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Community Engagement Expert, Myanmar

Job Description

*This position is contingent upon award of the USAID Advancing Community Empowerment in South East Myanmar Grant.

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

World Vision seeks a Community Engagement Expert for the proposed USAID-funded Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeast Myanmar (ACESM). The project will result in services that are provided in a way that is inclusive and respectful of the Myanmar’s diverse communities, enhance cooperation and linkages between state and community stakeholders, and promote decision making that is more responsive and accountable to communities. To achieve this goal, this Activity will pursue the following objectives:

  • Objective 1: Community vulnerabilities reduced;

  • Objective 2: Community participation strengthened;

  • Objective 3: Local governance systems strengthened.

Reporting to the Deputy Chief of Party, the Community Engagement Expert will provide overall technical guidance and leadership for integration of citizen-led, rights-based approaches to develop local actor competencies in constructive advocacy, democratic participatory processes, and transformation for empowerment as core cross cutting principle throughout project activities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee the development of CBO outreach and selection strategies, organizational capacity development plans, including assessments and curricula development, and networking support responsive to the context and in recognition of best practices and lessons learned of the program.

  • In close coordination with the DCOP, develop and deliver training on a range of organizational, technical and networking issues to staff and partners.

  • Provide day-to-day supervision of capacity building activities, ensuring that team members and partners are following work plans, that activities are on schedule, that project deliverables are completed as planned, and that emerging trends that could impact the program or opportunities on which the program could build are raised for consideration by the senior management team.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

  • At least 10 years of experience in strengthening citizen participation at the local level.

  • Successful track record in advising local authorities, governments and civil society on citizen engagement and participation, including methodologies for oversight of local government.

  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with a range of stakeholders, including: local authorities, civil society, local government officials, civic leaders, media, business people and international donors.

  • Master's degree in a relevant field.

  • Must have Professional level English ability -- both written and oral.

  • Fluency in English and the relevant other UN language, if it is officially used in the country.

  • Professional licenses, as required in the field and by the donor.

Preferred:

  • Experience in managing inter-agency consortiums is preferred.

Work Environment/Travel:

  • Be prepared to travel to implementation sites and regional, global meetings as required.