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Community Engagement Specialist (Bolgatanga)

FHI 360

FHI 360

Ghana
Posted on Monday, July 8, 2024

Introduction

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally-driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in Health, Education, Nutrition, Environment, Economic Development, Civil Society, Gender, Youth, Research and Technology– creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 60 countries, all 50 U.S. states and all U.S. territories. The FHI 360-led USAID Ghana Accelerating Social and Behavior Change Activity (ASBC) is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Community Engagement Specialist to support community engagement work in six regions of Ghana (Upper East, Upper West, Northern, North East, Western and/Savannah).

Position Description

The Community Engagement Specialist will be a member of the project team and work closely with Ghana Health Service (GHS)/Health Promotion Division (HPD), District Health Management Teams (DHMTs), Community Health Management Committees (CHMCs), local non-governmental organizations, community organizations, USAID, and others to accelerate the uptake and performance of key health behaviors. Priority areas of focus include malaria prevention and treatment; maternal newborn and child health (MNCH); nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); family planning (FP)/reproductive health (RH), and public health emergencies (PHE), both nationally and in targeted districts in the six regions of focus.

The Community Engagement Specialist will work under the oversight of the Community Engagement Advisor to provide specialized technical assistance to the GHS-HPD, local civil society, and partner organizations to review, plan, manage implementation, and monitor community engagement interventions.

Roles and Responsibilities

Provides technical assistance in the development and implementation of community engagement and mobilization strategies to facilitate measurable behavior change in MNCH, malaria, FP/RH nutrition, WASH, and PHE.

Ensure gender, youth, and social inclusion mainstreaming in all phases from formative research, through design, media and materials production, community mobilization and evaluation.

Reviews deliverables of consortium partners in line with contracts and grant agreements, ensuring activities are conducted in a timely and efficient manner and incompliance with FHI 360 contractual agreements.

Contributes to and develops detailed strategy write-ups, workplans, field reports, quarterly/annual reports, and any other reporting requirements.

Liaises with and manages consortium partners involved in community mobilization and engagement activities.

Contribute to and support the capacity strengthening of local partner organizations and GHS-HPD at regional and district levels through the development and implementation of capacity assessments, mentoring, training, and other capacity strengthening activities.

Ensures regular data collection and reporting of community-level activities for project accountability and tracking of progress.

Qualifications and Experience

A bachelor’s degree in public health, Communications, Community Development, or related field

S/he must have 4-8 years of experience in implementing and managing large-scale international health/development programs, ideally within Ghana.

Prior experience in community engagement and mobilization models and strategies and their practical application to malaria, MNCH, FP/RH, nutrition, WASH, PHE, as well as gender, disability, and youth inclusion.

Knowledge of evidence-based, innovative, and practical solutions to community mobilization in Ghana, experience working with district and community health structures in Ghana is preferred.

Experience developing and implementing community engagement programs in Ghana, with a health focus, with demonstrated scope and impact at scale.

Understanding of best practices in formative research, pretesting, and monitoring and evaluation methodologies for effective SBC and community mobilization interventions.

Demonstrated strong technical (health, gender, disability inclusion, youth, SBC), programming, leadership, organizational, and management skills.

Ability to manage tasks in a timely and efficient manner with minimal oversight.

Demonstrated interpersonal communication and negotiation skills, as evidenced by prior work engaging communities, civic groups, churches/mosques, community groups, partners, donors, and NGOs to meet shared objectives.

Ability to set priorities while multi-tasking and meet deadlines.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Language requirements: excelled written/oral English communication skills and one or more local languages

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.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

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