6 Fresher USAID GHG Project Vacancies – Care Behavior Change Assistants at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project
Name:
Growth, Health and Governance (GHG) Program
Funding
Source:
USAID
Duty
Station:
Uganda
About
US:
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: 
1.
Program:
·        
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.
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 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: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org

Deadline:  6th February 2018

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