Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station: Uganda
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, EC, SDC, and USDA. We were recently awarded a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja.
About USAID GHG Program:
The project, called the Northern Karamoja Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) program, aims to support the immediate needs of program beneficiaries while promoting long-term development by spurring systemic improvements in key economic sectors of northern Karamoja.
Job Summary: The Care Behavior Change Assistants will mainly promote behavior change for maternal and child health and nutrition at household level. This will be done through the care group approach. Care groups are an evidence-based peer-to-peer nutrition learning platform comprised of caregivers and led by village health teams. Care groups conduct ongoing sensitization to promote positive maternal child health and nutrition practices. Care Group CBCAs will be responsible for the formation and start up of care groups, followed by implementation of ongoing health sensitization activities through the care group platform. This includes, but is not limited to supervision of village health teams (promoters), quality control of health promotion activities, spot checks of leader mother activities, and ongoing sensitization with local leadership. The Care Behavior Change Assistant will also be expected to significantly contribute to content development where necessary, adopt best practices when identified, and coordinate with other NGOs, particularly GHG partner World Vision, to ensure standardized implementation of nutrition promotion activities and to avoid duplication of services. The Care Behavior Change Assistants will in liaison with community leaders, including but not limited to, community elders, sub-county leadership, role model caregivers and village health teams. The ability to communicate effectively, respectfully and enthusiastically with community structures will be one of the position’s three success factors. The second will be the degree to which CBCAs drive results, producing scheduled outputs at deadline and to expected quality. The third success factor will be the degree to which CBCAs effectively gather activity monitoring and evaluation data and utilize data to inform activity implementation and program learning.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· Play a role in sensitizing community leadership on behaviour change approaches and conduct identification exercises
· Mobilize communities to form care groups, using a standardized approach
· Organize and lead trainings for village health team/promoters and
· Oversee the ongoing implementation of care group maternal and child health and nutrition promotion activities, ensuring quality control
· Coordinate with other health teams to ensure complementary approaches, monitor implementation of project activities and document best practice and success stories
· Work closely with other Care Behavior Change Assistants colleagues to ensure team success, including but not limited to logistics coordination, temporary support during leave, etc. as advised by team leader
2. Monitoring and Evaluation:
· In charge of data gathering, data validation, quality control and timely data submission including gender and age disaggregated data
· Support and mentor community partners on data collection and use
· Troubleshoot monitoring and evaluation challenges for proactive problem solving with support of team leader and M&E team
· Utilize qualitative and quantitative data to inform program implementation, actively documenting best practices and lessons learned to share with team during routine monitoring, coordination meetings and other learning opportunities
3. External Representation and Coordination:
· Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, village councils and local government in Kotido and Kaabong target areas
· In charge of the coordination of field activities with other NGO and local government partners to avoid duplication of services and support an enabling environment for health promotion
· When needed, support visits from district and sub-county government, regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with CoP and DCoP
· Technically support GHG activities with key stakeholders, ensuring collaboration with counterparts in partner organization World Vision in relevant meetings, internal and external.
· Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
· Perform any other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
· The ideal candidates for the USAID GHG Mercy Corps Care Behavior Change Assistants should hold Diplomas (Degree is an added advantage) in development studies, nutrition, gender, health sciences, social sciences, or other related development discipline. Three years’ experience (5+ years) may be considered in lieu of a degree.
· Past exposure and experience in conducting community mobilization, training, and networking
· Significant experience in capacity building with communities in Karamoja.
· Detailed knowledge in behavioral change methodologies such as care groups, Community Led Total Sanitation, and other related innovative hygiene and sanitation approaches is a plus
· Working knowledge of approaches to promote gender equality, with a training in gender a plus
· Prior experience and skills in working with other NGOs, government partners, and local community-based organizations.
· Possess a valid Motorcycle riding permit
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the Senior HR and Legal Manager: email@example.com