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Consultant - Community Liaison - Waterloo, Iowa

Company: Global Communities
Location: Waterloo
Posted on: May 10, 2020

Job Description:

Consultant - Community Liaison - Waterloo, Iowa Overview Global Communities is an international development non-profit organization. Our mission is to create long-lasting, positive and community-led change that improves the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable people across the globe.

Global Communities is seeking a Consultant to serve as a community liaison for a participatory community needs assessment in Waterloo, IA. Global Communities will design and conduct a four- to six-month participatory community needs assessment in partnership with local community members and academic institutions. The assessment will use an assets-based approach to develop an in-depth understanding of the assets, opportunities, and gaps existing in the Waterloo community in order to inform and strengthen community projects.

Local candidates encouraged to apply. Relocation and housing is not available. While this position requires engagement with community members, Global Communities will work with candidate to adapt work according to current context of COVID-19.

Global Communities will take an iterative-based approach that will allow for stakeholder feedback at several key points. The first phase will consist of a rapid appraisal, in which we will seek to gather demographic data and a broad overview of priorities, gaps, and opportunities within Waterloo across a range of community sectors. The rapid appraisal will engage key stakeholder groups to determine, assess and understand alignment of interests, priorities and services (provisioning and gaps). We will use our initial findings to help narrow down geographic and sectoral priorities and identify areas for further in-depth research. During the second phase, we will partner with a local university to design and implement a rigorous assessment focusing on the prioritized sectors identified in the first phase to deepen our understanding of community dynamics and make a series of informed recommendations. Global Communities will synthesize and present the findings of the assessment activity into a final report, which we will share with stakeholders in Waterloo, including discussion of how the findings can strengthen planned programming in the community.
Responsibilities Given that Global Communities does not have physical presence in Waterloo, IA, we will need to hire a local community liaison who will serve as our on-the-ground coordinator.

S/he will be an integral member of and communicate regularly with the HQ-based technical team. Specifically, s/he will be responsible for the following during Phase 1:

1. Identifying and providing a list of individuals and appropriate points of contact for institutional and community stakeholder groups;

2. Submitting weekly reports documenting the following:

  • Outreach to identified individuals and points of contact to whom he/she has provided information on the community needs assessment objectives and Global Communities approach;
  • Actions taken to develop a solid understanding of the needs of the community through ongoing, active listening and engagement with stakeholders;
  • Situational changes on the ground in Waterloo (including social, political, economic, weather-related events, etc.) 3. Supporting administration of online survey for community and institutional stakeholders as follows:
    • Tracking responses and following up with individuals to encourage responses;
    • Arranging interviews with sample of institutional and community stakeholder points of contact and Global Communities team;
    • Producing interview notes and transcribing recordings of interviews;
    • Providing feedback of online survey and key informant interview questions by providing perspective on local context; 4. Supporting desk research, as assigned by supervisor;
      5. Editing the rapid appraisal report and ensuring accuracy of information from interviews and surveys;
      6. Providing guidance on the development of Phase 2 work plan.

      Phase 2 responsibilities will be determined upon successful completion of phase 1 activities.

      Deliverables :
    • Database of institutions and community stakeholders, including points of contact
    • Connections made with stakeholders
    • Written feedback on survey and interview instruments
    • Interviews scheduled
    • Notes/transcriptions from interviews
    • Weekly email updates to HQ team

      Estimated Level of Effort :

      Phase 1: 20 hours/week for 6-8 weeks
      Phase 2: 20 hours/week for 8-12 weeks

      Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Excellent project management and administrative skills.
      Interest in working in community engagement and community development.
      Excellent critical thinking and organizational skills.
      Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
      Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
      Qualifications
      University degree in a social science, statistics, marketing or similar.
      Minimum of two years of relevant work experience, such as:
      • Organizing community meetings;
      • Conducting needs assessment, focus groups, market research, polling or other research, preferably for community services organizations, nonprofits or similar;
      • Working with community groups;
      • Gathering and synthesizing data;
      • Developing reports. Experience working with community groups in Iowa; Waterloo strongly preferred.
        Experience working independently.
        U.S. work authorization required.
        Must have U.S. work authorization.

        Global Communities is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. EOE/AA - Minorities/Females/Veterans/Individual with Disabilities.
        Interested applicants can apply here:

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