WORK CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:
World Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice through sustainable development, emergency response and advocacy.
World Vision Mongolia was established in 1995. It focuses on 4 areas such as Child and Family Well-being, Economic resilience, Environment and Health. WVM implements various kinds of projects for health, education, Child Sponsorship program, child advocacy, environment, transformational development, emergency humanitarian relief and economic development and improvement of household income. WV Mongolia has 29 ADPs implemented in 15 out of 21 provinces throughout the country sponsoring 63558 children.
The position is located within the provincial or district office of the Area Development Program (ADP), eventually Area Program (AP) from FY18 that is part of a Cluster of 5 – 6 ADPs.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
A development facilitator works within communities to enable mutual transformation in the lives of children, families, supporters, partners and WV staff themselves.
The purpose of the Development Facilitator is to serve as a catalyst, partnership broker, and builder of the capacity of local partners, facilitating the emergence and strengthening of community-led initiatives to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families.
Engaging and visioning with communities:
Ensure effective communication about World Vision’s identity, mission, vision, values and our approach to development. This includes child sponsorship as integrated within broader community engagement process .
Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the local context, including government perspectives and plans, ensuring all voices are heard, especially those of children and youth, including the most vulnerable.
Support critical awareness in community’s response to the well-being of children and other vulnerable groups and ensure participation of these groups in community development processes.
Facilitate effective working relationships between local stakeholder groups and between local partners and others outside the area.
Identify new partners within and outside the community, identify how these partners can work together towards shared priorities for child well-being.
Mobilize and support the creation, mobilization and strengthening of community groups and key stakeholders which catalyze community engagement to improve child well-being.
Facilitate and support key community meetings/workshops designed to explore and identify key priorities for child well-being.
Ensure program quality through effective planning, implementation and monitoring with communities and partners:
Lead local planning process ensuring Critical Paths of WV’s development program approach.
Support local level partners to identify needs and underlying causes; and recognizing local assets and resources which could support them in meeting these needs, mobilize these in program implementation.
Ensure primary focus area plans in the creation of annual area programme plans.
Lead implementation of technical programmes within the allocated primary focus area within the stipulated time and ensure proper budget utilization and its spending in accordance with WV policies, standards and procedures.
Address vulnerability and gender based issues, ensure Christian commitment, child protection, environment and conflict resolution are mainstreamed within WV initiatives in their assigned communities.
Regular reflections are conducted with the stakeholders and within ADP team and ensure learning is addressed during next planning and implementation.
Intentional and continuous monitoring of the project impact and contribute to analysis and interpretation of monitoring data.
Facilitate the setting up of monitoring processes and indicators with partners and community for shared / micro projects.
Document and submit progress, learning, challenges, story of significant changes through community reflection, into monthly, semi-annual and annual reports to relevant management and donors.
Sponsorship facilitation (in programmes where sponsorship is applicable):
Support the conduct of feasibility assessment, risk management, vulnerability assessment and mapping community readiness for sponsorship in the context.
Conduct community awareness on sponsorship for new programs.
Ensure all RC are among the primary beneficiaries of the program and inclusion of vulnerable children.
Facilitate community understanding of how to be active promoters of sponsorship and its possible development impacts.
Facilitate community-led selection and monitoring of registered children through effective mobilization of community volunteers and partners.
Facilitate the use of Child Monitoring Standards to catalyze and advance community-led child protection mechanisms through effective mobilization of community volunteers and partners.
Ongoing implementation of sponsor communication through programme activities as per the activity designs for individual engagements.
Capacity building of partners and community:
Build close relationships and actively learn within partner communities, through home visits, immersion in communities and with host families, attend community social events, etc.
Work with stakeholders in a range of different development relationships towards the well-being of children in the communities.
Facilitate formation and ongoing capacity building of new and existing partners for holistic sustainable development.
Undertake social networks analysis in order to understand the functions various stakeholders fulfill, power dynamics, potential for partnership and capacity building needs.
Train and coach partner local groups on appropriate skills and self-assessment methods to build their capacity for management of local initiatives.
Identify and engage relevant capacity building support from technical experts in WV and in partner agencies, as required.
Stewardship & Accountability:
To enhance effective and efficient utilization of resources and maintain high standards of stewardship and accountability.
To ensure program accountability and sustainability drivers throughout program implementation.
Communicate WV’s mission, values and identity in appropriate manner to all relevant stakeholders, including community people, local authorities and other NGOs.
Apply continuous learning in work situations & reflect on the impact on performance.
Act in accordance with WV policies & protocols in relation to children at all time.
Personal development and knowledge management:
Increase self-development for task performance through training, experience shared, exposure visit, lessons learned, etc.
Contribute to ongoing reflection & learning within the team to improve program performance.
Lead and support Christian activities that enrich and develop mutual growth in Christ.
Perform any other tasks assigned by the ADP /AP Manager and CL.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
At least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
Strong understanding of community-led development work and good facilitation skills.
Basic understanding of design monitoring and evaluation.
Able to communicate well spoken and written English and Mongolian.
Able to develop appropriate reports, proposal, correspondence and interesting stories.
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain excellent relations with government, Church, NGOs, and Community leaders.
Good judgment and decision making skills; Problem Solving and time management skills, Analytical skills.
Good computer skills, including proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet applications; power point.
At least three years’ previous relevant experience, including at least one year of development facilitation in and with communities.
Substantial knowledge of and experience in grass-root development of community based and child focused empowerment program.
Willingness to be flexible with hours when necessary and able to travel often in the field (75% of the time).