Community Mobilization Assistant needed at Save the Children


Job Overview

Location
Damaturu, Yobe
Job Type
Full Time
Date Posted
3 months ago

Additional Details

Job ID
66

Job Description

Job Details

Child Safeguarding:

  • 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.
  • Responsibilities
  • Role Purpose:  
  • Support the State team to ensure commitment and involvement of local authorities and community members in the programme; and support community mobilization to ensure participation, sustainability of the development programme as well as that the voices of community members, including women and children are heard.
  • 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.

Key Areas of Accountability:

  • Identify policy and practice change, based on Save the Children’s experience that would promote and protect the rights of children.
  • Support in formulating key advocacy messages and targets from lessons learned, assessments, research and evidence gained through project implementation on WASH, child Protection, Food security et al
  • Ensure that voices of children form the basis of Save the Children’s advocacy strategy.
  • Acquire information and understanding of social policy and adapt strategies as necessary.
  • Ensure Save the Children visibility is seen in the state
  • Develop good knowledge of local and national government structures, parliamentary and political processes, and key decision-making structures and how to influence them.
  • Initiate and support lobbying, communications and other activities to inform and persuade policymakers, including donors and politicians, of the value of Save the Children’s policy recommendations.
  • Support in building systems for research, analysis and documentation that underpin evidence-based advocacy and influencing at state and national levels.
  • Produce reports, briefing papers and presentations for internal and external audiences, as directed.
  • Actively participate in all Save the Children and CSO Coalition is driven activities in the state
  • Establish as well as sustain existing synergy among coalition
  • Engage with the state and local governments in policies review when needed
  • Facilitate meetings of the coalition groups
  • Prepare monthly reports of activities carried out

Collaboration & Representation:

  • Develop and sustain strategic relationships with other agencies engaged in advocacy and policy work.
  • Support in maintaining a network of external contacts with key individuals in the government, NGO sector, civil society and the media.
  • Support in facilitating capacity building of staff from Save the Children and partner agencies in advocacy and communications.
  • As a spokesperson for Save the Children to a variety of external audiences including policy makers and the media, as directed.
  • Programme Development:
  • Provide technical support on voice and community mobilization to State programme team
  • Develop a community mobilization strategy in collaboration with the team and ensure implementation
  • Train and mentor Local consultants – Community support
  • In collaboration with the rest of the programme team prepare and facilitate training

Accountability:

  • accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
  • high level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyse complex sets of relationships and situations
  • holds self and others accountable
  • Zeal to work with Children
  • future-orientated, thinks pro-actively
  • Collaboration:
  • working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to

Creativity:

  • designing more effective admin systems
  • willing to take disciplined risks
  • Integrity:    
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

Skills and Experience
Essential:

  • A degree or HND in health, social work, psychology, communications or related social science field.
  • Entry level skills in advocacy and policy development / research in the development context.
  • Good understanding of the possibilities and tactics for influencing decision and policy makers, politicians, donors, and other key actors.
  • Knowledge of the media and its role in raising awareness and shaping public policy.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, adaptability and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Good computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, email / internet) and ability to be self-supporting in most administrative tasks.
  • Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
  • Commitment to the values, mission, aims and policies of Save the Children.
  • Good understanding of strategies for achieving child protection, Psychosocial programming policies through participatory processes, and the links with gender, diversity and other aspects of identity.
  • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think strategically, innovatively and practically to ensure achievement of desired change objectives.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences at local, state and national levels.
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with partner agencies and key contacts in the government, NGO, civil society (coalitions) and media sectors.

Desirable:

  • Training skills in advocacy techniques and influencing tactics.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of Yobe state culture and the diversity of ethnic groups
  • Ability to speak in at least 2 of the Local languages (Hausa, Kanuri, Fulfulde, Kare-Kare, Gizim,
  • 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.
  • Safeguarding our Staff:
  • The post holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI anti-harassment policy

Health and Safety

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

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply

Application Deadline  3rd May, 2021.

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