Bangladesh has a low-lying topography extremely exposed to sea level rise (SLR), cyclones, tidal surges, salinity intrusion, erratic rainfall, drought and floods, causing it to be one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change. The vulnerable communities who live on chars — small alluvial islands in rivers and the Bay of Bengal are particularly at risk from climate change. These communities have already experienced a number of climate change impacts including frequent tidal surges, increasingly intense cyclones and salt water intrusion into fresh water and soil. Furthermore, climate change is projected to have an adverse impact on agriculture and other local livelihoods; fragile houses, access to drinking water and rural infrastructure, which includes existing cyclone protection embankments. The impacts of climate change also disproportionately affect the poor and are especially severe for women and children, who are forced to spend a greater portion of their time on livelihood and domestic activities. Current projections indicate, with a 2⁰C increase in global temperatures, 50-year floods in the country’s three main river basins will become 40% more likely by 2025. The impacts of climate change on these islands are exacerbated by several baseline factors, including geographic remoteness, topographic position near sea-level, limited public and private infrastructure to withstand climate impacts, poverty of local communities and livelihood practices that are dependent on the availability of fresh water. On coastal chars (small offshore islands), the houses and livelihoods of communities are damaged by the increasingly frequent and intense cyclones, tidal floods and saline intrusion from climate change, with inadequate protection from the fragile embankment system. On the inland riverine islands (riverine charland), communities are experiencing increasingly erratic rainfall as a result of climate change, leading to changes in both floods and droughts that their current houses and livelihood practices are unable to withstand.
Resources sought from the Adaptation Fund (AF) will be invested in four components. Firstly, it will assist households to enhance the resilience of their houses and livelihoods to climate change-induced flooding, cyclones, saline intrusion and droughts. Secondly, it will improve community-level infrastructure, including embankments with modern climate-resilient technology and effective local management practices. Thirdly, it will assist the Bangladesh Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP) under Disaster Management Department, to enhance its activities in the remote coastal char targeted by the project, in order to provide timely early warnings and effective emergency response. This will be done by expanding the programme’s coverage in the area, modernising its equipment, and making it fully gender sensitive. Finally, the technology, approaches and knowledge generated by the project will be used to build the capacity of the local and national government; and communities to make climate-resilient investments and policies.
Under the overall supervision of Project Manager, the Community Development Assistant will be responsible for extensive community motivation and to assess the existing implementation situations under different scenarios. CDA will report to the Project Manager and receive guidance for day-to-day project activities from the PMU. They will be responsible for facilitating participating agencies, partners, LGIs and community mobilization and coordination of all project activities at the site level and will act as focal points.
Duties and Responsibilities
Key functions of Community Development Assistant are:
- Community Mobilization and coordination support;
- Support Training and Awareness Programmes;
- Support Monitoring and Reporting;
1. Community mobilization and coordination support:
- Support and coordinate participating agencies/partners at the site level, working with partners’ site-level representatives to implement project activities and complement ongoing activities;
- Assist in monitor activities implemented by the partners agencies, local GoB, firm, NGO etc service providers and ensure adherence to the quality ;
- Serve as project representative with all concerned Government of Bangladesh (GoB) officials at Upazila and district levels, NGOs, and local government bodies;
- Assist to organize monthly meetings, workshops, seminars, and other meetings in collaboration with Government, Stakeholders, and the District Committee on Environment and Disaster Management, and present monthly progress reports to the partners and PMU;
- Assist in quality assurance of the project activity in consultation with implementation partners;
- Mobilize communities in forming community management groups for various infrastructures to be established by the project.
2. Support to Training and Awareness Programmes:
- Support and facilitate capacity building training programmes for communities, partner agencies, LGIs
- Assist to organize awareness programs, meetings, workshops etc. and develop programme for visitors as required.
3. Support to Monitoring and Reporting:
- Prepare progress and other monitoring reports-based format provided by M&E officer;
- Prepare and submit monthly and all other types of progress reports and case studies on various surveys, good practices, and field programs;
- Prepare and keep database of project activity with beneficiary;
- Prepare and keep adaptation resource inventory and impact analysis;
- Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual work plans for the field level project activities and integrate the same with other partners for the site;
- Prepare and submit monthly and all other types of progress reports and case studies on various surveys, good practices, and field programs to PMU;
- Provide substantive support to the National Project Director and Project Manager for overall implementation;
- The Community Development Assistant will also perform any other jobs as requested and required by the NPD, Project Manager, PMU, or other project authority from time to time as and when required.
- This position will directly report to Project Manager.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Shares knowledge and experience;
- Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside UNDP;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Strong writing ability with exceptional communication skills, both written and oral;
- Strong computer skills with a knowledge of many desktop applications that will be useful for the position, such as Microsoft Word and Excel, e-mail, and all Internet browsers;
- Prior experience with the SharePoint platform is a plus;
- Strong design sensibilities;
- Experience with interacting with a range of clients.
Leadership and Self-Management
- Highly organized with a keen eye for detail;
- Ability to multi task under tight deadlines;
- Ability to think quickly and improvise when necessary;
- Creative self-starter with an ability to work independently and also as an integral part of a team to deliver results.
Required Skills and Experience
- Minimum bacholar’s degree in environmental sciences, social science, biological sciences, disaster management, geography and/or relevant disciplines.
- Minimum 2 Years of relevant work experience with the government, NGO and/or with UN;
- Familiarity with any UNDP projects management approach, as well as with the Government rules/regulation;
- Demonstrated previous working experience in a project team;
- Familiarity with the administrative, social and environmental context of the Upazila;
- Extensive experience in vulnerability and adaptation needs assessments at the community level and regarding the formulation and implementation of community-based climate change adaptation measures;
- Experience mobilizing community members for development projects and activities;
- Demonstrate good knowledge and skills of Information Technology, in order to support the development and maintenance of database system of the project;
- Previous experience in similar positions and working experience with government, NGOs, CBOs, and other partners in the area will be an advantage.
- Excellent knowledge of English and Bangla, both written and verbal.
- Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions.
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