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Social Scientist, Organisational Developer (m/f/d), Gbarnga, Liberia

Deadline 31. March 2020
Type Full time
Location Liberia
Level Mid-career (3-7 years experience required)


Even years after the end of the civil war, the people of Liberia still face a huge number of challenges. The country suffers from weak political structures, the economy is stagnating and in many parts of the country there is a lack of basic infrastructure and government services. People in rural areas in particular often feel neglected. As a result, distrust of the government is common.

This is where the work of our partner organisation FIND comes in. Since 2002, FIND has been working towards peaceful coexistence among the country’s various population groups and assisting victims of human rights violations. Through mediation services, dialogue programmes and educational events in the communities, FIND supports the local population, while at national level it works to change the political framework through lobbying and advocacy initiatives.

In recent years, FIND has become increasingly active in the area of resource conflicts in rural Liberia. As part of its strategic planning for the years ahead, the organisation would like to strengthen its team, which is still very young in parts, and adapt the organisational structure to the changing challenges in order to continue to support and strengthen local dialogue, peace and reconciliation processes effectively.

Specifically, you will carry out the following tasks:

  • You will support FIND in developing a new strategy for its human rights, peace and reconciliation work. You will support the team in conflict analysis and advise the organisation on all aspects of its work at local, regional and national level.
  • You will assist the managing director in the areas of organisational development and project management and advise them on their leadership role and team development.
  • You will work as a coach and mentor for staff and volunteers associated with the organisation in the region.
  • You will train your colleagues in project planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation and help to establish and continuously improve appropriate processes in the organisation.
  • You will advise the organisation on the conceptual development of local dialogue events and human rights work and help in the development and documentation of best practice examples and lessons learned.
  • You will be responsible for the proper spending and management of funds locally in accordance with the donor and AGIAMONDO guidelines. In doing so, you will work in partnership with FIND.

Your profile

  • You have a university degree in social sciences, social work/social education, adult education or a comparable subject and have already been able to gain professional experience in the Global South.
  • You have many years of experience working in organisational development, ideally in community-based organisations in rural areas and under simple conditions. Work experience in Africa is a further advantage.
  • You are familiar with various consulting, coaching and mentoring approaches and are used to planning and implementing tailor-made support and guidance services for individuals and teams.
  • You have experience in adult education and are able to plan and conduct training events for specific target groups.
  • You are interested in human rights, peace-building and reconciliation work and are prepared to familiarise yourself with the basics of this field of work as part of your preparations. Previous experience in this area would be an advantage.
  • You are adaptable, enjoy working effectively under simple conditions and are willing to travel a lot in rural and sometimes remote areas.
  • You can communicate in fluent English, verbally and in writing.
  • You are an EU or Swiss citizen and identify with the goals and concerns of church development and peace-building work and are a member of a Christian church.

What AGIAMONDO offers

  • Individual and thorough preparation
  • Three-year contract, social security and remuneration in accordance with the German Development Aid Workers Act (Entwicklungshelfergesetz)
  • Cultural, language or other professional training, as well as coaching and supervision, individual advice

We look forward to receiving your detailed application by 31/03/2020.

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