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Branch: Maerua
Branch code: 282273
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The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) is a Non-Governmental Organisation with the vision to see Namibia where people manage the environment for sustainable livelihoods. The DRFN works collaboratively in all sectors involved in management and use of natural resources, concentrating on the lands and livelihoods, energy and water sectors, with Government, commercial entities, non-Governmental and community-based organisations.
Oxfam is a global movement of people who won’t live with poverty and work together to end this injustice for everyone. Oxfam believes in working toward a world in which all people can influence the decisions that affect their lives, are safer and better able to recover from crises and disasters, and can exercise their rights and responsibilities as full citizens of a world in which everyone is treated and valued equally.
The Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) and Oxfam are seeking the employment of a suitable candidate to fill the position of
ASSAR Research Uptake Officer
(2 year fixed term)

to provide and strengthen in country and regional support to the ASSAR (Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions) project in Namibia. ASSAR is a research-based project that seeks to deepen understanding of climate vulnerability and climate change adaptation in semi-arid regions, and help transform current climate change adaptation practice to a mode that achieves effective, widespread and sustained adaptation to advance adaptive livelihoods for vulnerable groups.
The role of the incumbent is to support the delivery of ASSAR’s Southern Africa Regional Research Team’s in-country Research-into-Use (RiU) agenda in Namibia; assist the Research Team to plan strategically in order for its research outputs to have impact in both policy and practice at a local, national and regional level; meet ASSAR donor requirements; ensure programme learning is effective; facilitate engagement with internal and external stakeholders for learning and influence; organise stakeholder events; support, organise and co-facilitate stakeholder-inclusive analytical processes; liaise and collaborate with the ASSAR RiU internal and external partners; and to support capacity-building of stakeholders.
Applicants shall have proven experience of strong project management skills, ensuring programme delivery and overseeing programme/contract finances. Demonstrable experience in leading and facilitating stakeholder engagement is essential, with experience in multi-stakeholder processes being advantageous. Proven ability to engage, motivate and influence decision-makers, practitioners and wider networks. Understanding and knowledge of the influencing and policy advocacy and development policy and practice in semi-arid regions with a strong emphasis on governance, at national and regional level. Experience of integrating gender equality into wider programme objectives. Excellent written and oral communication, facilitation and representation skills and the ability to work at the interface of research and policy and practice domains.
A relevant post-graduate qualification is a necessary requirement with at least a Master’s degree in a field related to governance, environmental policy, climate change. Proven experience of working in (a) development policy & practice and/or (b) with development research programmes would be an added advantage. The post will be a part-time position (50% / 20 hours per week)
Applicants should submit a covering letter of no more than 2 to 3 pages in which they (a) highlight their relevant skills and experience and (b) stating why they think they are the right person for the position. Applicants shall also submit their Curriculum Vitae and names and contact information of at least two recent referees.
Applications shall be submitted in hard copy to:
The Executive Director
No 7 Rossini Street
The Executive Director
P.O. Box 20232

For further information and to request the Terms of Reference please contact Ms A van Wyk at

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12h00 on 6 November 2015
Mailed applications bearing a date stamp after this time and date, shall not be considered.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015

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