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Community Mobilization Officer At EngenderHealth

Date Posted: 05/Mar/2014
Deadline: 18/Mar/2014

EngenderHealth works worldwide to improve the lives of individuals by making reproductive health services safe, available, and sustainable.  We provide technical assistance, training, and information, with a focus on practical solutions that improve services where resources are scarce.  We believe that individuals have the right to make informed decisions about their reproductive health and to receive care that meets their needs.  We work in partnership with governments, institutions, and health care professionals to make this right a reality.

The Fistula Care Plus (FC+) project is a five year cooperative agreement, funded by the United States Agency for International Development and managed by EngenderHealth in collaboration with partners. It seeks to increase access to quality treatment services for obstetric fistula, improve prevention, strengthen the environment to support prevention, treatment and reintegration services, and to conduct research to improve the quality of services.

JOB SUMMARY:

Based in Sokoto, the Community Mobilization Officer will coordinate and implement community mobilization activities as well as assist with overall monitoring of community activities aimed at promoting awareness of reproductive health including obstetric fistula prevention, treatment and reintegration; maternal health, and family planning. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of the Deputy Project Manager, the Community Mobilization Officer will:

  • Identify community issues/challenges and develop strategies for effective implementation of the project
  • Prepare community mobilization strategies and activities for inclusion in workplans and budgets.  Develop budget estimates for activities
  • Partner with Ward Development Committees (WDCs) to identify community groups in focal states which may include religious groups, women’s groups, men’s groups, local community organizations and NGOs, as well as private sector institutions.  create awareness of obstetric fistula, its prevention, access to treatment and options for reintegration
  • Conduct sensitization workshops and coordinate other activities with WDCs, community leaders and groups to increase awareness about fistula prevention and treatment and to foster positive attitudes on SRHR issues 
  • Coordinate activities with community mobilization officers from FGON, USAID or other donor-supported projects to identify possible joint activities for implementation
  • Facilitate community training activities
  • Facilitate community research activities
  • Develop and coordinate community advocacy groups/champions for the project
  • Other duties as assigned

 EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor Degree or Higher National Diploma from a recognized higher institution in public health, health planning or related discipline.
  • Five years’ experience in community engagement
  • Research and analytical skills preferred
  • Experience with report writing and strategy writing

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated ability to work  with community groups, other technical staff, experts, and with counterparts from the public, private and NGO sectors.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication, teamwork skills.
  • Ability to conduct interviews, record and report findings and work without close supervision
  • Computer skills with MS Word and MS Excel essential.  Knowledge of software such as SPSS, Stata, MS Access, desirable  
  • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment and to deal with variety of individuals from various socio economic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English language.
  • Ability to travel 30% to 50% time

 

EngenderHealth provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, amnesty, or status as a Vietnam era or special disabled veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

EngenderHealth complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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