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Vacancy: Field officer at Jacana

Position:          Field officer in Water Sector

Location:         Starting in Chipata and maybe later during the year other districts in Eastern Province

Start Date:       1-8-2018

 

Background

Jacana supports small Zambian entrepreneurs in realizing their plans to grow. Jacana has two departments one is focussing on general entrepreneurs and the other on entrepreneurs in the water sector

Jacana’s water sector activities are:

  • Training and guiding Entrepreneurs for Water (E4W) in production of Simple, Market based, Affordable and Repairable Technologies (SMART) like locally made pumps and drilling equipment, manually drilled boreholes, installation of pumps and production of ground water recharge systems.
  • Training and guiding Water for Entrepreneurs (W4E), families who use water for business and household.

Both groups are trained in business, financial and marketing skills and will be mentored for at least one year to run and expand their businesses. For more information: www.jacana.help

 

Description

Together with the manager of the water department you will be responsible for the logistics, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting of water projects.

 

Position description

  • Assist in training of entrepreneurs in business, financial and marketing skills, later you will be trained to become a trainer yourself.
  • Assist in technical trainings of welders and manual drillers.
  • Monitor and evaluate the entrepreneurs in the water sector, like visits to drilling sites, monitor welders who produce hand pumps and quality control of installed pumps in the field.
  • Guide the entrepreneurs in expanding their businesses.
  • Assist in writing evaluation reports.
  • Any other task that may be assigned to you by your superior.

 

Qualifications

  • Grade 12 certificate.
  • You have interest, experience, affinity and feeling for technical matters.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills in Nyanja and English.
  • ICT skills a must : Microsoft Word and Excel e.t.c
  • You are flexible, willing to learn and able to work in a small team.
  • You can work independently.
  • Craft certificate would be an added advantage.

 

Are you interested to work in a small team and you are coming from the Eastern Province of Zambia, than we ask you to write a letter of interest and send us your CV before 1st of June 2018.

 

You can send your application including your CV to dinie.nijssen[at]jacana.help or send it to Jacana Foundation, PO Box 510293, Chipata, Zambia.

Zambia lost a great driller

Steven Zulu

With the deepest heartfelt condolences to the family and friends, we wish to announce the passing on of our beloved and hardworking driller Mr. Steven Zulu who passed away on Friday 13th April 2018.

Steven was trained by Jacana in manual drilling, as an entrepreneur he had made good progress and established a promising drilling company and had a good relationship with customers.

He will be greatly missed by Jacana, the colleagues and his customers.

Self-supply is rolling

Msekera field day 2018

Msekera field day 2018

Jacana SMART Training Center trained a year ago welders and drillers to expand their businesses. The welders have learned how to make a rope pump using local materials and the drillers how to drill boreholes manually up to 40 meters deep. In addition, they have all followed a business, financial and marketing training. Jacana has been supporting them for more than a year now. And what is the result?
We see that the entrepreneurs are doing a good job. They have all learned a lot in a year and are already able to manage their businesses. In the beginning they were very dependent on the assignments they received from Jacana. These are the partially sponsored pumps for families in the small villages around Chipata. We soon saw that Self-supply started. By Self-supply we mean that the entrepreneurs, such as the welders and the drillers, sell their products directly to private individuals without the intervention of Jacana or any other organization or NGO.
This does not mean that we leave the welders and the drillers completely to their fate. Jacana still mentors them in business management and guides them in how to approach customers, create contracts, manage depreciation of materials, keep accounting systems etc.
Interestingly we see that more and more families are getting to know the SMARTechs (Simple Market based Affordable Repairable Technologies) and are approaching the welders and drillers directly. Some families first want to consult Jacana before engaging the entrepreneurs.

Self Supply - Partly Sponsored

Self Supply – Partly Sponsored

To guarantee quality, Jacana approves each pump that is placed and issues a quality certificate with the telephone number of the relevant entrepreneur who installed the product. If the pump needs maintenance, the owner can contact the entrepreneur directly.

To our surprise, not only pumps for existing wells (about 400 euros) are bought. Actually, new boreholes were requested from the beginning.They are a lot more expensive (about 900 euros) but the demand is high. Where once a pump is installed in a certain area, we often see that more requests are coming.

Rope pumps installed on ...

Rope pumps installed on …

What is also striking is that even though most pumps are privately owned, the water is shared with an average of 10 families from the area. Private pumps have the advantage that the owner can earn money with the pump and the pumps are better maintained. Apparently, the pumps are also serving the community. We call it: “Private owned, community served”.

mWater map

mWater map

In order to help the welders and the drillers even more, Jacana takes part in field days organized for farmers, students and other interested parties. During these days the drillers show how they drill boreholes manually and people can experience a demo-model of the rope pump. In this way, the entrepreneurs expose what they have to offer and answer questions from interested parties. The response is always huge. After that, the drillers and the welders visit the people who were seriously interested and hope to get orders in this way.
When Jacana is no longer operating in this District, then these entrepreneurs will be able keep on expanding their businesses under one condition, that they need to keep on delivering quality and work in a customer-oriented way.

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