04 August 2017

Several Entry Level Community Development Assistant - Livelihoods and Resilience Job Opportunities - World Vision International

Organisation: World Vision International
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Child Sponsorship and Development Facilitator (CSDF)

About US:
World Vision Uganda is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World Vision is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child, Life in all its fullness. Our prayer for every Heart, the will to make it so.”

Job Summary: The Community Development Assistant - Livelihoods and Resilience will implement field level Resilience and Livelihood programmatic activities in line with targets and partnership standards in a manner that contributes to sustained and improved child wellbeing.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Project Implementation and Reporting:
  • Take part in planning and budgeting, preparation of work plans, implementation of food security and community/livelihoods planned activities and monitoring/ reporting of progress and document lessons learned.
  • Offer technical advice on best practices and approaches to sustainable food security and community resilience/ livelihoods programming.
  • Facilitate, provide technical backstopping and monitor the implementation of planned activities and community level engagements.
  • Mobilize and facilitate the engagements of stakeholders during planning and development meetings, workshops and other fora.
  • Identify local level partners and support and facilitate the partners in the implementation of planned activities.
  • Facilitate stakeholders and partners in supervision and monitoring of programmatic activities.
  • Support the collection and documentation of impact and success stories.
Community Engagement and Advocacy:
  • Take overall lead in the coordination of field level activities
  • Ensure Small holder farmers’ groups are mobilized, organized and strengthened into strong business groups/cooperatives (rural producer cooperatives, marketing cooperatives, Savings groups/Savings and Credit Cooperatives) for bulk purchase of inputs, value addition, bulking and collective marketing of produce
  • The incumbent will develop the farmer's capacity to improve production and productivity of selected enterprises of desired quality by the market through demonstrations to farmer's
  • Establish and follow up demonstrations to facilitate production and productivity among the farmers
  • Organize quarterly review meetings for partners and communities at the project sites to reflect on programmes/projects approaches, tools, impact of interventions, best practices, exit and sustainability strategies as well as create spaces and opportunities for action-learning and debate.
  • Coordinate partners in implementation of agreed action plans.
  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation of all the partnership activities
  • Link farmers to financing opportunities from government and existing Micro Finance Institutions
  • Provide training and backstopping on gender to partners
  • Provide technical training and capacity building efforts for the farmers in collaboration with other parties
  • Innovatively support communities including Registered Children (RC) households to participate and benefit from the programme development.
  • Sensitize community on sponsorship (RC guardians, community leaders and other community members) and facilitate participation in the sponsorship management project.
  • Build the capacity of farmers’ business groups/cooperatives to collectively engage local leaders on identified issues.
  • Follow-up on commitments by leaders on improvement of the wellbeing of children.
  • Mobilize communities to participate in annual agricultural events – such as agricultural shows, World Food Day
Monitoring of Registered Children (RCs):
  • Monitoring of Care givers of RCs and ensure they are members of farmer business groups/cooperatives and are accessing business developments services and RCs are benefiting. Monitoring and follow up of the child wellbeing outcomes.
  • Take part in monthly / quarterly reflection meetings with Child Monitors and guardians/parents and child protection committees to address findings from monitoring.
  • Work with Supervisor to identify, train monitors and partners
Child Protection and Wellbeing:
  • Monitor the wellbeing and child abuse cases and report any incidents in line with child protection policy and guidelines.
  • Work with local leaders to protect children from child violations and abuses
  • Sensitize children including RCs, guardians/parents and other stakeholders about children’s rights and responsibilities. 
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the World Vision Community Development Assistant - Livelihoods and Resilience career opportunity should hold a diploma in agriculture or agribusiness or any other relevant discipline.
  • At least two years’ experience in community work and engagement, Agricultural, Economic Development and Livelihood
  • Entrepreneurship, micro-finance and strong agribusiness skills
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills
  • Good networking and influencing skills
  • Ability to communicate in applicable local language(s)
  • Passion for children.
  • Track record demonstrating high integrity, reliability and dependable
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online by visiting World Vision International’s e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.

Please follow instructions on How to Create Account and Profile at World Vision’s e-recruitment portal.  Qualified female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: 10th August 2017

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