13 Sep 2019

Community Mobilisation Project Officer at Link Community

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Salary: Competitive package

Accountable to: International Programme Manager

Location :Huye District

Tenure: Until March 2020, with potential to renew. Immediate start.

ABOUT LINK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Link Community Development is a family of not for profit organisations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished rural areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.

Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models. We guide governments and educators to adopt lowcost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalised children. Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts.

Link Community Development believes that a child, vulnerable adult or person at risk should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to work in a way that promotes the welfare of all and protects them from harm. We have a zero tolerance approach to any harm to or exploitation of a child or vulnerable adult by any of our staff, representatives or partners.

JOB PURPOSE

The Project Officer will lead on community mobilisation in the Rwandan Girls’ Education and Empowerment Programme (REAP 2). Funded by DFID, REAP 2 is delivered by a consortium of organisations led by Health Poverty Action and aims to improve the life chances of marginalised girls in 28 poor and rural schools in Nyaruguru District.

By improving retention, enrolment, quality, governance and budgeting of education, the project will support girls in particular (as well as boys) to complete a level of education and transition to the next stage of education, to TVET, or employment / livelihood opportunities.

Based in Health Poverty Action’s Huye District office, the Project Officer will support 75 communities in Nyaruguru District to run Community Study Groups. These after-school groups will use fun, participatory, game-based exercises focused on Kinyarwanda, English and Maths to raise the learning outcomes of girls (and boys) in 28 target schools.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

 Supervise 75 Community Study Group Mentors and support them to deliver weekly safe and girl-friendly Community Study Groups meetings.

 Deliver refresher training to Community Study Group Mentors.

 Build community support for and participation in Community Study Group activities.

 Support coordination of Community Study Group activities with school-based activities, and build relationships between Mentors and school teachers.

 With REAP 2 project partners, reflect on the impact of Community Study Groups and implement changes to increase impact.

 Act as child and adult safeguarding and child protection focal person for Link Community Development Rwanda.

 Uphold Link’s child protection and safeguarding standards, support training of partners in safeguarding, and facilitate the effective operation of reporting and whistle-blowing processes.

 Actively contribute to the effective functioning of the organization e.g. banking, NGO compliance, and other duties as assigned by the International Programme Manager.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

 Understanding and support of using a rights-based approach – meaning every child, whoever they are and wherever they are has the right to an education.

 Experience delivering community development and / or education projects.

 Teaching experience in formal or informal settings.

 Budgeting and financial management skills.

 Experience managing and motivating volunteers.

 Experience in developing and delivering training.

 High level of professional and ethical conduct, and awareness of child safeguarding policies and procedures.

 Co-operative and supportive team player with strong interpersonal communication skills.

 Fluent written and spoken Kinyarwanda and English.

Desirable

 Experience working inclusively with vulnerable, marginalised target groups – and an appreciation of their complex needs and the sensitivities required in working with these individuals.

 Teaching qualification.

 Links with communities in Nyaruguru District.

 Experience liaising with district and national government education departments.

How to Apply

 Please send an application form to [email protected] with the subject line “Rwanda ProjectmOfficer”

o The Application Form is available athttp://www.lcdinternational.org/current-vacancies

o Please note the application form requires references that support a candidate’s experience of and/ or suitability to work with children, and successful candidates will undergo criminal record checks in line with Link’s Child Safeguarding and Vulnerable Adult policy.

• The closing date for applications is 12 noon, 23rd September 2019

• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

• Candidates must be available to start on 7th October 2019.






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