Community Engagement & Development Assistant - Abim & Karenga


Back ground

World Vision Uganda is a Christian relief, development and advocacy non-government organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 82 districts in Uganda implementing projects in health & nutrition, water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), livelihoods & community resilience, education and child protection. World Vision (WV) is committed to the protection of children and adult beneficiaries from exploitation and abuse and will not employ people whose background is not suitable for working with the beneficiaries above. All employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks, including criminal record checks where possible.

Due to expansion in scope of our programmes, we are now seeking for qualified and passionate individuals willing to share in our vision and join our team in the position below.

Position: Community Engagement and Development Assistant (3 Positions)

Report to: Assessment and Design Facilitator

Location: Abim District (2) and Karenga District (1)

Purpose of the position:

The project office will be accountable for providing day to day implementation of planned project activities under the guidance of the project coordinator management and oversight of the implementation of the Sustaining Education Efforts in Karamoja (SEEK –Project) that aims to enroll and retain 15000 out of school children in 63 primary schools in Kotido and Kaabong districts by 2021. World Vision Uganda will work closely with community structures and local leadership to ensure project successes, ownership and sustainability in the targeted schools.

Key Outputs/Responsibilities.

Community Engagement and Design Processes

  • Support in data collecting and community engagement on community perception on WV identity

  • Support in disseminating of information in a message box and engage

  • Support community in developing a community communication plan

  • Support the Identification and engagement of key stakeholders at parish and sub-county level, Engaging local partners in the wellbeing activities.

  • Support and supervise the starter groups in their community engagement and exploration of the local context in the focus areas.

  • Support and supervise the assessment team on Identification of the most vulnerable in the focus areas and vulnerability assessment processes.

  • Mapping capacity and resources of the community and community in Reflection and planning for base level at each step of critical path for the next step.

  • Organize and support community summit at Parish level

  • Support the community in setting community vision and priorities with starter groups members.

Sponsorship Community engagement and RC Registration.

  • Sharing the vision and priorities with the wider community for validation.

  • Raising community awareness for sustainability and transition.

  • Support and engage the community in Celebrating the efforts and solidarity of critical path steps completions.

  • Manage Child Sponsorship communications and registration processes of RCs.

  • Expeditiously follow up on all Sponsorship communications from NO and SOs.

  • Registration of Children in sponsorship program and sharing their histories with SO.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Diploma and/or a Bachelor Degree in Humanities (Development studies, social sciences, SWASA, Economics, community development)

  • Good knowledge and working experience of Karamoja context, a minimum of 1 year experience of direct implementation for development programs in Karamoja region. Work experience in sponsorship programs is an advantage.

  • Work experience in Community engagements, Assessment and qualitative data collections especially using FGD & KII methodology.

  • Knowledge of Local Language (Thur-Luo and Akarimojong)

  • Ability to ride a motor cycle with a valid ridding permit is a MUST

  • Should be a problem solver with high level of creativity and sensitivity to conflict

  • Good knowledge of data collection techniques like conducting focused group discussions, key informant interviews and high documentation skills.

  • Strong demonstrable skills on child protection issues and the national policies.

  • Strong understanding of the child and adult safeguarding case management and reporting

  • Good level of conflict sensitivity and mediation skills.

  • Basic understanding of Qualitative and Quantitative data collection skills and analysis

  • Community mobilization and engagement skills

  • Reporting and documentation skills

  • Problem solving and decision making skills.

  • Ability to work in hard to reach context

  • Flexibility with ability to set priorities.

  • Team work

  • Knowledge in computer Literacy