Community Development Specialist

  Afghanistan Unspecified 194
Date Posted:Apr 21, 2010
Closing Date:Apr 27, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:5
Functional Area:Economic Growth
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:10 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:



Job Summary:

The Community Development Specialist (CDS) is responsible for leading stakeholder coordination and community mobilization in support of SWSS implementation. He or she will be assigned to cover a specific region of Afghanistan and support all community-based project activities. The CDS will conduct regular consultation missions and site visits in his/her regional area to ensure widespread governmental and non-governmental support for SWSS implementation. The CDS will follow the SWSS community mobilization and development strategy, and monitor the implementation of that strategy in his/her regional area. An essential component of this is building community and private sector capacity to manage long-term community based operation, financing and maintenance of new water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure. The CDS is responsible for engaging communities in his/her regional area to begin to take charge of their own development needs, in partnership with legitimate local authorities. This will be achieved through the direct performance of tasks including, but not limited to, the following:

Duties & Responsibilities:

1.Facilitate the implementation of program activities in coordination with local communities and authorities;
2.Ensure the coordination of SWSS activities and plans with provincial and district-level actors and programs;
3.Identify and report policy, cultural, and/or legal issues that may hinder implementation;
4.Coordinate activities with all technical SWSS staff and the monitoring and evaluation (M and E) unit;
5.Attend SWSS trainings designed to enhance skill set related to this position;
6.Maintain broad network of relationships with multiple GIRoA ministries including but not limited to Ministry of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Ministry of Public Health, and Ministry of Education;
7.Maintain constant relationships with INGOs, NGOs, and USG-supported programs in provinces and districts;
8.Using approved SWSS templates, report on activity progress to the Director of Social Development for input into monthly, quarterly and annual reports;
9.Collaborate with the Strategic Communication Specialist to identify and prepare success stores for inclusion in SWSS quarterly reports;
10.Prepare weekly activity reports, supply input for a project databases, and contribute to results reporting;
11.Contribute to field start-up and implementation by actively participating in consultations with local stakeholders and SWSS implementing partners;
12.Maintain complete, well-organized paper and electronic files of project and community activities;
13.Participate in regional meetings, discussions and round tables as requested by Director of Social Development;
14.Provide input for development of annual work plan;
15.Provide trainings on community-led operation, maintenance and repair of WASH infrastructure to community residents, local leaders, and government stakeholders;
16.Identify and establish Volunteer Community Oversight Committees (VCOCs) in priority communities;
17.Lead PRA processes and assist in gathering baseline and end-of-project data;
18.Identify microfinance opportunities to fund WASH projects and facilitate linkages between prospective borrowers and microfinance institutions;
19.Track activity budgets and report this to the Director of Social Development and Director of Finance and Administration as needed;
20.Track and ensure timely reporting on sub-project deliverables; and
21.Conduct other tasks assigned by the Director of Social Development as necessary.

Job Requirement:

EDUCATION: University degree in social science or similar field (relevant experience and another university degree may substitute for the degrees mentioned).

WORK EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 5 years experience in an equivalent position. Experience working in a similar position for an INGO or an international organization is preferred. Must have willingness to travel to ARD Afghanistan field offices on ARD business. Must also have the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, stressful environment. In addition, must be flexible, willing to perform other duties and work irregular hours.
Work experienced of USAID funded project is a clear plus.

SKILLS: Working knowledge of English, both written and spoken. Able to communicate fluently effectively both verbally and in writing. Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, diplomacy, willingness to listen and respect for colleagues. Must be capable of working both individually and as part of a team. Must also be able to create a supportive working relationship among all project teams.

LANGUAGES: Fluent knowledge of speaking and written English, Dari and Pashto.

GENERAL: Excellent analytical and organizational skills;
Willing to regularly conduct site visits to the project sites;
Strong diplomatic and interpersonal skills are desired;
Knowledge of USAID procedures is desired.
Tactfulness, enthusiasm to the job. Good human relation skills, integrity and ability to work with minimum supervision and under pressure.

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