JLI is looking for a Regional Coordinator in Africa for the Faith & Positive Change for Children Initiative

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About JLI

An international collaboration on evidence for faith actors’ activities, contributions, and challenges to achieving humanitarian and development goals. Founded in 2012, JLI came together with a single shared conviction: there is an urgent need to build our collective understanding, through evidence, of faith actors in humanitarianism and development.

Job type: 60-80% time, Remote –August 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022, extension possible pending funding

Reports to: JLI FPCC Global Coordinator

Background

The Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI) is an international collaboration between practitioners and researchers on evidence for faith actors’ roles in achieving development and humanitarian goals. We seek full engagement of the capacities of faith-based groups in the achievement of the SDGs through effective partnerships with public sector and secular entities, as well as among religious groups themselves.

JLI is the knowledge partner in the Faith and Positive Change for Children, Families and Communities Initiative (FPCC). This initiative is a tripartite partnership between JLI, UNICEF and Religions for Peace. It aims to move beyond single-sector, single-faith, small-scale, ad-hoc and sometimes instrumentalist approaches of faith engagement in development and humanitarian work.

FPCC was first piloted in ESAR (East and Southern Africa), and WCAR (West and Central Africa) and is now being replicated in other regions: ROSA (South Asia); MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and LACR (Latin America and the Caribbean). 

JLI is looking for a regional coordinator for Africa – ESAR (East and Southern Africa) and WCAR (West and Central Africa) regions –  based in the region. This position will be fully devoted to supporting the  knowledge production, management and sharing at the regional level.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the tripartite partners, including international and local faith actors within designated countries in the region (as per current FPCC action plans), UNICEF HQ and Regional Offices. 
  • With JLI leadership, identify and/or support a regional training institute to develop plans to operationalize and equip regional and national training teams using the the FPCC Mind Heart Facilitation approach, and document training strategies before and during rollout.  
  • Support the coordination of regional and national training with the identified training institute, e.g. CORAT, including liaising with diverse faith actors and UNICEF staff to identify regional and national  Mind Heart training teams.
  • Work with regional trainers to develop a national training schedules for Mind Heart community mobilization reflecting priorities set by the tripartite.
  • Support the UNICEF Regional and Religions for Peace Regional Office  in organizing Multi-Faith Action Committees for Children, Families and Communities (MFACCs) in each country and at regional level with religious leaders, faith-based organizations and UNICEF staff members. 
  • Oversee documentation of all FPCC activities. 
  • Support the formative research process, as well as the integration, dissemination and roll-out of the regional and national mapping and formative research into FPCC processes.
  • Coordinate the development and rollout of the Monitoring and Evaluation of the initiative’s process by participating on the ME working Group and orienting MFACCs to ME approach.
  • Develop and control deadlines and activities.
  • Manage and control the project’s budget at the regional level and be accountable for delivering against the established goals.
  • Produce regional reports for internal management, stakeholders, and funders.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree in relevant fields, such as international development, faith and development, social sciences.
  • Minimum of 5 years experience managing projects with international, regional and local actors
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Basic understanding of religious literacy, faith and development
  • Highly organized with attention to detail and deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, both independently and with a team.
  • Successful experience working in a multicultural environment.
  • Willing to travel within the region regularly.

Desired:

  • Experience in liaising with local and international faith actors and UN Agencies.
  • Experience with facilitation and learning.

Application Process:

Please send resume, cover letter and references to careers@jliflc.com by July 25, 2022

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