Duration of Contract: 12 months with the possibility to extend based on fund availability and performance.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) derives its mandate from United Nations General Assembly Resolution 33/147 of 20 December 1978 to improve the economic and social conditions of the Palestinian people by identifying their social and economic needs and by establishing concrete projects to that end.
UNDP/PAPP places empowerment, resilience and sustainability at the center of its operation and focuses on three priority areas: the Gaza Strip, East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, where the needs are the greatest.
UNDP/PAPP is active in four thematic areas: democratic governance and the rule of law; economic empowerment and private sector development; environment and management of natural resources; and public and social infrastructure.
In this regard, UNDP is seeking a candidate to fill the position of Community Mobilizer in the West Bank for the Investment Programme for Resilience (IPR). This Project is a comprehensive, inclusive and integrated response to the needs of the most vulnerable/marginalized communities in Palestine. It is designed based on a sound analysis of the risks and problems posed by the COVID-19 crisis and its immediate implications. It is also based on the analysis of previously existing multi sectoral development challenges. The Programme is characterized by two main components: outcome 1, aimed at strengthening the health system and outcome 2 aimed at reinforcing resilience through community infrastructure. More specifically, outcome 1 focuses on addressing short term-immediate needs by enhancing the preparedness and response capacity of the health system through (1) provision of medical equipment and supplies, (2) deployment of health personnel and workers in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza, and (3) procurement and placement of medical waste treatment systems in health centers. On the other hand, outcome 2 of IPR seeks to address community needs through investments in community infrastructure and basic services within a strategic approach in reducing disparities, strengthening social cohesion, and enhancing community engagement and ownership (particularly women, youth, and people with disabilities), and also contribute to creating short-term employment opportunities through construction/rehabilitation works and long-term sustainable jobs for the operation and management of the new services provided.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The overarching objective of the Investment Programme for Resilience is to reinforce the resilience of marginalized Palestinian communities. In order to do so, the programme has embedded community engagement throughout the life cycle of the project, thus building leadership and ownership of the community. With regards to the “what”, the Programme plans to achieve the following three outputs: 1. Social and community infrastructure rehabilitated and/or expanded; 2. Capacity of entities improved to manage the infrastructure and to provide sustainable services and employment to the community; 3. Social cohesion activities planned and implemented by the community.
Summary of key functions:
Coordination of resilience/community infrastructure activities:
- Support the Implementing Partners (IPs) and the community representatives in the development and operationalization of the “resilience plan” for the implementation of social cohesion activities, relevant to the specific context, to complement, sustain and build ownership around the community infrastructure initiatives;
- Identify any additional need of the selected entities (NGOs/CBOs) to ensure sustainable implementation of community infrastructure interventions;
- Support the IPR Area Manager (West Bank) and Programme Manager in the day-to-day management of the social cohesion/community resilience component, including ensuring timely and quality delivery of results.
- Support the IPR Area Manager in the design, implementation and closure of consultancy services aimed at enhancing IPs capacities in needed/ identified areas.
Monitoring of project activities and expected results:
- Monitor the project’s assumptions constantly, assess the risks and propose revisions in the action plan to the Programme Manager, if necessary;
- Monitor the bottlenecks, problems, unexpected deviations and possible delays constantly and propose revisions in the action plan to IPR Area Manager West Bank and Programme Manager, if necessary;
Facilitation of dialogue among stakeholders and community engagement in social cohesion activities:
- Connect with and engage individuals and groups in the community around the targeted infrastructure
- Leverage existing community planning exercises and ensure their inclusivity and the community active participation in decision making
- Ensure the mainstreaming of gender, environment and digitalization across all activities in the community
- Facilitate workshops on common topics between different entities/communities to strengthen knowledge exchange
Support the drafting of regular updates on the resilience/community infrastructure component and the finalization of donor progress reports:
- Draft lessons learnt and best practices in collaboration with IPR West Bank team and considering feedback from target communities
- Support the IPR Area Manager (West Bank) and Programme Manager in the preparation of donor reports and other ad-hoc reporting requirement related to the resilience/community infrastructure component
- Conduct monthly reporting using the MIS, and Kobo Toolbox tools in line with the agreed template and quality standards
- Highlight potential stories to the IPR Area Manager and Programme Manager to be included as part of the communication/visibility plan/activities.
Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor
The Community Mobilizer will report to the IPR Area Manager (West Bank) and secondarily to the IPR Programme Manager, under the overall guidance of the Programme Specialist. The Community Mobilizer will be a key member of the Project Implementation Unit, complementing the technical work of the engineers in the West Bank, with capacity building support to the partners and community engagement activities with local representatives. Both the Engineers and the Community Mobilizers will be working closely with each other, under the supervision of the IPR Area Manager (West Bank) and in close coordination with the other Community Mobilizers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Achieve Results: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination