Community Engagement Officer

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TEAM/PROGRAMME: Breakthrough ACTION Liberia

Grade: 3

Position: County-based Community Engagement Officer

Location: County Health Office in respective counity (Nimba, Bong, Lofa, Grand Kru & Maryland, Grand Bassa and Grand Geddeh)

CONTRACT LENGTH: Open Ended

CHILD SAFEGUARDING:

Level 2: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

BACKGROUND

Breakthrough ACTION Liberia is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) flagship integrated social and behavior change (SBC) project. The project implementation period is from February 2020 to April 2022. The project is led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in partnership with Save the Children, ThinkPlace and ideas42.

The project works collaboratively with the Ministry of Health (MOH) programs at the national and subnational level, and in complementarity to relevant USAID implementing partners (IPs) to improve the effectiveness of SBC to achieve better, sustainable health outcomes. This activity contributes to the Mission Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) Development Objective 3 of “Foundations for growth strengthened through a healthy, productive, and educated population”.

Breakthrough ACTION Liberia is implemented in 12 counties to deliver effective, quality SBC activities that will result in improved demand, access, and use of health services. To achieve this goal, the three behavioral objectives are:

Behavioral Objective 1: Significantly influence high impact behaviors related to malaria, maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), adolescent health, nutrition, prevention of infectious diseases, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). Behavioral Objective 2: Develop the SBC capacity in Liberia for innovative behavior change interventions at scale. Behavioral Objective 3: Strengthen SBC implementation across different thematic areas for improved health outcomes. SCOPE OF ROLE

Reports to: Community Engagement Team Lead and the Feld Managers

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

Support the implementation of the project’s community capacity strengthening and engagement (CCSE) activities within the assigned county under the guidance of the Community Engagement Team Lead and in coordination with the field managers. Under the guidance of the CE team leader, work with the Field Manager and County Health focal persons to plan, implement, supervise, monitor and document the CCSE activities at the county, district, health facility and community level. Support the capacity-strengthening of county and district-level stakeholders to roll out integrated CCSE processes. Coordinate and network with the field managers, county, district, health facility, and community based groups and NGOs as needed. Support the M&E project staff with data collection and ensuring that program decisions are made based on data. Conduct regular field visits to ensure CCSE activities are being implemented as designed. Contribute to the drafting of monthly, quarterly and annual reports on the CCSE component and to annual work planning processes. Contribute to documentation of CE/SBC activities carried out in the assigned county. As member of BA county team, ensure implementation of other agreed upon SBC activities agreed upon with supervisors. Other duties as assigned. Qualifications and Experience

Bachelor’s degree (master degree preferable) in public health, social science or relevant behavioral sciences; At least three years extensive experience in community mobilization programming and understanding of the Liberia community health system; Experience and familiarity with participatory approaches and tools for trainings and program implementation at community level; Good facilitation skills with a variety of audiences and proven experience with participatory techniques; Commitment to working with marginalized and disadvantaged group of people in remote areas; Willingness to travel within the country as needed; Fluent in English, both written and spoken; Effective communication skills, both in written and verbal forms in order to establish effective relationships with a wide range of audiences, including at a geographical distance; Computer skills on MS Word, Excel, Power Point; Experience on a USAID funded or integrated health project; Experience driving a motorcycle is a plus. BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)

Accountability:

holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values holds the team members and school authority (partner) accountable to deliver on their responsibilities. Ambition:

sets ambitious and challenging goals for yourself and support others with gap, takes responsibility for your own personal development and encourages teammate to do the same widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale. Collaboration:

builds and maintains effective relationships, with your team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.

Creativity:

develops and encourages new and innovative solutions willing to take disciplined risks. Integrity:

honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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