USAID GHG MCHN-Community Behavior Change Officer Jobs – Mercy Corps

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
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
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
Partnership Management:
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
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 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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