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  • RH Community Mobilization Assistant at International Rescue Committee (IRC)

  • Posted on: 22 July, 2019 Deadline: Not Specified
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  • The IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In February 2014 the IRC moved into Adamawa State in NE Nigeria to provide humanitarian interventions through a multi-sectoral, integrated approach for conflict affected populations. IRC Nigeria now operates a country office in Abuja and field offices in Mubi and Yola of Adamawa State, Maiduguri, Monguno and Gwoza of Borno state and Damatru of Yobe State. Currently, IRC Nigeria implements programs primary health care, nutrition, environmental health, women’s protection and empowerment, protection, child protection, education, food security & livelihoods.

    In response to the new IDP influx displaced from Kukawa local government, the IRC will be providing emergency reproductive health package according to the MISP for the new IDP influx and host communities.

    RH Community Mobilization Assistant

     

    Sector: Health

    Employment Category: Fixed Term

    Employment Type: Full-Time

    Open to Expatriates: No

    Location: Monguno, Nigeria

    Job Overview/Summary: The community Mobilization assistant’s is responsible for the following major roles

    The implementation of educational and promotional activities as well as conducting all community awareness / mobilization activities related to Reproductive Health (RH) for women, girls, men and boys in Gwoza/Monguno LGA of Borno State. He / she will supervise a network of community volunteers and traditional birth attendants and work closely with the other members of the reproductive health and GBV team.

    Design and lead efforts to improve community awareness and acceptance of reproductive health services. Implement community mobilization efforts to improve women, girls, men and boys’ access to and use of reproductive health services.

    Major Responsibilities: Under the technical supervision of Reproductive Health officer- Community Mobilization and the direct supervision of the CWC Integration Officer the responsibilities of the Community Mobilizer includes but are not limited to the following:

    Community Activities:

    • Conducts assessments and surveys in the community to identify trends and needs
    • Participation in the design, plan and input to the work-plans, based on identified trends and needs.
    • Implementation of community mobilization activities to specifically access “hard to reach” and vulnerable beneficiaries.
    • Organize culturally sensitive educational and promotional activities to raise awareness on RH topics/services, including:
    • Family Planning
    • Mother and Neonatal health, Antenatal Care, and Postnatal Care ,
    • Awareness of STIs and infection prevention
    • Referral and guidance for survivors of sexual assault.
    • Contribute to the development of a variety of health education material and tools to fit the context.
    • Mobilize the community, women and girls, women’s groups, community groups etc. to increase RH awareness and service utilization, together with RH and GBV teams.
    • Liaise with midwives and community health workers to track and monitor women/clients targeted by the program.
    • Ensure the safe and confidential referral of identified survivors of sexual assault to GBV services.
    • Organize meetings with community representatives, and target groups as needed.
    • Engage community leaders, stake holders and influential members of the community in creating awareness and community support for Reproductive Health.
    • Participate in the recruitment of community health volunteers, traditional birth attendants, Peer educators and Men champions
    • Training of community health volunteers, Traditional birth attendants, Peer Educators and Men champions on RH topics/service promotion, hygiene promotion, waste management, infection prevention etc.
    • Supervise community volunteers and traditional birth attendants during planned community activities.
    • Participate in community workshops, meetings or any discussions on reproductive health.
    • Participate in the development and translation of all messages in the most appropriate language.
    • Active participation in the regular RH/WPE meetings.
    • Coordinating and implanting Community Mobilization activities in work locations
    • Identify advocacy concerns, Initiate and coordinate advocacy actions
    • Liaise with community leaders, community health workers, government agencies, IRC sectors, Partners to organize training and capacity building on RH services
    • Communicate all obstacles/Problems to respective supervisor for further action.
    • Follow-up on training/sensitization/meetings conducted to ensure implementation of plans

    Monitoring Responsibilities:

    • Keep record of all the health education/promotional sessions (disaggregated by gender/ age/ IDP/Host etc).
    • Compile weekly summary of community mobilization activities
    • Responsible for compiling timely monthly community mobilization activity reports and data compilation.
    • Other Duties:
    • Ensure that all distribution of community mobilization items are done in a timely manner according to distribution plan with relevant supporting documentations   
    • Keep a record of distributed/used materials and provides a monthly stock report.
    • Any other assigned task by supervisors
    • Confidentiality:
    • Ensure non-disclosure of any information whatsoever about practices and IRC activities to any other person or organization without permission, except in the normal performance of the service

    Key Working Relationships:

    Position Reports to:  CWC Integration Officer 
    Position directly supervises:  Community Volunteers and Traditional Birth Attendants

    Indirect Reporting: RH Community Mobilization Officer
    Other Internal and/or external contacts:

    Internal: WPE Community Mobilizers, Case Workers and Midwives

    External:  Community Leaders/Stakeholders

    Qualifications

    Education: Qualified Health Educator, Nurse or midwife, Community Health Extension Worker

    Work Experience:

    • University or Higher Diploma/Degree in Health Education, Social Sciences, Nursing or                                   Community Health.
    • Or Secondary Certificate with at least a minimum of four years of experience working with local communities.
    • At least 2 years’ experience working in a health education/promotion and community project, with displaced population is a plus.
    • Familiarity with the local context: language, culture, etc.
    • Sensitivity and diplomacy to  provide education on a variety of sensitive RH topics

    Demonstrated Skills and Competencies:

    • Good communication skills
    • Basic computer Literacy: Word and Excel
    • Ability to work in an environment with limited resources with poor living conditions and difficult situations
    •  Able to work remains productive in a team and under difficult and high pressure situations with the ability to prioritize effectively, and respects and adheres to deadlines

    Language Skills:  Spoken and written English and local language (Hausa, Kanuri, Shuwa, Fulfulde, Gwoza) 

    Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.

    Gender EqualityIRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.

     Working Environment

    IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.     

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