National Community Development (CD) Officer (Open to Mauritian Nationals Only)
The “Inclusive Development and Public Sector Efficiency” (IDPSE) Project will aim at implementing activities within the priority areas identified under the first Pillar of the UNDP Country Programme 2017-2020. The objective of the project is to support the implementation of the “Vision 2030” in contributing to achieve equitable growth and promote an inclusive society.
The project has three components. The first component is about inclusive development and is based on the proposed the Marshall Plan Against Poverty with three dimensions: consolidation of Community Development (CD), professionalization of field “operators” and development of monitoring and evaluation. The second component deals with gender equality challenges focusing on improving gender mainstreaming in public policies and programmes, supporting women's empowerment initiatives and fighting gender-based violence. The third component aims at contributing to the transformation of the public sector with specific emphasis to strengthening strategic planning and investment monitoring, upgrading standards in quality of public governance and development of e-learning tools.
Duties and Responsibilities
The National CD Officer will assist the Government in the implementation of the first component of the project, focusing particularly on component 1.1 (Scaling up Community Development (CD) strategy). He/she will have an overall mission that will focus more on (i) mobilization of NGOs and grassroots organizations towards CD platforms, (ii) close follow-up of CD programmes, especially for the two platforms targeted by the project, (iii) communication with beneficiaries of social programmes, including the Social Contract, and (iv) facilitation in the functioning of the CD support network. He/she will have an overall mission that will focus
Summary of Key Functions
- Capitalization / Tools for Community Development;
- Assistance to the CD support network and the CD platforms scaling-up process;
- Production of monitoring and research data;
- Professionalization of Operators (NGOs/Social Workers), in collaboration with international and training institutions;
- Other Tasks Relevant to MSIEE, NEF and UNDP IDPSE Project.
Under the direct supervision of the NEF Chief Administrator and the Head of Socio Economic Development Unit (SEDU) and/or the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Integration and Economic Empowerment (MSIEE), the Community Development National CD Officer is expected to perform the following functions
Capitalization / Tools for Community Development
Support in close cooperation with the international consultant to the activities relating to initial documentation of practices, production of the CD toolkit, design of a realistic plan to expand the platforms and explore sound funding mechanisms (Community Development Fund or alternative one).
Assistance to the CD support network and the CD platforms scaling-up process
- Contribute in the formulation of a realistic plan to extend the platforms to the Marshall Plan Steering Committee Secretariat;
- Assist in providing overall technical guidance for piloting the CD in Mauritius;
- Contribute in the establishment of a detailed multiyear performance budget for the CD pilot programmes targeted by the project;
- Participate in the capacity building of the CD support network and ensure continuous support to the network in all its activities and resource mobilization, especially to the private sector;
- Identify additional inputs necessary for the smooth functioning of the CD support network;
- Facilitate staff and partners awareness/ understanding of CD Approach, by designing and disseminating clear messages, in collaboration with NEF team;
- Ensure the successful CD Approach cascading process to different identified areas/sites;
- Support in any relevant task that can facilitate the sustainability of the network.
Production of monitoring and research data
- Assist the International CD Expert in all the activities of operational research, survey and local data collection;
- Support a smoother circulation of information between local communities, CD network and main involved ministries (MSIEE, Ministry of Social Security, Ministry of Housing, etc.) and institutions (NEF, Poverty Observatory, CSR Foundation);
- Assist in all communication and reporting tasks regarding the Poverty Observatory and the Steering Committee of the Marshall Plan;
- Support in developing exchange with Case Management Officers (CMOs) in order to connect CD development dynamics with the evolution of the beneficiaries of the Social Contract;
- Support in developing a more formalized framework with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Managers in order to move towards a stronger and more structured involvement of private sector in community development strategy;
- Support in the establishment and management of the CD’ database (relevant programming data, impact and success stories) including the dedicated website for CD initiatives - To prepare and submit regular reports (quarterly, semi-annual, annual and ad-hoc reports) to MSIEE/NEF.
Professionalization of Operators (NGOs/Social Workers), in collaboration with international and training institutions
- Support in scaling up the implementation of Recognition of Prior Learning;
- Assist in improving the status and training of social workers;
- Support the expert that will reform the legal and operational frameworks for NGOs Interventions.
Other Tasks Relevant to UNDP IDPSE Project
- Prepare and submit regular reports to the Head of SEDU including compliance with monitoring and evaluation requirements: quarterly report, annual report, and ad-hoc inputs to Project reports;
- Provide inputs to Project Work Plans relevant to his/her portfolio;
- Participate in Project Meetings/workshops;
- Undertake relevant works whenever required by the Head of SEDU.
Core competencies define successful skills, abilities, behaviours, or knowledge. While the job description outlines the particular duties and responsibilities of the position, core competencies describe those characteristics and skill-sets an individual must possess in order to satisfactorily perform in the position and support the organizations’ visions and goals. Given below are the core competencies of the National CD Expert.
- Teamwork: Demonstrating commitment to UNDP’s vision and values, supporting information-sharing environment, developing self-awareness, understanding and valuing diversity, developing team skills and coaching, assessing performance, promoting excellence in performance, facilitating learning from others, preventing and resolving conflicts;
- People Skills: Listening, giving and receiving feedback, demonstrating interpersonal effectiveness, sharing knowledge and experience, handling criticism, showing empathy and becoming assertive;
- Service Orientation: Considering others in decisions and actions, designing processes and procedures that effectively meet partners’ and/or colleagues’ needs, providing effective and appropriate service to partner agencies and focusing on achieving performance;
- Communications: Effective written and verbal communication skills, drafting correspondence, reports, memoranda of understanding in the working languages of the organization, presenting information clearly and concisely;
- Innovation and Judgment: Learning from experience, identifying and seizing opportunities, contributing practical ideas, exerting influence, assuming accountability, thinking holistically, solving problems, taking decisions, finding the right values in experience;
- Accountability: Taking responsibility and accountability for one’s own actions; considering the consequences before acting and making a decision; interpreting and following UNDP’s policies and procedures accurately;
- Managing for Results: Measuring progress towards the goals of UNDP; determining the strategies and resources to improve performance, provide updated information about progress in meeting performance objectives; offering suggestions to enable improved performance produces quality results to meet established UNDP’s goals;
- Results-Orientation: Setting challenging goals and monitor progress toward achievement of results, using timely and effective decision-making to achieve goals;
- Partnering and Networking: Developing partnerships, forging new and developing strategic alliances, negotiating effectively and networking with others in similar roles internally and externally;
- Planning and Results Orientation: Developing action plans and focusing on the future, developing direction, setting and monitoring goals, managing projects/tasks and evaluating outcomes;
- Technology Awareness: Supporting and understanding the advantages provided by technology.
Required Skills and Experience
A Master degree in social science, project management, international development, or a related discipline.
- A minimum of ten years of working experience, with at least seven in community development project;
- Previous experience in project management for at least two years;
- Proven experience in poverty alleviation programmes, local initiatives support, social surveys and grassroots organization mobilization;
- Previous working experience with Governmental institutions;
- Good knowledge of CSOs and NGOs environment, including legal and institutional issues;
- Good ICT skills.
Fluency in spoken and written English and French.
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