Consultant - Community Liaison - Waterloo, Iowa
Company: Global Communities
Posted on: May 10, 2020
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
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
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
- 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
- Arranging interviews with sample of institutional and community
stakeholder points of contact and Global Communities team;
- Producing interview notes and transcribing recordings of
- 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.
- 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
Interest in working in community engagement and community
Excellent critical thinking and organizational skills.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal and listening skills.
University degree in a social science, statistics, marketing or
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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