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30 Sep, 2020
30 Sep, 2020
ABALOBI (meaning ‘traditional fisher’ in the isiXhosa language) is a non-profit organisation based in South Africa but with a global reach. They work with small-scale fishers through the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and capacity building to foster more sustainable fisheries management and the realisation of thriving coastal fishing communities.
We address inequality, the general lack of fisheries data, safety at sea concerns, and limited market access within small-scale fisheries through our unique ‘Tech & Touch’ approach. Based in Cape Town, South Africa, we operate projects in South Africa, the Comoros and the Seychelles and are scaling our impact globally in 2020.
Their approach to community development and upliftment is expressed through the ABALOBI Theory of Change, based on the hypothesis that sustainable development can only take place through fisheries change pathways that integrate ecological, social and economic concerns. Enabling small-scale fishers to record their own catches and visualise their data collectively, coupled with capacity building, the development of a fully traceable, storied seafood offering and consistent market access will empower them to engage in the market from a more equitable position.
In turn, this will increase the value of their livelihoods and ultimately catalyse fishers’ engagement in adaptive fisheries management and promote thriving, sustainable and equitable small-scale fishing communities. They view fisher livelihoods as much more than catching and selling fish – rather, they are an enterprise that requires a specialised skill set as any other small business owner or co-operative would require. A fisher who embarks on and engages in the ABALOBI Journey will develop his/her skills to contribute to a small community enterprise that will be able to grow and diversify their market access and opportunities. This growth will lead to a broader impact on other individuals and businesses as they too will benefit from these growing networks.
Job Title: Community Outreach & Training Officer
Location: Cape Town
Start date: Start as soon as possible.
Employment Type: This is a short term 6-month contract with job trial period of 60 days, and possibility for extension towards longer term employment.
The purpose of this position is to recruite a tech-savvy, vibrant individual to join their team as a Community Outreach and Training Officer. The purpose of the role is to support and coordinate fisher training engagements as part of ABALOBI’s Community Development (CD) programme. The position will suit a motivated, proactive and organised individual who gets as excited as we do about harnessing ‘touch + tech’ solutions to upskill marginalised communities. The purpose of the role, Community Outreach and Training Officer, is to support and coordinate fisher training engagements as part of ABALOBI’s Community Development (CD) programme. The individual will support the preparation of training materials for both e-learning and in-situ training events. The officer will assist with coordination and implementation of capacity building engagements as well as participating in post event follow-up and evaluation activities. The training officer will also be responsible for coordinating a team of community based coaches, providing assistance, equipping them with materials and monitoring their progress. In addition to explicit training engagements and the community based coach system, the individual will be responsible for running the ABALOBI Fisher app support center, managing our Community Whatsapp channels and driving the uptake and promotion of our Whatsapp based ABALOBI E-Learning Center.
Applicants should apply by emailing a letter of motivation, resume (CV) as well as a one minute video outlining your motivation for applying to the job to [email protected].
Contract terms and remuneration
Application Deadline: Wednesday, 30 September, 2020
For more information about GCRC, refer to http://abalobi.info/about/