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Call for CVs: Research Manager in Mozambique

Call for CVs: Research Manager in Mozambique

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Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from brilliant candidates for a mix of long- and short-term positions for upcoming opportunities to contribute to stability and preventing violent extremism in Mozambique.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 December 2021

Submit a CV and Cover Letter to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

Our work

Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organizations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and USA, we have a long-standing record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict, poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we are helping create a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

Since 2010, we’ve been working with governments, development actors and communities across East Africa to better understand the nature of complex challenges such as insecurity, extremism, and weak governance. Our role has focussed on helping catalyse more effective, collective action, including through;

  • Monitoring, analysis and reportingof events, programmes and policies.
  • Identifying at-risk groupsand networks of positive influence around them.
  • Examining under-researched issues, such as the role of women, the private sector, or gangs in extremism.
  • Facilitating the design of new initiativesdesigned to prevent and counter extremism
  • Engaging with communities and governmentrepresentatives to strengthen local capacities, strategies and plans

 Our approach

Our approach is founded upon a commitment to help those at the heart of driving change ‘learn and adapt as they go’, equipping them with knowledge and learning both about the impact of their interventions, as well as how the wider system is changing.  The power of this approach lies in our distinctive capability to bring to bear:

  • A focus on forging collective action – We are expert in understanding how learning must serve lots of different actors within complex systems to work more effectively on collective interests;
  • Harnessing a diversity of perspectives – We are able to access and harness multiple interests and perspectives, generating dynamic knowledge and understanding as the system grows and moves;
  • Empowering those with less power – We are able to assess how the structures and flows of information exclude and disempower, and offer powerful ways to ensure the voices of marginalised, vulnerable populations are heard;
  • Deep understanding of the political economy – We bring a unique ability to situate hyper-local perspectives within the wider political economy, leveraging deep relationships with an extensive understanding of policy frameworks, institutional ecosystems and political dynamics;
  • Expertise in prototyping and testing interventions – We are expert in the design, innovation and testing of prototype initiatives, minimum viable products and pilot projects to accelerate learning and adaptation.

Our requirement

The skills and expertise you’ll bring

Wasafiri is actively pursuing a number of upcoming opportunities focused on peace and stability in Mozambique funded through various donors. We are searching for candidates to put forward on proposals and, eventually, programmes, pending funding.

These will be demanding roles that come with high expectations. In particular, you will bring:

  1. Relevant sectoral or thematic experience: You will have at least 5 years of experience working in some (or all) of the areas pertinent to the range of opportunities we are pursuing. These include:
    1. Community-security relationships
    2. Local governance and institutional strengthening
    3. P/CVE
    4. Peacebuilding
    5. Climate change
  2. Strong research and evaluation expertise: You will bring high-quality expertise in:
    1. Managing teams of researchers and enumerators
    2. Supporting the design and implementation of research assignments
    3. Capacity building researchers
    4. Quality assuring field notes
    5. Supporting analysis and production of research products.
  3. Experience managing a diverse team: You will be able to provide examples of managing a team of diverse members, both in person and remotely. You will also have experience or feel comfortable working in an integrated consortium of partners and supporting your team to actively contribute across this integrated platform.
  4. Experience working with vulnerable populations: You will be able to speak to your experience and approaches working with vulnerable or at-risk populations, including women, youth, or other marginalised groups.
  5. Essential qualifications: You will have the following qualifications:
    1. At least 5 years experience in one or more of the above sectoral areas and technical skills
    2. Experience working in Cabo Delgado
    3. Relevant university qualifications
    4. Excellent oral and written communication skills in Portuguese, Swahili, Muani and/or Makonde
    5. Good oral and written communication skills in English
    6. Right to live and work in Mozambique

Application details

  • The Research Manager role will be based in Pemba or Maputo with frequent travel to northern provinces.

Contracting arrangements

  • You will be contracted to Wasafiri as an independent consultant
  • Competitive daily consulting rates will be negotiated on a case-by-case basis, based on the role, seniority, and previous experience
  • Completion of satisfactory business references and background checks are essential conditions of employment.

Further information

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Clearly indicate the role title “Research Manager – Mozambique” in the email subject
  3. Please include a short cover letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your technical expertise and qualifications
    3. Your experience working on relevant sectors and issues
    4. 3 professional references
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV and cover letter
    2. We will not accept CV’s longer than 3 pages
    3. At this stage we do not require samples of your work or proof of qualifications

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: 15 December 2021
  2. Please submit your Cover Letter and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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Knowledge and Learning Director for upcoming proposals in Mozambique

Knowledge and Learning Director for upcoming proposals in Mozambique

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Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from brilliant candidates for the long-term position of Knowledge and Learning Director for two upcoming opportunities to contribute to stabilisation and governance in Northern Mozambique.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 15 December 2021

Submit a CV and Cover Letter to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

Our work

Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organizations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and USA, we have a long-standing record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict, poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we are helping create a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

 

Since 2010, we’ve been working with governments, development actors and communities across East Africa to better understand the nature of complex challenges such as insecurity, extremism, and weak governance. Our role has focussed on helping catalyse more effective, collective action, including through;

 

  • Monitoring, analysis and reportingof events, programmes and policies.
  • Identifying at-risk groupsand networks of positive influence around them.
  • Examining under-researched issues, such as the role of women, the private sector, or gangs in extremism.
  • Facilitating the design of new initiativesdesigned to prevent and counter extremism
  • Engaging with communities and governmentrepresentatives to strengthen local capacities, strategies and plans

 

Our approach

Our approach is founded upon a commitment to help those at the heart of driving change ‘learn and adapt as they go’, equipping them with knowledge and learning both about the impact of their interventions, as well as how the wider system is changing.  The power of this approach lies in our distinctive capability to bring to bear:

 

  • A focus on forging collective action – We are expert in understanding how learning must serve lots of different actors within complex systems to work more effectively on collective interests;
  • Harnessing a diversity of perspectives – We are able to access and harness multiple interests and perspectives, generating dynamic knowledge and understanding as the system grows and moves;
  • Empowering those with less power – We are able to assess how the structures and flows of information exclude and disempower, and offer powerful ways to ensure the voices of marginalised, vulnerable populations are heard;
  • Deep understanding of the political economy – We bring a unique ability to situate hyper-local perspectives within the wider political economy, leveraging deep relationships with an extensive understanding of policy frameworks, institutional ecosystems and political dynamics;
  • Expertise in prototyping and testing interventions – We are expert in the design, innovation and testing of prototype initiatives, minimum viable products and pilot projects to accelerate learning and adaptation.

Our requirement

The skills and expertise you’ll bring

Wasafiri is actively pursuing a number of upcoming opportunities focused on peace and stability in Mozambique funded through various donors. We are searching for candidates to put forward on proposals and, eventually, programmes, pending funding.

These will be demanding roles that come with high expectations. In particular, you will bring:

  1. Relevant sectoral or thematic experience: You will have at least seven years of experience working in some (or all) of the areas pertinent to the range of opportunities we are pursuing. These include:
    1. Community-security relationships
    2. Local governance and institutional strengthening
    3. P/CVE
    4. Peacebuilding
    5. Climate change
  2. Strong technical skills and expertise: You will bring high-quality expertise in the technical areas required for the Knowledge and Learning Director. These include:
    1. The design and implementation of research agendas and learning strategies
    2. The design of qualitative and quantitative research studies
    3. Theory of change design and monitoring
    4. Results framework design and monitoring
    5. The development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including the use of innovative approaches to measuring change in complex and fragile environments
    6. Support to gender and conflict sensitivity plans and analysis
    7. The design and implementation of adaptive management approaches, including the use of problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA)
    8. The development of knowledge uptake and influencing strategies
  3. Experience managing a diverse team: You will be able to provide examples of managing a team of diverse members, both in-person and remotely. You will also have experience or feel comfortable working in an integrated consortium of partners and supporting your team to actively contribute across this integrated platform.
  4. Experience working with vulnerable populations: You will be able to speak to your experience and approaches working with vulnerable or at-risk populations, including women, youth or other marginalised groups.
  5. Essential qualifications: You will have the following qualifications:
    1. At least 7 years experience in one or more of the above sectoral areas and technical skills
    2. At least 10 years experience of progressive seniority in research design and monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
    3. Experience working in fragile or conflicted affected regions
    4. Relevant university qualifications
    5. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
    6. Ability to communicate in Portuguese, Swahili, Muani and/or Makonde is highly desired.
  6. Desirable qualifications: The following will be regarded as strong assets in your application:
    1. Previous work experience in Mozambique and in particular, Cabo Delgado
    2. Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Application details

  • The role will be based in Pemba, or Maputo with frequent travel to northern provinces.
  • The position will be contracted as a long-term, project-based staff member to Wasafiri, dependent on the award of the contract.

Further information

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Clearly indicate the role title “Knowledge & Learning Director – Mozambique” in the email subject
  3. Please include a short cover letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your technical expertise and qualifications
    3. Your experience working on relevant sectors and issues
    4. 3 professional references
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV and cover letter
    2. We will not accept CV’s longer than 3 pages
    3. At this stage we do not require samples of your work or proof of qualifications

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: 15 December 2021
  2. Please submit your Cover Letter and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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Knowledge and Learning Director for upcoming proposals in Somalia

Knowledge and Learning Director for upcoming proposals in Somalia

Scott Hinkle

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Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from brilliant candidates for the long-term position of Knowledge and Learning Director for two upcoming opportunities to contribute to stabilisation and governance in Somalia.

Deadline for applications: Monday 15 November 2021

Submit a CV and Cover Letter to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

Our work

Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organizations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and USA, we have a long-standing record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict, poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we are helping create a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

 

Since 2010, we’ve been working with governments, development actors and communities across East Africa to better understand the nature of complex challenges such as insecurity, extremism, and weak governance. Our role has focussed on helping catalyse more effective, collective action, including through;

 

  • Monitoring, analysis and reportingof events, programmes and policies.
  • Identifying at-risk groupsand networks of positive influence around them.
  • Examining under-researched issues, such as the role of women, the private sector, or gangs in extremism.
  • Facilitating the design of new initiativesdesigned to prevent and counter extremism
  • Engaging with communities and governmentrepresentatives to strengthen local capacities, strategies and plans

 

Our approach

Our approach is founded upon a commitment to help those at the heart of driving change ‘learn and adapt as they go’, equipping them with knowledge and learning both about the impact of their interventions, as well as how the wider system is changing.  The power of this approach lies in our distinctive capability to bring to bear:

 

  • A focus on forging collective action – We are expert in understanding how learning must serve lots of different actors within complex systems to work more effectively on collective interests;
  • Harnessing a diversity of perspectives – We are able to access and harness multiple interests and perspectives, generating dynamic knowledge and understanding as the system grows and moves;
  • Empowering those with less power – We are able to assess how the structures and flows of information exclude and disempower, and offer powerful ways to ensure the voices of marginalised, vulnerable populations are heard;
  • Deep understanding of the political economy – We bring a unique ability to situate hyper-local perspectives within the wider political economy, leveraging deep relationships with an extensive understanding of policy frameworks, institutional ecosystems and political dynamics;
  • Expertise in prototyping and testing interventions – We are expert in the design, innovation and testing of prototype initiatives, minimum viable products and pilot projects to accelerate learning and adaptation.

Our requirement

Your style and approach

We have a unique culture and way of working. To thrive here you’ll feel at home in an informal work environment, have a collaborative approach, a proactive hunger to make things happen and a commitment to high quality in all you do.

The skills and expertise you’ll bring

Wasafiri is actively pursuing a number of upcoming opportunities focused on stability, governance and peacebuilding in Somalia funded through various donors. We are searching for candidates across a range of programmes and roles to put forward on proposals and, eventually, programmes, pending funding.

These will be demanding roles that come with high expectations. In particular, you will bring:

  1. Relevant sectoral or thematic experience: You will have at least seven years of experience working in some (or all) of the areas pertinent to the range of opportunities we are pursuing. These include:
    1. Local governance and institutional strengthening (including federalism processes in Somalia)
    2. Peacebuilding and social reconciliation
    3. Accountability and the promotion of inclusive voice and governance processes
    4. Climate change
  1. Strong technical skills and expertise: You will bring high quality expertise in the technical areas required for the Knowledge and Learning Director. These include:
    1. The design and implementation of research agendas and learning strategies
    2. The design of qualitative and quantitative research studies
    3. Theory of change design and monitoring
    4. Results framework design and monitoring
    5. The development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including the use of innovative approaches to measuring change in complex and fragile environments
    6. Support to gender and conflict sensitivity plans and analysis
    7. The design and implementation of adaptive management approaches, including the use of problem-driven iterative adaptation (PDIA)
    8. The development of knowledge uptake and influencing strategies
  1. Experience managing a diverse team: You will be able to provide examples of managing a team of diverse members, both in person and remotely. You will also have experience or feel comfortable working in an integrated consortium of partners and supporting your team to actively contribute across this integrated platform.
  1. Experience working with vulnerable populations: You will be able to speak to your experience and approaches working with vulnerable or at-risk populations, including women, youth or other marginalised groups.
  1. Essential qualifications: You will have the following qualifications:
    1. At least 7 years’ experience in one or more of the above sectoral areas and technical skills
    2. At least 7 years’ experience of progressive seniority in research design and monitoring, evaluation and learning processes
    3. Experience working in fragile or conflicted affected regions
    4. Relevant university qualifications
    5. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  1. Desirable qualifications: The following will be regarded as strong assets in your application
    1. Somali language ability
    2. Previous work experience in Somalia
    3. Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Application details

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Please include a brief Cover Letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your expertise and qualifications for the role
    3. Three professional references
  3. Please include 2-3 samples of your work. This could include an online portfolio, or examples of articles, features, case studies you have produced
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV, Cover Letter or Samples
    2. We will not accept CVs longer than 3 pages

Application process

  • The role will be based in Nairobi with potential travel to Mogadishu up to 25%.
  • The position will be contracted as a long-term, project-based staff member to Wasafiri, dependent on award of the contract.

Further information

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is not longer than 3 pages
  2. Please include a short cover letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your technical expertise and qualifications
    3. 3 professional references
  3. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV and cover letter
    2. We will not accept CV’s longer than 3 pages
    3. At this stage we do not require samples of your work or proof of qualifications

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: 15th November
  2. Please submit your Cover Letter and CV to opportunities@wasafirihub.com

Ensuring equality of access

Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

Photo by Lysander Yuen on Unsplash

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Consultant Role: Senior Climate Change Analyst

Consultant Role: Senior Climate Change Analyst

Scott Hinkle

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Summary of who we're looking for

We’re seeking applications from independent consultants interested in 15-20 days of work between November 2021 and January 2022.

Candidates can be based anywhere globally (desk-based), they must have 10 years of research and analysis of climate change and environmental sustainability and must have work experience in Sub-Saharan Africa. Private sector experience is also highly recommended.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 27 October 2021

Submit a CV, Cover Letter and Writing Samples to opportunities@wasafirihub.com.

About Wasafiri

A trusted partner for complex problems. Wasafiri is a global consultancy, incubator and institute helping leaders and organisations tackle some of the world’s most complex problems. From our offices in Kenya, UK and the USA, we bring a well-established track record of helping our clients achieve impact at scale on the systems related to conflict and governance, extreme poverty, food insecurity, and environmental sustainability. Together, we’re helping build a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable world.

A decade of transformative impact. We work with respected institutions spanning the development, government, and private sectors to drive change at scale. For instance, we’ve partnered with the World Economic Forum to unlock inclusive private sector investment across Africa, worked with Yara to incubate the leading youth agripreneurship initiative on the continent, helped the UK’s National Grid devise its Net Zero Carbon Strategy, worked with the Government of Kenya to design the country’s first-ever poverty graduation policy, and partnered with FCDO to counter the threat of violent extremism across East Africa.

Catalysts for collective action. Wasafiri, means “travellers” in Swahili, and was inspired by the phrase, “Traveller, there is no path: we make the path as we walk together.” This simple statement evokes the spirit of how we work; as a trusted adviser, collaborator, and systems-change entrepreneur, relentlessly driven toward transformative action.

Our expertise lies in generating new insight, ideas and partnerships to drive collective action on complex problems. We specialise in tailored research and learning, partnership development, strategy and design innovation, stakeholder engagement and capacity building services.

About the role

Our private-sector client is looking for an actionable analysis of the landscape of climate change policies, priorities, stakeholders, and dynamics in Sub-Saharan Africa. At the heart of this work lies an important question for them: How can we better partner with others and leverage our communities and platforms to help tackle climate related problems in SSA?

Geographic focus

  1. Sub-Saharan Africa

Technical Expertise

  1. Research & Analysis (primarily qualitative and secondary sources), policy and landscape analysis, strong written and oral communication.
  2. Strategy development, partnership building, and an awareness of systems change thinking.

Thematic Expertise

  1. Climate Change adaptation and/or mitigation), environmental sustainability.
  2. Experience with/of private sector organisations (technology an advantage) as well as an understanding of the landscape of development / government / civil society.

Estimated days of contract

  1. 15-20 days
  2. From November 2021 through January 2022

Key responsibilities for the Senior Climate Change Analyst

We’re looking for someone with at least 10 years’ experience working on issues relating to climate change and/or environmental sustainability. They will need to have significant geographic experience working in or on Africa, with strong credentials in research & analysis, landscaping analysis and strategic thinking, able to distil a broad picture into key opportunities. Ideally, they will bring experience working across sectors; understanding private sector organisations as well as the landscape of development/government/civil society institutions, politics and policies.

Initial Research & Landscape Analysis

Lead on the comprehensive landscape analysis including but not limited to: The nature and scale of issues & problems; current policies, regulatory requirements & political priorities (national & regional); governance & financing mechanisms; innovative partnerships for climate resilience/sustainability; institutional landscape and role of civil society

Outputs to deliver:

  1. Summary of findings from our review of literature
  2. Initial country heat mapping
  3. Draft regulatory inventory

Targeted Stakeholder Consultations

Lead on stakeholder engagement, including but not limited to: Develop stakeholder selection criteria, prepare influencing and power framework, develop consultation framework & tools; consult with stakeholders; compile, analyse & refine findings.

Outputs to deliver:

  1. Summary of findings from consultations
  2. Refinement of emerging research findings

Final Analysis & Report Production

Lead on writing the final report with support from the Wasafiri Team Lead and Technical Expert. The report will include Executive Summary, Background & Introduction, Methodology & Limitations, Summary of key topics, Policy Expert Perspectives, Conclusions and Recommendations.

Application details

How to apply

  1. Please include a CV that is no longer than 3 pages.
  2. Please include a brief Cover Letter that summarises the following:
    1. Your motivation for applying to Wasafiri
    2. Your expertise and qualifications for the role
    3. Three professional references
  3. Please include 2-3 samples of your work. This could include an online portfolio, or examples of articles, features, case studies you have produced
  4. Please note:
    1. We will not accept submissions without a CV, Cover Letter or Samples
    2. We will not accept CVs longer than 3 pages

Application process

  1. Closing date for applications: Wednesday 27 October 2021
  2. We will review applications as they are submitted and retain the right to make an offer prior to the submission deadline
  3. Please submit your Cover Letter, CV and Samples to opportunities@wasafirihub.com. Please use the subject heading: Application: Senior Climate Change Analyst

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Wasafiri values the unique skills and experiences each individual brings to the organisation and we are committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone.

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The power of an invitation: learning about how change happens from those on the front lines…

The power of an invitation: learning about how change happens from those on the front lines…

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Have you ever had one of those ‘lightbulb moments’, where you get an idea so inspirational that it creates perfect clarity for just an instant, and then afterwards you slap yourself in bewilderment at why it took you so long to realise it? Happily, (and embarrassingly), we had one of those epiphanies, if you will, in September.

Since our founding, Wasafiri has been grappling with the question of ‘how does change happen?” when tackling complex problems. Our practical guide to action (Systemcraft) was a product of this life-long journey of exploration.

Our most recent ‘aha’ moment was to ask, ‘why don’t we bring together some of our most diverse, dedicated and dynamic clients to learn from each other?’ Seems obvious, right? Well, that’s exactly what we did – and the joy, connection, and energy from our gathering have given birth to a new precedent for how we learn moving forward.

The virtual learning session brought together Wasafiri staff from four continents, and wonderful clients from four of our most recent projects.

We dove into the lessons from messy, real-world work together. We shared stories from the failings, successes and imperfections of our shared endeavours and together, identified some common themes and insights.

Participating Projects

Africa Food Fellowship (across Africa) is a world-class leadership programme for food systems leaders, catalysing a professional movement for systemic change across Africa. Wasafiri co-designed the Fellowship in partnership with Wageningen University for Research & Innovation.

Project reps: Eunice Khaguli, Dave Okech and Winnie Yegon

CREATE (East Africa) Wasafiri works with Mercy Corps to lead the Knowledge and Learning Unit of this three-year, five-country regional program to counter violent extremism across East Africa.

Project reps: Catherine Mwendwa and Maia Blume

Feltham Convening Partnership (Greater London, UK) is a 7-year project that aims to use systems-based approaches to deliver substantial, sustainable improvements to the lives of local children, young people, and families in the Feltham community.

Project reps: Scott Hinkle, Mei Lim, Victoria Hirst and Teo Balint

United Nations Food Systems Summit (Global) To ensure the voices of SMEs were heard at the Global Food Systems Summit, Wasafiri was commissioned to help activate the global community of agri-food SMEs, profile those SMEs improving nutrition and sustainable consumption, and identify pathways for greater support.

Project reps: Ian Randall and Viliana Dzhartova

Key themes that emerged from using Systemcraft

It is difficult to harness, facilitate and measure the Emergence of a systemic effort.

Collective efforts and participation tend to unleash a domino effect of more participation and collective initiatives. This is often where the power and scale of system change occur.

For those leading systems change efforts, the challenge seems to be in how to facilitate the emergence toward a meaningful, constructive and measurable way.

There was also a question of how and when to merge collective efforts (new power) with more traditional and hierarchal leadership systems (old power), and what space is needed to be able to do that.

Genius insight from the session: “How do we host emergence?”

A mindset shift in the way people think about the issue is critical but requires a process of Unlearning.

One of the key aspects of effective systemic approaches is facilitating a process that effectively helps people shift away from what they are used to, and from their default reactions to problems and issues. Our practice should be to help clients and partners ‘unlearn’ practices that potentially perpetuate the problem. We need to hold this process of learning and embody the spirit of collective action.

Quotes from the session: “There is a big leap to bring other people along, whose institutions and mindsets are not set up in that way.”

Tensions exist between the time it takes to learn and implement collective approaches vs the desire to ‘see things getting done’.

Simply put, it takes more time to apply systems approaches; dealing with contextual and relationship sensitivities, power imbalances, and a much broader group of stakeholders.

The above systems learning/unlearning process combined with the time and resources necessary for collective action can be frustrating, but it is important that our teams, partners, and clients learn it, and then apply it themselves in their own organisations.

It can help to openly discuss the balance between collective engagement and required project deadlines and outcomes.

Good news, there is no right or wrong way to use Systemcraft.

It is important, but challenging, to know what parts of systems-based approaches to share, and how. Balancing the explicit and implicit use of them with the clients and partners can be challenging.

Some projects were using it and teaching it to partners explicitly, while others don’t mention it at all, but use pieces of it to guide their work.

This demonstrates that the Systemcraft framework is flexible and can be used in tailored ways to benefit diverse projects.

Quote from the session: “We are not saying to people that we are doing Systemcraft, but we are doing it in our work.”

As I sit here writing this and reflecting on the experience, I am stuck with one lasting impression, a quote I wrote down in my notes, ‘There is simplicity and power in an invitation to participate.’

I am certainly glad that some of my colleagues (George and Bhabz in particular) unearthed that revelation, as well as the moxie to follow it through. It raised the bar for all of us.

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