Coordinator – Zimbabwe Land and Agrarian Network (ZiLAN)
ZiLAN was established in 2012. The Membership of the Network comprises organisations involved in research and policy analysis; NGOs working with farmers; farmers’ representative organisations; women and youth in agriculture, interest groups, and land reform and agriculture activists. The members have had informal ties since 2006. In coming together, the members sought to strengthen their respective capacities, complement each other and amplify their collective voices to influence land and agrarian policies and programmes in Zimbabwe. The members of the Network are driven by a shared concern about equity, and social justice in access to land, its utilization and the sharing of benefits arising from productive activities. The network is of value for a variety of reasons which include: the utilitarian (access to information, services, skills, critical mass for advocacy), ideological (solidarity with smallholder farmers and farm workers, unified voice for civil society organisations) and pragmatic (visibility of issues; sharing experiences; common lobby platform; among others). In addition to its external focus, a large percentage of the Network’s activity is devoted to learning about each other’s skills, sharing knowledge, coaching each other and developing innovation in products and strategies.
About the Position
Under the overall authority of the ZiLAN Steering Committee and supervision of the Sam Moyo African Institute for Agrarian Studies (SMAIAS), the Coordinator will be expected to provide overall leadership and management of the ZiLAN.
The Coordinator’s responsibilities will include but not limited to the: Preparation and implementation of long term strategies; Liaising with donor agencies, relevant government departments, development partners and membership of ZiLAN; Chief Operating Officer of ZiLAN responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Trust and implementation of such policies as may be adopted by the Steering Committee;Organise network activities which include research, training and policy dialogue activities and compile minutes of the same; Organising and preparing agenda for Steering Committee Meetings and to serve as its Secretary; Ensure that ZiLAN operates in compliance with Deed of Trust regulations and law relating to governance of Trusts; Preparation of Donor reports and Annual reports for ZiLAN; Development and implementation of fundraising plans and mobilizing resources for ZiLAN projects; Develop quarterly newsletter and manage social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook etc) for ZiLAN; Serve as official spokesperson for ZiLAN.
Applicants must: Possess a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences; A Masters degree will be an added advantage. Have at least three years working experience with civil society in the land and agrarian sector in Zimbabwe; be experienced in fundraising, resource management and preparation of donor reports; demonstrate high level of maturity and able to work independently with minimum supervision.