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Community Development Specialist

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Government, community development, public services
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Temporary
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Job Summary

In collaboration with Moroto District Education Office, build capacity of local government and schools to create an inclusive education environment where children, especially girls, can attend, stay in school longer and receive quality education.


District level engagement
  1. In collaboration with the Community Development Office, support the district planning process especially at sub-county and district level, facilitating community consultations to ensure that community voice on marginalized children especially girls is heard, issues planned for and budgeted for in district plans, implemented, monitored and reported on.
  2. In collaboration with district counterparts Implement and monitor agreed community development department operational work plan in reference to achievement of project objectives on quarterly and annual basis
  3. In collaboration with Community Development office  ensure community mobilization and education promotion is conducted at sub-county and school level  to promote community dialogue on inclusiveness and conflict resolution especially in education for girls and other marginalized groups
  4. Strengthening of local council and village support systems in order to support the resolution of conflict situations for marginalized girls and boys e.g. training and mentoring local leaders – family courts, children’s courts as well as strengthening the sub-county capacity in undertaking conflict resolution procedures in accordance with their respective mandates.
  5. Strengthen the capacity of local CBOs and sub-county offices to promote inclusive practices, through community and school awareness/education at village and household level and have the capacity to refer legal cases for further management through right channels provided for nationally.
  6. Plan and organize outreach support services to girls and boys in the community  especially on barriers to daily attendance of school or dropout of girls and boys from school as a result of individual, family or community conflict
  7. Document and disseminate project’s best practices, challenges and lessons learnt
  8. Work in close collaboration with other VSO volunteers, particularly the Teacher Educator – Gender and Inclusive Education Specialist and Researchers leadership and management capacities of members of School Management Committees and Parent-Teacher Associations to provide and support an inclusive education environment
  9. Establish project accountability and feedback mechanisms with Community Development Office and other stakeholders
  10. Document and disseminate project’s best practices, challenges and lessons learnt
  11. Work in close collaboration with other VSO volunteers, particularly the teacher educators and education researchers 

VSO level engagement
  1. Participate in VSO coordinated activities with other partners and other stakeholders
  2. Prepare quarterly work plans, requisitions and reports
  3. Attend and participate in quarterly planning and coordination review meetings
  4. Prepare for quarterly placement reviews with the programme manager and/or officer at placement location or at VSO quarterly meetings
  5. Participate in VSO-led monitoring and evaluation

Ireland level engagement
  1. Help raise awareness among the Irish public about the role of Irish volunteers in development, the sustainable impact they have and other the positive benefits volunteering can bring to the countries where Ireland works
  2. Help raise awareness among professionals, particularly in the health and education sectors in Ireland, on volunteering for development opportunities, and motivate to pursue them

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Temporary
Job type: Full Time
Location: Uganda
Area of work: Government, community development, public services
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Project monitoring and evaluation (M&E); Training requirements analysis; Educational policy; Programme management; Project implementation; Documentation and record keeping; Operations planning
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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VSO Jitolee is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

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