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Offer: Job: Organisation Development Practitioner (Closing date: Dec. 2, 2013), Cameroon

Source: AWID (see link below)

Well Grounded
Yaoundé, Cameroon
Closing date: December 2, 2013.

Well Grounded is looking for an exceptional person who understands what makes a community group, a non-governmental organisation or an activist group effective and who can share that with organisations in forest countries in Africa. You will be able to help national organisations to get the nuts and bolts in place so that they can get on with delivering their real objectives – positive changes for the environment and local communities. Your sound knowledge of organisation development will enable national organisations to grow and improve their work, making the links between the work they do with communities on the ground and changing policy at a national level. You have a passion for the issues and you understand how to convert that passion into effective action, backed up by solid evidence and communicated clearly. You will be ready and willing to travel extensively, particularly within the Congo Basin and Liberia, to develop and direct your own programme of work and to coordinate with other team members and client organisations to make it as effective as possible.


Well Grounded provides organisation development support to our clients, who are civil society organisations in Africa so that they have the information, skills and resources they need to do their work. In particular, we support organisations that are working for the recognition and respect of the rights of local communities and good governance of natural resources. We also promote change by connecting organisations to build a strong civil society voice. We aim to provide a unique response through our work with each client based on their particular needs and priorities.

At present we have a focus on the Congo Basin, (including Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and the Republic of Congo), and Liberia, where there are many inspirational and dynamic individuals and groups who are working on natural resource management and rights issues – but who struggle to obtain the resources and training they need in order to have a greater impact. We are working with some of these national organisations and networks to support them in a process of organisation development, in which they define for themselves what vision they are working towards, develop for themselves the structure and systems they need to have in place and obtain the resources and training they need to achieve it.

The Well Grounded team currently has six staff members with a range of skills and experience, one of whom will be going on maternity leave in February 2014. We are therefore looking for another team member to join us as of March 1st, 2014, for a one-year contract, subject to renewal. In particular, we are looking for someone with expertise in the theory and practice of organisation development with strong facilitation skills, and ideally someone who also has coaching and/or training experience.

The new staff member will join our existing small but supportive team of three people based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, developing a portfolio of work with groups throughout the Congo Basin and Liberia and providing support on their particular areas of expertise to the rest of the team. They will also work closely with the two London team members.

Well Grounded has a flat structure, with shared decision-making and shared responsibilities between team members. The new team member would be encouraged to participate in the development of the organisation, including taking on management responsibilities, providing support and supervision to colleagues, and contributing to fundraising.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please look at the job description in Word or PDF format, available by following the AWID link below. AWID also has links to the application form in Word or PDF format.

CLOSING DATE: 2nd December 2013, 10am GMT

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