Project Assistant (Livelihood Recovery and Promotion)
Project Assistant (Livelihood Recovery and Promotion)
Application Deadline: 30-May-16
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Starting Date: 6-Jun-16
End Date: 31-Dec-16
Expected Duration of Assignment: Up to the end of the project
The Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs has the remit for protecting the interest of the most vulnerable groups, while the Bureau of Gender Affairs is exclusively responsible for creating the necessary framework for gender mainstreaming, and gender equality. Due to the effects of TSE and the plans for new settlements, issues such as income generation and food security have now become a challenge. Although the Government is currently constructing resettlement areas for the residents of Dubique and Petite Savanne, long-term planning and sustainability to achieve a life of stability is a number one priority.
The Bureau of Gender Affairs in collaboration with the Social Development Planning Unit is implementing a project titled “Accessing Livelihoods and Enhancing Capacities Post Tropical Storm Erika: Toward Community Recovery” targeting displaced persons from Petite-Savanne and Dubique. This project aims to implement sustainable livelihood and capacity enhancement training programmes for evacuees from the communities to help them in restoring, protecting, and promoting their livelihood activities, and to also prepare them to respond the future disasters.
As such, while the initiative’s immediate objectives are to empower women to replicate some of their former livelihood activities; create opportunities for economically displaced women, men and youth to earn a better living through new skills in non-traditional areas; strengthen the knowledge and skills of key personnel responsible for managing and overseeing the transition programme of the displaced communities in the affected areas; and provide training in disaster risk management in order to build more resilient communities and reduce the vulnerabilities of the communities arising from climate related risks, the project’s interventions are also designed to ensure the sustainability of development gains; promote socially cohesive communities through active participation of communities; create foundations for the establishment of rural based enterprise centres; and strengthen institutional capacity and collaboration among stakeholders to practice integrated approach to linking disaster risk reduction and management activities with livelihood options.
Under the supervision of the Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs and the Social Development Planner, the Project Assistant, Livelihood Recovery and Promotion will be responsible for supporting the establishment and full implementation of the Accessing Livelihoods and Enhancing Capacities Post Tropical Storm Erika: Toward Community Recovery.
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities of the Project Assistant for Livelihood Recovery and Promotion
Under the overall oversight of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Services, Family and Gender Affairs and direct supervision of the Director, Bureau of Gender Affairs, the incumbent will support the BNTF/BGA team to carry out the activities related to the “Accessing Livelihoods and Enhancing Capacities Post Tropical Storm Erika: Toward Community Recovery” project. The incumbent will be responsible for activities being implemented in a timely, efficient and politically sensitive manner. She/he will support to carry out regular stakeholder consultations with both government and non-government agencies, attend and organize field visits in the targeted areas in order to have consultations with target beneficiaries and end-user agencies.
The specific roles and responsibilities of the PA – Livelihood Recovery and Promotion are as follows:
Project Implementation and Planning functions
- Under the guidance of the Technical Committee, coordinate the overall implementation of the initiative as per the project’s work plan; the incumbent will support the BGA to ensure an inclusive, participatory and transparent implementation process; as well as to ensure the delivery of resources and results according to planned targets; and ensure collaboration and support from partners;
- Make useful suggestions to the Director, based on best practices and environmental challenges in order to ensure project activities are aligned with intended goal;
- In partnership with the implementing partners and stakeholders of the project, ensure that communities are mobilized and trainees are selected in a participatory and transparent manner.
- Support the timely mobilization of facilitators, materials and equipment inputs, also support the development of Terms of References (ToRs) of all required facilitators according to project work plan;
Technical Support Functions
- Ensure that the execution of project activities is consistent with the resettlement objectives and plans, and integrated with other activities relevant to the livelihood context of both Dubique and Petite Savanne;
- Provide technical expertise, coordinate, supervise, and assure the quality of the work of facilitators to ensure planned deliverables are met in good quality and in a timely manner as per the project work plan;
- Actively work with the Director and Research and Programme Coordinator to develop and implement strategies to promote gender equality and social inclusion for sustainable livelihoods;
Programme Management – Financial, Administrative and other resources
- Support the BGA to coordinate and supervise day to day management of the project including smooth and timely project implementation as well as transparent and accountable management of financial resources, as per CDB rules and regulations;
- Prepare accurate and reliable financial reports in close coordination with the Director and Research and Programme Coordinator and submit to BNTF on a timely manner;
- Assist in procurement of materials, supplies and equipment according to specifications required and follow up with the procurement procedures;
- Takes records of all project items, and sees to it that they are adequately delivered to the various training venues as directed by the Director, as well as maintained.
- Contribute to the development of M&E framework and establishment and maintenance of a dynamic system of M&E as a central element of the initiative and support the full implementation of the M&E system – in close coordination with the Research and Programme Coordinator;
- Attend Technical Committee meetings and contribute to all aspects of development of progress reports and other documentation as required.
Education and Experience
Qualifications in development, economics, social sciences or related field, or demonstrable relevant experience
- Minimum 5 years of relevant experience working in social development, poverty reduction, livelihood or income generating project;
- Previous experience in project coordination, management, and training would be an advantage;
- Experience in working in multi-stakeholder and comprehensive development programmes with national and international agencies would be an added advantage;
- Sound knowledge of gender and development issues, and disaster risk management would be desirable;
Required Skills and Ability
- Ability to work independently and effectively with minimum supervision
- Good communication and presentation skills: oral and written
- High level interpersonal skills
- Ability to pay attention to detail and to exercise sound judgement
- Computer literate (able to use MS Office)
- Possesses a driving licence and vehicle, and is willing to undertake extensive travel associated with the post
Interested candidates are required to send their cover letter and CV by Monday, May 30, 2016 to the following address:
Bureau of Gender Affairs, the Globe Building, 106 Independence Street, Roseau
For additional information, contact the Bureau of Gender Affairs at 266-3344/3083/3023 of Facebook page: Bureau of Gender Affairs