MCHN Officer – Community Behavior Change Officer US Non-profit Careers – Mercy Corps

Job Title:   MCHN Officer –
Community Behavior Change Officer

Organisation: Mercy

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),
DFID, Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation,
US Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, and Nike Foundation.

Job Summary:  The MCHN Officer – Community Behavior Change
Officer 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 Amudat.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 


  • Provide leadership and daily oversight for planning and
    implementation of CBC activities including; mentorship, support
    supervision and managerial support to CBCAs of Moroto and Amudat, spending
    approximately an equal amount of time between the two field offices.
  • 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
  • Support the CBC Manager in the development of activity plans and a
    reporting format for the CBC sector with special focus on Moroto and
  • 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 Moroto and
    Amudat; conduct routine team meetings, adhere to performance reviews
    timelines, troubleshoot challenges and standardize implementation
  • Empower community members, MCAs and HBCs to lead community dialogues
    promoting positive maternal and child health behaviors and gender
  • 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 and 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 processes.
  • Identify and document best practices to share with the team, APOLOU
    partner organizations and other relevant stakeholders.


  • Build and maintain productive working relationship with partner organizations,
    working together to develop complementary monitoring, evaluation, and
    adaptive management structures wherever possible.
  • Liaise 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.
  • 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

  • Provide ongoing support to CBCAs in monitoring, evaluation and
  • Take responsibility for data collection, data archiving, quality
    assurance, quality control, and communicating to MELC focal person on
    Moroto and Amudat activities.
  • Oversee the program filing system and ensure that information is
    organized according to the reporting and auditing needs of the program.
  • Ensure timely and consistent submission of project reports, success
    stories and other relevant data to the CBC manager (i.e. weekly, monthly
    and quarterly reports).

Representation and Coordination:

  • Ensure establishment and maintenance of relationships with
    communities, village councils and local government, particularly in Amudat
    target areas.
  • Support visits from regional and HQ based staff and external
    visitors, such as donors and media, in collaboration with the manager when

Ethics and

  • All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and
    demonstrate highest integrity in their professional and personal life.
    Mercy Corps has zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse,
    harassment or exploitation. Any breach of our policies or misconduct will
    lead to disciplinary action or may lead to termination.


  • 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.
  • Motorcycle riding permit.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps MCHN Officer – Community
    Behavior Change Officer job opportunity should possess a Bachelor’s degree
    in development studies, nutrition, gender, health sciences, social sciences,
    or other related development discipline
  • At least three years of experience.
  • Proven experience in conducting community mobilization, training,
    and networking
  • Experience in capacity building with communities in Karamoja
  • Knowledge in behavioral change methodologies such as care groups,
    Community Led Total Sanitation, and other related innovative hygiene and
    sanitation approaches is a plus
  • Knowledge of approaches to promote gender equality, with a training
    in gender a plus
  • Experience and skills in working with other NGOs, government
    partners, and local community-based organizations.
  • Able to speak Nga’karimojong dialect
  • Computer literacy
  • Dynamic public speaking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines while showing flexibility in
    day-to-day operations
  • Demonstrable English writing and speaking skills
  • Excellent reporting, communication and representation skills

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:  24th June 2019

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