Community Mobilization Officer

  Mercy Corps Afghanistan
  Afghanistan Unspecified 437
Date Posted:Feb 10, 2011
Closing Date:Feb 19, 2011
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: Yes
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

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Job Summary:

Responsible for supervising and monitoring Community Working Groups. Monitors program activity to provide Program with accurate, objective accounts of work being accomplished on the ground.

Duties & Responsibilities:

 Identify target communities and mobilize community groups, particularly toward the formation and training of strong and effective Community Working Groups
 Conduct feasibility assessments for potential Cash-for-Work Program activities and select the prioritized project with the community
 Be familiar with program log frame, including program goals, objectives and indicators
 Assist in the implementation of the community mobilization strategy in a manner that promotes gender equality, democratic decision-making and is all-inclusive
 Participate in the design of the Cash-for-Work Program community mobilization strategy and a workable implementation plan within the Cash-for-Work Program time frame and MC policies
 Promote and adhere to the principles and objectives of Cash-for-Work Program and Mercy Corps
 In close supervision with the Community Mobilization Manager, design a strategic community development plan, in particular with focusing on agricultural support, community working group formation, community ownership and contribution, and training and mentoring of selected community members
 Assist in implementing the activity plans identified and agreed upon by the communities for projects according to the guidelines and schedules set by the Cash-for-Work Program community mobilization strategy
 Liaise and coordinate with other Cash-for-Work Program program staff for community project implementation
 Provide technical assistance to and advise community groups on project identification and implementation strategies
 Liaise and work with Community Working Groups and projects to ensure accountability and best use of project resources
 Regularly provide recommendations for the improvement of Cash-for-Work Program activities and overall program strategy
 Make frequent trips throughout the target areas to establish and maintain contact with community groups and beneficiary populations
 Use and take care of the MC equipment and assets according to MC policies and regulations
 Survey, evaluate and recommend target beneficiary populations
 Prepare and conduct trainings and learning tools/materials for communities and/or other trainers
 Identify training needs of communities and develop them into simple training courses that help communities to self-assess their current situation and identify possible solutions, which can be potentially taken on by the Cash-for-Work Program implementation plan.
 Design, and, if security allows, facilitate trainings in rural communities in accordance with Cash-for-Work Program plan
 Adhere to all Mercy Corps administrative procedures and policies
 Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and not to jeopardize its humanitarian mission in Afghanistan
 Collect data from field teams and prepare summarized reports for Cash-for-Work Program Community Manager
 Assist with general program operations and field-based activities
 Liaise with and support key program staff to ensure that Cash-for-Work Program program is running effectively and making best use of project resources.
Other duties as assigned

Job Requirement:

o It would be preferred if the candidate had BS degree in sociology, economics, arts or related field. 2-5 years of involvement in development programs including identifying/monitoring infrastructure rehabilitation and Cash for Work (CfW) projects.

o Strong experience in training and mentoring, particularly with youth, preferred. Ability to form strong, professional relations with government counterparts required; experience with government capacity building preferred.

o Background in community assessment and participatory rural appraisal (PRA) techniques strongly preferred.

o Training and management/ supervision experience preferred.

o Must be able to work independently and show initiative, perform report writing, possess computer and basic administrative and organizational skills as well as good spoken and written English, Dari and Pashtu.

o Willingness to travel throughout the project area required, with familiarity with the project area preferred.

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