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COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION OFFICER



Job description – COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION OFFICER

Habitat for Humanity International – BRACED project Jamaica
Last update: 14th May 2018

 

Location

Portmore, Project Braced JAMAICA

Position Name

Community Mobilization Officer – CMO

Position Objective

To lead community mobilization activities to foster security of
land tenure for resilience supported by a revised land
regularization process.

Contract Duration

9 months

Reporting to

Project Manager (line manager) and Regional Land Specialist
(technical advice)

Managing others

Community members (hired and volunteers) in coordination
with Project Manager

Application Deadline

Tuesday 22nd May

Application Process

Submit CV, motivation letter and other supporting documents
to jcidon@habitat.org

INTRODUCTION

Since 2015, the NGO Habitat for Humanity is implementing a Disaster Risk Reduction program (BRACED) in the municipality of Portmore, Jamaica. BRACED’s goal is increasing the resilience of precarious settlements housing related vulnerabilities.

In its third phase, the project focuses on marginalized communities and families accessing land, and secure land tenure, targeting the communities of Naggo Head and Gregory Park andsupported by a revised land regularization process.

More information on the program can be found at http://braced-jamhabitat.org/

RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAIN ACTIVITIES

The objective of this role is to execute the mobilization, implementation and oversight of the community outreach component of the project.

In close consultation with the project manager and land tenure specialists, the community mobilizer will:

Community liaison. Based on project goals and results the CMO facilitates the link amongst the project target communities and Habitat; develop good relationship and confidence with households.

  • Map existing key community actors: formal and informal leaders, most vulnerable groups, women groups, etc.
  • Map the links between community groups (as listed above) to resilience, land, tenure security issues and actors (public, community, private)
  • Promote the project within the target communities (especially explain goals, objectives expected results, and analyze community expectations, incentives, and sensitivity levels to participate;
    Set the conditions for community leaders, women groups, those without means to raise their voice to advocating and connecting to decision makers to mainstream the Habitat Fast Track Process (HFTP) in state actors operations
  • Coordinate and liaise with existing societies and community based organizations in project areas to build on available resource and prevent clashes of interest.
  • Build and maintain relationship of trust and respect with households and individuals in close liaison with local authorities, churches and other power structures in the communities.

Community activities. Ensure the proper implementation of the activities and events (awareness sessions, assemblies, trainings, field surveys, etc) that will take place in the communities.

  • Convene the field activities, mobilize community members to participate.
  • Organize, assist and facilitate the events that will take place in the community, such as community meetings, trainings, clinics…
  • Assist in carrying out assessments/surveys (ie baseline, enumeration exercise, land surveys, evaluations…)
  • Assist the Habitat team in developing a training plan for community members.
  • Facilitate the selection of community beneficiaries
  • Promote gender & diversity equality, democratic and inclusive decision-making.
  • Coordination of external teams working in the communities (i.e. enumerators, surveyors, university students, visitors, evaluators…) 

Community staff. Supervise and support the activities of the community workers and volunteers

  • Assist in the selection of community workers, trainees and volunteers.
  • Capacity building: provide mentoring, technical support and supervision to the community volunteers.
  • Ensure that staff adheres to the ethics and principles, with respect to community engagement and transparency
  • Relationship building, negotiation and problem solving with authorities, communities and community recruited/volunteers.
  • Keep records of supervision and actions taken from own activities and activities of the community workers and volunteers.
  • Establishing and maintenance of a community staff data base.

Monitoring and evaluation. Ensure the implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation plan with respect to the activities implemented in the field and the results obtained.

  • Continuous monitoring of the situation in the communities (context analysis, reporting of any changes).
  • Regularly report to the team and ensure that all necessary documents/reports are being kept and being monitored.
  • Write weekly and monthly reports on community mobilization activities, documenting progress against indicator achievement.
  • Record information about each activity implemented (reports, photographs, lists of attendance, etc.)
  • Compile evidences of activities implemented and outputs achieved as per Monitoring and Evaluation plan.
  • Adhere to and maintain timely and quality (results based) monthly reporting system.
  • Support the establishment of a proper functioning complaint system to, in a transparent and professional manner, channel community concerns and complaints for action to be taken by the project’s senior management.

Security management of staff and visitors in the communities, following Habitat ́s security plan.

  • Assist in updating the security plan, adapting it to the context of the communities.
  • Ensure that the plan is implemented on the ground.
  • Ensure that all staff follows established safety protocols.
  • Report on any incidents that occur in the communities.

Other Responsibilities

  • Be involved in future planning.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings and to discussion project progress and suggest alternatives for the solution of identified obstacles.

SKILLS

Essential:

  • Social Work / Community Development / or similar Diploma or Degree.
  • Experience in community mobilization techniques and 5 years’ work experience in Community promotion/Community based interventions.
  • Experience in team leadership and supervision.
  • Self-motivated, desires to serve the community, especially marginalized and vulnerable families.
  • Willing to be trained, able to learn from mistakes and capable of listening to criticism.
  • Good teamwork performance in a multicultural environment.
  • Flexible and willing to work in difficult and busy environment.
  • Able to lead several teams located at different places.
  • Proficiency in Jamaican Patois and English languages, oral and written.
  • Working skills with Word, Excel, and use of e-mail.

Desirable:

  • Resident of Portmore, ideally from the project target communities.
  • Experience in land tenure regularization processes.
  • Work experience with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Previous experience working with international teams.
  • Enjoys working with international staff.
  • Spanish language

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