Communication Officer CGPP
Company Background: International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and Nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.
International Medical Corps is therefore looking for a suitable candidate to fill the position of Communication Officer to be based in Borno.
Position: Nigerian nationals only ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES/SCOPE OF WORK: (Essential functions, quality/quantity expected list of marginal duties and number of national/and or expat staff supervised) International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training, relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. International Medical Corps has been operating in Nigeria since November 2013, and currently has projects in two States (Kano and Borno). In Borno, International Medical Corps has been actively implementing interventions to support vulnerable populations recently affected by conflict and displacement due to insurgency. IMC is implementing an emergency integrated Health, GBV and WASH program in Maiduguri, Jere, Konduga and Mafa LGAs. This support is from OFDA and focuses on capacity building for health workers, rehabilitation of health facilities, and supply of essential medicines. IMC also has nutrition and WASH program in Damboa and Dikwa LGA in Borno, North East Nigeria. The organization provide CMAM/IYCF and is setting up stabilization centers in the two LGAs. In Kano and Borno, IMC is a consortium member of the Core Group Polio Project in Nigeria. This is a five year Polio Eradication program in covering 6 LGAs in Kano and 10 in Borno. IMC is implementing this project in partnership with CBOs in Borno/Kano. IMC is utilizing a three-pronged strategy to implement the Project to increase rates of routine immunization and supplementary immunization activities for children under 5 years of age, focusing especially on polio vaccination. The project 1) re-enforces the Ministry of Health’s routine immunization program to improve its performance, 2) strengthen supplemental polio immunization efforts, and 3) improves community mobilization in support of child immunization and acute flaccid paralysis surveillance. This is to improve the Expanded Program on Immunization services contributing to CGPP’s goal of polio eradication in hard-to-reach communities. COMMUNICATION OFFICER-BORNO (For Nigerian Nationals only) JOB SUMMARY
The Communication Officer will be responsible for designing, planning and providing technical guidance on social mobilisation activities in the polio eradication project in Borno states. She will work closely with the local implementing partners, social mobilization working groups both at the states and also CGPP secretariat, to ensure efficient and effective social mobilisation in the implementation of the PEI activities in the state. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES: • Support implementation of social and community mobilization activities in collaboration with the local implementing partners’ staff (LGACs, VWS, VCMs), state social mobilization working groups • Support advocacy with religious and community leaders to create an enabling environment to improve awareness on the benefits of polio and routine immunization and promote uptake of these services during immunization plus days campaigns and at the health facilities. • Organize meetings with religious, traditional and community leaders, village heads, community groups and other relevant community stakeholders to improve awareness on polio, routine immunization, AFP surveillance. • Support training and supervision of Voluntary Community Mobilizers and other social and or community mobilization agents working under the polio project. • Support the M&E Officers to effectively collect, collate and report social and community mobilization data as required. • Collaborate with State Manager, Senior Program officer, Surveillance officer and MEAL officer to ensure documentation of all community mobilization activities. • Prepare and submit timely and quality activity reports, including field notes and success stories, to effectively capture lessons learnt on the ground from the projects. • Provide administrative support as needed. • Carry out other tasks to support the polio project activities as assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE • First degree or its equivalent in social/ behavioural Sciences (Development Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, and Health Education) or any other relevant discipline of study • Master’s degree will be an added advantage. • Proven experience on strategic communication planning for behaviour development, social mobilization, participatory communication, and research. • Minimum of Three (3) years “Hands On” work experience in advocacy, social and or community mobilization in polio projects or any health programs. • Excellent communication, and organizational skills; – and- ability to influence and facilitate advocacy agendas at LGA and State level. • Understanding of local communities and cultures in the relevant states of operations and ability to communicate fluently in Hausa. • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English. • Ability to travel and work in difficult settings, including remote rural areas of Nigeria. • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint, or similar software. • Well-organized, with ability to track multiple activities and deadlines. • Experience in providing administrative support to work teams. • Ability to work successfully in cross-cultural, team-based environment. • Female candidate desirable Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
• Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps. Compliance & Ethics: Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards. Conducts work with the highest level of integrity.HOW TO APPLY:
Only Short-listed candidates will be contacted.
All applications should be addressed to the Human Resource Coordinator, International Medical Corps via the email: [email protected]
We are an equal opportunity organization so Damboa and Maiduguri Based candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position
Candidates MUST state the position and location they are applying for as the subject of their email, application letter and curriculum vitae should be in a single Microsoft Word Document, otherwise applications will not be considered.
Deadline for submission is 27th January, 2020.