Community Capacity Assistant Role at Breakthrough ACTION (BA)

Breakthrough ACTION (BA) is a five-year cooperative agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead USAID’s social and behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION/Nigeria (BA/N) focuses on malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health including nutrition (MNCH+N); family planning (FP); and tuberculosis (TB); and increasing the capacity of national and sub-national entities to coordinate and oversee quality SBC programming.

BA/N will collaborate closely with the relevant USAID service delivery and commodities implementation partners from the outset to ensure seamless coordination between supply, demand, and quality of services. BA/N will work at the national level and in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Three states will implement an integrated SBC approach, seven states will implement a malaria-only SBC approach, and FCT will implement an FP-only SBC approach.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Community Capacity Assistant

Job Ref.: 190000QZ
Locations: Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto
Employee Status: Fixed Term

Role Purpose

  • The Community Mobilization Assistant will provide will provide technical, programmatic, and administrative support.
  • S/he will work closely with the project technical staff and the community to ensure all project activities run smoothly.
  • He/She will support the state programme teams in planning and programme implementation of the community capacity component.
  • Initially, the major focus of the community capacity component will be in the three Integrated SBC states:  Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto, though there may be expansion in other states pending directives from the funder.

Key Areas of Accountability

  • Contribute to technical work related to community capacity strengthening, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, etc;
  • Assist to develop SBCC materials, including job aides, for use by community volunteers on a variety of MNCH+N topics;
  • Participate in the drafting and implementation of approved workplans;
  • Mobilize community-based groups, including WDCs, VDCs, community influencers and opinion leaders.
  • Promote community participation and inclusion so as to encourage community ownership over activities implemented;
  • Monitor project events and stakeholder’s activities in coordination with project technical leads and capture success stories, to effectively capture lessons learnt on the ground from the projects;
  • Provide weekly field reports, capturing activities progress, lessons learned as well as general situation and community updates and needs; and collaborate with relevant teams to ensure documentation of all community mobilization and M&E activities;
  • Assist the supervisor with the development and implementation of the Advocacy, Demand Generation and Service Provider components of the project in the State, as assigned;
  • Assist with the establishment and maintenance of effective relationships at the State level with health partners, implementing partners, State MOHs and other key stakeholders.

Skills & Experience
Essential:

  • Level of Education – First degree BSc/BA/HND in Communications, Journalism, Social Work, Psychology, Health, or related Social Science field
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with donor-funded projects in related tasks
  • Prior work experience in community engagement in Northern Nigeria.
  • Working Knowledge of MS Office Packages and database softwares and applications
  • Well-organized, with ability to track multiple activities and deadlines
  • Ability to work successfully in a cross-cultural, team-based environment
  • Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
  • Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
  • Local language skills especially Hausa
  • Commitment to the values, mission, aims and policies of Save the Children.

Desirable:

  • Experience in training.

Application Closing Date
10th April, 2019.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online