Community Mobilization Officers (three positions), Dnipro, Ukraine At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme


Closing date: Sunday, 12 March 2023

Job Identification : 8680

Locations : Dnipro, Ukraine Ukraine

Posting Date : 03/01/2023, 11:12 AM

Apply Before : 03/12/2023, 04:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NPSA-9

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Conflict Prevention, Peacebuilding and Responsive Institutions

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 4 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Ukranian and English

Job Description

Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

Today Ukraine is facing its most serious challenges since achieving independence in 1991. The ongoing war has already resulted in significant loss of life, unprecedented displacement, internally and towards neighboring countries, and devastating destruction of infrastructure. The UN Ukraine Flash Appeal shows that at least 15.7 million people are in immediate need of emergency assistance and protection. Early projections indicate that if the war should continue in the medium to long term, up to 90% of the Ukrainian population could face poverty and extreme economic vulnerability, and the country’s socio-economic progress could be set-back by almost 20 years. In the short-term, 62% of the population is at high risk of falling into poverty. Ukraine’s economy is set to shrink by 45% this year due to the war and even with a moderate recovery in the next few years, by 2025 the GDP would still only be two-thirds of the pre-war GDP in 2021.

In addition, the country faces losses of many people’s lives and devastative destruction of infrastructures and economic bases. Currently, more than 50% of the energy infrastructure damaged, causing the massive disruption of energy supply nationwide with millions of people experiencing power outages and challenges in heating. Extensive scale of destruction of infrastructure, rehabilitating or constructing infrastructures and installing equipment with necessary supply of the materials is urgently required to restore or maintain life-line and key basic services, followed by removal or mines and explosives as well as debris.

UNDP in Ukraine is recognizing the need to adopt a whole-of-community approach in charting the path towards (early) recovery, placing communities in the lead of the recovery planning processes, and ensuring that local capacities are in place for crisis response and recovery, including platforms for dialogue and joint planning of activities supporting the inclusion of particularly vulnerable groups in the life of the hromada. In line with this identified priority, UNDP Ukraine invites applications from highly qualified and experienced Ukrainian professionals for the post of Community Mobilization Officer to ensure the project activities in relations to community mobilizations are regularly implemented, monitored, and reported.

The incumbent will accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment with all implementations and promote UNDP’s mandate as a gender-responsive organization with zero tolerance to any kind of discriminatory and abusive behavior, including sexual harassment, sexual exploitation and abuse.

This position is a national position on Personal Service Agreement at NPSA 9 level. Under the direct supervision of Community Mobilization Specialist, overall supervision of the Project Coordinator, Community Security and Social Cohesion, and the strategic guidance of the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist, the Community Mobilization Officer will support the scale up and implementation of community engagement and empowerment initiatives. She/he will be responsible for implementation of project activities to strengthen community security and social cohesion by overall mobilization of the communities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  •  Providing support to the implementation of the programme activities:
  •  Collect and analyse information to map numbers, locations and other data of security and justice institutions within target region;
  •  Lead needs assessments in target areas to inform program development and implementation utilizing tools developed by Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist and other rule of law and community security staff within the RPP;
  •  Identify communities with particular needs and vulnerabilities where Project activities should be prioritized in keeping with the programme implementation strategy;
  •  Provide technical advice to local communities to assess and prioritize key threats to community security and help them develop plans to respond at local level for enhancing security and access to justice;
  •  Mobilize local communities, police, public prosecutors’ offices, and local government to implement community security coordination mechanisms;
  •  Prepare the work plan for all community mobilization activities. The content of community mobilization activities will include but are not limited to the following:
    •  Local problem analysis;
    •  Assessment of vulnerabilities, capabilities, and available resources;
    •  Preparation of community profiles;
    •  Support and capacity building of community security working groups (cswg);
    •  Assisting communities in preparation of prioritized community security action plans (csap) and implementing them through project-based activities;
    •  Supporting target communities in monitoring and evaluation of activities implemented;
  •  Provide support for the strengthening of community-based organizations and associations to undertake their own development initiatives with special emphasis on empowerment of vulnerable men and women (including IDPs, youth at risk, elderly people, people with disabilities and others);
  •  Ensure coordination with local partners to facilitate the implementation of community projects through the Small Grants Facility managed by Small Grants Officer and assist him/her in monitoring how funds are used, and results are achieved;
  •  Together with the Community Mobilization Specialist, lead in the capacity building activities, including trainings for community organizations, leaders, or focal points;
  •  Ensure that capacity development activities will target all stakeholders through on-the-job training, awareness-raising activities, knowledge and information sharing, and formal capacity development activities, particularly in community mobilization;
  •  Develop training designs and modules, work plan and organize training programs in relation to the program implementation;
  •  Prepare regular progress reports, and other reports as required;
  •  Promote the Project by providing substantive input for stories, articles, and other PR activities;
  •  Assist with donor visits, provide services of donor guide during donor visits and events;
  •  Perform other duties as required.

II. Building partnerships with Project stakeholders and partners:

  •  Liaise with local authorities, civil society organizations, security services providers, and local business partners to ensure programme related activities are implemented in coherent and coordinated manner;
  •  Ensure expanding partnerships and cooperation between communities and the local municipalities for the implementation of local community projects and to ensure local needs, priorities and initiatives are integrated into the planning of the local authorities, police, public prosecutors, courts, and security services;
  •  Ensure close coordination with the activities of other UN agencies, with special focus on those by UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF.

III. Provide support to the Project management and implementation:

  •  Lead the quarterly community programme review;
  •  Provide inputs and maintain a systematic database to store and information on community needs, capabilities, and resources available;
  •  Provide inputs into regular programme reports to the donor;
  •  Collect and maintain information for hromada profiles – safety, security, and environment risks (i.e., information regarding key personnel, locations of key institutions, SWOT analysis etc.)
  •  Contribute to external communication by drafting input for press releases and information notes, producing news write ups, maintaining thematic blogging and social media accounts, etc.
  •  Ensure supervisors are aware of changes to community security and access to justice issues on the ground;
  •  Perform other duties as necessary.

Institutional Arrangement

Under the direct supervision of Community Mobilization Specialist, overall supervision of the Project Coordinator, Community Security and Social Cohesion, and the strategic guidance of the Community Security and Social Cohesion Specialist, the Community Mobilization Officer will support the scale up and implementation of community engagement and empowerment initiatives. She/he will be responsible for implementation of project activities to strengthen community security and social cohesion by overall mobilization of the communities.

Competencies

CORE

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline.

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements.

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback.

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible.

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident.

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships.

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.

CROSS-FUNCTIONAL &TECHNICAL

Business Management Communication

  •  Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels.

Project Management

  •  Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.

Partnerships Management

  •  Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Business direction and Strategy

Effective Decision making

  •  Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources.

System Thinking

  •  Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.

Business Development

Knowledge Facilitation

  •  Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally

Gender Gender issues and analysis

  •  Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  •  Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Public Administration, Law, International Relations, Political Science or other relevant areas with two years experience. Or
  •  Relevant Bachelor’s degree with additional two years of extensive progressively responsible experience is accepted in lieu of Master’s degree.

Experience:

  •  Two years relevant experience at national or international level in community development and civic engagement, dialogue and/or mediation, human rights/access to justice/community security, or related area.
  •  Alternatively, if in possession of Bachelor’s degree, minimum 4 years of such relevant work experience is required.

Required skills

  •  Excellent computer skills (including, MS Outlook, Excel, Word,PowerPoint, etc)

Desired skills

  •  Familiarity with the rights-based approach to development
  •  Previous relevant experience with a multilateral or international technical assistance or development organizations would be an asset.
  •  Demonstrable knowledge of local community development principles, trends, and policies in Ukraine would be a strong asset.
  •  Experience in delivering capacity development, advisory and advocacy services to civil society in the area of civic engagement, social inclusion, and protection of vulnerable groups would be a strong asset.

Required Languages

  •  Fluency in Ukrainian and English is required.

This is a national position. Only Ukrainian nationals are eligible to apply for this position.

Disclaimer

Important information for US Permanent Residents (‘Green Card’ holders)

Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa,or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.

UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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