Bangladesh nationals: Community Facilitator Associate (Adaptation Initiative for Climate Vulnerable Offshore Small Islands and Riverine Charland in Bangladesh)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Dhaka, Bangladesh 🇧🇩

Background

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 Facilitator Associate 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 Facilitator Associate are:

  • Mobilize Community and support adaptation innovation
  • Support Training and Awareness Programmes
  • Support monitoring, reporting and information collection

1. Mobilize Community and support adaptation innovation

  • Collect local best practices and adaptation innovations and disseminate knowledge across each target area;
  • Facilitate hosting the farmer field schools established under Activity 3.3.1 and promote community-based leering;
  • Promote innovation in climate-resilient agriculture, household-level food production and other adaptation measures;
  • Raise awareness and facilitate critical analysis of community issues related to climate change adaptation, best practices and opportunities;
  • Support high level of collaboration, communication and co-operation with government ministries and other stakeholders and actor in the community;
  • Facilitate identification of appropriate intervention and develop innovation in climate-resilient agriculture, household-level food production and other adaptation measures in the community;
  • Support development of sub-project activities and share objectives of the project with community members;
  • Support the establishment of outreach mechanisms including: i) group learning; ii) radio programmes; iii) project websites; iv) brochures; v) public events; vi) social media; vii) new paper.

2. Support Training and Awareness Programmes

  • Establish community-based management of innovation center;
  • The centres will also communicate national best practices to community members in the target areas;
  • Actively participate in feedback, reflection and learning activities;
  • Plan and implement project intervention effectively at Union level with in stipulated time;
  • Participate in the Coordination meeting at Union level with locally established NGO’s;
  • Support and implement training programmes for communities across sector areas of agriculture and; coordinate trainings for Community members in leaderships, decision-making and management skills for development;
  • Prepare reports on trainings and field visits, minutes of meetings, and others;
  • Prepare lesson learned from local development activities.

3. Support monitoring, reporting and information collection

  • Assist to understand the progress of intervention through monitoring;
  • Monitor progress of activities within the community;
  • Support PM to compile monthly reports by providing information;
  • Provide necessary information to PO for documentation and any other field information for other requirements of the project.

Institutional Arrangement

  • This position will directly report to Project Manager.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • 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

Functional Competencies: Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Analyzes self performance problems seeking appropriate direction and support;
  • Shares knowledge and experience and contributes to UNDP Practice Areas;
  • Encourage office staff to share knowledge and contribute to UNDP Practice Areas;
  • Develops deep knowledge in Practice Areas;
  • Works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas;
  • Acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Communication Skills

  • Communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Demonstrates excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills.

Partnering and Networking

  • Initiates and sustains relationships with key constituents;
  • Advocate effectively, engaging others to take action in desired directions;
  • Responds quickly to evolving clients needs and to manage several complex activities in parallel.

Knowledge sharing and managing for results

  • Seeks and applies knowledge information and best practices from within and outside the UN Country Team;
  • Conceptualizes, elaborates and implements communications strategies, publications policies;
  • Advocate effectively; communicates sensitively and effectively across different constituencies;
  • Plans and prioritizes work activities to meet organizational goals;
  • Translates strategic aims into achievements plans, with established priorities; manages to them, making periodic adjustments as required.

People Skills and Team Working

  • Recognizes and responds appropriately to ideas, interests and concerns of others;
  • Works as a team member, be a good listener, well organized, pay attention to details, and meets deadlines;
  • Builds trust and engender morale by displaying open, transparent and credible behavior;
  • Respects individual/cultural differences; utilizes diversity to foster teamwork;
  • Ensures others’ understanding of, involvement in, adaptation and sustenance of a change process;
  • Sets clear performance goals and standards;
  • Executes responsibilities accordingly; provides and responds constructively to feedback (correction or recognition).

Innovation and Judgment

  • Devises new systems and processes, and modifies existing ones, to support innovation behaviours;
  • Generates creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
  • Conceptualizes and analysis problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate.

Management and Leadership

  • Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view;
  • Solicits feedback from staff about the impact of his/her own behavior.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Minimum bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Works, Agric and Rural Development, Sociology or related field.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum At least 5 years’ experience as community development agent;
  • Demonstrate ability to work and mobilize communities to implement development project;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully conduct research and manage projects in remote rural location with minimum supervision;
  • Training on climate change, adaptation, climate resilient livelihood is an added advantage.

Language:

  • Excellent knowledge of English and Bangla, both written and verbal.

Travel:

  • Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions.

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