Community Engagement Officer
JOB TITLE Community Engagement Officer (MCGL Project)
TEAM/PROGRAMME Programme Operations
REPORTS TO: District Health Project Coordinator
Contract Length: 10 Months
The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3. As part of these responsibilities the post holder will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis. The post holder should report and respond to child protection interventions as determined by position’s responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy.
Momentum Country Global Leadership (MCGL) project is a five-year global project funded by the USAID to provide targeted MNCH/FP/RH technical and capacity development assistance (TCDA) to countries to facilitate countries’ journeys to self-reliance. MCGL also aims to contribute to global technical leadership and learning, and USAID’s policy dialogue for achievement of global MNCH/FP/RH goals through support to globally endorsed MNCH/FP/RH initiatives, strategies, frameworks, guidelines, and action plans.
The Community Engagement Officer’s role is to support the development of district level community engagement activities to promote positive health behaviors and lifestyle changes to improve the outcomes of maternal and child health across targeted communities.
In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.
SCOPE OF ROLE
Reports to: District Health Coordinator
Number of direct reports: None
Indirect or Matrix Management Reports: None
Budget Responsibilities: None
At the district level the Community Engagement Officer will:
- Roll out Community Action Cycle across all targeted communities.
- Support the training of DHMT Social mobilization Officers and Community Health Workers peer supervisors (CHWs) to deliver CAC to various community structures
- Monitor action plans developed by community structures.
- Roll out of ASRH App and adolescent and youth activities at community level alongside adolescent focal points in each project community
- Support district authorities to establish effective linkages with HCFs committees, ensuring equal representation from vulnerable and/or marginalized groups.
- Rapidly assess feasibility and use value for informing future programming in urban settings
- Support district authorities and HCFs in the implementation of two-way community feedback mechanisms between health authorities (in HCFs and at district level) and community members to establish effective accountability mechanisms
- Provide weekly, monthly and quarterly activity reports to the line manager
- Ensure that SC’s commitment to improving quality and accountability in humanitarian work is upheld, through reference to the Sphere Project Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards, the NGO Code of Conduct, and other relevant tools.
- Assist in the preparation of case studies, communications materials, and other materials
- Deliver high quality results in line with the terms of reference agreed in advance
- Comply with all relevant SC and SC Sierra Leone policies and procedures with respect to child protection, gender, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures.
- Any other task as designated or assigned by his/her line manager.
We look to recruit a quality workforce who have or can grow in the following core behaviours:
- Holds themselves accountable to making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and modelling Save the Children values.
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve
performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Its ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team 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.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters.
- Values diversity and sees it as a source of competitive strength.
- Approachable, good listener and easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- Higher national diploma or degree in Social Science, Social Work, or Mass Communication with at least two years working experience in related field of studies.
- At least 2 years’ experience implementing community-based projects or programmes, preferably in the area of community development.
- Strong skills in facilitating trainings and on the job mentoring.
- Strong computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, Outlook,).
- Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive and communicate clearly and effectively under pressure
- Excellent planning, management and coordination skills, with the ability to organise a demanding workload comprised of diverse and challenging tasks and responsibilities
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills with experience in managing multicultural teams and in engaging individuals at all levels and positions.
- Demonstrated relationships with district and national stakeholders within and outside the government
- Experience working in urban and rural settings
Good understanding of gender equality and inclusion and experience with integrating these issues into programming
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.
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.
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 & Safety policies and procedures.