizations.
  • Promote awareness on the approach to other interested organizations.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with the promoting organizations, donors and with other external governmental and non-governmental stakeholders.
  • Supervise the work of the project staff, as is appropriate.
  • Provide feedback and prepare the bi-annual reports and updates to KNH and DAPP as is required.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills:

The minimum required academic and professional skills for the job holder include the following:

  • A degree in Community Development or other related social sciences.
  • At least 3 years’ professional experience in managing community development programmes.

Experience in:

  • Working with rights-based approaches
  • Working with women and strong commitment to children’s rights
  • Facilitating participatory processes, such as PRA, in communities; and
  • Facilitating budgeting and budget control.
  • Gender sensitivity.
  • Strong co-ordination and organizational skills.
  • Excellent monitoring, analytical, documentation and report writing skills.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Strong networking and partnership building skills.
  • Openness to learn new approaches.
  • Highly proficient in MS Word, Excel, Access, Power-point, and Outlook.
  • A good team-player, self-driven, capable of meeting deadlines and able to work under minimum supervision.
  • Willing to travel extensively within the areas of operation and to work extended periods in the field, including externally as need arise.
  • Ability to interact effectively with local communities.
  • A valid Driver’s License with at least 5 years experience.

Method of Application

Applications must be sent with the following information:

Motivation letter.

  • Detailed current CV (Preferably in one file).
  • 3 professional referees including their contact details, one of whom should be your most current supervisor.

Please do not attach any other documentation such as certificates at this stage.

The application must be received

Send to E-mail:

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline
12 May 13:45
Email applications to
info@dappzambia.org and to job@dappzambia.org with copy to lizzie.tigere@kindernothilfe.com