Participatory Community Development Expert (RE-ADVERTISED)

Location : Minsk, BELARUS
Application Deadline :31-Jan-10 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SC-4
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year extendable

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


The Community Development/Participatory Expert is responsible for managing the effective promotion of participatory community development based on the Area Based Development approach in Chernobyl-affected areas.

The Expert works under direct supervision of the Project Manager, and the overall guidance of the UNDP Programme Officer for Chernobyl.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work directly with field staff and community members to promote participatory development in Chernobyl-affected areas.
  • Provide professional mentorship, training and support to local facilitators and other project staff based on a peer-to-peer approach.
  • Hold interaction with local authorities and communities of participating districts for ABD implementation, as well as develop district-level strategies to pilot the ABD approach.
  • Develop a package or manual on community development/participatory approaches for new districts on the Area Based Development approach.
  • Develop a participatory and community monitoring and assessment system and community development planning for effective results.
  • Organize meetings, including presentations, round tables and consultations with main stakeholders, partners and average community members.
  • Assist in the establishment of self-help groups and community organizations in the participating districts.
  • Ensure the collaboration of representatives of governmental and non-governmental organizations and the private sector in addressing local socio-economic problems.
  • Work directly with communities on the organization of village/town development plans and the prioritization of planned local improvement projects. Work with partners and stakeholders in the process of identification and processing of project initiatives to be funded by the project.
  • Work directly with communities to facilitate the implementation of local improvement projects and design of sustainable strategies for local operation. Contribute to the monitoring of implementation of the selected project initiatives.
  • Work to expand partnerships and cooperation between community and local authorities for the implementation of local improvement projects and to have local needs, priorities and initiatives integrated into higher level recovery and development planning.
  • Maintain an accurate database on community development activities.
  • Prepare various reports as requested by the project management and the Country Office.
  • Organize, and participate in, training and knowledge exchange exercises.


  • Excellent writing, communication and organization skills
  • Confirmed experience with community development activities, and preferably in elaboration of successful regional (local) development strategies
  • Experience with, and confirmed knowledge of, community-based organizations, NGOs and other civil society organizations operating at the local level
  • Familiarity with socio-economic conditions in Chernobyl-affected areas

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent from a well-established educational institution, preferably in the field of Sociology, Economics or International Relation
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience
  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Advanced computer knowledge
  • Driving license is a strong asset
Application procedures:
Applicants are requested to apply on-line on
Information about the conditions of the service contract:
Applicants should:
Complete the form stating their interest in and qualifications for the position (in English);
Provide filled P11 form;
Responsible applicants will be shortlisted, and at least three applicants will gain a personal or telephone hearing.
Women are encouraged to apply. UNDP is non-smoking work environment.
Due to the large number of applicants for UNDP positions, UNDP regrets that it is unable to inform unsuccessful candidates about the outcome or status of the recruitment process.

If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact

© 2016 United Nations Development Programme