3 USAID Community Behavior Change Assistant Job Placements – Mercy Corps



Organisation: Mercy
Corps
Project Name: USAID Growth
Health and Governance (GHG) Project
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), the European Commission (EC), United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) and Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).

About USAID GHG Program:
Mercy Corps implements a market-development
focused 5-year USAID/Food for Peace-funded program working in the northern
half of Karamoja, and are in search of Health Facility Support Officers for
Abim District with support to Kaabong District. The project, called Growth
Health and Governance (GHG) 2012-2017, 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 Community
Behavior Change Assistant will be tasked with the promotion of behavior
change for maternal and child health and nutrition at community level. This
will be done through two complementary evidence based approaches, male role
model activities and community dialogues, although other behavior change
activities may be involved. The role of CBCAs will be to mentor, train,
oversee and support male role models and to lead and/or train community
groups in community dialogue processes. The job holder will also work
closely with the wider health and behavior change teams, including the care
group team, the health facility support team and staff from GHG partner,
World Vision. The CBCAs will be supported by the Enabling Environment Team
Leader and the broader health team support unit, including the Health
Expansion Manager and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team. The CBCAs
will work closely with community leaders, including but not limited to,
community elders, sub-county leadership 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:
  • The incumbent will sensitize
    community leadership on behaviour change approaches and conduct
    identification exercises
  • Mobilize fathers to enter into
    male change agent role model program
  • Organize trainings and supervise
    male change agents in maternal and child health and nutrition and
    gender
  • Work in close collaboration with
    CBCA colleagues to ensure team success, including but not limited to
    logistics coordination, temporary support during leave, etc., as
    advised by team leader
  • Oversee and/or support community
    members to lead community dialogues promoting positive maternal and
    child health behaviors and gender equality
  • Work closely with other health
    teams and GHG sectors to ensure complementary approaches, monitor
    implementation of project activities and document best practice and
    success stories
2. Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Take the responsibility for data
    gathering, data validation, quality control and timely data submission
    including gender and age disaggregated data
  • Offer technical 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:
  • Build and strengthen strong
    working relationships with communities, village councils and local
    government in Kotido and Kaabong target areas
  • 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
  • Offer 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
    Mercy Corps Community Behavior Change Assistant jobs should hold
    Diplomas (Degree is an added advantage) in development studies,
    nutrition, gender, health sciences, social sciences, or other related
    development discipline, relevant advanced experience (5+ years) may be
    considered in lieu of a degree
  • Proven experience in conducting
    community mobilization, training, and networking
  • Prior exposure and experience in
    capacity building with communities in Karamoja
  • Working 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
  • Previous exposure, experience and
    skills in working with other NGOs, government partners, and local
    community-based organizations.
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Excellent reporting,
    communication and representation skills
  • Dynamic public speaking skills
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
    while showing flexibility in day-to-day operations · Demonstrable English
    writing and speaking skills
  • Hold a valid motorcycle riding
    permit
  • Ability to speak Ng’karamojong
    dialect

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:  15th September 2016

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