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Community Facilitator


Grade: G6 

Vacancy no.: DC/PNG/G6/2020/07
Publication date: 15 February 2020
Application deadline (midnight local time): 6 March 2020


Job ID: 2567 
Department: RO- Asia and the Pacific 
Organization Unit: CO-Suva 
Location: Wewak, Papua New Guinea    
Contract type:  Fixed-term appointment 

Contract duration: One year(with possibility of annual renewal) 


Under article 4.2, paragraph (e) of the Staff Regulations, the filling of vacancies in technical cooperation projects does not fall under Annex I of the Staff Regulations and is made by direct selection by the Director-General.


In order to support the best informed process in the filling of the above-mentioned vacancy by direct selection, the ILO invites interested candidates to submit their application online by the above date.


The following are eligible to apply:

  • ILO Internal candidates in accordance with paragraphs 31 and 32 of Annex I of the Staff Regulations.
  • External candidates*

*The recruitment process for General Service positions is subject to specific local recruitment criteria.


Technical cooperation appointments are not expected to lead to a career in the ILO and they do not carry any expectation of renewal or conversion to any other type of appointment in the Organization. A one-year fixed-term contract will be given. Extensions of technical cooperation contracts are subject to various elements including the following: availability of funds, continuing need of the functions and satisfactory conduct and performance.


*Conditions of employment for external candidates: In conformity with existing ILO practice, the appointment of an external candidate will normally be made at the first step of this grade. 


The EU funded Support to Rural Entrepreneurship, Investment and Trade project (STREIT) aims to contribute to the sustainable and inclusive economic development in East Sepik and Sandaun Provinces in Papua New Guinea. The ILO inputs to this project will improve access to communities and markets by rehabilitating and maintaining transport infrastructure such as rural roads, wharves and jetties. By applying local resource-based approaches in the infrastructure works, the ILO also seeks to (i) increase participation of local communities in the works, (ii) increase the creation of jobs and income by applying employment-intensive work methods and (iii) secure the involvement of the local construction industry.


The dimensions of increased employment and income opportunities and more private sector business prospects are expected to create additional synergies with the sustainable and inclusive economic development ambitions of the project.


The ILO activities will also place emphasis on strengthening the capacity of local institutions responsible for the improvement and maintenance of transport infrastructure, introducing approaches relying to the extent possible on the use of local resources such as local entrepreneurs and communities. All activities will be gender-mainstreamed targeting women, youth and disadvantaged groups.


The ILO component of STREIT will be delivered by a team based in Wewak with support from the office in Port Moresby, the ILO Office in Suva, Fiji, and ILO expert teams in Bangkok and Geneva.

Reporting Lines

The ILO technical assistance forms an integral part of the STREIT project delivered by a host of UN agencies under the overall coordination of FAO. Within this framework, the ILO will take charge of the activities within the scope of the project infrastructure component. As such, the ILO will manage all planning and implementation activities in relation to the rehabilitation and maintenance of transport infrastructure.


Under the supervision and guidance of the Infrastructure Specialist, the main role of the Community Facilitator will be to facilitate dialogue and involvement of local communities in the planning and implementation of the infrastructure works. This includes taking charge of consultations and facilitating activities related to beneficiary monitoring of works, social safeguards measures, transport and household surveys, work plans, community contracting, labour recruitment, conditions of employment, inclusiveness and other issues concerning the involved communities.

Description of Duties

In close collaboration with local community development authorities and partner agencies the Community Facilitator is expected to engage in the following activities:


  • Participate in the development and implementation of the project social safeguards framework and the operational tools used for implementing this framework. Through dialogue with local communities, users of transport infrastructure and local authorities assist in problem identification and problem resolution;
  • Engage in consultations with farmers, women, social extension services, transporters and other concerned parties on transport and access challenges. Take measures to ensure that the full diversity of stakeholders are represented in these consultations;
  • Assist in the design and conduct of household and transport surveys, impact assessments and other reviews of project activities and impact;
  • Support capacity building and social preparation of target communities.  Brief communities on forthcoming infrastructure works and employment opportunities;
  • Brief communities on recruitment arrangements, terms of employment, OSH, payment of wages and other labour issues;
  • Implement activities to ensure that project working arrangements adequately addresses gender, disability, HIV/AIDS and clan issues, child protection and labour issues, community imperatives and other equity imperatives;


  • Engage with local communities on traffic safety issues during and after construction works. Participate in training and briefing communities on traffic safety;
  • Take part in the implementation of proactive measures to secure a high participation of women and other targeted groups in the planning and implementation of the infrastructure works. Assist in ensuring that recruitment of workers is inclusive, gender balanced and takes into account potential clan rivalries;
  • Provide support to the establishment of community work groups to be engaged in routine road maintenance and repair works;
  • Assist in seeking amicable arrangements for sourcing stone and gravel materials from local quarries;
  • Engage with local communities and households to avoid any interference with or damage to religious locations or artefacts as a result of the infrastructure works;
  • Brief and support communities on how to make use of project complaints and community audit mechanisms;
  • Coordinate with community extensions services of other partner agencies to secure consistency in approach, effective use of resources and avoiding to overburden communities with meetings and consultations;
  • Participate in the preparation and conduct of seminars, workshops, village gatherings, training sessions, etc.;
  • Contribute to the preparation of briefs, background information and progress reports and statistical data on the status of project activities;
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Infrastructure Specialist.
Required qualifications

Completion of secondary school education.  Training or diploma/degree in community development, socio-economic sciences, community development or relevant field would be an advantage.

  • Work experience in rural development and livelihoods improvement;
  • Experience in planning and implementation of community development support;
  • Familiarity with UN policies and procedures including experience working with local government authorities is an advantage.

Good command of English. Knowledge of the main local language(s) is preferable.

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to interpret project information to identify and analyse challenges as a basis for finding appropriate solutions and provide guidance and support to colleagues, partner agencies, contractors, local communities and workers involved in the infrastructure works;
  • Ability to work independently with a clear focus on reaching defined outputs in a timely manner as agreed in contract documents and work plans;
  • Ability to establish priorities and to efficiently plan, organise, coordinate and monitor works activities.
  • Ability to work in a team and maintain effective working relations in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Good understanding of gender and minority issues, gender mainstreaming and equal opportunity principles and approaches;
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Computer literacy.


Recruitment process


Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application form. To apply, please visit the ILO Jobs website. The system provides instructions for online application procedures.


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