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Assistant Technical Officer-Community Health Engagement

FHI 360

FHI 360

Banki, Nigeria
Posted on Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Job Title: Assistant Technical Officer-Community Health Engagement

Job Location: Banki, Borno state

Reporting to Technical Officer Health and Nutrition


Project Description:

Northeast Nigeria is currently facing a growing humanitarian crisis with a vast number of Internally Displaced Persons in need of emergency assistance. These IDPs are living among host communities, lacking access to livelihoods and resources, ultimately leading to unprecedented levels of malnutrition and food insecurity. FHI360 has been working in Nigeria for over 30 years and is now expanding activities in Borno state to respond to the IDP crisis. FHI 360’s Project focus on community based and sustainable health promotion strategies that will be implemented through active participation of the Community Health Volunteers, Community leaders and Local authorities with an aim of strengthening community health system. These will ensure ownership of the results by the wider community, as well as increase their capacity to take unified action and an active role in managing their own health, thereby strengthening self-sufficiency and organizational capacity, creating longer term positive behavior change which will result in increased resilience and initiative and reduce the risk of disease outbreaks in case of shocks, such as displacement, due to man-made or natural disasters.

General description of the Role:

The Assistant Technical Officer-Community Health Engagement (TO-CHE) will work in the community coordinating ICCM and other Community Health activities geared toward preventive care, which includes integrating other sectors like WASH, Nutrition and Protection for impactful outcome. The position is a field based role reporting to Technical Officer Health and Nutrition. The ATO-CHE, jointly will liaise with local authority structures, particularly Ministry of Health and Locality Health Departments, as well as community management structures (Facility/Ward/Village Development Committees) and other local partners. Quality and accountability in all health-related programme areas will remain to be the responsibility of the Technical Officer (H&N)

Key Duties:

• With guidance from Technical Officer Health/Nutrition, Assistant Technical Officer- Community Health Engagement will develop Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP) for the Community Health (CH) in close consultation from his line manager

• Work with Health Team in the implementation of CH activities of the health programme based on the DIP & strengthen the sectoral synergy including mainstreaming GBV and child protection.

• Monitor and evaluate all Community Health activities adapt interventions as necessary to influence behaviour change.

• Contribute to the overall community health strategy development and innovative approaches to influence behaviour and achieve short-term and long- term impact in the communities that FHI 360 is serving.

• To ensure all FHI360 and MoH guidelines are adhered to and adapted as necessary.

• To ensure that all volunteers are correctly selected and are functioning as planned and are receiving quality and regular supportive supervision with on-the-job training of the staff based on the findings

• To ensure that the health promotion intervention using thematic health promotion approach is properly functioning in the implementation areas.

• Provide necessary training and technical support to community team leaders and volunteers on monitoring tool and reporting.

• Ensure timely compilation, analysis and distribution of all data relating to Community health activities part of the Health Information Systems (HIS) and submit weekly and monthly narrative reports in order to improve programme activities at the field level.

• Take a leading role in Community health component and engage team in developing innovative approaches and implementation of the community health strategies which includes integrated Community Case Management, MBC and Home Care for COVID-19 cases and elderly and disabled persons.

• Organizing and implementation of health training programmes based on the DIP.

• Assist in implementation of programme surveys and assessments as needed.

• Support in Capacity building of the health team, Facility Health Committees, Locality Health Department and other local authority and NGO/CBO partners, including monitoring, support supervision and implementation of the FHI 360 community Health volunteers training strategy.

• Provision of strategic approaches for community health component which contribute to preventive health care for communicable diseases.

• Close coordination and collaboration with the Locality Health Department Officials, the Ministries of Health (State level), WFP, UNICEF, UNFPA and other local partners in the areas of community health.

• Input into Donor reports, monthly reports and any additional reports as required in the areas of community health.

• Any other duties assigned by the line manager in line with the JD.

Essential Requirements:

• Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Social Work and or Relevant public health qualification or related degree.

• At least one to three years post NYSC experience in the program management in the areas of Community Engagement, PHC/Community health in a humanitarian or development programme.

• Good interpersonal, motivational and staff management skills.

• Excellent written and spoken English.

• Good computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel.

• Good analytical skills including collection, analysis and interpretation of programme data.

• Excellent health and an ability to live and work in harsh/difficult conditions.

• Previous experience in insecure environments.

Desirable Requirements:

• Experience in liaising with government officials, communities and other local partners, donors and other international agencies.

• Emergency response experience would be an advantage.

• Proven ability to work as part of a team.

• Experience in running community based programmes and assessments

• Familiarity with Nigerian public health sector systems and NGOs and CBOs is highly desirable.


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This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

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