Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria Recruitments


Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualified graduates for Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria Recruitments. The application deadline is 8th April, 2019.

Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria is a new five-year, USAID-funded project. The goal of Breakthrough ACTION/Nigeria is to increase the practice of 17 priority individual and household level behaviors and five provider targeted behaviors in the areas of malaria; maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition; family planning and reproductive health (RH); and tuberculosis, while increasing the capacity of national and sub-national entities to coordinate and oversee quality SBC programming. Implementation will vary by health area across eleven states.

We are recruiting to fill the following positions below:

Job Title: Community Capacity Team Lead

Job ID: 190000Q4
Location: Abuja
Employee Status: Fixed Term

Role Purpose

  • The Community Capacity Team Lead will provide overall technical leadership and guidance for the implementation of BA-N’s community capacity component in Nigeria in unison with BA-N’s overall strategic SBC approach at the community level, in the media, on mobile/digital platforms and advocacy approaches with opinion leaders.
  • S/he is responsible for implementation, and coordination of the community capacity component of the program.
  • Within the project, the Community Capacity Team Lead will report to the Capacity and Sustainability Advisor, and will work in close collaboration with the respective BA-N Unit Heads for each of these components listed above under the leadership of the BA-N Project Director.
  • The Community Capacity Team Lead 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 donor.

Key Areas of Accountabilities

  • Provide overall leadership and technical oversight of BA-N’s community capacity strengthening component.
  • Lead the implementation of community level capacity-strengthening component in unison with overarching BA-N strategic approach described above.
  • Collaborate with the Deputy Project Directors and other senior technical advisors as well as external stakeholders in particular MOH to ensure coordination of materials, implementation approaches and communication message strategies and avoid gaps and overlaps
  • Coordinate and lead the capacity-building of state-level stakeholders to roll out integrated community mobilization processes
  • Take the lead in coordination with the M&E team to ensure tools and procedures are put in place for monitoring and documentation of community capacity strengthening interventions
  • Take the lead in the drafting of regular monthly, quarterly and annual reports on community capacity component of the project to the donor
  • Participate in engagement with Government partners as appropriate
  • Represent BA-N at the National level in community health related matters and any other matter as decided by BA-N leadership

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least a Master’s degree in Communications, Public Health, Social Sciences or other related fields.
  • At least 10 years of experience in health communication, public health promotion, health or behavioural science, or related field and demonstrated experience in management of community-based teams.
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities and experience in community capacity strengthening and mobilization and working with Ward Development Committees and/or other community structures in northern Nigeria
  • Experience with SBC strategy and materials development, especially in MNCH and/or nutrition.
  • Recognized expertise in the application of participatory tools and approaches in the context of MNCH and adult learning
  • Proven experience in training staff and community members and strong knowledge of community capacity building for team members, government and community counterparts
  • Familiarity and understanding of USAID policies and procedures (highly preferred), or those of other donors, donor-funded projects, community-based projects, or corporate social responsibility projects.
  • Proven abilities to set priorities, to multi-task, and to work collaboratively across technical disciplines.
  • Possess outstanding professional reputation and have strong demonstrated interpersonal, written, and oral presentation skills.
  • Willingness to travel within the country as needed.
  • Good understanding of the health system and policy processes; health sector programs and significant players in the MNCH+N field in Nigeria.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate staff.
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Hausa language speaker strongly preferred
  • Good computer skills (particularly Word, Excel and database)

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Job Title: Community Capacity Officer
Job ID: 190000Q5
Location: Abuja
Employee Status: Fixed Term
Role Purpose

  • The Community Capacity Officer  will be one of two (or more) Program Officers-Social Mobilization on the state team responsible for planning, implementing, and assisting with monitoring the community mobilization and community health activities in the state.
  • Within the project, this position will report to the BA-N State Coordinator.
  • The technical support will be required in the area of community capacity building and community mobilization.
  • The position will be responsible for collecting & documenting relevant case studies; and processing documents to disseminate the project’s results and successes, contributing to monthly and quarterly reports.
  • S/he is expected to work in close coordination and maintain good working relationships with the state BA-N team and the State MOH, NGO partners, government line agencies, and other stakeholders in the state for the smooth operation of project activities.

Key Areas of Accountability
Project Delivery:

  • Ensures sound implementation of agreed upon BA/N community capacity strengthening and engagement plans in good intelligence with other components of the project and the State MOH
  • Under the guidance of the BA-N State Coordinator, this position will assist with coordination with government and other organizations and agencies at the state, LGA and ward levels within the project area for implementation of the activities of Breakthrough Action (BA) project
  • Strategizes practical ways and approaches to mobilize community-based groups, including WDCs, VDCs, community influencers and opinion leaders.
  • Outlines recommendations for key issues that arise during the project implementation
  • Coordinate and network with local government units, community-based groups and NGOs.
  • Other tasks and responsibilities needed in the completion of the primary role.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Updates implementation plans assigned on a periodic basis
  • Submits updates on the prescribed project indicators to his/her Line Manager
  • Prepare draft reports on the status of the implementation as well as on other related activities

Institutional Learning:

  • Contribute to organizational learning and enhanced capacity in planned intervention and activities.
  • Collect learning and analysis on the impact of the work in the communities as opportunities for arises
  • Support partnering efforts and opportunities with the Local Government Units, other government line agencies and structures, NGOs, and other stakeholders through consultation, information sharing.
  • Support to all other activities such as resource mobilization, project conceptualization, and other provide related strategic endeavours as required of the project.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree (Masters degree preferable) in Public Health, Social Science or related field with three years extensive experiences in community mobilization in the areas of MNCH
  • Experience and familiarity with participatory approaches and tools for trainings and program implementation at community level
  • Commitment to working with marginalized and disadvantaged group of people, remote areas
  • Experience in communications and health governance and social accountability
  • Knowledge of the community health system of government
  • Fluent spoken and written English and local language
  • Proven experience delivering training and capacity building in behavior change communication in MNCH and health governance
  • Excellent report writing and data analysis skills
  • Computer skills on MS Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Effective communication skills, both in written and verbal forms in order to establish effective relationships with a wide range of audiences, including at a geographical distance
  • Ability to think and act fast
  • High flexibility
  • Strong sense of urgency and work ethic.
  • Can tolerate working under ambiguous circumstances and sometimes difficult situations
  • Understands and believes in Save the Children’s mission and vision; commits to its objectives and willing to adopt Save the Children’s methodology and framework.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:

Application Deadline: 8th April, 2019.

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