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Job Description:

Organizational Overview:

Global Communities is an international NGO with deep roots in over 30 countries across the world covering the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. In Ethiopia, Global Communities’ current main project is the Resilience in Pastoral Areas (RIPA) South - a five-year project funded by USAID Feed the Future and implemented by Global Communities. RIPA South is designed to improve the resilience capacities of households, markets, and governance institutions across 16 target Woredas of Oromia (Borana and East Borana), Somali (Dawa and Liben) and South Ethiopia (South Omo Zone) regions, collectively contributing to enhanced food security and inclusive economic growth for over 107,533 households.

Under RIPA South, AfriScout is focused on the wide distribution and use of the AfriScout mobile app and the implementation of the Regenerative Grazing intervention within the pastoral communities in the target woredas.

AfriScout Overview:

AfriScout is an innovative, Base of Pyramid (BOP) social enterprise and a subsidiary of Global Communities. AfriScout is seeking to improve climate-smart management of Africa’s drylands and the livestock that rely on them by scaling access and use of the mobile application that provides pastoralists with actionable grazing data. With the support of USAID, Google, and other donors, Global Communities developed grazing maps that fuse traditional livestock herding knowledge and practices with real-time satellite imagery on vegetation and water as well as crowdsourced alerts that are then integrated into an android-based mobile application.

Currently, AfriScout is focused on implementing regenerative grazing with the communities to reverse the effects of climate change on the rangelands. This is done by combining the technology, traditional knowledge and regenerative grazing principles to help the users to adapt to climate change, restore their dryland ecosystems to healthier grasslands, improve the value of their livestock and livelihoods, increase food security and earn from offsetting carbon emissions in the rangelands.

Job Summary:

The community engagement coordinator will be a part of the AfriScout field team that is enhancing the way pastoralists make migration decisions by providing relevant digital information. AfriScout, through Global Communities, seeks to recruit an individual who is mission-driven, passionate and experienced in community engagement and mobilization, and is excited about the opportunity to work on a social enterprise project that could have huge impact for some of the most marginalized populations in Ethiopia and across the continent. The social enterprise will be focused launching the AfriScout mobile app in Ethiopia and further integrating its use in regenerative grazing. The successful candidate’s assignment will involve some aspects of field-level management, user education and adoption, zonal stakeholder engagement & management, zonal monitoring and evaluation, and quality assurance.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

Stakeholder engagement

  • Support the AfriScout Operations Manager in liaising with zonal and woreda governments, collaborating NGOs, traditional leaders and other relevant actors.
  • Provide relevant updates of AfriScout’s activities to the assigned stakeholders as highlighted in the Communication Plan. 
  • Product launch and orientation in assigned woredas.
  • Support in event planning and mobilization of community leaders and members to introduce AfriScout and its intended activities.
  • Conduct orientation and training of the communities on Regenerative Grazing principles using AfriScout.
  • Onboard new regenerative grazing units (RGUs) for the Regenerative Grazing & Carbon Project in the assigned areas including the formation of the management structure and grazing bylaws.
  • Support in documentation of the launch and orientation process through minutes, reports, attendance lists, photos etc

Mapping of community grazing areas

  • Support in planning for and execution of community mapping exercises in assigned RGUs including a clearly defined RGU boundary, paddock boundaries and other resources within the RGU.
  • Support in the documentation of the mapping exercise through minutes, reports, attendance lists, photos etc.
  • Work with the Field Agents (FAs) to collect the GPS points of the for digitization of the RGU maps.
  • Support the GIS Consultants to review and verify the digitized maps.

Regenerative Grazing Management

  • Identify ideal kebeles within assigned areas where the Regenerative Grazing & Carbon project can be implemented optimally.
  • Support communities in the development of regenerative plans for wet and dry seasons and monitor the execution of those plans.
  • Provide the community and the management structure with refresher trainings on regenerative grazing.
  • Support execution of supplementary activities related to the RG & carbon project such as facilitating community agreements and benefits sharing discussions.
  • Monitor progress and make recommendation for improvement of all AfriScout and PRM management activities


  • Lead in recruitment, training, coaching and supervision of a cadre of part-time field agents.
  • Management the FAs’ performance according to the assigned targets.
  • Manage field-based team schedules, travel facilitation, payments, and reporting.
  • Performance monitoring and reporting
  • Ensure zonal targets on identified impact metrics are met.
  • Provide ongoing monitoring and quality assurance on user and communities’ feedback as outlined in the Communication Plan.
  • Analyze and produce zonal progress reports.
  • Execute the user/RGU support plan and contribute to the improvement of plans as needed.
  • Manage customer on-boarding and engage for AfriScout Steward app.

Other duties as assigned.

Number of positions: 1

Duration of Contract: 1 year (Renewable)

Department: RIPA South/DRM/AfriScout

Reports to: DRM zonal manager and regional Afrsiscout and PRM coordinator

Duty Station:    Negele, East Borana Zone.

Job Requirements:

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in development-related in Business Administration, community engagement, PRM.NRM, communication or related fields.
  • At least 3+ years of experience in the disciplinary area, e.g., market development / sales & marketing / community development  
  • Demonstrated ability and experience working with pastoral communities
  • A proven skill-set in the area of outreach and extension, facilitation, and community mobilization.
  • Strong local networks in pastoral woredas; experience and relationships working with players in the Ethiopia Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) markets or livestock market system is highly desired.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills in English and Amharic languages. Ability to speak Oromiffa and Somali is a requirement.
  • Basic budgeting, procurement, and staff supervision experience.
  • Proficient smartphone and computer skills and technological savvy; Google Analytics and Firebase Analytics experience a plus.
  • Flexibility and ability to transition across a variety of roles and settings – from the village to the board room.
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to work a nontraditional work schedule.
  • Balance: combining patience, empathy, and honesty with the assertiveness, clout and drive to see any job through to the end.
  • Comfortable working in a start-up environment.
  • Familiarity with aspects of extensive livestock production in Ethiopia is a plus.
  • Strong experience working with digital/GIS applications used by new digital users

Skills and Experience

  • Change-maker: Has a passion for the mission and values of Global Communities and AfriScout
  • Innovator: Seeks creative solutions to problems and challenges existing paradigms
  • Edifier: Able to inspire and motivate a team and build trust with communities
  • Ally: Possesses an appreciation and respect for local customs and traditions

Working Conditions:

  • This position is based in at Zonal capital with up to 60% time traveling to assigned pastoral kebeles within the woredas. 
Job Category:
Business and AdministrationDevelopment and Project ManagementSocial Sciences and Community
Business and Administration, Development and Project Management, Social Sciences and Community
Full time
Full time
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