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14-085: Community Mobilisation Advisor

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5 Feb 2014, 21:16

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. PROGRAM SUMMARY: International Medical Corps is a member of the Coverage Monitoring Network project (CMN). CMN is an inter-agency initiative led by ACF, Concern Worldwide, International Medical Corps and Helen Keller International. The project aims to increase and improve coverage monitoring of nutrition programs at a global level, in particular across West, Central, Southern and Eastern Africa. It also aims to identify, analyze and share lessons learned to improve nutrition policy and practice across the areas with a high prevalence of acute malnutrition. Through a team of three (3) Regional Coverage Advisors and three (3) Community Mobilization Advisors, hosted by partner organizations, the project will provide technical support to nutrition programs in the design, implementation and analysis of coverage assessments. The project is currently scheduled to run from January 1st 2014 to December 31st 2015. JOB SUMMARY: The project will be hiring 3 Community Mobilization Advisors (CMA), two will be hosted by ACF and one will be hosted by International Medical Corps. The purpose of the CMA is to improve the performance of nutrition programs in 3 selected countries by supporting the development of community mobilization strategies to boost CMAM programme access and uptake. KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • To support nutrition programs in the development of context-specific, culturally-appropriate community mobilization strategies to boost access and uptake of nutrition treatment programs. The advisor will be responsible for delivering support to nutrition programs in three (3) of the nine (9) priority countries of the CMN project (Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Niger, Pakistan and South Sudan). • To support the CMN in the development of toolkits and guidelines for community mobilization in nutrition programs. This will include reviewing existing good practices and lessons learned from nutrition programs worldwide, as well as the broader public health sector. • To support the Regional Coverage Advisors in the development of country-level mapping exercises designed to identify context-specific opportunities and challenges for improving access and coverage of nutrition programs. • To support the Regional Coverage Advisors in the implementation of country-level workshops reviewing lessons learned and good practices in boosting access to nutrition treatment programs. The advisor will be responsible for support workshops in three (3) designated countries. • To support the CMN team and Regional Coverage Advisors in the effective implementation of other project activities, including peer-reviewed publications and other information sharing initiatives. Qualifications: Qualifications • Master’s degree in social & behavioral sciences, Nutrition, or international development with a focus on humanitarian response, and development management. Experience and Knowledge Required • Required substantial knowledge and proven experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating community mobilization activities and social and behavior change communications (SBCC) approaches in nutrition or other public health programs in low-income countries. • Required, training experience in community mobilization and social behavior change communication focused on communities, field workers, local NGO staff or government workers. • Proven leadership skills and experience in creating, establishing and negotiating relationships and building alliances and networks with various stakeholders at community and senior levels. • Strong understanding of development and humanitarian issues, especially Policy and Strategy development • Ability to communicate orally in English and to write clearly and succinctly in English, for a range of audiences, from lengthy formal submissions to short articles for social media or blogs; • Data management and analytical experience • IT literate (MS Windows) • Desirable to have additional languages including French. Required Core Competencies: • Self Confidence: Shows tenacity, persistence in seeking goals until appropriate answers/solutions are received. Does not step down in face of adversity or seniority • Achievement drive: Makes strategic decisions with regards to time and resources. Assesses appropriate time allocation against objectives • Initiative/Innovativeness: Generates new ideas and original solutions to problems. Remains effective even when information is unclear or little guidance is available. • Decision Making: Ensures proper time is given for consultation around decisions being considered. Communicates decisions and ensures they are incorporate into policies and procedures • Managing and developing people: Creates effective Human Resource planning processes; builds a culture of excellence in people management. Creates approaches to support a continuous learning culture, where staff are equipped, engaged and empowered to achieve their career goals • Influencing/persuasive: Uses a range of different approaches to build consensus and support • Leadership: Develops opportunities for the organization and sector and looks for future trends and issues to meet the challenges • Change catalyst: Encourages and supports others seek and act upon opportunities or innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities: whether it is changes in process, environment or working practices • Quality: Set standards in work and document lessons learned and apply them to future projects • Communication: Considers the best method for the audience and ensures evaluations are meaningful part of programming and play a key role in knowledge management • Analytical and critical thinking: Is logical and systematic in approaching issues and considers alternatives and makes choices. Able to identify and clarify what is important and bring into a coherent framework How to apply: To join this innovative initiative, please apply directly for this position with your CV and cover letter by close of business March 2nd. Interviews will take place between March 3 – 7, 2013.

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