Community Development Specialist

Job categories Project Management
Vacancy code VA/2021/B5303/22020
Department/office AFR, KEMCO, Kenya MCO
Duty station Pemba, Mozambique
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-10
Duration Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’
Application period 22-Jun-2021 to 07-Jul-2021


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UNOPS KEMC helps partners achieve their project goals in sectors including: governance, education, health, the environment, grant management and rural development. UNOPS KEMC has over twenty years of experience working in Africa, including on large scale infrastructure projects. With a flexible and responsive presence throughout the region, UNOPS is able to scale up rapidly, through various mechanisms into high risk areas which have proven to be beneficial to partners.


As part of the IDP crisis response, the Republic of Mozambique is preparing the Mozambique Northern Crisis Recovery Project (P176157) to be financed by the International Development Association (IDA) in the amount of US$100 million. The Project Development Objective is to improve access to basic services and economic opportunities for internally displaced persons and host communities in targeted areas of Northern Mozambique. The Project will be implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADER) through the National Sustainable Development Fund (FNDS). The Project will retain and make use of existing Financial Management (FM) capacities and project oversight systems at FNDS. 

The Government intends to contract UNOPS to provide overall technical support to Project implementation, including through the preparation of Environmental and Social Safeguards instruments, based on the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Frameworks (ESF); as well as support in M&E. UNOPS is further tasked with the implementation of distinct project components.

The project ‘Mozambique Northern Crisis Recovery Project’ will be based in and around the City of Pemba in Cabo Delgado Province supporting the resettlement of IDPs from temporary settlement sites to 20 relocations sites. The project will support both IDPs and Host communities.  The project comprises of 4 main objectives related to the 

  • Component 1: psychosocial social support and community peace building; and enhancing State-society trust and confidence.

  • Component 2: provision of agriculture and fisheries inputs, cash for work programs for youth and women and the provision of kits for micro and small business development; and training on entrepreneurship and business management.

  • Component 3: the restoration of basic services, small works for agriculture production, education and health infrastructure and the construction or rehabilitation of school and health infrastructure and community services and amenities in temporary and relocation sites and host communities.

  • Component 4: strengthening of technical capacity of government authorities and local governments for conflict management. This component will also support project implementation, financial management, procurement, safeguards, reporting, and monitoring and evaluation.

The project will be implemented in collaboration with government authorities and will be guided by the various programme guidelines provided by the World bank- as the funding source. 

The project team is expected to contain Programme management staff, Safeguards and Monitoring and Evaluation staff and infrastructure staff and will require significant stakeholder and partner coordination and management. 

UNOPS is looking for a Community Development Specialist as part of the UNOPS Project Management Team, to support the safeguards component as well as implement Component 1 of the overall project deliverables. 

Purpose and Scope of Assignment 

The World Bank’s Environment and Social Standard 10 sets out that a Borrower has to engage with stakeholders as an integral part of a Project’s environmental and social assessment and project design and implementation. The nature, scope and frequency of the engagement should be proportional to the nature and scale of the Project. Consultations with stakeholders have to be meaningful and be based on stakeholder identification and analysis, plans on how to engage stakeholders, disclosure of information, actual consultations, as well as responses to stakeholder grievances, and reporting back to stakeholders.

Under the new World Bank ESSs, Bank-supported projects are required to facilitate mechanisms that address concerns and grievances that arise in connection with a Project. One of the key objectives of ESS 10 (Stakeholder Engagement and Information Disclosure) is ‘to provide project-affected parties with accessible and inclusive means to raise issues and grievances, and allow borrowers to respond and manage such grievances’. This Project GRM will facilitate the Project to respond to concerns and grievances of the project-affected parties related to the environmental and social performance of the project. The NCRP will provide mechanisms to receive and facilitate resolutions to such concerns. 


The Stakeholder Engagement Plan (SEP) lays out the different Project stakeholder groups and the different strategies to consult these. It further defines how to inform stakeholders on the Project modalities. UNOPS is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Community Development Specialist to implement the SEP, as well as lead on all other project-relevant community engagement and community development tasks and questions.

Furthermore, the Community Development Specialist will manage and oversee all activities of Component 1 of the Project on ‘Building Social Cohesion and Resilience to Conflict’. This component will include activities required to establish institutions and processes that promote stability, cohesion and peaceful cohabitation among different social groups and host communities while enhancing trust and confidence between society and State institutions and norms. The Community Development Specialist will oversee this component directly contributing to the all sub components. 

The Community Development Specialist will report to the Project Manager, and collaborate closely with the Environmental and Social safeguards team in the PIU, as well as with all state-level implementers and other Implementing partners.  




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