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Socio-economic and Nutrition Officer, LIUPCP

gazipur

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: gazipur
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Nutrition
    • Economics
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Urban Development, planning and design
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-21

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Background

The Livelihoods Improvement of Urban Poor Communities (LIUPC) Project (also known as National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme-NUPRP) builds on the experiences of the DFID, UNDP and GoB funded Urban Poverty Reduction Project-UPPR (2007-2015), one of the largest urban poverty reduction intervention in the world which established a community based approach to reduce urban poverty working with more than 2,500 Community Organizations in 23 Pourashavas (Municipalities) and City Corporations. LIUPC will be implemented over a period of five years (2018-2023) to provide support towards contributing to balanced, sustainable growth and reduction of urban poverty in Bangladesh. LIUPC will work nationwide and cover poor people living in slums and informal settlements in selected Pourashavas and all City Corporations in Bangladesh.  
 
The programme has five Outputs:-
  • Output 1 : Improve  climate resilient housing and basic services for the low income households;
  • Output 2 : Build community organizations;
  • Output 3 : Skills and enterprise development for women and girls;
  • Output 4 : Enhancing climate adaptive capacity of the low income community through resilient infrastructure;
  • Output 5: Strengthening municipal capacity to deliver  pro-poor, climate sensitive urban development. 
The ultimate intended beneficiaries of this intervention are the poor and vulnerable urban people, now and in future years. Based on evidence outlined in the previous UPPR reviews and similar types of urban interventions in Bangladesh, the LIUPC reasonably expects a wide range of benefits to result from the interventions at community, municipal and national levels. Given the ever-expanding size of the urban centers and the populations that will be linked to employment opportunities, interventions targeting urban poor people should affect overall economic growth, income inequality, employment and the poverty situation.
 
The Local Government Division (LGD) of the Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives and UNDP will be the Implementing Partners.
 
In each town/city the Town Manager will lead the Programme Team comprising of programme staff and staff from the local government institutions. 
 
The programme will be managed by a Dhaka based Programme Board with the National Programme Director, Project Manager and UNDP representatives.
 
In each town/city a Town Programme Board will be formed with City/Pourashava Mayor and other members to approve work plan and monitor outputs.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Socio-economic and Nutrition Officer will work as a member of the town team under the direct supervision of the Town Manager and in close coordination with the Local Economy, Livelihoods and Financial Inclusion (LELFI) Coordinator, to ensure that Output 3 is achieved, activities successfully implemented and the target indicators are reached.
 
Output 3: Improved livelihoods and social well-being
 
The programme will incorporate a number of livelihood and social wellbeing activities that focus on particular challenges for the urban poor and women and girls in particular - (i) developing skills for productive employment and income generation and (ii) financial Inclusion of the Urban Poor through access to formal banking system (iii) Violence Against Women and Girls (iv) Stopping early and forced marriage (v) Improving nutrition for lactating mothers, pregnant women, children, boys and girls.
 
For building skills for productive employment and income generation, partnerships with the private sector will be developed. It is envisioned that projects’s productive employment and income generation strategy will be formulated in line with the work of the National Industrial Skills Councils. The strategy will ensure that the urban poor are made a priority of skills training opportunities. Following the lessons learned from UPPR, education grants/stipends and income generation activities for women and girls will be enhanced and scaled up. For financial inclusion of the urban poor, the office will assist to identify and build appropriate linkages with relevant agencies/departments and integrate Universal Financial Inclusion principles in the implementation of project. Reducing violence against women and girls and stopping early and forced marriage are integral steps towards achieving sustainable improvements of livelihoods and living conditions of poor women and girls. The project will engage a wide range of stakeholders to mobilize and sensitize the community. The project’s nutrition component aims to improve the nutrition status of women (especially pregnant and lactating mothers), adolescent girls, boys, and young children from the community groups through raising awareness at the community level, ensuring nutrition governance at the city level, promoting collaborative action against malnutrition with relevant stakeholders.
 
The Socio-economic and Nutrition Officer will be responsible for following categories of tasks.
  • Facilitate the process of community mobilization on reducing violence against women and reducing early marriage, nutrition as well as ensures high quality of the implementation of community contracts and other related activities;
  • Provide capacity building support and establish partnership with the state and non-state actors for combining, referring and networking for victims’ comprehensive support for reducing violence against women and reducing early marriage;
  • Facilitate in developing partnership with local key stakeholders, including the private sector to promote livelihoods and financial inclusion policies for the urban poor and extreme poor;
  • Coordinate to strengthen skills of poor women to plan and manage their businesses at project towns/cities;
  • Facilitate the process of awareness raising and capacity building to improve the nutrition status of women (especially pregnant and lactating mothers), adolescent girls, boys, and young children from the community groups;
  • Provide support the Project Management Team for bring the targeted results;
The following section describes the functions under each of these categories with expected results:
 
1. Facilitate the process of community mobilization on reducing violence against women, nutrition and reducing early marriage as well as ensures high quality of the implementation of community contracts and other related activities;
  • Assess local economic environment such as market’s needs, livelihoods, gaps, demands and identify sectors/areas for intervention;
  • Facilitate partnership with legal service providers, NGOs and government services to support victims (including the possibility that legal aid units be co-located with health clinics;
  • Identify local/nation private partners in towns for developing linkages and partnerships for income generation, productive employment and financial inclusion and builds the capacity development of communities for delivering community based services (savings and credit);
  • Manages partnerships for effective service delivery though regular monitoring of intervention processes and results;
  • Deliver annual targets in line with the annual plan formulated by the project management team; 
  • Follow up with the school authority and Local Governments for tracking progress.
2. Provide capacity building support and establish partnership with the state and non-state actors  for combining, referring and networking for victims’ comprehensive support for reducing violence against women and reducing early marriage
  • Conduct a Training Needs Assessment for different groups on violence against women;
  • Train and orient law enforcement personnel on violence against women and girls, human rights, and gender, to reduce the negative and disrespectful attitude of police towards women;
  • Facilitate formation and functioning of local level Clusters and Federation of the CDCs and organize exchange visits between the communities and between towns for sharing experience, knowledge, skills and capacity building;
  • Establish an active support group by creating a focal point from each community group to take action and report cases of violence;
  • Facilitate discussions and information sessions at schools on gender norms particularly with men and boys on Women’s Day every year;
  • Arrange coordination workshops at the district-level for the government and non-government service providers at regular intervals;
  • Organize cultural groups to demonstrate Docudramas at the local level. Its core element will be real facts on girls’ early marriage, address the interrelated issues of girls’ early marriage such as education, nutrition, birth registration, safe spaces, access to legal aid and corporal punishment.
3. Coordinate to strengthen skills of poor women to plan and manage their businesses at project towns/cities
  • Work with CDCs to establish selection criteria and identify interested beneficiaries, who would like to upgrade their businesses;
  • Assess local business opportunities and support the communities to identify potential trades and enterprises for life skill enhancement (apprentice) training;
  • Asses existing capacities and opportunities for economic/business development of the target groups including the financial institutions and private sector;
  • Facilitate the organization of skills development training for the urban poor (including those with disabilities) and organize vocational training and apprenticeships with the work of the National Industrial Skills Council;
  • Coordinate strengthen skills of poor women to plan and manage their businesses at project towns/cities;
  • Conduct Financial Awareness Trainings to the project Beneficiaries;
  • Support CDCs to develop CAPs that identify SEF needs and develop selection criteria and CDCs identify SEF beneficiaries (apprentice and business);
  • Facilitate communities to gain access to financial resources.
4. Facilitate the process of awareness raising and capacity building to improve the nutrition status of women (especially pregnant and lactating mothers), adolescent girls, boys, and young children from the community groups 
  • Organize training for the nutrition volunteers;
  • Assist to develop material (flip chart, poster, booklet) for communicating message to the target groups (pregnant women, lactating mother and children) from the PG & CDC members;
  • Lead to conduct group nutrition behavior change communication session with the community groups (PG & CDC) of women with the Community Organizers;
  • Lead to organize creative social campaign at urban poor settlement areas by involving boys, girls and children for awareness raising;
  • Facilitate to establish partnership with related service providers, NGOs, health workers for comprehensive service delivery e.g. referral services, anti-natal and post-natal care etc;
  • Facilitate to establish linkages with the Government health facilities to provide treatment to SAM children with complications.
5. Establish partnership with local key stakeholders, including the private sector to promote livelihoods and financial inclusion policies for the urban poor and extreme poor
  • Develop agreements with the private sector to share the costs of skills training;
  • Facilitate partnerships between the local government and private sectors for skill development and job placement and labor market linkages;
  • Promote access to financial resources and establish partnerships between COs and financial institutions;
  • Maintain liaison with Ward Commissioners/Counselor/Mayor and provide advice for effective implementation of the project.
6. Provide support the Project Management Team for bring the targeted results
  • Participate actively and effectively in project Town team discussions on key policy and strategic issues and direction for socio economic development of the extreme poor;
  • Assist in preparing Work Plan and Budget for utilization of Social Development Fund in the town;
  • Undertake regular participatory monitoring and supervision of project activities including collection, compilation, consolidation, processing and analysis of data on different project components, and documentation;
  • Work closely with local partner’s/city authorities/private sectors for income generating/ business activities among the communities;
  • Contribute to project identification, development, appraisal, monitoring, review and evaluation, ensuring that all initiatives clearly contribute towards poverty reduction;
  • Undertake any other task assigned by the Town Manger.
Impact of Results
 
The Socio-economic and Nutrition Officer will ensure results based management so that the key results will contribute towards the project achieving its Outputs and specifically Output 3. 

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:
  • Promotes UN’s values and ethical standards (tolerance, integrity, respect, results orientation, impartiality);
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP’s Country Office;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Functional Competencies:
 
Management and Leadership
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Provides inspiration and leadership to staff.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Capability to engage in team-based management, experience of leading workshops and being a resource person;
  • Ability to lead results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to oversee timely project implementation and to provide the necessary trouble shooting to keep project implementation on schedule;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets and work plans;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioural/ attitudinal change.
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development;
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral): Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, Respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
  • Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Nutrition, Public Health, Gender Studies, Development Studies or any other relevant areas with specific emphasis on urban livelihoods and financial inclusion.
Experience:
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in urban livelihoods projects, skills and employment development in low income communities; 
  • Working experience in UN organizations/ International donor organizations will be preferred;
  • Working experience in gender/nutrition/VAWG responsive programming/implementation;
  • Significant experience of community based development projects preferably in urban context;
  • Demonstrable working experience in the intersection of livelihoods/skills development and climate change resilience programming;
  • Experience in report writing, making presentations and use of computers;
  • Experience in riding motor cycle with valid driving license.
Knowledge and skills:
  • Ability to think clearly and analytically;
  • Working with multidisciplinary teams;
  • Knowledge of the gendered issues of financial inclusion and income generation;
  • Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and completing it under pressure or when faced with competing demands;
  • The numerical ability to make budgets and to monitor costs;
  • A sound knowledge of financial control procedures;
  • Knowledge on RBM, data base and progress reporting;
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) in English and Bengali;
  • Use of computer for reporting, presentation and financial control.
Personal qualities:
  • A strong commitment to gender sensitive, inclusive and pro-poor development work;
  • A commitment to UNDPs approach and values;
  • Ability to work with a multi-disciplinary team;
  • Consultative and empowering management style and willingness to learn from others;
  • Willingness to travel project towns as required.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Bangla. 

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