Title: Community Development Facilitator
Functional Area: Programme Areas
Reports to: Programme Area Coordinator
Travel required: Regular field work in rural areas
Effective Date: September, 2020
The Community Development Facilitator is the organisation’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.
Dimensions of the Role
• Coordination of programme planning and implementation;
• Facilitate Community Based Project and Community managed sponsorship
• Supervise Sponsorship communication in allocated communities;
• Create, maintain and nurture close working relationship with local government leadership, communities and partners;
• Timely preparation of reports .
• Program/project management
• 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.
• 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 Area Manager (PAM)
• Prepare 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 and the CSP 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
• 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
• In liaison with the respective technical specialists and the PAM, 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 Programme Area Coordinator (PAC)
• Coordinate caseload management with the community mobilisers and the PAC
• 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
• Act 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
• 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.
• 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)
• Facilitate partner communities under the Parish Development Committees (PDC) structure to plan and implement CMPs
• Facilitate the PDCs to identify training needs
• 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)
• Together with the PDCs and communities, ensure timely accountability of project funds as per CMP guidelines.
• Carry 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
Dealing with Problems:
• Managing expectations of community volunteers and keeping them motivated
• Poor accountability of resources for CMPs by PDCs structure
• In case of sponsorship, when families or sponsored children shift it becomes hard to trace/follow them up
• Plan Partners
• The PDCs- partners in the community, work together in reaching the children
• The community volunteers- processing of sponsorship work.
• PUM- seek guidance on project implementation challenges
• Accountant- make requisitions for funds to implement activities and tracking monthly expenditures
• Sub county LG – in planning and implementation of community projects
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Development Studies or any other related technical field
• Two (2) years’ experience in facilitating the implementation and monitoring of community managed projects and familiarity with children’s issues in particular
• Experience in use of participatory approaches to programming
• Knowledge and application of rights based approach to programming
• 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
• Knowledge and experience in child centered community development
• Well conversant 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
• Good 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
• Results oriented and focused
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Method of Application
Closing Date : 6 Oct, 2020