MCHN Officer Community Behavior Change Non-profit Career Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
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), DFID,
Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US
Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
Job Summary: The MCHN
Officer Community Behavior Change will support the roll out of the MCA strategy
to program coverage districts. CBC activities will focus on the enabling
environment around the caregiver, targeting husbands, elders, community opinion
leaders and other influential persons to speed progress towards positive gender
and health behavior changes. The officer will be responsible for the day-to-day
implementation of the CBC component of the Apolou behavior change strategy and
will have supervisory responsibility for activities in Kotido and Kaabong.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Provide
    leadership and daily oversight for planning and implementation of MCG
    activities including; mentorship, support supervision and managerial
    support to CBCAs of Kotido and Kaabong, spending approximately an equal
    amount of time between the two field offices.
  • The
    incumbent will sensitize and advocate for the male engagement strategy to
    relevant stakeholders including local government, Sub-county officials,
    elders, implementing partners and foster ongoing positive cooperation with
    these stakeholders.
  • Support
    the CBC Manager in the development of activity plans and a reporting
    format for the CBC sector with special focus on Kotido and Kaabong.
  • Actively
    contribute in the development of training curriculum, project tools, and
    IEC materials; facilitate nutrition related trainings for CBCAs e.g.
    Gender, IYCF and other ENA/EHA components as well as support with staff
    capacity building.
  • Support
    rollout of module trainings to male change agents, as a direct trainer and
    backstop supporter to CBCAs.
  • Supervise
    the activities and performance of CBCAs in Kotido and Kaabong; conduct
    routine team meetings, adhere to performance reviews timelines,
    troubleshoot challenges and standardize implementation approaches.
  • Empower
    community members, MCAs and HBCs to lead community dialogues promoting
    positive maternal and child health behaviors and gender equality.
  • Support
    in troubleshooting of challenges faced by CBCAs, standardizing
    implementation approaches and ensuring technical quality.
  • Working
    closely with MCHN manager and broader MCHN team to coordinate overall
    activities ans day-to-day operations and logistics to maximize use of
    resources and ensure complementary programming
  • Provide
    oversight to the CBCAs in regards to adhering to procurement, finance and
    security policy and procedures, ensuring proper documentation of
  • Identify
    and document best practices to share with the team, KFNSA partner
    organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
Partnership Management:
  • Build
    and maintain productive working relationship with partner organizations,
    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
  • Collaboratively
    represent the health activities of Apolou together with partner’s
    organizations like Save the Children, Whave at relevant local government
    and civil society organizations.
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Provide
    ongoing support to CBCAs in monitoring, evaluation and learning.
  • Take
    responsibility for data collection, data archiving, quality assurance,
    quality control, and communicating to MELC focal person on Kotido and
    Kaabong activities.
  • Manage
    the program filing system and ensure that information is organized
    according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps MCHN Officer Community Behavior Change
    job placement should hold a Bachelors’ degree in public health or related
  • Three
    years of related professional experience.
  • Community
    Behaviour Change implementation experience is a plus
  • 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
  • Ability
    to ride a motorcycle and he/she should be in possession of a valid
    driving/riding license
  • Proven
    knowledge and capacity in using computer basic applications Ms word, Excel
    and internet
  • In-depth
    knowledge of the social, cultural and economic context of Karamoja a plus
  • Fluency
    in Nga’Karamojong a plus
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
addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:
Deadline:  6th February 2018
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