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Community development Assistant- Livelihoods and Resilience

Job Description

Position: Community Development Assistant- Livelihoods and Community Resilience

Reports to: Child sponsorship and Development Facilitator (CSDF)

Location: World Vision areas of operation.

Purpose of the position:

To implement field level Resilience and Livelihood programmatic activities in line with targets and partnership standards in a manner that contributes to sustained and improved child wellbeing.

Major Responsibilities:

Project implementation and reporting

  • Participate in planning and budgeting, preparation of work plans, implementation of food security and community/livelihoods planned activities and monitoring/ reporting of progress and document lessons learned.

  • Provide technical advice on best practices and approaches to sustainable food security and community resilience/ livelihoods programming.

  • Facilitate, provide technical backstopping and monitor the implementation of planned activities and community level engagements.

  • Mobilize and facilitate the engagements of stakeholders during planning and development meetings, workshops and other fora.

  • Identify local level partners and support and facilitate the partners in the implementation of planned activities.

  • Facilitate stakeholders and partners in supervision and monitoring of programmatic activities.

  • Support the collection and documentation of impact and success stories.

Community engagement and advocacy

  • Take overall lead in the coordination of field level activities

  • Ensure Small holder farmers’ groups are mobilized, organized and strengthened into strong business groups/cooperatives (rural producer cooperatives, marketing cooperatives, Savings groups/Savings and Credit Cooperatives) for bulk purchase of inputs, value addition, bulking and collective marketing of produce

  • Develop the farmer's capacity to improve production and productivity of selected enterprises of desired quality by the market through demonstrations to farmer's

  • Establish and follow up demonstrations to facilitate production and productivity among the farmers

  • Organize quarterly review meetings for partners and communities at the project sites to reflect on programmes/projects approaches, tools, impact of interventions, best practices, exit and sustainability strategies as well as create spaces and opportunities for action-learning and debate.

  • Coordinate partners in implementation of agreed action plans.

  • Lead the monitoring and evaluation of all the partnership activities

  • Link farmers to financing opportunities from government and existing Micro Finance Institutions

  • Provide training and backstopping on gender to partners

  • Provide technical training and capacity building efforts for the farmers in collaboration with other parties

  • Innovatively support communities including Registered Children (RC) households to participate and benefit from the programme development.

  • Sensitize community on sponsorship (RC guardians, community leaders and other community members) and facilitate participation in the sponsorship management project.

  • Build the capacity of farmers’ business groups/cooperatives to collectively engage local leaders on identified issues.

  • Follow-up on commitments by leaders on improvement of the wellbeing of children.

  • Mobilize communities to participate in annual agricultural events – such as agricultural shows, World Food Day,

Monitoring of Registered Children (RCs)

  • Monitoring of Care givers of RCs and ensure they are members of farmer business groups/cooperatives and are accessing business developments services and RCs are benefiting. Monitoring and follow up of the child wellbeing outcomes.

  • Participate in monthly / quarterly reflection meetings with Child Monitors and guardians/parents and child protection committees to address findings from monitoring.

  • Work with Supervisor to identify, train monitors and partners

Child Protection and Wellbeing

  • Monitor the wellbeing and child abuse cases and report any incidents in line with child protection policy and guidelines.

  • Work with local leaders to protect children from child violations and abuses

  • Sensitize children including RCs, guardians/parents and other stakeholders about children’s rights and responsibilities.

Required skills and experience

  • Minimum of a diploma in agriculture or agribusiness or any other relevant discipline.

  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in community work and engagement Agricultural, Economic Development and Livelihood

  • Entrepreneurship, micro finance and strong agribusiness skills

  • Computer literate

  • Writing and reporting skills

  • Networking and influencing skills

  • Ability to communicate in applicable local language(s)

  • Passion for children.

  • Track record demonstrating high integrity, reliability and dependable

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.