Knowledge management officer

Spark MicroGrants

Job Summary

Maintain and expand a library of case studies on FCAP best practices

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description

LOCATION: Gulu, Uganda

Role Overview

The Knowledge Management Officer will be based in Gulu, Uganda and play an important role in expanding Spark’s knowledge management system for the Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP). Working closely with the Manager of Knowledge Management and Facilitator Trainers across the Spark team, the fellow will build case studies and facilitate team conversations to harvest and apply knowledge from the field. Following the launch of a community of practice around the FCAP approach, the fellow will also engage with FCAP partners to support them in knowledge documentation and sharing across institutions. Finally, the fellow will work with liaisons across different departments in the Spark team to apply best practices in knowledge management, monitor how teams are using the knowledge management systems, and recommend improvements.

  • Maintain and expand a library of case studies on FCAP best practices
  • Monitor team use of knowledge management systems
  • Facilitate team conversations on current research and learnings in the community driven development field
  • Provide capacity building and training organization-wide on Knowledge Management
  • Support ad hoc research (including desk research and literature reviews) and priority projects in coordination with the RELM department
Skills and Experience 
Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required
  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Strong writing and analytical skills, including experience drafting written narratives for various audiences*
  • Strong research skills, including the ability to synthesize insights from a range of sources*
  • Project management skills, including managing multiple priorities and timelines, and coordinating amongst distributed teams*
  • Advanced Excel skills*
  • Skills in quantitative or qualitative data analysis
  • Experience in data visualization with a tool like Excel, Tableau, or Hive
  • Past experience in a knowledge management role
  • Familiarity with or interest in the East African context
  • Experience or interest in organizational learning and systems development
  • Strong accountability and attention to detail
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
About the Organization

Spark equips local governments, civil society organizations and NGOs with a tested approach and accompanying tools for activating villages to drive their own planning and development. Spark’s novel Facilitated Collective Action Process (FCAP) enables remote villages to design and launch their own communal projects, from schools to farms. To date, over 200 communities across six countries have completed this process. At the heart of Spark’s approach are weekly meetings, in which women and men, young and old, sit together and plan for their community’s future. Each village democratically elects a leadership committee, defines communal goals, plans a project and establishes a village savings group. As a part of the process, villages receive a seed fund of up to 8,000 USD to make project ideas a reality. Through this approach, Spark enables institutions to put resources and power directly into the hands of those they serve.

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