WeForest is a fast-growing international non-profit organisation headquartered in Belgium and with current projects in Brazil, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia. The mission of the organisation is to advance innovative, scalable and lasting solutions to restore forest and landscapes for climate, people and planet. We promote scientific evidence for the ways in which forests contribute to climate change mitigation, beyond their impacts as stocks of carbon, by increasing water availability, enhancing local biodiversity conservation and rural livelihood and resilience.

Job Summary

The Organisational Development Specialist will be responsible for strengthening the organisational and technical capacity of the program partners in such fields as governance and organisational sustainability, financial management, legal compliance, administration, human resource management, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, among others according to the particular institutional needs. Farm and Forest Community-based Organisations (CBOs) will be supported through a structured process to reach financial and operational autonomy, allowing them to continue to deliver on their mandates toward farmers and forest-dependent communities without relying on project support. The Organisational Development Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Country Director, and in close coordination with the Livelihoods and Enterprise Development Advisor (based in Ndola), as well as the Lead Community Outreach Officer (based in Mpika).



1.       Lead on farm and forest Community-based Organisations (CBO) development

        Lead on WF Zambia’s strategy, process and tools to support project-supported farm and forest CBOs to reach full autonomy through the different components of Organisational Development focusing on Governance, Leadership, Identity & Strategy, Business models and Partnership

        Work closely with project teams to develop and implement strategies to support CBO development through structured processes and throughout the different stages of project cycles (design, planning, implementation, monitoring & evaluation, learning)

2.       Capacity building and facilitation

        Develop and implement a capacity building programme for WF Zambia project teams on CBO development

        Support project teams to develop and implement capacity building programmes for farm and forest CBOs

        As appropriate, directly deliver trainings on identified gaps, or facilitate/coordinate trainings with external trainers

3.       Partnerships, resource mobilisation and financial autonomy

        Lead on resource mobilisation for WF Zambia to implement its’ organisational development strategies

        Support CBOs to secure alternative sources of funding and partnerships, in order to shift away from dependency on project funding

4.       Networking

        Represent WF Zambia on relevant forums related to OD/CBO/CBNRM development

        Network and stay updated on relevant national level policies, trends and programmes.

        Become a thought leader on CBOs for WF Zambia, and keep the organisation updated on relevant national level policies and programmes.

        Create relevant content on WF Zambia’s work with CBOs to communicate and share experiences with external audiences.


Candidate Profile



        A Master’s degree in, Public Administration, Law, Political Science, Social development, Sociology, Anthropology, Business Administration, Economics, Management or equivalent

        Fluent in English (both speaking and writing)

        Minimum 5 years’ relevant experience in Organization Development and CBO Capacity building , track record of working with CBOs, i.e. setting up CBOS from registration up to functioning, preferably with CBOs working on CBNRM.

        Knowledge of policies/framework/trends in Zambia related to Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

        Excellent management, coordination, training, reporting and communication skills

        Flexible in terms of travelling and living conditions

        Excellent team player

        Ability to develop and manage complex budgets

        Possess good facilitation skills and participatory approaches

        Community Based Natural Resource Management (CBNRM) experience will be an added advantage



Terms & Conditions

Position: Full-time employee, 5 or 6 days per week.

Base: Head Office Ndola, Zambia

Start date: As soon as possible, preferably by –/03/2024

Package: Competitive package for a small organisation, level 4b salary package

Interested ?

Please send applications to recruitment.zambia@weforest.org with your CV, a motivation letter, and min.3 recent references by 05/02/2024. References must include at least one former employer and one enterprise that you have supported.

Make sure to mention the job title in the subject of the email, and to indicate where you saw the job post. In your motivation letter, we’d love to read about what makes you interested to work with WeForest Zambia and why you think you are best suited, referring to examples of enterprises or organisations that you have successfully supported in the past. Due to the anticipated high number of applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. We thank you in advance for your interest.