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Focal City Project Coordinator

Focal City Project Coordinator
Salaire / mois
Localisation Dakar / Sénégal
Expiration 23 Janvier 2017
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Description de l'offre
WIEGO Programme Team

WIEGO Dakar Focal City Project Coordinator

WIEGO is a global action-research-policy network that seeks to improve the status of the working poor in the informal economy, especially women. Economic empowerment of these workers is at the heart of WIEGO’s mission. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights and be able to determine the conditions of their work and lives.

By working to strengthen local membership-based organizations (MBOs) of urban informal workers, WIEGO seeks to help them achieve increased representation and increased power, allowing them to engage with City Governments and, when necessary, with National authorities in order to achieve practical improvements and public policy gains in the areas relevant to their lives.

This is a part-time post coordinating WIEGO’s activities in Dakar as part of a defined “Focal City” project that ends on 31 December 2019. The purpose of a Focal City is to intensify WIEGO programs in a given city in order to better understand the urban informal economy and implement key global victories and lessons learned in other contexts and to bring about policy change in that city in support of informal workers by promoting different kinds of platforms: among MBOs, between MBOs and advisors, between MBOs and city officials and other important stakeholders.

Reporting to the Focal Cities Coordinator and working collaboratively with WIEGO Programme Team colleagues in a virtual network and according to the WIEGO Theory of Change, the WIEGO Dakar FC Project Coordinator will be responsible for the following activities:

Represent WIEGO in Dakar in relation to WIEGO’s Focal City project.
Working with relevant WIEGO Programme colleagues, coordinate a set of project activities, and ensure effectiveness, efficiency and collaboration in their implementation.

A final project work-plan is still evolving, but this role is anticipated to require:

Coordinating the production of an initial inception study, that will be comparative with other WIEGO “Focal Cities” studies, and likely to include:
Overview situation of Informal Employment in Dakar

Background documentation: including…
Statistical Overview and Analysis
Legal/policy/regulatory analysis related to labor law, special labor regimes, and laws, by-laws, programs, and other regulations related to the work and agency of workers in informal employment.

Gap analysis re: relevant good practice documentation and case study documentation.
Mapping of grassroots organizations of workers in informal employment, unions, and government stakeholders
Baseline data against which progress towards outcomes will be measured.
Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) and surveys with IWs on the main themes of the project.

Interviews with city officials.
Setting-up and ensuring delivery of capacity-building programs for informal worker leaders in areas identified in a needs assessment. This will be responsive and adapted to local needs but is expected to include:
Strengthening democratic informal workers’ organizations
Legal empowerment

Negotiation skills
Building alliances within the city, including convening regular multi-sector fora as a space for information sharing and discussion of common interests; includes workers, government authorities, and also NGOs, plus researchers/academics.

Coordinating a public awareness campaign to challenge public stereotypes of informal workers and foster goodwill and public pressure in support of dialogues and negotiations.
Ensuring documentation and dissemination of “good/promising practice” at the city level.
Coordinating Learning Exchanges for informal worker leaders of different countries.

Coordinating and convening 2 Policy Dialogues (purpose-driven, non-confrontational, facilitated space between workers and government officials, leading to recommended policy options and outcomes.)
Coordinating and convening a formal ongoing Negotiating Platform for one or more sectors of workers in informal employment (as a space for dialogue and more detailed formal written agreements between workers and government authorities.)

Coordinating as further technical support is required and requested by partners. (This will be responsive to local needs but is likely to include advice on solid waste management for waste pickers, infrastructure improvements for street and market vendors, social protection measures, cross-sector framing of arguments, collective activities of several sectors of workers in informal employment, as well as advice on methods and processes.)

Providing overall project management for WIEGO’s Dakar Focal City project, including preparing local-level donor reports and reviewing accuracy of financial reports.
Ensuring ongoing communication and collaboration within the WIEGO Team.


The successful candidate will be hired as a consultant under annual, renewable contracts, and will work from home supplying own computer and other related required equipment.

The post is expected to require 4 days/week of work. (A second person will be contracted part-time to provide some administrative assistance.)
Monthly payment will be calculated using a daily fee multiplied by the total number of days worked in the month.

The daily fee will be determined by the level of skills, education and experience of the selected candidate, and in line with salaries for other NGOs located in Dakar.

International travel will be required approx. 2-3 times per year.
Skills and Competencies for the Ideal Candidate

Skills and Competencies for the Ideal Candidate

Commitment to and prior experience working in support of the working poor in Informal Employment. WIEGO’s key project sectors in Dakar will include waste pickers, as well as street and market traders – previous experience working with at least one of these groups is required.

Please Note: previous grassroots/local community and or workers organizing/ supporting experience is mandatory.

Native speaker of French, ability to speak Wolof and English (WIEGO’s operating language globally is English.)

Must be locally based, ideally a person who is originally from Senegal and who has lived there for a long period of time.
Have solid local networks of contacts, and a knowledge of the institutional setting in Dakar, in the thematic areas of urban employment, development, and poverty.

At least 5 years experience working with either research and/or policy-advocacy in a local or national context relevant to the informal economy.
Knowledge of human rights.

Highly collaborative working style/approach
Ability to facilitate group meetings of different audiences/participants (including grassroots representatives/workers, NGO reps, researchers, municipal and government officials of varied levels.)

Conflict management skills.
At least 5 years of experience in project management; previous experience with international cooperation projects is an asset.

Good IT skills and ability to work in a virtual context, where colleagues and team members are located globally and not locally)
Some understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods (e.g. surveys, representative sample design, analysis of statistics, focus group discussions, in-depth interviews, etc.) would be ideal.

To apply, please send cover letter and CV as attached Word documents to :

Deadline for applications is January 23rd and interviews will take place in Dakar the week of January 30th, with an expected start date for the position of March 1st.

Further information on WIEGO and its projects can be found at www.wiego.org
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