Community Development Facilitator (CDF)

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Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization (non-profit) that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion, and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience, and knowledge. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International has been operating in Rwanda since 2007. And over the past ten years, we have had an extensive portfolio that covers a variety of interventions (Right to protection, Right to Youth Economic Security, Right to access quality and inclusive education and Right to Early Childhood Care and Development) in both development and humanitarian contexts. We are actively present in 3 districts of Gatsibo, Nyaruguru and Bugesera and six refugee camps. In all our interventions, we pursue our deep-seated change to achieve our ambition, which is “Together, we take action so that 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive. We are a strong global civil society actor that resonates with all those who want to advance children’s rights and equality for girls. We are also scaling up our reach to more parts of the country given the growing partnerships and grants portfolio. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person for the below position:

Community Development Facilitator (CDF) – Two (2)

Education and ECD Project

Purpose:

The Community Development Facilitator will effectively facilitate the Child-Centered Community Development and building meaningful relationships among the multiple stakeholders in the community development process. S/He will be responsible for the implementation of Education and ECD Project including the monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and documentation of the activities about the projects. S/He will assist the Project Manager in all aspects of the planning, monitoring, and evaluation as well the relationships at a local level

Dimensions of Role:

The post holder will report to the PU Manager with dotted line supervision of the Project Manager. He/She has no people under his/her supervision and has no direct management of the departmental budget.

Location:

S/He will be based in one of the following locations

  • Nyaruguru or;
  • Gatsibo and Bugesera.

Key End Results and typical Responsibilities

“What” is done and “why”, but not “actions” or “how”; include indicators for success

Supporting project implementation   

  • Assist in the implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the project
  • Document quarterly progress and/or challenges about the project in an appropriate format (e.g. articles, success stories, case studies)
  • Assist the Project Manager in preparing required monthly, quarterly reports and semi-annual project reports
  • Establish partnerships with others local Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), government bodies and families and youth to increase their participation in the project
  • Assist the Project Manager in building the capacity of stakeholders involved in the project in gender and in result based management
  • Promote and abide by internal policies and procedures including but not limited to: Plans Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct

 Community mobilization and facilitation

  • Facilitate project design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in the assigned area of operation
  • Facilitate the effective participation of children, families, communities, and stakeholders in program activities
  • Facilitate the integration of program and CCCD activities in the field
  • Overseeing the implementation of community projects and ensure timeline of completion through frequent supervision of projects.
  • Monitor effective implementation of projects on the ground as well as in PPM
  • Facilitating the formation of community interest groups to enhance local developments.

Coordination and Networking

  • Establish good working relations with children, families, community leadership, community-based organizations (CBOs), government extension staff and other stakeholders at ward and village levels
  • Participate in stakeholder meetings and networks at ward and village levels

Building relationship activities (Sponsorship)

  • Create community awareness on development education
  • Promote integration of building relations and program processes at field level

Facilitate production of quality building relations products to meet set deadlines.

Dealing with Problems:

Application of knowledge required for the role, complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.

  • The Community Development Facilitator must have a thorough knowledge of Project goals and job roles amongst others build relationship communication activities and Community mobilization and facilitation in program activities.
  • The Community Development Facilitator deals with problems related to the timely delivery of the Project plan. He/she provides appropriate technical support in the implementation of the Project agreed objectives.

Communications and Working Relationships:

Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact

  • The post holder will be required to extend regular contacts/relations with the Project Coordinator, PUM, PU Quality Assurance Coordinator, Advocacy & Child Rights Manager, RMM, etc. as well as external stakeholders such as Children, Families, community volunteers, CBOs, FBOs, school leaders, local leaders and district level officers.
  • He/she will be required to communicate in a style that inspires confidence and professionalism and builds credibility with line management. Be flexible and committed to the strong team working skill and external relations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives

Qualifications:

  • Degree in Education, Rural development, social sciences
  • Minimum of 4 years extensive experience in development work at the grassroots level mainly in education, ECD, child protection and SRHR.

Experience:

  • Experience in education, social development, and early childhood development.
  • Computer literacy in Excel, Word, Powerpoint
  • Experience in coordinating and facilitating the financial education training

Skills Specific to the Post

  • Communication skills
  • Good organizational and interpersonal skill
  • Willingness to work extra hours
  • Willingness to live and work with the rural community
  • Demonstrated training skills.
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and multicultural environment
  • Willingness to work with communities at all levels.
  • Strong team building and motivational skills
  • Strong negotiation, facilitating and influencing skills
  • People management skills a.

Physical Environment and Demands:

Maybe “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.

This role requires both office work and field visits

Level of contact with children

High contact: The post holder will have frequent interaction with children.

Behaviors (Plan International’s Values in Practice) 

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organization for all children, girls & young people.

We strive for a lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximize long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities. Engages and works well.

Please send your updated CV, a one-page cover letter written in English and 3 names of referees to Plan.Applications@plan-international.org 

Please note that one of your referees must be your supervisor in your current or previous employment. The closing date for applications is October 17, 2018.

Note: plan international will consult beyond your listed referees for the sake of the safety of children

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