Monday, February 1, 2010

RWSSP, National Community Development Officer, Deadline February 14, 2010.

District Community Development Officer

National Community Development Officer Job Description
July 24, 2009

Reports to:
RWSSP Community Development Advisor
Duration: Two years, with possible extension
Location: Timor Leste, based in Dili with frequent travel to the Districts
1.      Scope of Position :

The RWSSP National Community Development Officer (NCDO) will work with RWSSP District Community Development Officers and DNSAS staff to improve with the implementation of the RWASH activities.  Under the supervision and guidance of the Community Development Advisor, the CDO will supervise RWSSP contractors and partners.

The NCDO will work with the Community Development Advisor to strengthen the skills and implementation capacity DNSAS, SAS, NGO’s and communities to improve access to RWASH services. The CDO will provide other support as described below to the Community Development Adviser in the implementation of the Community Development Strategy. Community Development will work with and be supervised by the Community Development Advisor.

In carrying out this role, Community Development Officer will also work with:
  • Community Development Advisor and those who are responsible for coordination and monitoring of all activities at the District, Sub-district and suco level.
  • Social Training team (Social Training Advisor, National Training Officers) to define and deliver trainings which further community development objectives
  • RWSSP administration and logistic staff.
  • Counterpart staff from the National Directorate for Water Supply and Sanitation Service (DNSAS) of the government of RDTL.
2.      Key Responsibilities and Duties
  • Support DNSAS to develop and provide support to facilitators using Community Engagement/CAP and community management training modules;
  • Monitoring and evaluation of RWSSP contractors
  • Assist District CDOs/District Facilitator Managers to carry out their activities, especially on planning, monitoring, documentation and reporting.
  • Support DNSAS/DASD to provide ongoing monitoring and support to SAS-Districts in their role of supporting communities that have access to RWSS;
  • Provide training to appropriate DNSAS and NGO staff to strengthen community engagement and management, civil society forums and networks to improve the management of rural WASH.
  • Work closely with the Social Training team to identify training needs, develop methodologies and delivery trainings.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a Community Development Implementation Strategy and Workplan
  • Carry out basic research and data collection as required as part of R&D work.
  • Coordinate with the stakeholders on the environment management/resource management issues and monitor the promotion of best practices in RWSSP supported activities.  
  • Assist CDA in managing the community development and related components of RWSSP.
 3.      Skills Required/Preferred
  • experience working with social/community development, particularly in the rural water supply, sanitation, and hygiene  sector
  • experience in developing and providing training to all levels, from Trainers to the community
  • experience on gender, poverty and social equity issues.
  • experience in facilitating meetings with Program Staff and stakeholders.
  • experience in project management skills
  • demonstrated experience of working effectively with a team of international consultants; and
  • experience in research and development including reporting skills.
  • excellent communication skills in a cross-cultural environment.
  • proficiency in Tetun and Bahasa Indonesia
  • proficiency in English and Portuguese;
  • experience working and delivering results in an AusAID-funded project; and
  • experience working in a public administration environment.
Personal Attributes
It is essential that the CDO can establish effective working relationships with the full range of key stakeholders, including government officials, international staff, and communities. This requires qualities of genuineness of approach and integrity, in order to build mutual respect and trust. The key personal attributes of such a person include:
  • sensitivity to other cultures;
  • demonstrable capacity to work well with others particularly peers in team settings and informal situations;
  • ability to work according to agreed principles and model the desirable behaviours including openness, cooperation, a focus on the wider goals, and able to handle conflict appropriately and constructively;
  • flexibility, responsiveness, discipline and patience;
  • commitment to engaging communities and civil society in processes leading to policy and operational reforms;
Application Process

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, current CV and professional references by email to or delivery by hand at RWSSP Office at DNSAS Compound.

Deadline: 14th FEBRUARY 2010

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview.