Job Title: MCHN-Community Behavior Change Officer
Organization: Mercy Corps
Project Name: USAID Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Duty Station: Uganda
About Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.
About USAID GHG Program:
Mercy Corps implements the five-year USAID Growth, Health and Governance (GHG)program operating in Northern Karamoja which is accountable for improvements in child underweight and stunting prevalence, underweight prevalence of women of reproductive age and dietary diversity practices amongst women and children < 5 years (with emphasis on pregnant and lactating women and children < 2 years). Under Strategic Objective 2, GHG is accountable for improvements in key Maternal/Child Health Nutrition (MCHN) practices, such as antenatal care, exclusive breastfeeding, use of ORT (and zinc) for diarrheal diseases, water sanitation and hygiene practices (handwashing and latrine use).
Job Summary: The primary focus of the MCHN Officer for Community Behavior Change (CBC) will be to support the roll out of the MCA strategy to program coverage sub-counties in Kaabong, with occasional backstop support to the team in Kotido. The officer will be responsible for the day-to-day implementation of the CBC component of the GHG behavior change strategy and will have some supervisory responsibility for activities in Kaabong.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
· Support the Community Behavior Change team in Kaabong, delivering sector related activities in a quality and timely manner, through direct implementation and mentorship of Community Behavior Change Assistants (CBCAs).
· Introduce the intervention to relevant stakeholders including local government representatives, technical staff and community members, and foster ongoing positive cooperation with these stakeholders;
· Support staff training on essential nutrition actions, infant and young child feeding and MCA modules,
· Support rollout of module trainings to male change agents, as a direct trainer and backstop supporter to CBCAs
· Collaboratively represent the health activities of GHG together with partners World Vision and Whave at relevant local government and civil society fora
· The incumbent will toubleshoot challenges of CBCAs, standardizing implementation approaches and ensuring technical quality
· Identify and document best practices to share with the team, GHG partner World Vision and other relevant stakeholders
· Provide technical contribution to the development of core IEC materials
· Working closely with team leaders of MC SO2 activities to coordinate day-to-day operations and logistics to maximize use of resources and ensure complementary programming
· Develop and maintain productive working relationship with World Vision and Whave, working together to develop complementary monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management structures wherever possible
· Work closely with partners to coordinate and maximize influence at local and regional forums
· Establish and maintain productive working relationships with sub-county and district leaders, soliciting their participation in all activities where appropriate;
Monitoring and Evaluation:
· Provide ongoing mentorship to CBCAs in monitoring, evaluation and learning
· Take responsibility for data gathering, quality control and communicating to MELC focal person on Kaabong activities, with backstop support to Kotido;
· Oversee the program filing system and ensure that information is organized according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program
External Representation and Coordination:
· Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, village councils and local government, particularly in Kaabong target areas.
· Support visits from regional and HQ based staff and external visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with the team leader when necessary
· 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 candidate for the Mercy Corps MCHN-Community Behavior Change Officer job opportunity should have at least three years of related professional experience.
· Prior Community Behaviour Change implementation experience is an added advantage
· Proven skills in data collection, verification and documentation
· Proven skills in networking, team-building, community consultations and organizational development;
· Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills
· Willingness to consider new perspectives, promote gender equality and engage in advanced gender training
· Fluency in Nga’Karamojong a plus
How to Apply:
All prospective Ugandans who wish to join Mercy Corps are encouraged to send their applications via email including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to firstname.lastname@example.org addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road.
Deadline: 15th September, 2016
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