Local and Community Development Specialist

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Local and Community Development Specialist


Local and Community Development Specialist - Climate Change, Uganda
Organization: UNCDF

Support the knowledge and communication efforts of LoCAL in Uganda (i.e. LoCAL stories, news articles, photos, videos, social media presence, country webpage and web presence, as appropriate) with support and guidance from Lead LoCAL communication expert;
Perform any other related duties as required by supervisor/ management or guided by the LoCAL Committee and other key stakeholders. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:
Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers;
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs:
As an active UNCDF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNCDF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: o Awareness of LGAs and local stakeholders is increased on climate change and capacities to address those issues are built through “learning by doing”; o LGA development and investment plans and budgets that foster gender equality and climate resilient local economies and communities are developed; o Methods and procedures for mainstreaming into local public planning and budgeting, as well as into local resource allocation processes are identified and piloted; o The performance-based country mechanism (LoCAL) is effectively piloted and deployed in target LGAs; o Lessons learnt and good practices are documented, capitalized and shared (e.g. photos, videos, stories from the field, etc).
Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in local and community development, climate change and/or environment related issues, of which at least one (1) supporting local governments and/or communities; Monitoring and evaluation; Planning and budgeting processes, preferably with local government authorities and/or communities; Training and capacity building activities; Affinity with or interest in LoCAL mechanism of UNCDF and volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System. Fluency in Alur is required.

Area(s) of expertise

Community development, Energy and environment , Development programmes

Driving license

Licence for motorcycle is required. Required


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in climate change, environment, development, international relations, geography, engineering, agronomy

Competencies and values

Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNCDF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNCDF procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNCDF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;

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