Community Engagement Specialist
The project is comprised of four components:
1. Assessment and documentation of peatlands in targeted countries
2. Capacity development and policy and legal frameworks
3. Development and demonstration of sustainable peatland management
4. Regional cooperation
Also, the project contributes to regional peatland management initiatives, such as the ASEAN Programme on Sustainable Management of Peatland Ecosystems 2014-2020, the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution (2013), and the ASEAN Peatland Management Strategy 2006-2020.
Based between the Nay Pyi Taw IUCN project office and project field office at Inle Lake, the Community Engagement Specialist will work closely with the project’s CTA (IUCN) and the Ecosystem Management Specialist (IUCN). The position’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Technical specialist in community engagement activities:
Support the CTA and Ecosystem Management Specialist by in-country implementation of project activities through:
• Undertake gender analyses/ socio-economic assessments to inform gender-responsive design of project activities, and their implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
• Develop stakeholder engagement plans for communities piloting livelihood and best-management practice demonstrations - informed through socio-economic assessments and community consultations.
• Document and maintain records of all stakeholder engagement activities.
• Ensure that all ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups are adequately informed and consulted, invited to consultation meetings, and that language is not a barrier.
• Ensure that women and men are provided equal opportunities in terms of participation and decision-making throughout the identification, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of activities implemented by the project.
• Collect sex disaggregated data and information and incorporate these into the project’s monitoring, evaluation and reporting process.
• Assess potential social impacts (direct and indirect) that may result from project interventions and activities, and where identified, develop mitigation measures to avoid negative impacts or compensation.
• Lead the establishment of a community-based water management committee to develop a water supply and management plan for the Taung Po Gyi community.
• Ensure the project activities are in line with IUCN’s Environmental and Social Management System (ESMS) and the recommendations of the Social Impact Assessment conducted during the project design phase.
• Prepare personal monthly work plans and reports, detailed activity plans and budgets for project field activities, and field mission/ workshop reports.
• Providing implementation support to project partners where required.
• Facilitate and assist visits by the project donor, government officials and consultants in their studies, meetings and program activities including translating and interpreting, where necessary.
• Managing project funds for field operations and taking responsibility for expenditures of project funds and reporting field expenditure.
• Identifying and developing opportunities for partnerships with local stakeholders to meet project outcomes.
• Translating project outputs from English to Burmese and vice versa as required.
• Carry out desk-based research and literature review on relevant technical project based activities
• Ensure that project offices and field operations are conducted to a high level of health, safety, integrity, environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity. This includes ensuring that field medical kits are in good order and taken out on every field trip.
• Ensure that IUCN policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of project activities.
• Represent IUCN Myanmar in external and internal IUCN meetings at national levels, as needed.
Other Duties: Carry out any other duties as required by, and mutually agreed with, your line manager.
The Community Engagement Specialist will have at least 5 years of relevant experience in coordinating field activities of ecosystem-related projects, with strong experience in community engagement, participatory planning and gender mainstreaming.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of:
• Social impact assessment
• Methods and processes for effective community engagement and participation
• Design and implementation of Sustainable livelihood initiatives
• Ethnic minorities and disadvantaged groups in Myanmar
• Gender equity and social inclusion
• Institutional and governance structures of Myanmar
Skills and experience in:
• Gender analyses and socio-economic surveying and assessment
• Development of stakeholder engagement plans
• Collection of sex disaggregated data and reporting
• Facilitation of stakeholder consultations
• Liaising with Myanmar government agencies
• Drafting technical and financial reports
• Fluency in written and verbal English and Burmese
• Proficient in using computers and software applications such as word, PowerPoint, excel and email
• Willingness and capacity to undertake strenuous and/or extended periods of field-based activities
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