Community Development Specialist Grant PRELNOR Project Jobs – Ministry of Local Government

Organisation: Ministry of
Local Government
Funding Source: International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Project Name: Project for
Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)
Duty Station: Uganda
About US:
The Government
of the Republic of Uganda has received a loan and a grant from the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance the Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR), and intends to
apply some of the proceeds to recruit staff to implement the project. PRELNOR
will cover the districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya
and Pader.
About PRELNOR Project:
The overall
goal of the PRELNOR is: Increased income, food security and reduced
vulnerability of poor rural households in the project area. This will be
through increased sustainable production, productivity and climate resilience
of smallholder farmers with increased and profitable access to domestic and
export markets.
Job Summary:  The Community Development Specialist will be
in charge of community development and empowerment within PRELNOR.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Under
    the guidance of the project coordinator, act as the focal point and
    advocate for mainstreaming of poverty, gender and youth targeting
    throughout project activities
  • Ensure
    that the project activities are implemented in an integrated manner and
    take into account the needs of the local communities and the poor
  • Technically
    support local governments and other implementing partners to integrate
    cross cutting issues into project activities to ensure that correct
    targeting is done
  • Overall
    responsibility for overseeing the contracting of training of trainers
    (TOT) for local government staff and CBFs in participatory rural appraisal
    skills linked to the initial village situation analysis and beneficiary
    selection process
  • Support
    the DCDOs in each district to plan and undertake community mobilization,
    sensitization, community entry, situation analysis, social and
    institutional mapping, wealth ranking, and assessment of existing
    community groups as a basis for beneficiary selection
  • Take
    responsibility for identification and overseeing the contracting of ToT
    for roll-out of training for CDOs, CBFs and farmer groups in Gender Action
    Learning Systems (GALS) for value chains
  • Take
    responsibility for technical oversight and contracting of an implementing
    partner to train CDOs, CBFs and farmer groups in appropriate business
    action planning, financial literacy and record keeping for
    illiterate/semi-literate people
  • Take
    responsibility for overseeing and back-stopping the sub-component on Poor
    Household (HH) Support, including but not limited to technical support for
    contracting of a service provider for update of the HH mentoring guide and
    trainer’s manual including mainstreaming of GALs visioning and PRA tools
    and direct training of district CDO staff and HH mentors.
  • Steer
    the process of identifying the poor households to be mentored and
    subsequently benefit from food security grants provided by PRELNOR and
    provide technical support to the districts in the mentoring of selected
    households. Provide technical support to the districts in the mentoring of
    selected households and assisting them to graduate.
  • Actively
    monitor the implementation of the services and the outcomes achieved by
    the local service providers with regard to farmer group composition,
    social inclusiveness, internal cohesion and reciprocal trust
  • Under
    the guidance of the PMU agribusiness specialist, take responsibility for
    overseeing the contracting of implementing partners for youth income
    generating activities related to agricultural services such as seed
    multiplication, crop protection, agro-processing, transport and marketing.
  • Work
    in liaison with district and sub-county community development officers,
    assess candidates, proposed by DFA Executive Boards, to be trained as
    project lead trainers (PLTs)
  • Actively
    monitor the implementation of the services and the outcomes achieved by
    the local service providers
  • In
    charge of developing an overall communication strategy for the project to
    enhance transparency and accountability of district staff and service
    providers to the local communities.
  • Ensure
    that communication materials about the project activities are developed
    for the mobilization of communities and interest groups.
  • Ensure
    that the information provided during the mobilization process e.g.
    newsletters, radio broad casts and productions is appropriate and accurate
  • Build
    and maintain working relationships with the GoU ministry(s) responsible
    for gender, community development and youth affairs
  • Support
    the MEL specialist to monitor the effectiveness of poverty, gender, youth
    and vulnerable group targeting and to draw lessons
  • Perform
    any other duties and assignments relating to PRELNOR as may be assigned by
    the project coordinator.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    Community Development Specialist should preferably hold a Master’s degree
    in social sciences / or a field related to rural community development
    from a recognised University / Institution.
  • A
    minimum of ten years’ experience in community development and applied
    gender mainstreaming at project / or institutional level.
  • Prior
    experience with poverty, gender and youth targeting in agriculture-based
    rural development programmes. Mastery of Participatory Rural Appraisal,
    experience in designing and implementing successful communication and
    knowledge management strategies for sustainable development.
  • Familiarity
    with household mentoring approaches and GALS.
  • Skills
    and knowledge of rural development project management and implementation
  • Computer
    literacy skills
  • Strong
    inter-personal skills
  • Excellent
    analytical skills
  • Self-motivated
    and creative thinker
  • Demonstrated
    ability to work in teams
  • Strong
    social skills and open-minded
  • Ability
    to work independently and with limited supervision and to deliver work
    under pressure
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications accompanied
with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, transcripts
and testimonials including names and addresses of three referees to: Ag.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Worker’s House, 3rd Floor,
P.O. Box 7037 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 14th August, 2015
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