The Network of Excellence for Land Governance in Africa (NELGA) is a partnership of over 50 institutions of higher education across Africa which have proven leadership in education, training and research in one or more aspects of land governance. NELGA has been established by the African Land Policy Center (ALPC) with support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in collaboration with other partners.
The main objectives of NELGA include:
1. Enhancing training opportunities and curricula on land governance in Africa
2. Promoting demand driven research on land policy issues
3. Connecting scholars and researchers across Africa through academic networks
4. Sourcing/collecting data and information for monitoring and evaluation on land policy reforms
To coordinate its activities and facilitate implementation of the Network in the different African regions, seven NELGA Nodes - regional coordination units - have been established. These are: Northern Africa: Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan II, (in Morocco); Southern Africa: Namibia University of Science and Technology; Eastern Africa: Ardhi University (based in Tanzania); Anglophone West Africa: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (based in Ghana); Francophone West Africa: Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (in Senegal); Central Africa: Université Yaoundé I, (Cameroon) and the University of Western Cape in South Africa as a technical node.
A secretariat for NELGA is currently being established and will be hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). The NELGA secretariat will serve as the administrative office of NELGA and will be responsible for liaising with the Regional Nodes and acting as the link between the Nodes and other partners. Other functions of the Secretariat will include:
• Enable and enhance communication between partners
• Development and implementation of network structures (decision-making, NELGA membership, governance)
• Organize NELGA Steering Committee Meetings and support implementation of decisions
• Development of a sustainability strategy
• Partnerships and resource mobilisation
• Coordinate joint activities between the Nodes and NELGA institutions (e.g. research, trainings and knowledge exchanges)
• Knowledge management and communication for NELGA, including NELGA virtual platform and website, Data Repository, Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), NELGA Journal)
• Organization and logistics of meetings and events
Responsibilities and Tasks
As Programme Officer you are responsible for the overall coordination of the secretariat’s functions and the liaison with the NELGA implementing and financing partners.
Your specific tasks are:
• Facilitate communication and strengthen synergies between NELGA partners;
• Establish and strengthen partnerships and resource mobilization for NELGA;
• Lead in developing concept notes and proposals for events, policy dialogues and trainings;
• Develop ToR for short-term consultants and MoUs with cooperation partners;
• Establish an overall governance structure and M&E framework for NELGA and support development and review of progress reports from NELGA partners;
• Organize NELGA Steering Committee Meetings and monitor implementation of decisions.
• University degree in agricultural economics, rural development, international relations, political science or related discipline;
• 5-10 years relevant working experience and cooperation experience with international institutions, multilateral or bilateral donors in the field;
• Sound understanding of the basic principles of partnership and resource mobilization;
• Overview of main stakeholders in the area of rural development in developing countries (including donor organizations, the private sector, NGOs);
• Very good communication and networking skills;
• Excellent written and spoken English; competency in French is a strong asset.
The initial contract duration is two years.
Interested and qualified candidates shall submit their motivation letter along with their CV to HR_African_Union@giz.de by October 27, 2019, clearly indicating the position title in the subject line of the e-mail.
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