Africa Wastepicker Coordinator - WIEGO Organization and Representation Programme (ORP)

Part time ‌-‌ ‌Home-based position

About WIEGO

Women‌ ‌in‌ ‌Informal‌ ‌Employment:‌ ‌Globalizing‌ ‌and‌ ‌Organizing‌ ‌(WIEGO)‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ global‌ ‌network‌ ‌focused‌ ‌on‌ ‌securing‌ ‌livelihoods‌ ‌for‌ ‌the‌ ‌working‌ ‌poor,‌ ‌especially‌ ‌women,‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌informal‌ ‌economy.‌ ‌We‌ ‌believe‌ ‌all‌ ‌workers‌ ‌should‌ ‌have‌ ‌equal‌ ‌economic‌ ‌opportunities‌ ‌and‌ ‌rights.‌ ‌WIEGO‌ ‌creates‌ ‌change‌ ‌by‌ ‌building‌ ‌the capacity‌ ‌of informal‌ ‌worker‌ ‌organizations,‌ ‌expanding‌ ‌the‌ ‌knowledge‌ ‌base‌ ‌about‌ ‌the‌ ‌informal‌ ‌economy‌, ‌and‌ ‌influencing‌ global,‌ ‌national‌ ‌and‌ local ‌policies.‌

About WIEGO’s Organization and Representation Programme 

WIEGO’s Organization & Representation Programme (ORP) helps informal workers’ organizations build their organizational and leadership capacity, connect to each other, and align with allies as they fight to improve the working conditions and livelihoods of their members. As part of this work, ORP documents organizing strategies and provides technical and strategic support for promoting the organization and representation of informal workers in the context of the international and national trade union and cooperative movements.

One of ORP’s priorities is to promote and support the establishment of sector based network organizations of informal workers. To date global network organizations exist for street vendors (StreeNet International), domestic workers (the International Domestic Workers Federation), and most recently for home based workers (HomeNet International). These global network organizations are a critical constituency for WIEGO in general and ORP in particular, and they play an important part in determining the work of WIEGO. 

About the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers  and waste picker organizations in Africa 

The Global Alliance of Waste Pickers (globalrec.org) is a ORP-supported networking process among waste picker organizations with groups in more than 28 countries covering mainly Latin America, Asia and Africa. The process started during the 1st World Conference of Wastepickers in 2008 held in Bogota Colombia. Since then, a growing number of waste pickers organizations have developed in Africa. Some of them have strong linkage with WIEGO team members and consultants working in that region under a number of projects (Senegal, Ghana, SouthAfrica), others are less directly connected to WIEGO but are part of the Global Alliance of Wastepickers process (Nigeria, Kenya, Mali.  WIEGO and the Global Alliance are also aware that there are many other countries in Africa  where  waste pickers organizations exist, such as Egypt, Tanzania, Mozambique, and others. 

About the role

WIEGO has in place six consultants supporting waste pickers organizations in three cities/countries in Africa. As the solid waste management sector develops in Africa, and as it shows signs of “modernization”, so have the threats to the livelihoods of unorganized and organized waste pickers across the region grow. This in turn has increased the  need for strong independent organizations of waste pickers at local, national and regional level , including the  need for solid regional strategies and alliances  to face and overcome the challenges to waste pickers' livelihoods. 

For all the above reasons, WIEGO in partnership with the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers has decided to appoint a Regional Wastepicker Coordinator who working closely  with WIEGO team members and waste pickers organizations in Africa, will be responsible for   coordinating and advising on the implementation of projects with waste pickers in Africa with the aim of  developing a common overarching strategy. She-he-they will also be responsible for articulating advocacy efforts to support waste pickers organizations in the region. 

Specific tasks will include

  • Work with WIEGO Waste team members and strategic partners to develop a critical analysis of  waste trends in Africa, with a view to promoting an inclusive  orientation to waste pickers organizations and to facilitating  the development and coordination of city and country plans based on this analysis;
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of an Africa regional strategy to defend waste pickers livelihoods and ensure that WIEGO consultants and team members working with waste pickers in the region work in support of the regional strategy. 
  • Facilitate the communication among waste picker organizations in Africa by organizing meetings and provide capacity building in  collaboration  with the Globalrec Support team
  • Work  closely  with WIEGO  Coordinators and consultants implementing projects in the region (Focal Cities and Reducing Waste in Coastal Cities in Accra and Dakar, and the cities of  Johannesburg and Tshwane in South Africa) 
  • Interconnect local/national/sub-regional work, and link to regional and global wastepickrs efforts whenever possible;
  • Mobilize strategic alliances and partnerships in support of the regional analysis
  • Work with ORP African Coordinator to identify and implement capacity-building strategies and provide learning opportunities to members;
  • Attend ORP and Waste team meetings and other duties as required.
  • Support  documentation of WIEGO’s work across the region with waste pickers.
  • Participate in different meetings with partners in the region.
  • Prepare reports and evaluations on activities developed with waste pickers

Ideal Candidates’ Skills

  • A strong background in solid waste management or environmental issues plus 5 years of relevant experience. Strong understanding of dynamics around informal recycling and waste pickers is required.
  • A communicator and activist (organizer) with interest/experience working on social justice, workers’ rights, human rights, and women’s rights. Direct experience of working closely with waste picker organizations would be an advantage. 
  • Understanding of the issues associated with  informal work 
  • Motivation, autonomy and respect for teamwork, internationally and virtually, highly skilled in coordination of several team members
  • Experience in developing, implementing, evaluating and improving campaigns, programs and projects, with the ability to transform complex and technical information into simple messages to inform and influence public opinion;
  • Excellent English skills (eg. editing) and a very good command of French and/or Arabic or another language spoken in Africa. The ability to communicate in local languages with waste pickers  in the country of origin as well as across the region  will be an added advantage.
  • This position is open for African based applicants only , ideally attached or related to an already existing waste picker organization .

Supervision

  • The African WP Coordinator will be a member of the ORP team. She-he-they will work collaboratively with the Globalrec support team, individual waste pickers organizations in Africa and WIEGO consultants working in the region. The consultant will work under the supervision of Wastepicker International Coordinator and ORP Programme Director. 

Schedule and Remuneration

  • This is a part time consultant contract position for approximately 120 days work between the time of appointment and the end of March 2022. 
  • The pay rate will be negotiated according to experience, skills and the role and discussed with the successful candidate
  • Depending on funds available and other factors, the contract may be renewable. 
  • Days worked must be accounted for. The consultant may send an invoice for the days worked at the end of each month. 
  • This is a part-time, home-based position. Therefore a computer and a stable internet connection are required.

Equal employment opportunity

  • We welcome you regardless of your gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, physical ability, or any other status unrelated to the performance of the job. Women based in Africa are strongly encouraged to apply.


We invite all qualified candidates to apply by sending a CV and cover letter to recruit@wiego.org with CC to info@globalrec.org by May 14th 2021.

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