Community mobilization & gender adviser

Save the Children Nigeria

Job Summary

The Community Mobilization & Gender Adviser will provide support to the project team and partners in the process of planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of community mobilization activities. S/he will ensure commitment and involvement of local authorities and community members in the program; and support community mobilization to ensure participation, sustainability of the program, as well as the voices of community members, including women and children, are heard.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 5 years

Job Description

Save the Children is the world's leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.

Role Purpose

  • Will work in close coordination and maintain a good working relationship with State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) office, State Agency for Mass Education (SAME), Local Government Education Authority, NGO partner, other government line agencies, and other stakeholders in the State and Federal level for the smooth operation of project activities.
  • The CM & Gender Adviser will work closely with the project team in designing and implementation of behaviour change and communication strategies.

Key Areas of Accountability

The CM & Gender Adviser will liaise closely with other technical Advisers, as well as the COP, DCOP, and partners. Key responsibilities will include: 

Objective 1 - Strategy Development:

  • Support the review and production of community mobilization training materials and guidelines to encourage positive behavior and attitude change towards education.
  • Support the project team and stakeholders to integrate participatory and community-based approaches in the education planning, intervention, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Support the implementation of participatory Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) planning, monitoring and evaluation of community mobilization in coordination with project team.
  • Identify policy and practice change, on the basis of the program experience, that will 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 Education, School Health and Nutrition and child Protection.
  • Acquire information and understanding of social policy and adapt strategies as necessary.
  • Maintain a strategic overview of issues affecting children’s learning, monitoring trends in the external environment and inputting to organizational strategy and planning process  
  • The position will be responsible for helping to ensure close engagement of and partnerships with related government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), donor-funded programs, private/commercial entities, and NGOs.

Objective 2 - Influencing:

  • 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 policy makers, 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.
  • Develop a feedback mechanism for communicating Save the Children programmes.
  • Produce reports, briefing papers and presentations for internal and external audiences, as directed.

Objective 3 - 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.
  • Represent the program and consortium at various policy forums and advocacy opportunities at state and LGA levels, as directed.
  • Act as a spokesperson for the programme/ consortium to a variety of external audiences including policymakers and the media, as directed.

Objective 4 - 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
  • To plan, manage and monitor all activities related to Community Mobilization of the project in coordination with the thematic technical leads and in line with the behaviour change communication strategy.
  • Train and mentor Local consultants – Community support
  • In collaboration with the rest of the programme team prepare and facilitate trainings
  • Participate in the preparation or review of programme monitoring and evaluation tools where necessary
  • Ensure correct use of programme monitoring and evaluation (recording) tools, including analysis

Skills and Behaviours (Our Values in Practice)

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

Ambition:

  • Creating best-in-class EA function
  • 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 and data management systems
  • Willing to take disciplined risks

Integrity:

  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential:

  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Social work, Psychology, Communications, or related Social Science field, and preferably post-graduate university degree, in subject related to emergency education.
  • At least 5 years post NYSC substantial experience in advocacy and policy development / research in the development context.
  • Proven experience in designing, implementing and evaluating gender-transformative social and behavior change communication interventions
  • Experience in implementing gender-transformative approaches to education
  • Relevant experience with demonstrated experience managing Emergency Education programs, particularly in a humanitarian 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ability to develop reports, plans and community mobilization strategies, tools and IEC materials.
  • 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).

Desirable:

  • 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 analytical skills, and demonstrated experience with gender analysis.
  • Experience of representation, including Cluster coordination, and ability to represent effectively in external forums
  • Commitment to working through systems of community participation and accountability
  • Proven capacity to supervise, train, coach and mentor staff
  • Previous experience of managing a team
  • Understanding of local languages.

Note

  • Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
  • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as 

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