Community Development Practitioners - Two

Habitat for Humanity South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 20 May, 2015
Opportunity type: 
Employment

 

Habitat for Humanity South Africa (Habitat SA) has strategically shifted its focus away from the former sole emphasis on house construction towards a holistic, community based approach to development (founded on a P4 (People-Public-Private-Partnership) approach). As such, the organization requires additional capacity in the form of a Community Development Practitioner (CDP) to expand its focus and ensure meaningful impact in community development.

Habitat SA is looking to appoint two self-motivated and organised candidates, with at least one having a technical background in preferably town and regional planning, development studies or architecture, and experience in the field of community-based development facilitation. This is a one year donor funded contract, renewable on the availability of additional/new funding.

Purpose of Job:

The CDP will facilitate capacity building and organisational development processes. In addition to this, the CDP will also be expected to liaise with key stakeholders (local municipalities, project implementers, technical assistance teams, and external development practitioners, etc.) to inform the facilitation process. Therefore, extensive travel may be required to current and proposed project communities in terms of partnership building and facilitating the required processes. The CDP will report directly to the Senior Community Projects Manager and will work closely with various internal staff members in the Program and Advocacy Departments.

Key performance areas and scope of job

  • Lead, co-ordinate and facilitate social development work in projects
  • Community-based organisational development
  • Stakeholder management
  • Monitoring, evaluation and reporting
  • Active participation in Habitat’s lobbying and advocacy programme
  • Project specific administration

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts in Community Development or equivalent or Technical background and undergraduate qualification in preferably town and regional planning, development studies or architecture
  • Proven track record in community-based planning and development facilitation (3-5 years practical experience)
  • Highly proficient in the use of spreadsheets, word-processing and layout design and drawing programmes
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Local language proficiency of utmost importance (focused on primarily Western Cape)
  • Ability to communicate effectively across diverse groups, at different levels, and in different cultural settings
  • Excellent documenting and report writing skills
  • Valid driver’s license & own vehicle

Desired competencies

  • Sound knowledge of both theoretical and practical aspects of community development
  • Sound knowledge of community development techniques and tools
  • Ability to develop and implement participatory community planning processes
  • Insight and understanding of informal settlement dynamics and informal settlement upgrading processes and systems (knowledge of relevant housing policy and municipal policies and procedures in the housing sector preferred)
  • Experience in asset-based community development and livelihoods assessment preferred
  • Knowledge of correct communication protocol within a community
  • Possess cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary environment
  • Driven, dynamic and innovative personality
  • Team building, analytical and problem solving skills
  • Effective verbal, presentation and listening communications skills
  • Patience and perseverance in understanding and explaining issues
  • Effective negotiation and mediation skills
  • Decision making skills
  • Self-motivated and able to function under pressure
  • Work with little supervision
  • Able to meet all deadlines given
  • Flexible (in terms of travel and working hours)
  • Demonstrate sound work ethics
  • Strong interpersonal skills, courtesy and tact

 Interested candidates must send a motivation letter explaining your suitability to the post, an updated CV in Word format and contact details of three work related referees to marais.button@telkomsa.net

Please note that HFHSA does not assist with relocation costs for candidates living outside the Western Cape. Preference will be given to RSA citizens/permanent residents.

 

Location: 
Cape Town

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