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Alaverdi Area Program Economic Development Officer

Job Description

Alaverdi Area Program Economic Development Officer

LOCATION

Alaverdi, Lori marz, Armenia

DURATION

Open-ended

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

To support the implementation of activities of Economic Development (ED) Technical Program and Projects in Area Program targeted communities and undertake professional-sectorial responsibility for effective and proper implementation of Detailed Implementation Plan activities assigned to him/her. ED Officer works with community members on daily basis for implementation of activities in the sector, including capacity building of identified partners, networking with other stakeholders and making sure communities are willing to lead their own development processes.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Program implementation

  • Work closely with Marz ED Coordinator and ensure quality implementation of the technical programs at Area Program level,

  • Follow-up to establish systems, processes, contextualize models and to support Marz ED Coordinator in having one common approach in solving the raised issues within the sector,

  • Ensure quality monitoring of all training/capacity building events within the scope of the sector according to quality standards,

  • Actively organize and participate in different meetings, events, initiatives, discussions, including feedback, reflection and learning related to the sector,

  • Support Marz ED Coordinator in conducting local level advocacy actions,

  • Support Area Program in testing/ piloting new models relevant to the sector,

  • Support Marz ED Coordinator to administer relevant project budgets.

2. Learning and capacity building

  • Support in design and implementation of capacity building events for beneficiaries and stakeholders,

  • Work closely with Marz ED Coordinator for organization of quality capacity building of partners in the sector.

3. Networking with community stakeholders at Area Program level

  • Support in networking with the stakeholders and potential actors in the sector in Area Program area,

  • Under the guidance of ED Coordinator conduct research on sector specific issues and provide quality data for local/ marz level advocacy,

  • Raise the profile of WV Armenia to advocate on children’s issues in Marz,

  • Under the guidance of Marz ED Coordinator take part in formal and informal networks in the sector to support ongoing and future collaboration and learning,

  • Ensure effective cooperation with sectorial partners at Area Program level for successful implementation of programming. Engage with networks, associations, government groups and the communities of practitioners to maximise learning, co-ordination and sector advancement.

4. Sponsorship Integration

  • Orient community on sponsorship messaging, integrated with broader community engagement process and manage ongoing education as part of broader community mobilization process,

  • Ongoing implementation of sponsor communication through program activities (including video and photo shooting responsibilities and other kind of storytelling initiatives) directed to donor engagement and satisfaction.

5. Building relationships within communities; cross cutting functions in support to other sectorial activities

  • Be able to facilitate discussions with communities and provide necessary information related to other sectors if necessary,

  • Build close relationships and actively learn within partner communities, through home visits, attending community social events, etc.,

  • Actively network with other stakeholders, and facilitate the communities to network, for advocacy, resource mobilization and project implementation,

  • Facilitate ongoing capacity building of the community stake holders to advocate on behalf of the most vulnerable children and families,

  • Actively participate in all areas of discussions of the Area Programteam including feedback, reflection and learning,

  • Support community stakeholders to participate in the gathering of reflection, visioning and planning their own involvement in their community development processes.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Higher education, bachelor’s degree in relevant sector (e.g. Community Development, Marketing, Economics, Commerce, Business or related field/s),

  • One year working experience inrespective sector,

  • Good computer skills including: Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point,

  • Good knowledge of English and Russian,

  • Understanding and analysis of the ED sector in Armenia,

  • Proven ability in coordination of integrated programs/project interventions, strong presentation skills, speaking and writing,

  • Confidence and ability to deal effectively and diplomatically with senior management in partner organizations and Marz/ local government officials,

  • Ability and willingness to learn new things and support new initiatives,

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and work under pressure, efficient task prioritization and time management,

  • Good relationships/ networking with the actors of ED sector,

  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with the community,

  • Use reflective practice and promote its use for learning,

  • Use critical thinking and analysis,

  • Strategic, creative, and innovative thinking,

  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with partners,

  • Understanding of community mobilization and empowerment principles and approaches,

  • Excellent coordination skills,

  • Ability to engage in personal learning and development,

  • Practice in community development,

  • Willingness to be flexible with hours when necessary and ability to travel locally up to 80% of time.