Startup Cooperative Strengthening and Empowerment Expert- USAID-funded Commercially-Viable, Conflict Free Gold Project

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 June 2019

Job Description

Global Communities is seeking an experienced consultant who will provide technical assistance and support to artisanal gold mining cooperatives identified as key collaborators under the CVCFG program, as well as oversee all start up activities that target upstream capacity building within the conflict-free gold supply chain. Project supported cooperatives are made up of artisanal miners, working officially designated artisanal mining zones (ZEAs). The Cooperative Strengthening and Mining Expert will work in close collaboration with the Global Communities headquarters-based Cooperative Development Specialist who advises CVCFG cooperative strengthening activities.

This is a temporary position based in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo. This position will report to the Chief of Party or his/her designee (e.g. Acting Chief of Party).
* Note: This position is not a guarantee of permanent employment with the project


As one of the main local point of contact for the CVCFG headquarters based team during the CVCFG start up process, the Cooperative Strengthening and Empowerment Expert will oversee DRC project operations in collaboration with the Chief of Party/Acting Chief of Party, serving as the most senior in-country and security point of contact to Global Communities headquarters. S/He will also represent Global Communities and the program as needed. Specific responsibilities include:
* Work in close collaboration with the program Chief of Party or Acting Chief of Party to accomplish start up activity goals, objectives and targets;
* With technical support from the Global Communities Headquarters-based Cooperative Development team, conduct a baseline assessment of cooperatives likely to be engaged under CVCFG via the Cooperative Performance Index (CPI);
* Oversee local implementation of site selection/cooperative selection process in collaboration with the Chief of Party and/or Acting Chief of Party;
* Provide key written contributions to program reports including monthly performance reports, learning documents, quarterly blogs and USAID semi-annual reports; and
* Supervise the Cooperative Strengthening Specialist who will oversee the collection, analysis and management of data/knowledge to track program progress and to provide recommendations for ongoing improvements and adaptation during the startup period of the program.

* Weekly reports completed that highlight activities completed towards completing per the scope of work outlined above;
* PI baseline activity conducted with inputs obtained and shared;
* Site Selection activity managed and executed;
* Weekly calls with Headquarters-based Chief of Party and/or Acting Chief of Party and headquarters-based Cooperative Development Specialist.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

* Ability to communicate effectively and develop relationships with communities and government officials in Eastern DRC;
* Basic understanding of the challenges and opportunities for DRC-based small and medium enterprises (SME) who wish to access regional and international markets.
* Knowledge of precious minerals trade-related policies and activities a plus.
* Ability to provide capacity building and lead training on business strategy and business planning best practices, feasibility studies, and cooperative governance and membership roles and responsibilities.
* Knowledge of basic accounting a plus.


* Bachelor’s degree with 7 - 10 years of work experience or a master’s degree with at least 5 years of work experience.
* At least 4 years of work experience in cooperative development and strengthening, SME development, and/or business consulting and strategic planning.
* Understanding of ASM cooperatives business model in the DRC a plus.
* Excellent interpersonal skills;
* Fluency in written and spoken French and Swahili.
* Proficient in written and spoken English
* Experience with USAID-funded programs highly preferred;
* Supervisory experience strongly preferred

About the Organization


The mission of Global Communities (formerly CHF International) is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.

In December 2018, Global Communities and its multi-national consortium of partners were recently awarded the $12 million USAID/DRC-funded Commercially Viable, Conflict-Free Gold (CVCFG) program (2018-2023), to develop and deliver a program to establish a sustainable, conflict-free, artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) gold supply-chain originating in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Through this program, we will identify scalable models for successfully linking ASM cooperatives, traders and responsible gold exporters to key international markets.

The three primary objectives of the program include:
* Increasing demand for, and co-investment in conflict-free traceable ASM gold from Eastern DRC (Objective 1)
* Increasing exports of traceable ASM gold from Eastern DRC (Objective 2)
* Improving governance and business operations of ASM gold Cooperatives (Objective 3)

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