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The Child Development Facilitators (Early Age Group) under the supervision of the Child Development Coordinator will be responsible to carry out the day-to-day implementation of activities for caregivers and early age children (0-5 years old) under the ‘LIFT’ (Life in Fullness Together) project in Gaziantep, Kilis and Sanliurfa. The Facilitators will be primarily responsible for sensitising, mobilising and supporting the targeted communities in understanding the project objectives, the scope of services and activities within and outside of the LIFT centres and the criteria to enrol into the project.
The post holders will work directly with parents/caregivers of young children to strengthen their knowledge and skills in the 4 basic domains of child development (social-emotional, communication and language, physical, and cognitive). S/he will monitor the level of participation, create an enabling environment for caregivers to share their concerns, support to maintain the operation of the LIFT Centres, and report activity updates or challenges to the Child Development Coordinator on a regular basis.
Implementation of Project Activities
- Mobilizes the support from key stakeholders which catalyse community engagement to improve child well-being and their buy-in to ‘start early’ for child development.
- Deliver community outreach sessions on the importance of early childhood development and mobilize the participation of parents and caregivers of young children.
- Implement activity sessions, awareness events and information dissemination that reflects the social, emotional, cognitive, creative and emotional needs of young children with the support of the Child Development Coordinator and the Technical team.
- Involve in the creation of low cost materials for early age activities and apply them in close consultation with the Child Development Coordinator.
- Build relationships with parents/caregivers participated in the early childhood development activities and conduct home visits for follow-up and check in.
- Plan, organize and run activities with caregivers and their young children in line with the design and work plan of the LIFT project.
- Set up and maintain project materials and equipment as required in the LIFT centre.
- Promote, support and facilitate parent/caregiver-child relationships and respond to parent, family and community requests for information on child care and development.
- Identify and refer caregivers and their young children in need of specialized support and other services.
- Coordinate with other Child Development Facilitators (Adolescent Group and Caregiver Group) to ensure linkage between activities.
- Report to the Project Manager and/or Child Development Coordinator on any issues, challenges or gaps in implementation. The LIFT project is implemented in accordance with the design, requirements and standards of WV.
- The project applies a multi-disciplinary strategy that is in line with the standards of World Vision’s early childhood development programmes.
- The project addresses the gaps in services and support for caregivers and their young children.
- Project communities are aware and supportive of the LIFT project activities.
- There is effective coordination and collaboration with key stakeholders and community structures at the local level.
Assessment, Monitoring and Reporting
- Collect and organize the data on the activities and ensure that all the relevant reports/forms are duly filled.
- Develop and use weekly work plan with support from the Child Development Coordinator.
- Contribute to weekly and monthly reports submitted to the Project Manager/Area Manager that include information on project progress, achievements and challenges.
- Ensure the data collection and storage respect data protection and information sharing protocols, particularly in terms of confidentiality and do no harm principles.
- Collaborate closely with the MEAL team to monitor activities with defined monitoring tools and document learning and best practices.
- Support the Child Development Coordinator and MEAL team to identify risk factors for poor child developmental outcomes for early age group. Project progress and achievements are captured in internal and external reports.
- Project designs and implementation are adjusted timely and effectively based on the feedback and complaints from children, adolescents and the communities.
Capacity Building & Coordination
- Share capacity building needs with the Child Development Coordinator and/or the Technical Team.
- Attend internal and external training on related topics to enhance knowledge on child wellbeing, early childhood development programming, specific curriculums and other thematic areas.
- Participate in internal meetings and coordinate with other programme/sector teams.
- Adhere to WV Child and Adult Safeguarding policy and standards.
- Adhere to WV accountability standards. Project staff have improved knowledge and capacity in child wellbeing and early childhood development programming
- Effective internal coordination within project and other teams
Required Professional Experience
- At least 1 year of experience working in education, early childhood development, child protection, parenting and other relevant programmes in development or humanitarian settings
- Understanding of the policy and system for early childhood development in Southeast region of Turkiye.
- Knowledge of principles and programming approaches for working effectively with caregivers and children of young age are essential
- Experience in facilitating activities for or working directly with parents/caregivers of early age children in Turkiye is essential.
- Knowledge of Play-based curriculums and/or toys creation is an advantage
- Understanding of the interconnections among health, nutrition, education, child protection and how they contribute to early childhood development outcomes
- Strong interpersonal skills, ethical sensitivity and ability to effectively communicate with caregivers (and their young children) and other key stakeholders.
- Ability and willingness to conduct activities and regular outreach in the field/rural areas particularly in engaging families and communities to address issues of poor child developmental outcomes.
- Ability to negotiate with and mobilize the community and problem solving skills.
- Ability to work as a team player and collaborate effectively with other stakeholders
- Commitment to and understanding of WV’s aims, values and principles
Required Education, training, license, registration, and certification
- Diploma or relevant education qualification in child development, community development, early childhood education, psychology, social work and other relevant subjects.
- Certification or other recognized courses on Education, Child Development, Parenting programmes, Child Protection, Nutrition, Education in Emergencies, MHPSS, or other relevant subjects.
- Strong knowledge and awareness of inter-agency tools, guidelines and other resources for early childhood development programming is desirable
Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications
- Prior experience in working with NGO is preferred
- Prior experience in emergency and humanitarian response
- A local from the project locations is preferable
Travel and/or Work Environment Requirement
Domestic travel to project sites only
Excellent communication skills (both oral and written) in Turkish. Arabic language is a plus.
Local applicants only
Female candidates highly encouraged.