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  • Posted: Oct 17, 2022
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian aid agency engaged in transitional environments that have experienced some sort of shock: natural disaster, economic collapse, or conflict.


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    Community Capacity Building Officer

    General Position Summary

    The community capacity building officer will be responsible for technical oversight and ensuring management for all activities related to community development, conflict management and peaceful co-existence around natural resource. S/he will define implementation strategies in coordination with the county government,  LMS project coordinator and other leadership team. The community capacity building officer will train WPCs after conducting technical capacity assessment. S/He will provide technical assistance based on identified gaps; and ensure that common strategies and approaches are applied consistently in all communities’ priorities as envisaged on ward based plans. S/he will coordinate closely with the M&E team to ensure that systems are in place to track, analyze and report results. The Officer will be required to keep abreast of the latest research and evolutions in the field of conflict management around natural resources and integrate new ideas and approaches as appropriate, seek additional technical assistance as needed and ensure effective working relationships with collaborating agencies.  S/he will work closely with NDMA on community participatory scenario planning,  our partner ACDI/VOCA and advocate the adoption of ward based planning approaches. 

    Essential Responsibilities

    PROGRAM MANAGEMENT

    • Oversee the implementation of Ward Development Planning Process
    • Capacity builds the WPCs to strengthen their governance and financial mobilization skills.
    • Conduct WPC capacity assessment in collaboration with communities and county governments
    • Contribute to teamwork plans and guide successful implementation of conflict management and natural resources management activities, ensuring teams follow work plans so activities are on time, target and within the approved budget, and program deliverables achieve desired impact;
    • Conduct, participate in and/or update ward development process, involving a variety of stakeholders;
    • In collaboration with National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and county governments, facilitate discussions within communities aimed at promoting Disaster Risk Reduction approaches including for drought cycle management as important components to community resilience to shocks and other stress.
    • Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate. Certify all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability standards;
    • Work with adolescent girl groups and link with WPCs development agenda

    COMMUNITY AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT ENGAGEMENT

    • Conduct community mobilization and sensitization for the WDP process
    • Engage development actors  to resolve resource-based conflict and facilitate community dialogues
    • Engage and support county government in the WDP process and ensure their participation and integration of plans into county priorities.
    • Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in.
    • Support county government initiatives to develop appropriate policies related to ward planning approach 

    PARTNERSHIP

    • Link Ward Planning Committees to county government department and other development partners
    • Establish collaborative partnership with other development partners working on community resilience and community development
    • Identify potential opportunities for linkage with other development partners such as Partnership for Resilience and Economic Growth (PREG)
    • support FCDC in passage and implementation of ward development bills/acts

    PROGRAM MONITORING

    • Support MEL team to develop appropriate monitoring tools for the WDP process,
    • Support participatory community-based monitoring in counties where initiatives are taking place - organize and coordinate capacity building in relation to community-based monitoring, including experience sharing 
    • In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact.
    • Document best practices and lessons learned across counties and share with management and team members 

    COORDINATION

    • Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, finance, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities
    • Support operations team to facilitate procurement of goods and services related to the WDP process and conflict management  

    INFLUENCE & REPRESENTATION

    • Represent Mercy Corps at government, donor, NGO and other relevant events, in close coordination with the County project coordinator and country leadership. 
    • Coordinate activities with consortium partners, sub grantees, local government, and other implementers, as well as with other Mercy Corps programs
    • Facilitate planning meetings and workshops with government, NGO, private sector, and community partners to revise plans and promote partner acceptance/buy-in;
    • In coordination with the MEL team, monitor the implementation of activities through regular field visits and assessments to ensure program quality and impact. Document approaches, successes and lessons learned;
    • Coordinate with procurement, logistics, security, administration and human resources teams to ensure operational systems support field activities. 

    SECURITY

    • Work closely with the country team’s security focal point to develop and maintain systems that promote the safety and security of all team members. 
    • Ensure that programs are designed and implemented with a clear analysis and understanding of security.

    OTHER:

    • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Knowledge and Experience

    • BA/S or equivalent in development studies, Disaster Risk Reduction, Range management, conflict mitigation, social sciences or other relevant field;
    • A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in community development where there is Natural Resource based conflicts with hands on experience in working with ward development committees;
    • Experience drafting contingency plans with communities in ASAL areas is required;
    • Strong management skills, including effective personnel management, adaptive management coordination and decision-making Strong facilitation and consensus-building skills;
    • Competent in building networks, strong problem-solving skills, and ability to influence with effective listening, persuasion, negotiation and other techniques.
    • Strong understanding of USAID compliance issues.
    • Excellent and persuasive oral and written communication skills, including report writing, in English and other language(s), and fluency in Kiswahili.  Local dialects spoken in duty station is a plus;
    • Previous work experience in northern Kenya desirable.
    • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Mercy Corps on recruiting2.ultipro.com to apply

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