Technical Advisor – Demand Generation and Community Engagement

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The Opportunity

The U. S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) and Office of Population and Reproductive Health (PRH) issued Round-5 under the  Moving Integrated, Quality Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Family Planning and Reproductive Health (MNCH/FP/RH) Services1 to Scale  (MOMENTUM) Annual Program Statement. Round-5 is focused on increasing the quality of health services to improve outcomes in maternal and child health, family planning, nutrition, WASH, and malaria prevention and treatment in Malawi.

The purpose of the USAID/Malawi MOMENTUM Activity is to support the Government of Malawi’s (GOM’s) efforts to reduce maternal, newborn, and child mortality through improved access and quality of health service delivery with particular focus on maternal, neonatal, and child health (MNCH); family planning/reproductive health (FP/RH); nutrition; water sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and malaria prevention and treatment.

The Demand Generation and Community Engagement Technical Advisor will be responsible for ensuring that Community engagement and mobilization using an integrated Social and Behavior Change (SBC) framework under the MOMENTUM project is supported with quality technical inputs, driving the maternal and child survival breakthrough, and draw upon Health, Nutrition, and WASH strategic priorities. The role will lead strategy development and the technical design and implementation of high quality programmes that deliver change for children in development programming. The role supports national advocacy and influencing, while driving strategic partnerships for coordinated implementation of demand generation and community engagement activities. It contributes to the project’s learning agenda and supports dissemination particularly related to SBC and community engagement.

The role will work closely with project implementation teams and with partners in the MOMENTUM consortium, building their capacity and building ownership and agency of local organisations. This position will be expected to engage in close collaboration with the MOMENTUM Malawi team, MOH National, Zonal and District staff and other relevant Government Ministries, and other stakeholders including UN agencies, and key INGOs / CSOs. The position will provide overall technical leadership and coordination to SBC, and community mobilization and engagement activities in the project districts to improve provider-client interaction, RMNCAH behaviors, care-seeking, and strengthen community led initiatives to improve health.

We are seeking an experienced individual who has excellent organizational and technical skills, a team player, dedicated, hardworking, innovative, highly motivated and able to work in a high-pressure environment requiring multi-tasking abilities.

In order to be successful you will bring/have:

Qualifications

Masters’ degree in Public Health or Behavioral Science or Communications or Community Development or related field or equivalent experience

Experience and Skills

  • At least 7 – 10 years’ experience of working in Malawi in SBC/community engagement/community capacity strengthening in development settings.
  • Understanding of the SBC frameworks in Malawi, and an understanding of the current MNCH, nutrition, malaria and WASH context.
  • Familiar with health systems, and health service provision including community health and the engagement of civil society organisations.
  • Demonstrated experience in participatory facilitation; community capacity strengthening; and SBC strategy development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience using data and evidence to innovate, and enhance program interventions
  • Demonstrated program design, monitoring and evaluation skills, including designing pathways to sustainable impact at scale.

We offer a competitive package in the context of the sector. The role is open to Malawian nationals only.

This position is contingent upon award from USAID .

The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

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.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

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