WVV Special Project Assistant - Child Friendly Library
WORK CONTEXT / BACKGROUND:
World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization working to create lasting change in the lives of children, families and communities living in poverty. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender. As a child-focused organization, WV’s work focuses on children, ensuring they are protected and their basic needs are met. WVV has a total income of more than USD18,000,000 (FY17) with funding from 13 support countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Australia. WVV employs about 440 staff, of which 99% are Vietnamese nationals.
Area Program (AP) is a 5-10 year community development program that is an integrated approach to community development, emphasizing the process of community participation, ownership and sustainability, while addressing the macro and micro causes of poverty. WVV’s AP’s are located in diverse geographic locations: from remote mountainous ethnic minority communities, to the Red River Delta and to the urban slums of Ho Chi Minh City.
Dakrong ADP is the poorest mountainous district in Quang Tri with a lot of children living in poor and poorest conditions. The communities in Dakrong have faced many challenges including low income, low quality of living and parents spending a lot of time to work on the field for earning of living for family members. Learning quality of ethnic minority students and students from households with difficult circumstances was still low, ethnic minority students had language barriers, and they faced difficulties in using Vietnamese to communicate and study, which decrease effectiveness of lesson acquisition. Especially, teachers experience great challenges in communicating with local students since they fully use their mother tongue in the summer holiday when spending their whole time at home.
Language barrier also hinders children here from communicating their ideas to the teachers and children from other ethnic group. In Dakrong, children using Vietnamese as second language. As a result, after Functional Literacy Assessment Tool survey by WVV in 2017 only 44,5% of 211 children at 10 age past the test. In fact, the reading room and spaces of the four libraries in the target communes are reported to be too small to accommodate sufficient children, books and other facilities. There are only several book shelves and one table in each library which serves only 20 students at one time. In addition, the network of local librarians is existing but the lack of knowledge and skills in properly operating the existing libraries is a common problem. The limited number of books in theses libraries are not properly classified and arranged, making it a hard and huge effort for students to find books. There is also a lack of awareness raising on the benefits of using the library as well as on the importance of reading.
The Child Friendly Library project therefore aims to encourage children to read books and step by step create good reading habits for them. With the support from this proposed project, the child -friendly libraries for children will be created, they will address the issues above and help children have school yards for friendly and creative outdoor libraries and activities. This will be essential to create a fun and safe playground for kids. This firstly will help form good reading habit among children, secondly sharpen their independent skills in keeping things in order, and improve teachers’ capacity to create meaningful extra-curricular activities for children, which attracts active participation from students and improve considerably the quality of future sessions on life skills and living values for children in Dakrong AP in the coming time.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
To assist the AP Manager in implementing and monitoring the CFL Project in the assigned Area Program to achieve the goal, outcomes, and outputs stated in the CFL design document and logical framework at target schools
ROLE DIMENSION/ DESCRIPTION
1.Project start up (Time Spent 10%)
Provide clear orientation on the project for project stakeholders
Assists the AP Manager in preparing annual Plans of Action & Budget with the participation from local partners and community
Liaises and builds partnership with local partners and communities
Performs other tasks assigned by the line manager
Carry out extra task assigned by manager
2.Project Implementation & Management (Time Spent 50%)
Coordinates with local partners in daily implementation of project activities against approved POAs at district and grassroots level
Documents “good practices”
Organizes workshops, training, and other capacity building activities as necessary.
Performs administrative tasks as assigned by the line manager
Work with other AP staff to integrate the project into the current TP effectively
Assist the AP Manager to develop specific plan of Capacity building for the main stakeholders of the project
3.Project Monitoring & Evaluation (Time Spent 15%)
Assists the PEU in maintaining the project M&E system
Assists the AP Manager and the PEU in preparing for short survey and final evaluations
Work with partners to ensure effective regular monitoring and reflection of the project activities
Carry out extra task assigned by manager
4.Partnering (Time Spent 15%)
Liaison and effective relationships with other local partners, NGOs in project implementation and coordination in Dakrong AP are built and strengthened
Promotes CFL for the whole district
Networking with local partners in the district
KNOWLEDGE – SKILL – ABILITIES
Education: Bachelor degree in education or related fields
Knowledge & Skills
Conceptual understanding of and commitment to development work, especially Christian, child-focused, community-based development concepts, approaches and processes;
Community mobilisation skills, including networking/coordination among different local partners;
Demonstrated training and group facilitation skills;
Good time management and organizational skills;
Good interpersonal and communications skills;
Excellent spoken and written skills in Vietnamese and English
Good computer skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and email;
1-2 years of work experience in the area of rural development/community development
Experience in INGO-funded project planning and implementation.
World Vision Vietnam is a Christian non-government organization. Applicants having working experience in a similar kind of organization will be an advantage.
Our contact details are:
People and Culture Department – Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh Hang
World Vision International - Vietnam
Address: No. 988 Ngo Quyen street, Son Tra District, Danang.
Tel: 0236. 3828 459 (Ext:21)
We give equal opportunity to every candidate, regardless of religion, race and gender.
A competitive salary, benefits and career development opportunity will be offered and commensurate with the experience, qualifications and responsibilities.