Concern Worldwide

Fellowship Number: 
07-04
Field Location: 
Lusaka, Zambia
Policy Location: 
Dublin, Ireland
General Scope of Work: 
Integrating agriculture and nutrition
Description of Organization: 

Concern Worldwide is a humanitarian, non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty. We work in 23 of the world’s poorest countries and have over 3,000 staff.  Our headquarters is located in Ireland. We also have offices in the UK and the US.

Our mission – what we do.

Our mission is to help people living in extreme poverty achieve major improvements in their lives which last and spread without ongoing support from Concern Worldwide. To this end, Concern Worldwide will work with the poor themselves, and with local and international partners who share our vision, to create just and peaceful societies where the poor can exercise their fundamental rights. To achieve this mission we engage in long term development work, respond to emergency situations, and seek to address the root causes of poverty through our development education and advocacy work.

Our vision – for change.

Concern Worldwide’s vision is a world where no-one lives in poverty, fear or oppression;  where all have access to a decent standard of living and the opportunities and choices essential to a long, healthy and creative life; a world where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

Project Description: 

The Realigning Agriculture to Improve Nutrition (RAIN) project aims to reduce the prevalence of stunting in children in Mumbwa District, Zambia, by providing a combination of agricultural, nutrition and health interventions. The project is designed to address the food, health and care determinants of malnutrition during the ‘window of opportunity’ in the first 1000 days of life from conception to two years, to maximise impact on nutritional status.Project activities focus on increasing year-round production and consumption of diverse nutritious foods at the household level through improved homestead food production and through behavior change communication. A unique component of the RAIN project is the coordination and alignment of Zambian agriculture and health sector activities at the district and community levels to promote synergy in their work and to optimize impact on stunting. Experiences from this process will be shared with national and international-level stakeholders.

Field Placement: 

During his/her field year, the Fellow will be based in the Concern Lusaka office with regular travel to the RAIN project field office in Mumbwa District, where he/she will work closely with project beneficiaries and collaborating partner organizations (including the local government).

The fellow will mainly work on the agricultural component of the RAIN project, taking the lead in the development and implementation of a marketing strategy for surplus homestead food production. The strategy development will include exploring social marketing techniques to increase the market demand for nutritious vegetables and exploring options to further capitalize on the project’s women’s group approach for horticulture production.

The fellow will also play a key role in documenting and disseminating key learning from the RAIN project at various meetings at the national and international level. Through their active involvement in and exposure to RAIN project activities and the realities on the ground, the fellow will gain important experience and perspectives during the field year with regard to food and nutrition security issues in rural Zambia. 

Policy Placement: 

The fellow will work within the Social and Economic Development Unit (SEDU) to support Concern’s Food Income and Markets (FIM) programs. The fellow will act in an advisory capacity for other Concern country programs that would like to include a marketing component in their nutrition or agriculture programs. The fellow will also provide support to Concern’s overall FIM program as it engages in strategic new partnerships with the private sector, research institutes and universities.  Further, the fellow will support organizational goals through the facilitation of learning from and between FIM programs.

Education/Experience Required: 
  • Master’s degree in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Economics, Agriculture Development, Business Administration or related background
  • At least one year experience in working in development, ideally with an NGO, in the field of food security, agriculture or related field.
  • Knowledge of marketing of agricultural produce
  • Experience in giving presentations to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Interest in policy and advocacy work related to food and nutrition security
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to stay in a rural area with basic infrastructure only for longer periods of time
  • Very good knowledge of computer applications (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Passion for working with and for extreme poor people and contributing to the improvement of the nutrition situation in the area

Desired:

  • BA/BS in agriculture, communications, development studies
  • Experience in programs that target women and contribute to their empowerment
  • Experience in working in food and nutrition security – either in rural (Southern) Africa directly or at advocacy/ policy level
  • Experience in qualitative and/or quantitative research
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation, ideally of food and nutrition security programs
  • Experience in working as part of an international team
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and self-starter (or high potential to gradually move there)