Community Development Officer | PAK-NGOs
Background & Description

1.    Purpose of the Position:

DOABA Foundation is a national organisation working in South Punjab, implementing projects for development, preparedness, resilience and emergency response. Currently DOABA Foundation is implementing a three-year programme on Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID). The CBID Programme has five major components which includes Disability Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction, strengthening inclusive community organisations, Inclusive Livelihoods, Quality and Accessible Health Services and improved accessibility of public/community shared spaces.

The Community Development Officer (CDO) will be responsible for implementation of community empowerment strategy through organising communities specially person with disabilities at revenue village and Union Council level. The CDO will organise persons with disabilities and without disabilities at the grass root level to ensure their active participation of all the communities’ members especially women with disabilities in all the programme activities. The CDO will be responsible to coordinate with representative of Local Government Department, Community leaders, DPOs and other stakeholders.

The incumbent is required to take lead in arrangement of capacity building activities of different community structure formed under the CBID Programme. These structures include Disable People Organisation (DPOs), Village Development Committee (VDC), Village Health Committees (VHC) at BHU/RHC levels and Disability Inclusive Community Development Organisation (DICDO).

2.    Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Coordinate programme activities in the five components under CBID Programme (DIDRR, Inclusive Health, Accessibility, Inclusive Livelihoods, and Community Empowerment) in collaboration with project coordinator and other stakeholders
  • Provide community support to project activities by organising communities and DPOs to own the project.
  • Continuous coordination with all communities and managing their expectations while involving them into program activities.
  • Build partnerships/linkages of the communities and DPOs with the relevant government departments, other organizations and institutions with the view of strengthening the existing relations at the grass root level
  • Assist project coordinator in implementation of social mobilisation strategy and contribute in strengthening of different communities’ structures
  • Ensure participation of all communities groups especially person with disabilities in all components of the CBID programme.
  • Conduct Broad Based Community Meetings (BBCM) at the grass root (village) level.
  • Provide technical support to Social Organisers on community mobilisation.
  • Work closely with DPOs, VDCs, VHCs, DICDOs and other community groups and build their capacity in social mobilisation and organisation to encourage higher community participation especially of women with disabilities
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation of social mobilization activities in coordination with Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Accountability Manager 
  • Liaise and coordinate with all stakeholders at Union Council level.
  • Coordinate the production of accurate, detailed and timely narrative reports on progress in Community Development and according to community maturity indicators.
  • Facilitate communities in obtaining their civil documentation like special CNIC etc., enrolment in Social Protection schemes
  • Ensure identification of types and nature of disabilities for government schemes and other opportunities.
Requirements and Skills

 3.1 Essential

  • Understanding of local culture and language.
  • Ability to write report in English and Urdu. 

3.2    Desirable:

  • Understanding of disability inclusion in social organisation in the context of multi sector complex programmes.
  • Have past experience in working with person with disabilities or elderly people.

3.3    Core Competencies:

  • Have ability and technical skills to work with community organisation.
  • Good mentoring skills.
  • Good reporting and communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Good coordination and liaison skills.
  • Quality and quantity of work completion.
  • Professional Knowledge – about relevant laws, policies, procedure and practices.   
  • Attention to minute details and communications.
  • Work with team and stakeholders.
  • Master’s Degree holder preferably in Humanities/ social sciences with 2-years’ experience in participatory development.
  • Good understanding and skills in community mobilisation.
  • Understand the power dynamics at the communities and awareness of the cultural barriers and how to overcome them.
How to Apply
  • Interested candidates can send their CVs in soft at email address but not later than January 07, 2019 by 5:00 PM. Application/CV received after the submission deadline will not be entertained under any circumstances.
  • Please do mention the Job Title in the Subject, otherwise your CV could be missed out.
  • Only short listed candidates who meet criteria will be called for written test and interviews. Organization is equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply. Person with disability meeting the criteria are encouraged applying.
  • No TA/DA shall be claimed by the shortlisted candidates.
  • Please do mentioned 2 references in your application/CV.
About Organization

“Doaba” literally means the land between two waters and symbolizes the Doaba's work with flood-prone communities. The Doaba Foundation (DF), working since 1997, is a not-for-profit-organization, registered under the Trusts Act 1882, as a Public Welfare Trust at Islamabad. Members of the Board of Trustee of Doaba Foundation, both women and men, belonging to flood-prone districts, have personal experience of flood ravages. In 1988 some of them developed an Interest in flood disaster when approached by flood effects of Tehsil Muzaffargarh to help them obtain flood relief. Over the period, more like-minded persons gathered together and decided to establish an organization (eventually registered as Doaba Foundation) to facilitate flood prone communities to cope with flood disasters in a collective and organized manner, with enhancement of livelihood and food & nutrition security options. Doaba established small pilot projects on self-help basis (contribution from trustees and local philanthropists). This experience contributed to building a model of flood preparedness and mitigation which was systematically applied in implementing a pilot demonstration project on livelihood options incorporating disaster risk reduction in a flood prone community in District Jhang, Southern Pakistan. Over the years the model has been considerably refined, particularly with reference to gender mainstreaming and issues of rescue during flood disaster.

Doaba Foundation over the years has flourished and expanded its grass root community interventions in the eight (7) riverine districts of South Punjab & 1 District of Upper Punjab in Pakistan. It is facilitating the community by working on community based disaster risk reduction and development activities in the riverine belt of Chenab located in Jhang, Muzaffargarh, Multan & Khanewal Districts and the riverine areas of Indus located in Layyah, Bhakkar, and DG Khan Districts. It has started its work in Northern side Punjab, District Sheikhupura as well. Doaba Foundation is now nationally and globally recognized as one of the lead Non-Governmental Organizations in terms of establishing and demonstrating community based floods preparedness and management models at wider scale and fostering grass root integrated development process in the remote and poverty stricken disaster prone riverine areas in various parts of the Southern Punjab Region. At present, Doaba Foundation is directly working with more than 565 communities’ organizations located in and around the river Chenab, river Indus and drought prone in 8 districts of Punjab, established vibrant collaborative working mechanism with district governments, national/ international civil society institutions, and donor agencies, and advocating for the equal development rights of disaster prone poor and vulnerable communities living in the riverine areas of Punjab.



Disaster prone communities becoming self-reliant in the pursuit of their interests.



Doaba Foundation works to improve the quality of life among disaster-prone communities through optimal utilization of resources. Using a rights-based approach, Doaba Foundation seeks to build capacity of communities, focusing on vulnerable groups, for community-led disaster risk management, incorporating the same in programs of sustainable development intervention. Doaba Foundation expands its influence through strategic partnerships and policy interventions.