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14 September 2016

3 USAID Community Behavior Change Assistant Job Placements - Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID Growth Health and Governance (GHG) Project
Duty Station: Uganda

About US:
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Commission (EC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

About USAID GHG Program:
Mercy Corps implements a market-development focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working in the northern half of Karamoja, and are in search of Health Facility Support Officers for Abim District with support to Kaabong District. The project, called Growth Health and Governance (GHG) 2012-2017, 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 Community Behavior Change Assistant will be tasked with the promotion of behavior change for maternal and child health and nutrition at community level. This will be done through two complementary evidence based approaches, male role model activities and community dialogues, although other behavior change activities may be involved. The role of CBCAs will be to mentor, train, oversee and support male role models and to lead and/or train community groups in community dialogue processes. The job holder will also work closely with the wider health and behavior change teams, including the care group team, the health facility support team and staff from GHG partner, World Vision. The CBCAs will be supported by the Enabling Environment Team Leader and the broader health team support unit, including the Health Expansion Manager and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team. The CBCAs will work closely with community leaders, including but not limited to, community elders, sub-county leadership 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: 
1. Program:
  • The incumbent will sensitize community leadership on behaviour change approaches and conduct identification exercises
  • Mobilize fathers to enter into male change agent role model program
  • Organize trainings and supervise male change agents in maternal and child health and nutrition and gender
  • Work in close collaboration with CBCA colleagues to ensure team success, including but not limited to logistics coordination, temporary support during leave, etc., as advised by team leader
  • Oversee and/or support community members to lead community dialogues promoting positive maternal and child health behaviors and gender equality
  • Work closely with other health teams and GHG sectors to ensure complementary approaches, monitor implementation of project activities and document best practice and success stories
2. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Take the responsibility for data gathering, data validation, quality control and timely data submission including gender and age disaggregated data
  • Offer technical 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:
  • Build and strengthen strong working relationships with communities, village councils and local government in Kotido and Kaabong target areas
  • 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
  • Offer support GHG activities with key stakeholders, ensuring collaboration with counterparts in partner organization World Vision in relevant meetings, internal and external.
4. Other:
  • 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 Mercy Corps Community Behavior Change Assistant jobs should hold Diplomas (Degree is an added advantage) in development studies, nutrition, gender, health sciences, social sciences, or other related development discipline, relevant advanced experience (5+ years) may be considered in lieu of a degree
  • Proven experience in conducting community mobilization, training, and networking
  • Prior exposure and experience in capacity building with communities in Karamoja
  • Working 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
  • Previous exposure, experience and skills in working with other NGOs, government partners, and local community-based organizations.
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
  • Dynamic public speaking skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines while showing flexibility in day-to-day operations · Demonstrable English writing and speaking skills
  • Hold a valid motorcycle riding permit
  • Ability to speak Ng’karamojong dialect

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:

Deadline:  15th September 2016

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