Mercy CorpsClosing Date : 2019-06-24
Duty Station : Kampala, Uganda
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Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 24 Jun 2019

PROGRAM/DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:

Mercy Corps does high-quality, analytical work in very difficult places. We have been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently implement development programs in the Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions of Uganda with funding from USAID, DFID and ECHO, among others. Apolou ( Growth in Nga karimojong) is a 5-year USAID funded DFSA activity operating in the four districts of Moroto, Kotido, Kaabong and Amudat. Apolou has four objectives grounded in social behaviour change and supports gender-transformative and resilience outcomes:

Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition security.

Improved health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, children under five and adolescent girls.

Improved WASH conditions.

Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and secure livelihoods through improved capacities and strengthen market systems.

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The primary focus of the MCHN Officer for Community Behavior Change (CBC) will be to 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.

The ability of the officer to effectively deliver community level behavior change activities providing mentorship to staff including technical and logistics coordination for field implementation, will be one of the position s three success factors. The second will be the ability of the officer to effectively build evidence of program coverage and quality, documenting learnings from the field to support strategy designed to increase the uptake of key health and gender behaviors and make tactic adjustments as needed. The third success factor will be the degree to which the CBC officer effectively gathers activity monitoring and evaluation data and utilizes data to inform activity implementation and program learning.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Program

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 stakeholders.

Support the CBC Manager in the development of activity plans and a reporting format for the CBC sector with special focus on Moroto and Amudat.

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 approaches.

Empower community members, MCAs and HBCs to lead community dialogues promoting positive maternal and child health behaviors and gender equality.

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.

Partnership Management:

Establish 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 Evaluation:

Provide ongoing support to CBCAs in monitoring, evaluation and learning.

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).

External 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 necessary

Ethics and Integrity

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.

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.Motorcycle riding permit.Other duties as assigned.

Do This

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: There is no staff supervision assigned to this role

ACCOUNTABILITY

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO:Direct/Indirect supervision of CBCAs

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH:MCHN Manager-CBC, MCHN Manager- Care Groups, HSS officers, Save the Children team, Monitoring and Evaluation Advisors, Gender Officers, Deputy Chief of Party, Economic Development and Governance Officers, Whave community development staff, other Mercy Corps program, finance and operations staff

Ethics and IntegrityAll 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.

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

A Degree in development studies, nutrition, gender, health sciences, social sciences, or other related development discipline with at least 3 years 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.

Other Competencies/Attributes:

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:

How to apply: Submit your application through email to ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.orgaddressed to the Human Resource Director, Mercy Corps Uganda. Include a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates. Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Monday, 24thJune, 2019. Subject of email should include the position you are applying for. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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