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Manager, Community Interventions (GMG/SEG2)
Job SummaryThe Early Childhood Commission (ECC) is seeking to identify a highly motivated, dynamic individual to fill the vacant post of Manager, Community Interventions (GMG/SEG2)
Description of Duties:
Reporting to the Director, Cross-Sectoral Coordination, the Manager Community Interventions is responsible for coordinating and managing activities related to early childhood development at the local and community levels. This includes:
- Liaising with the Development Services Unit and interfacing agencies at the regional and community levels to develop and expand partnerships,
- Ensuring harmonization and integration of early childhood development issues in plans and programmes and
- Sensitizing, educating and interacting with parents and communities on early childhood development issues.
Planning and Organizing
- Develops operational plans, work plans and budgets for the community intervention area and contributes to the organization’s strategic plan;
- Supports the development of decentralized early childhood plans of action which are linked to wider community development plans based on comprehensive needs assessment;
- Streamlines and rationalizes the use of human and financial resources by designing strategies and making recommendations to ensure the coordination of activities and services relating to early childhood development at the regional and community levels.
- Facilitates the establishment of community based parenting education support groups to help parents provide a healthy and nurturing environment for early childhood development;
- Promotes the establishment and maintenance of community facilities and services for young children within communities;
- Ensures the establishment of structures and systems that would facilitate the flow of community related information across the early childhood sector;
- Promotes and assists in the establishment and operationalization of model resource centres as parish based, multipurpose hubs for community level planning, information dissemination, monitoring and evaluation, delivery of in-house training and parenting education programmes through strategic alliances with other agencies/ministries offering early childhood services;
- Promotes strategies to establish new management committees and sustain existing management committees for early childhood institutions;
- Negotiates joint strategies at the regional level to overcome structural difficulties such as differences in zoning across ministries, particularly the Ministries of Health and Education;
- Advocates for infrastructural development projects for early childhood development within communities and ensures that appropriate attention is given to children at risk.
- Forms, expands and maintains partnerships with critical stakeholders to improve social and physical infrastructure for children and families within communities.
- Liaises with the Communication Manager to ensure the dissemination of early childhood information at the regional and community levels;
- Supervises the dissemination of information to support groups and institutions regarding the importance of developmental surveillance in respect to early childhood issues, to ensure that the needs of children at risk receive adequate and appropriate attention;
- Represents the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) at steering committee meetings, other meetings and events at the regional, national and international levels, including delivering presentations on the early childhood sector, the ECC, parenting and early childhood development;
- Coordinate special events, including conferences, workshops and seminars; collaborates with other managers as necessary.
- Maintains a reporting relationship with the Cabinet Office and other government agencies and ministries regarding early childhood development policies and programmes;
- Prepares and submits monthly, quarterly and annual reports and maintains relevant files and records on community intervention activities.
- Acts as Technical Coordinator for the Parenting Sub-Committee and the National Parenting Policy Steering Committee, and sits on the National Parenting Support Commission and the Multi-agency Support Committee. Functions include:
- Overseeing the development and implementation of a parenting education strategy for children from birth to 3 years and 4 to 6 years;
- Engaging and facilitating the work of consultants;
- Collaborating with the Communication Manager to develop and implement the ECD (Early Childhood Development) Parenting Support public awareness and advocacy strategy;
- Monitoring the mapping of the ECD parent support programmes and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) providing early childhood services and preparing an evaluation report;
- Facilitating development and dissemination of the parent training module;
- Preparing reports and correspondence;
- Develops terms of references and proposals for committees, consultants and projects;
- Supervises interns in early childhood community programmes; prepares and submits evaluation reports at the end of the internships;
- Performs other related functions assigned from time to time by the Director, Cross-Sectoral Coordination.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Excellent public speaking and presentation skills
- Excellent human/public relations skills
- Excellent planning and organizing skills
- Excellent skills in teamwork and cooperation
- Sound leadership, decision-making and problem solving skills
- Sound analytical skills and judgment
- Sound negotiation skills
- Strong project management skills
- Sound knowledge of the Early Childhood Act, Regulations and Standards, the Early Childhood Commission Act and the Child Care and Protection Act
- Sound knowledge of early childhood development
- Sound knowledge of the regional and local structures of all related ministries and government departments
- Sound knowledge of community development principles and practices
- Good knowledge of proposal writing and project management
- Good knowledge of dispute resolution and counselling
- Good knowledge of relevant computer software, including word processing and spreadsheet applications
Minimum Required Qualification and Experience
- in Psychology, Sociology, Community Development, Early Childhood Leadership or equivalent qualifications
- Five (5) years’ experience in education or community development at a supervisory level
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a reliable motor vehicle.
Salary Range: $1,816,614.00 – $2,159,383.00 per annum
Motor Vehicle Upkeep Allowance: $707,448.00 per annum