Organization: Plan International
Duty Station: Kamuli and Tororo, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Programmes
Founded 75 years ago, Plan International is one of the oldest and largest children’s development organizations (non-profit / INGOs) in the world. We work 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 is independent, with no religious, political or governmental affiliations.
Job Summary: The Community Development Facilitator (CDF) is Plan’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.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· Actively facilitate the children, youth and other marginalised segments of the 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.
· The incumbent will 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)
· Prepare monthly project progress reports and post them in SAP (the corporate finance and programme management system).
· The incumbent will facilitate children and communities to prepare Project Requests in accordance with their CDP and the CSP as a basis for writing projects.
· Build and 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
· Monitor and document all projects and write Project Completion Reports (PCRs) within one month of project completion.
· 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
· Promote teamwork within community mobilisers and stakeholders in the sub-county
· Work closely 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
· Work in close 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 Programme Unit Coordinator (PUC)
· Coordinate caseload management with the community mobilisers and the PUC
· 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 at all times by all Plan International Uganda Staff and associates
· Serve as the first point of contact for unannounced visits in the areas of operation
· Visit each sponsored child at least once a year and complete a home visit report
Empowerment and Sustainability:
· Maintain a welcoming and engaging Community Resource Centre within area of operation
· Create relationships based on trust and mutual respect
· Be aware of power relationships and identify most vulnerable and marginalised through social mapping and wealth ranking
· Actively 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.
· The jobholder will also strengthen the capacity of civil society, community, youth and children groups to manage their own development process and projects.
· Facilitate community local resource mobilisation
· 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
Community Managed Projects (CMPs):
· Actively facilitate partner communities under the Parish Development Committees (PDC) structure to plan and implement CMPs
· Facilitate the PDCs to identify training needs
· Render support in the development of training modules and facilitate training for community members
· Render technical support in 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.
· Conduct analysis, community agreements and monitor Plan International funds under communities
Child Protection Policy Responsibilities (mandatory for all staff):
· Adhere to the Child Protection Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any CPP issues.
· Responsible for the implementation of the CPP standards as they apply to area of responsibility plus the development of actions to address identified gaps and monitoring their effectiveness.
· Ensure that all Plan International partners, visitors and associates in his/her area of responsibility are provided with, are made aware off and have signed and returned a copy of the child protection policy. Inform the partners, visitors and associates that they must comply with the policy in all contacts and communications with children during their visit.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidate for the Plan International Community Development Facilitator (CDF) career vacancy should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Development Studies or any other related technical field
· At least two (2) years’ experience in facilitating the implementation and monitoring of community managed projects and familiarity with children’s issues in particular
· Previous experience in use of participatory approaches to programming
· Knowledge and application of rights based approach to programming
· Working knowledge of basic laws and policies related to children – UNCRC, Children’s Act, Local Government decentralization policy
· Basic knowledge of monitoring and documentation of projects
· Broad knowledge and experience in child centered community development
· Familiarity with PRA (appraisal tool) skills and application
· Computer application skills – MS word and Microsoft excel
· Experience in the design, implementation, and monitoring of community development projects
· Excellent communication and writing skills
· Experienced in networking with NGOs, local government partners, and local community-based organizations
· 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
· Result-oriented and focused
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should send their letters of application, together with updated CVs, contact telephone numbers, copies of relevant certificates, names and contact details of three references plus salary history and send to:
Ag. Country Human Resources Manager,
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline: 6th December, 2016
NB: Please consider your application unsuccessful in case you do not hear from us by 28th February 2017
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