11 Fresher Community Behavior Change Assistant Non-profit 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 Community
Behavior Change Assistant will mainly promote behavior change for maternal and
child health and nutrition at the 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 train, oversee and support male role models and to
lead and/or train community groups in community dialogue processes. The CBCA
will collaborate with the wider health and behavior change teams, including the
care group team, the health facility support team and staff from KFNSA partner,
Save the Children, Tufts Feinstein International Center, Whave, KAPDA, AIDI,
NARWOA, RiamRiam. CBCAs will be supported by the MCHN and Community Behavior
Change Manager and the broader health team support unit, including the MCHN
Manager and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • 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.
  • Lead
    and/or support community members to lead community dialogues promoting
    positive maternal and child health behaviors and gender equality.
  • Coordinate
    with other health teams and KFNSA sectors to ensure complementary
    approaches, monitor implementation of project activities and document
    learnings and success stories.
  • Collaborate
    with CBCA colleagues to ensure team success, including but not limited to
    logistics coordination, temporary support during leave, etc., as advised
    by CBC officers or CBC manager
Monitoring and Evaluation:
  • Take
    responsibility for 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
External Representation and
  • Ensure
    establishment and maintenance of relationships with communities, village
    councils and local government in Apolou 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
  • 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 MCHN Manager and DCoP.
  • Support
    Apolou activities with key stakeholders, ensuring collaboration with
    counterparts in partner organization Save the Children in relevant
    meetings, internal and external.
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;

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Community Behavior Change Assistant job
    placement should hold a Diploma (Degree is an added advantage) in
    development studies, nutrition, gender, health sciences, social sciences,
    or other related development discipline with 2+ years of experience,
    relevant advanced experience (5+ years) may be considered in lieu of a
  • Proven
    experience in conducting community mobilization, training, and networking
  • Previous
    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
  • Previous
    experience and skills in working with other NGOs, government partners, and
    local community-based organizations.
  • 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
addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:
Deadline:  6th February 2018
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