Community Development Fellow

Organization Name: Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment
Location: Kasese, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: Uganda
Role Code: G02-Nat

Role Overview

The Community Development Fellow will be an integral part of a dynamic team championing capacity building for FCDE and local partner organizations (LPOs). Some of the key priority areas that the fellow will be engaged in include resource mobilization, partnership development and outreach, communications, and specialized initiatives that complement local partners’ public health priorities. The fellow may also be involved in training facilitation and project implementation depending on their interest. The fellow will collaborate closely with FCDE staff and report directly to FCDE’s Country Director with general project oversight from the sites’ program directors. 


Partnership Development, Outreach, and Communications

  • Identify strategies to grow and enhance networks of local partners focused on health outcomes, including assisting with current and planned specialized capacity building initiatives
  • Research and help FCDE and LPOs identify and build relationships with prospective training and implementation partners in health specific arenas of community development work
  • Work with partner organizations to raise their profile through storytelling, including identifying, documenting, and disseminating stories of community impact through FCDE’s quarterly newsletter, website, social media, and other communication channels
  • Assist FCDE and LPOs with the production of outreach material such as quarterly newsletters, the annual impact report, one-pagers, and other materials as needed

Resource Mobilization 

  • Strengthen FCDE’s capacity building support for health-focused LPOs through:
    • prospect research that emphasizes a strong alignment between a prospective donor’s focus and an LPO’s mission and programs
    • proposal writing and budgeting good practices that yield well written, competitive proposals
    • enhancing FCDE staff skills in the review of draft proposals and provision of feedback on areas for improvement as part of FCDE’s small grants program and one-on-one proposal development consultations
  • Research prospective funders and implementation partners to build FCDE’s database and facilitate the regular dissemination of requests for proposals to our health partners
  • Monitor donor trends, policies, and funding mechanisms and update FCDE and partners based on their strategic programmatic objectives

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Demonstrated experience in building relationships with partners or donors*
  • Strong writing and editing skills, particularly in grant writing and developing outreach and communications materials*
  • Public speaking experience, as evidenced by conducting presentations, trainings, or workshops*
  • Interest in grassroots community development, especially in rural communities*
  • Interest and ability to undertake field visits in and surrounding rural communities*
  • Excellent critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills with ability to exercise good judgement*
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and approach new situations with an open mind and patience*
  • High degree of cultural sensitivity with a keen interest in learning about and from people with different cultural and regional backgrounds*
  • Prior experience in prospect research and proposal development
  • Experience in workshop facilitation
  • Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to ensure internal and external collaborators achieve a time-bound goal or project
  • Self-starter with ability to work effectively as a team member and independently
  • Resourceful, flexible, and able to adapt to changing environments
  • Prior training in organizational development or experience related to community development topics (e.g. M&E, financial management, community needs assessments)
  • Dedicated to innovative approaches to social change

About the Organization

The Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE) builds local capacity to lead community change in rural East Africa. Acting as a catalyst, FCDE provides direct support to increase each local partner organization’s (LPO) community impact and ensures that local voices direct development. Our capacity building approaches include:

  • organizational skill-building workshops 
  • tailored training on specialized topics identified as needs, such as FCDE’s Small Business Initiative
  • one-on-one support to partners through staff consultations and targeted fellowships or internships 
  • coaching in processes and tools that promote organizational cultures of self-assessment and evidence-based learning
  • support to increase access to funding, including FCDE’s hallmark small grants program
  • community-based resource centers that provide computer labs, printing and binding services, nonprofit sector literature and venues for workshops and meetings

Through long-term partnerships, FCDE enhances the self-sufficiency and sustainability of grassroots organizations, enabling them to become stronger forces for locally-driven community development.

Role Function: Communications, Development / Fundraising / Grant-Writing, Partnership Development
Issue Area: Economic Development, Health System Strengthening, Maternal and Child Health

Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics

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Note: these vary depending on placement country and citizenship.

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