Job Title: Programme Officer (Health and Water)
1. Background
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), as the implementation agency of the Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA), has been actively supporting the Government of the Republic of Zambia since the 1980s with a wide range of its focus areas of cooperation, including water supply and health system strengthening. JICA has been assisting the Zambian Government to secure safe and quality water supply under the Government Policies and Programmes, including the Water Policy and National Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (NRWSSP) (2006-2015) and the National Urban Water Supply and Sanitation Programme (NUWSSP) (2009-2030). In line with the National Health Strategic Plan (NHSP) 2011-2015, JICA is also supporting the implementation of several health programmes such as community-based child health promotion, management of health infrastructure and equipment, health care financing, and HIV treatment.
The programme officer is required to handle JICA activities related to water supply and health in close consultation with Assistant Resident Representatives and Project Formulation Advisor of JICA Zambia Office.
2.  Scope of work
(1) To support management and implementation of the JICA Projects (ODA loan, grant aid, technical cooperation and Training) and programmes, including procurement, disbursement, monitoring, evaluation and follow-up.
(2) To support project formulation (needs survey and project finding)
(3) To participate in relevant meetings, workshops, and conferences of the Water and Health Sector, which are held by JICA, the Government of Zambia or other cooperating partners (CPs) and NGOs, to compile brief summary reports of meetings with analysis on what was presented and discussed, and to share documents distributed at these meetings.
(4) To collect and analyze related information of the Water and Health Sector such as law, policies & programmes of the Government, programmes of CPs, current status and challenge of the sectors.
(5) To support survey or evaluation teams from Japan and other countries, including necessary arrangements of appointments with the Ministries and CPs, any other logistical issues.
(6) To support public relations activities.
(7) Any other duties as may be required by JICA Zambia Office.
3. Expected outcome
(1) Monthly work plans and reports on the activities conducted
(2) Written minutes or summary reports of meetings attended
(3) Develop good network with stakeholders
(4) Compile reports on related information, including facts and findings in Water and Health (through literature review, interviews etc.) and the analysis conducted
4. Qualifications
(1) Bachelor of Art degree in Development Studies or related Faculty/Field. Masters with degree would be an added advantage.
(2) Experience in Project Management and Logistic Coordination in similar companies and / or organizations of at least 3 years in the field of Water Sector and/or Health Sector.
(3) Experience in projects in other CPs would be an added advantage
(4) Good computer skills including a solid command of MS word, excel, power point and e-mail / internet
(5) Good interpersonal and communication skills and ready to work in a multicultural environment
(6) No more than 35 years of age
Only those candidates who meet the above requirements should submit their application letters, CV and a description on why you think you are the best candidate (maximum ONE sheet of A4 size paper) by e-mail to;, stating “Recruitment of Programme Officer” in the subject line. Deadline for submission of applications is 21 January, 2016, at 17:00 hours
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