Friday, July 22, 2016

Sector Specialist Land Rights

General information
Starting date: September 1st, 2016
Duration position: 17 months
Workhours: Fulltime (40hours)
About ZOA
ZOA is a Christian international NGO which offers RELIEF to people who are affected by conflict or natural disasters. ZOA wants to contribute to a new perspective of HOPE in which people work together for a promising future in dignity and mutual trust. Together with the affected communities we work on the RECOVERY until they can provide to take care of their livelihoods. The work of ZOA is coordinated from Apeldoorn, the Netherlands. ZOA operates in fifteen countries in Africa, Middle East Region and Asia. ZOA works approximately with 1000 employees worldwide.
ZOA is looking for a
Sector Specialist land rights (f/m)
ZOA's Programme Department
The Sector Specialist will be part of the Programme Department of ZOA Apeldoorn. The Programme department consists of 20 employees, which all have their own expertise. The Programme Department supports the Country Management teams in preparing, developing, implementing and monitoring of the country programmes in line with ZOA policies and guidelines. Other responsibilities of the Programmes employees include contributions to ZOA's systems, policies, donor account management and representation of ZOA in various networks.
Your challenge
Optimizing the quality of programmes through sectoral and thematic support to country offices, policy development, and internal and external knowledge exchange.
Your main tasks and responsibilities
  • Support the Programme Support Unit Manager with thematic expertise;
  • Responsible for providing sectoral / thematic, programmatic support to country offices: sparring partner for colleagues in country offices on the specific theme of the specialist;
  • Initiate and maintain sectoral / thematic policies and related instruments, in cooperation / coordination with the country directors (country policy) and Corporate Secretary (departmental policy);
  • Tracking of relevant policy developments in the sector and translate them into practice and policy of ZOA;
  • Representation of ZOA in networks and forums that are relevant to the theme;
  • Participation in project groups with staff from various departments for the purpose of coordination of monitoring / support of country offices;
  • Promote mutual learning;
  • Support ongoing projects with land rights components with sectoral advice (Burundi, DR Congo and Uganda); promote gender equality in these projects;
  • Help ZOA countries to adopt land rights in their programming;
  • Develop land-right project proposals;
  • Support M&E of land right interventions;
  • Promote land rights as a topic within ZOA;
  • Create a knowledge network on land-rights in fragile environments in which ZOA is a leader and central point. The network includes academia and practitioners from knowledge institutions, INGO's, private sector and government agencies;
  • Participate in international fora
  • Develop ZOA land rights policy;
  • Brand ZOA's land-right expertise to the outside world.
Your profile
  • Being a Christian adhering to the Christian identity of ZOA;
  • The candidate is expected to fully support the vision and mission of ZOA.
  • University degree in the field of international development, law or land-use planning;
  • At least five years field experience in a development country;
  • At least 5 years of specialization on the theme land rights
  • Command of English and preferably French;
  • Legal knowledge of land rights;
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of land-use planning and mapping (GIS);
  • Preferably knowledge of the field of peacebuilding.
  • Entrepreneurial capacities;
  • Networking capacities;
  • Working organized;
  • Accurate and disciplined;
  • Persistent;
  • Customer friendly;
  • Current knowledge and understanding of the field;
  • Research skills;
  • Writing skills;
  • Planning and organizing;
  • Communication skills;
  • Able to bridge differences.

  • Flexible
  • Interpersonal, organizational and intercultural sensitivity.
Special conditions
  • Only candidates with an EU passport or a Dutch work permit will be taken into consideration.
  • The work will be carried out from the head office in the Netherlands. Between 3-6 visits a year to the programme countries of ZOA; approximately 30% of the time.
We offer
ZOA offers you a challenging job, an inspiring and motivated department team and good benefits and remuneration which suits the charities sector.
Do you need more information?
For more information about ZOA, please visit at our website If you have questions about this vacancy, you can contact the HR-department, via email
Interested and you want to apply?
If you are interested in this position, please send your CV and motivation letter before August 15th.
Please provide at least 3 references related to your previous employment listed in the application. References of previous positions held should not be older than five years.
ZOA operates with an equal opportunities policy and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Qualified women and men, people of all nationalities, and cultural backgrounds, and candidates with disabilities are welcome to apply.
Only selected candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the process of recruitment.

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