Organization: Plan International
Duty Station: Uganda
Plan International is an international non-profit and the largest child centered development organizations in the world. It was founded over 75 years ago and working in 50 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas to promote child rights and lift millions of children out of poverty. Plan’s vision is of a world in which all children realize their full potential in societies that respect people’s rights and dignity. Plan International is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Job Summary: The Community Development Facilitator (CDF) will serve as Plan International’s front-line community development staff responsible for the effective facilitation of Child-Centred Community Development and building meaningful relationships among the multiple stakeholders in the community development process. The Community Development Facilitator (CDF) will be responsible for the overall programme coordination and coordinates implementation of activities in his/her area of technical specialisation.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Program/project management:
- The incumbent will facilitate the children, youth and other marginalised segments of community to identify their own problems, and development priorities.
- Build the capacity of parish development structures/committees to manage their own inclusive planning process and have a Community Development Plan (CDP) as well as ownership of the programmes and projects.
- Disseminate the programme objectives and approaches defined within the CSP among communities and other stakeholders while protecting the organisation’s image
- Prepare and design projects and budgets in accordance with Plan International guidelines and complete project outline modifications as needed and submit to Programme Unit Manager (PUM)
- The incumbent will prepare and submit monthly project progress reports and post them in SAP (the corporate finance and programme management system).
- Facilitate children and communities to prepare Project Requests in accordance with their CDP, the CSP and the Annual Plan as a basis for writing projects.
- Maintain cordial working relations with local authorities (sub-county, parish and village) and ensure they are adequately consulted/informed of Plan International Uganda’s operations and investments
- Keenly monitor and document all projects and write Project Completion Reports (PCRs) within one month of project completion.
- Significantly contribute to regular reflection, learning and action to ensure continuous improvement in Plan International Uganda’s operations and document and share lessons learned on Programmes and Projects in liaison with the M&E coordinator
- Ensure that budgets and grants are managed effectively and efficiently and there is value for money as per donor requirements
- Actively promote teamwork within community mobilisers and stakeholders in the sub-county
- Work in liaison with the respective technical specialists and the PUM, carry out capacity building of communities
- Facilitate groups/communities to identify and prepare for engaging in advocacy and lobbying with the state on issues they have prioritised
- In coordination with Country Technical Specialists, apply programmatic operational guidelines as appropriate in project design and implementation
- Promote effective communication and dissemination of Plan International values in the community
- Provide leadership and direct supervision of community-managed sponsorship operations
- Coordinate and facilitate a team of community volunteers to produce sponsorship communications in a timely manner and review sponsorship communications for quality and submit to the PUM
- Coordinate caseload management with the community mobilisers and the PUM
- Facilitate a highly participatory process in the production of Area Updates and Area Overviews
- Ensure all sponsor visits are well managed
- Ensure all sponsorship key performance indicators (KPIs) are achieved every quarter
- Ensure that Plan International’s Child Protection Policy and principles are adhered to by all associates
- Act as the first point of contact for unannounced visits in the areas of operation
- The incumbent will also visit each sponsored child at least once a year and complete a home visit report
3. Empowerment and sustainability:
- Maintain a welcoming and engaging Community Resource Centre within area of operation
- Build and strengthen working relationships based on trust and mutual respect
- Be aware of power relationships and identify most vulnerable and marginalised through social mapping and wealth ranking
- Facilitate the inclusion of marginalised groups into the community development process
- Identify and build relationships with community leaders, groups and other typically marginalised groups
- Establish an inventory of civil society/ community groups and organisations in the area
- Facilitate civil society/community groups capacity development and networking
- Facilitate community leadership development, gender equality and the promotion of the rights of the child.
- Strengthen the capacity of civil society, community, youth and children groups to manage their own development process and projects.
4. Facilitate community local resource mobilization: Equip civil society and community groups with the skills and confidence to effectively engage with local government and hold them accountable for performance and results
5. Community Managed Projects (CMPs):
- Facilitate partner communities under the Parish Development Committees (PDC) structure to plan and implement CMPs
- Facilitate the PDCs to identify training need
- Offer technical support in the development of training modules and facilitate training for community members
- Support the development of a Community Based Monitoring and Documentation System (CBM&D)
- Work closely with the PDCs and communities, ensure timely accountability of project funds as per CMP guidelines.
- Conduct periodic mapping and profiling of NGOs/CBOs operating in the parish/sub county
- Develop and document benchmarks for the CMPs.
- Carry out analysis, community agreements and monitor Plan International funds under communities
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicants for the Community Development Facilitator (CDF) jobs should hold a Bachelor’s degree in social science, development studies or any other related technical field
- A minimum of two years’ experience in facilitating the implementation and monitoring of community managed projects and familiarity with children’s issues in particular
- Previous exposure and experience in use of participatory approaches to programming
- Working knowledge and application of rights based approach to programming
- Knowledge of basic laws and policies related to children – UNCRC, Children’s Act, Local Government decentralisation policy
- Basic knowledge of monitoring and documentation of projects
- Knowledge and experience in child centred community development
- Well conversant with PRA (appraisal tool) skills and application
- Computer application skills – MS word and Microsoft excel
- Previous experience in the design, implementation, and monitoring of community development projects
- Excellent communication and writing skills
- Previous experience in networking with NGOs, local government partners, and local community-based organisations
- Team work, self-drive and willingness to work long hours
- Exhibit high level of integrity, honest and easily approachable
- High levels of humility and respect for others
- Results oriented and focused
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested Ugandan candidates should send their electronic copies (of not more than 2MB) of letters of application, together with a CV, contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names and contact details of three references plus salary history should be included to: The Country Human Resources Manager, Plan Uganda via Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, indicating the job position in the subject line.
Deadline: 20th May 2016
NB: Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply. Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted. Please consider your application unsuccessful in case you do not hear from us by
31st July 2016.
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