Save the Children Nigeria Vacancy for Community Capacity Assistant- Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto

Breakthrough ACTION (BA) is a five-year cooperative agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead USAID’s social and behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION/Nigeria (BA-N) focuses on malaria; maternal, new-born, and child health including nutrition (MNCH+N); family planning (FP); and tuberculosis (TB); and increasing the capacity of national and sub-national entities to coordinate and oversee quality SBC programming. BA-N will collaborate closely with the relevant USAID service delivery and commodities implementation partners from the outset to ensure seamless coordination between supply, demand, and quality of services. BA-N will work at the national level and in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territ ory (FCT). Three states will implement an integrated SBC approach, seven states will implement a malaria-only SBC approach, and FCT will implement an FP-only SBC approach.

The Community Mobilization Assistant will provide will provide technical, programmatic, and administrative support. S/he will work closely with the project technical staff and the community to ensure all project activities run smoothly. He/She will support the state programme teams in planning and programme implementation of the community capacity component. Initially, the major focus of the community capacity component will be in the three Integrated SBC states: Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto, though there may be expansion in other states pending directives from the funder.

KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
* Contribute to technical work related to community capacity strengthening, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, etc;
* Assist to develop SBCC materials, including job aides, for use by community volunteers on a variety of MNCH+N topics;
* Participate in the drafting and implementation of approved workplans;
* Mobilize community-based groups, including WDCs, VDCs, community influencers and opinion leaders.
* Promote community participation and inclusion so as to encourage community ownership over activities implemented;
* Monitor project events and stakeholder’s activities in coordination with project technical leads and capture success stories, to effectively capture lessons learnt on the ground from the projects;
* Provide weekly field reports, capturing activities progress, lessons learned as well as general situation and community updates and needs; and collaborate with relevant teams to ensure documentation of all community mobilization and M&E activities;
* Assist the supervisor with the development and implementation of the Advocacy, Demand Generation and Service Provider components of the project in the State, as assigned;
* Assist with the establishment and maintenance of effective relationships at the State level with health partners, implementing partners, State MOHs and other key stakeholders.

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

Essential
* Level of Education – First degree BSc/BA/HND in communications, journalism, social work, psychology, health, or related social science field
* Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with donor-funded projects in related tasks
* Prior work experience in community engagement in Northern Nigeria.
* Working Knowledge of MS Office Packages and database softwares and applications
* Well-organized, with ability to track multiple activities and deadlines
* Ability to work successfully in a cross-cultural, team-based environment
* Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
* Local language skills especially Hausa
* Commitment to the values, mission, aims and policies of Save the Children.

Desirable
Experience in training.