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Scope of Work
- The Health community Mobilizer is responsible for community participation in health facilities and /or mobile clinics in Gwoza LGA, Borno state.
- The community Mobilizer reports to the health manager.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Liaise with community leaders and other members of targeted communities in identifying community volunteers and existing community groups interested in health and nutrition activities.
- Conduct regular focus group discussions to identify existing barriers to uptake of services and develop communication strategies to overcome these barriers.
- Develop and conduct training for the community volunteers/group on positive health practices, safe motherhood, infant and young child feeding practices, and general child care and hygiene promotion.
- Support community sensitization activities at the clinics and in the community by community volunteers and other groups.
- Identify and provide tools and IEC material to assist in dissemination of information.
- Prepare weekly work plan and ensure timely implementation of the project activities.
- Prepare activity reporting formats and collect weekly activity reports from community volunteers.
- Compile monthly activity report for submission to the health manager.
- Carry out other relevant or requested duties as may be required.
Key Result Areas:
- Improvement of key health indicators mainly maternal mortality ratio, neonatal mortality ratio, and community population coverage.
- Increased uptake of health services as a strategy for reducing mortality
- Increased uptake of positive practices related to health, nutrition, and hygiene.
- Timely and quality health care services to displaced persons, refugees, and other vulnerable groups.
- Community volunteers actively participate in health services within their community.
- Degree in Health Education or Social Sciences.
- A mature person of high professional discipline and moral integrity, able to work under stress as the situation may dictate.
- Certificate in public health or nutrition is an added advantage.
- Two to three years of experience in community mobilization, education, social services or public health.
- Proven experience in community-based programming with the ability to motivate and lead community volunteers.
- Good communication skills.
- Ability to work independently, be self-driven and proactive as well as creative in engaging with communities and volunteers.
- Ability to work with displaced communities with diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Experience in working in a team and able to lead a team.
- Flexible to travel and work in different locations.
- Ability to speak local languages will be added advantage.
- Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Word and Excel is an added advantage.
- The position will work in the Gwoza Field Office. The program site in Northern Nigeria. This is security level 3 - orange
- Monthly salary, 13Month Salary Inclusive, Health Insurance Coverage for Family, Pension, Creche Facilities available for Women with babies under 24 Months.
- IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.
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