Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Communication and BCC Coordinators at Plan International

Plan International is an independent child-centred international development organisation committed to advancing the rights of children and fight against poverty. Plan has no religious, political and government affiliation. For over 75 years, we have supported girls and boys and their communities around the world to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights, free themselves from poverty and live positive fulfilling lives. Plan currently works in 70 countries including Nigeria.

Plan International officially started operations in Nigeria in 2014 and works to strengthen and promote the rights of children. Our programme is currently focused on basic education; improve community health services, youth and citizens' participation in governance and creating economic opportunities and livelihoods for the poor, building resilient communities through our emergency and humanitarian response. Plan Nigeria works with communities, civil society organisations, development partner government at all levels and the private sector.

We are currently implementing the Global Affairs Canada funded MNCH projects: Strengthening Health Outcomes for Women and children (SHOW) in Sokoto and Bauchi Opportunities for Responsive Neonatal and maternal health (BORN) in Bauchi state.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Communication and BCC Coordinator 

Location: Bauchi
Department: Programs
Report to: National Program Manager
Duration: 4 years

  • Provide technical guidance in developing and implementation project’s DCC strategy to ensure positive behavioral change for improved demand and utilization of MNCH services.
  • Take the lead in ensuring all project communications including presentations are in line with Plan International communication and branding policies.
  • This position will also be responsible for developing project staff's capacity in the area of project communication guidelines and implementation of DCC strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities 
  • Develop and implement a capacity building and supervision plan for relevant project beneficiaries and stakeholders.
  • Lead in the development and review of IEC materials and radio messages, including development of a dissemination and monitoring plan.
  • Develop and implement engagement strategy with 100 women groups, male champions arid traditional/religious leaders.
  • Provide technical oversight in the area of BCC interventions to project partners.
  • Responsible for regular and timely reports, including success stories, best practices on demand side activities in compliance with DFATD guidelines.
  • Provide regular updates on BCC units and activity output data to inform project programming decision making and advocacy efforts.
  • Working with the M and F coordinator, ensure DCC component is adequately captured within the project M &E processes and tools,
  • Participate in the design and maintenance of SMS platform, ensuring regular communication to identified stakeholders, on MNCH events, issues and activities.
  • Work with Gender advisor in identifying gender barriers to positive MNCH outcomes and addressing them through BCC interventions.
  • Keep track of demand side activity outputs in relation to demand size outcomes on the PMF, using RRM tools, including monitoring reach and recall of IEC/radio messages and other outcome indicators.
  • Track and monitor national and state level BCC surveys and other research processes, providing updates to the project.
  • Work with VSLA coordinator to implement community component of VSLA strategy.
  • Ensure capacity building by regularly trainings staff and partners for improved BCC activity implementation.
  • Develop innovative strategies to engage the State Ministry of Health/PHCDA and other relevant organizations in improving effectiveness of BCC interventions.
  • Maintain good relation ship with the media, traditional and religious leaders including WDC state and local leaderships.
  • Assume any other responsibility as assigned by the National Program Manager tar Head of Health programmes
Qualifications and Experience 
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences/arts or Communication
  • At least 5 years practical work experience in the ares of social and behaviour change communication and public relations of public health programs especially MNCH programs.
  • Experience in Participatory Research and Focus Group Discussions methodologies.
  • Experience analysing and interpreting 8CC data from community and household data collection processes.
  • Experience in organizing media events and other special events. Knowledge and experience with DFATD/Donor program frameworks and approaches.
  • Good working knowledge of Hausa and ability to review complex data outputs into simpler forms for low literacy levels.
Application Closing Date
25th March, 2016.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send all applications and CV/Profile

Note: Only application sent electronically by e-mail with the format "Location - Position" clearly indicated as as the subject of the mail will be considered.