Community Mobilizer (6)
Department: Program Department
Reports To: Governate Coordinator
Location: Aden, Lahj & Abyan
Number of Positions: 6
Yemen Communities Stronger Together (YCST) is a three-years, multi-million US Dollar, a community-led program funded by USAID and implemented by Global Communities (GC) in seven governorates in Yemen (tentatively in Aden, Lahj, Abyan, Taiz, Sana’a, Ibb, and Dhamar). The purpose of YCST is to support local-level initiatives that mitigate conflict, strengthen social cohesion and promote the peaceful resolution of differences. To reach its goal, YCST will engage communities in an inclusive approach through Participatory Action for Community Enhancement (PACE) Mode to identify and implement service delivery and conflict mitigation projects, build the capacity of formal and informal local leaders, organizations, and networks to serve as neutral arbitrators and peace builders that can meet community and constituent needs that will serve to reduce localized conflicts, and provide stability. The program will also carry out regular and action-oriented learning and contextual analysis across all interventions to support adaptive management and enhanced outcomes.
The goal of the project will be achieved by working through, and building the capacity of, Community Enhancement Teams (CETs), municipalities/local governments, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs) as key stakeholders to:
- Engage in a continuous, conflict-sensitive participatory process of identification and prioritization of stressors;
- Develop immediate and long-term solutions by accessing available resources through collaboration and partnerships with relevant stakeholders (including, when appropriate, informal leaders); and,
- Utilize effective and transparent communication mechanisms in support of increased community cohesion.
YCST uses a transparent mobilization process as the entry point into partner communities, conducting household perception surveys and facilitating community-wide meetings to identify key stressors facing communities and form a Community Enhancement Team (CET). Throughout the life of the program, the CET serves not only as a key stakeholder but also as YCST's primary counterpart. To affect the necessary behavior change to achieve the intended goal of leaving behind stronger, more resilient communities, YCST implements three sets of integrated activities:
- Community Engagement: Working closely with the CETs, YCST facilitates the design and implementation of solutions for prioritized community-identified stressors.
- Networking: Networking activities are designed to strengthen the key stakeholders’ ability to form partnerships, mobilize additional resources, share experiences, and strengthen intra-community cohesion.
- Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM): To ensure that key stakeholders are equipped to operate in a fluid, complex environment and can effectively respond to emerging challenges, YCST incorporates basic CMM training and offers a response mechanism to shocks and emerging stressors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
To mobilize communities and NGOs to identify and meet community needs. Specific responsibilities include:
- Map out targeted communities to identify volunteers, community leaders, leading NGOs and businesses, schools, health centers, youth centers and governmental institutions and other assets.
- Conduct feasibility studies, surveys and need assessments
- Participate in the design of the community mobilization strategy and come up with a workable implementation plan within the YCST time-frame
- Mobilize targeted communities in the targeted governorates to engage them in an open dialogue of selection, prioritization and community needs assessment
- Assist in implementing the action plans identified and agreed by the communities according to the guidelines and schedules set by the YCST's communities engagement strategy.
- Identify and follow up with other partners/stakeholders to address community needs.
- Assist in organizing and facilitating community meetings in each of the targeted communities
- Assist in the design process of implementation and follow up of community projects.
- Prepare and conduct training and learning tools/materials for communities and/or other trainers.
- Identify training needs of communities and translate them in simple training courses which help communities to self-assess their current situation and identify possible solutions which can be potentially taken on by the YCST implementation plan.
- Prepare written reports, briefing papers, short-hand notes in English documenting the intervention sessions and training conducted highlighting results achieved and challenges to overcome.
- Assist in Providing technical support to NGOs applying for grants under YCST;
- Assist prospective grantees in preparing responsive applications
- Organize and facilitate capacity building interventions
- Attend meetings with partners and stakeholders
- Maintain and prepare photos and reports on all sessions, meetings and site visits
- Maintain a good relationship with the government institutions
- Ensure that YCST communications materials (e.g., banners) are visible and present in all events, training, ceremonies, etc.
- Submit required reports on daily basis
- Participate and engage in any YCST training and meetings as requested by supervisor;
- Work with gender team to ensure effective integration and mainstreaming of gender into all program activities.
- Track project development throughout the target area;
- Adhere to all GC administrative procedures and policies;
- Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to GC and to not jeopardize its mission in Yemen
- Collect data from field teams and prepare summarized reports for Program Management;
- Assist with general program operations and field-based activity;
- Liaise with and support key program staff to ensure that the [program] is running effectively and making the best use of project resources.
- Any other tasks assigned by supervisor
- Excellent communication and engagement skills (both verbal and written) with an operational knowledge of Microsoft office.
- Excellent interpersonal, organizational and time management.
- Ability to maintain the highest degree of discretion
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE
- A degree in Sociology, Social Work or any related field, with significant course components in either community development, social work, communications, or post-secondary education and training with significant prior experience.
- 2-5 years’ experience in community development and/or mobilization, demand-driven projects, participatory planning and rural/community development.
- Effectively coordinate with district, governorate and national authorities YCST activities
- Ability to communicate and respond in English is required.
- Community Engagement Officer is expected to spend more than 80% of his/ her time in the field, dealing with people who may be at times stressed or under pressure.
- Given the nature of the work, staff are expected to be flexible and may be asked to carry out duties which are not specifically listed above. The job description may be revised after discussion between the staff member and the organization.
From December 2018 until February 28, 2021.
- Application should consist of a one-page cover letter and detailed resume or CV. The cover letter should include the applicant’s earliest date of availability to begin work with the YCST program. Resume or CV should include the applicant’s detailed work and educational history.
- Applications should be submitted to https://podio.com/webforms/21631009/1506207.
- Please determine preferred Governorate in your CV & Cover letter
- Due to the urgency of this appointment, selection processes would be on a rolling basis.
- The position is open until it is filled.