Reports to: Deputy Project Director
Project Activity: Risk Communication (COVID)
Duration: 1 year – extension contingent on funding.
Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead their social behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in collaboration with Save the Children, ThinkPlace, ideas42, Camber Collective, International Center for Research on Women, and Viamo.
In Nigeria, Breakthrough ACTION (Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria) focuses its efforts on malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health, including nutrition (MNCHN); family planning/reproductive health; TB; priority zoonotic diseases; and the COVID-19 response. In addition, Breakthrough ACTION supports the capacity strengthening of key stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate SBC activities.
With recently awarded funding from USAID, BA-Nigeria is recruiting positions to lead and implement Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and COVID-19 activities.
This position will be responsible for being the lead Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria representation at all coordination meetings related to the COVID response in Nigeria. He/she will lead the coordination with the establishment and maintenance of effective relationships at the national and sub-national levels with government, donors, and implementing partners.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Represent Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria at all country-level coordination meetings related to the COVID response in Nigeria - including Presidential Steering Committee (PSC), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), National Agency for Control of AIDS (NACA) and others as needed;
- Establish and maintain effective relationships with all groups and implementing partners coordinating the COVID response at all levels and across pillars;
- Collaborate with lead COVID response organizations to harmonize SBC messages using data trends and across a range of donors, government Ministries Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), and implementing partners;
- Coordinate with RCCE Program Manager to support the focal state in adoption, adaptation, and implementation of a coordinated COVID response; support target advocacy efforts and build the capacity of state-level stakeholders for integrated risk communication and community engagement approach;
- Provide administrative, secretarial, and technical support to Presidential Steering Committee;
- Experience and skills in networking and relations with donors, peer organizations, and faith-based and civil society partners. Understanding of partnership principles;
- Coordinate with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) and Knowledge Management teams to disseminate program-related learning, tools, and materials through relevant RCCE forums;
- Support and encourage the growth of diverse, vibrant, and active SBC communities of practice at the national and sub-national levels, and equip such communities to serve as a venue for peer-to-peer learning, networking, and exchange of best SBC practices;
- Prepare and submit timely and quality activity notes and documentation from meetings attended to effectively capture next steps and lessons learned;
- Other duties as identified and assigned by the supervisor.
This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.
- Master’s degree in communication, public health, social science or diplomacy is required.
- Minimum of seven (7) years of experience in any health program area. Human resource management experience is desired.
- Previous experience of working for SBC/SBCC or health communication programs is an added advantage.
- Demonstrated experience in partnership development, collaboration, and management (especially with Ministries, Departments, and Agencies) is required.
- Proven capacity to represent Breakthrough ACTION, sustain relations with diverse stakeholders, and influence and facilitate advocacy agendas at National, State, and LGA levels.
- Experience in providing administrative leadership and support to work teams.
- Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
- Strong writing, reporting, facilitation, and presentation skills.
- Well-organized, with the ability to track multiple activities and deadlines.
- Strong communication skills (written & spoken) in the English language and one or more Nigerian language(s) is required.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, or similar software.
- Ability to travel within Nigeria and work successfully within a cross-cultural, multi-sectoral, multi-project team-based environment.