Community Engagement Specialist Job Opportunities – Mott MacDonald

Job Title:    Community Engagement Specialist

Organisation: Mott MacDonald

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda


About US:

Mott MacDonald is a leading, employee-owned global management, engineering and development consultancy with £1 billion revenue and more than 14,000 staff working in 140 countries for both the public and private sectors. Our International Development Services Unit, IDS, operates portfolios within the international development sectors of Environment, Climate, Water, Roads, Rural & Urban Development, Education, Health, Social and Economic Development in over 40 countries.


Job Summary:  Reporting to the Performance Improvement Lead and working in close collaboration with the teams in the field, the Community Engagement Lead (CEL) will provide technical leadership and oversight to the community engagement interventions of SESIL’s programme. The overall aim of the CEL role is to ensure that this innovative programme delivers the intended outcome of improved learning outcomes. This is fulltime position based in Kampala with at least 50% travel to field to oversee the implementation of the community engagement initiatives.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide oversight and technical guidance to the team to implement community engagement interventions and planned actions, centred on principles of participation and empowerment, accountability, inclusivity, safety and dignity of CLL communities.
  • Drive the development, implementation, and monitoring of the community-engagement activities, in all SESIL Local Governments/CLL communities, adapting as necessary to achieve impact.
  • Compile regular reports on the implementation based on the results and learning framework in place.
  • Coordinate with education stakeholders and communities to develop strategies to engage communities and key partners and stakeholders in implementing community-led interventions that ensure improved learning outcomes and safety of learners in the CLL centres.
  • Lead the design/review of relevant material including information, communication, and education materials to guide the delivery of the community engagement activities. This includes learner checks/quizzes to be used by parents to monitor their children’s learning or material on children’s safety.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of community awareness-raising / sensitisation and advocacy/accountability activities for education and child safety.
  • Support the development and delivery of key messages, capacity development, mobilisation initiatives, and other activities to facilitate community support for SESIL activities including CLL delivery and safety of learners.
  • Provide guidance, mentorship, training and support to the SESIL team on the ground team working with communities. This includes supporting SESIL field staff in building and maintaining effective relationships as part of the community engagement interventions.
  • Collaborate with other SESIL staff and communities ensuring that lessons learned, or successful approaches are captured and shared, for example through stories of change and other communication.
  • Maintain up-to-date awareness of community perceptions of and feedback on SESIL’s community engagement/CLL activities. This may involve meetings with the communities, local leadership, attending and actively participating in community engagement meetings.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Development, Social Sciences, or related field.
  • Proven technical knowledge and expertise in community/parental engagement in developing country contexts, preferably including East Africa and in the education sector.
  • Experience in the development of education material to enable parents/ communities (both those with or without ability to read and write) to monitor the progress made by their children in their learning.
  • Directly relevant experience in community mobilisation and development related to provision of quality education and or child protection services, preferably including social behavior change activities.
  • Experience in developing and leading the implementation of community awareness-raising / sensitization and advocacy activities for education and child safety.
  • Knowledge of local government community structures and structures for working with same.
  • Understanding of the Ugandan education and child protection context.
  • Ability to build effective relationships with all clients, peers, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work within a cross cultural setting, negotiate diplomatically, and function well under pressure.
  • Excellent planning, reporting and risk management skills.
  • Experience of programme management.
  • Good verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individuals and groups; listening effectively and responding effectively.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritise and manage own time for maximum efficiency.
  • Excellent IT skills and confidence in Outlook/Gmail, MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint;


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates are invited to apply direct via the careers website of Mott MacDonald at the web lick below. Please create an account and submit a curriculum vitae and application letter.


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