Social and Behaviour Change Communication Officer at Nuru Nigeria

Nuru equips local leaders with tools and knowledge to lead their communities out of extreme poverty by integrating impact programs that address the most prevalent and fundamental challenges of extreme poverty around four areas of need:

  • Experience 3 – 5 years
  • Location Adamawa
  • Job Field NGO/Non-Profit 

Position Description

The Social Behaviour Change and Communication Officer will report to the Deputy Chief of Party and provide technical support to the field team in all key SBCC, Gender & Nutrition and WASH programmatic areas. S/he will work with the BSL team to support the implementation of all the Building Sustainable Livelihood programs according to the approved work plan to ensure the achievement of strategic goals and objectives. 

S/he will provide technical expertise in social behaviour change communication areas with a special focus on Nutrition- food safety and utilization, Hygiene promotion- good and safe water use and hand washing behaviour alongside improved health management practices.

The Social and Behaviour Change Communication Officer’s role will be community-based in all BSL intervention areas to promote key transformative nutrition and health awareness programs through adapting nutrition behaviour change strategies. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Support the DCOP in the design of the Building Sustainable Livelihood SBCC model and lead in the implementation of all SBCC campaigns to increase farmers’ level of awareness on key health and nutrition behaviour change through various health and nutrition transformative practices and learning processes.
  • Develop all SBCC training materials, and curriculum alongside a robust messaging plan focusing on health and nutrition behaviour change while ensuring adaptability to local context using appropriate communication tools.
  • Identify and establish a strong working relationship with other project partners to support the Building Sustainable Livelihood SBCC campaign with the intervention communities.
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in all elements of planning and implementation of the BSL activities, communication, and promotion of social inclusion/equity for all women in the intervention communities.
  • Lead in the planning, coordination, and implementation of cooking demonstration activities to promote improved food safety and utilization practices as well as household hygiene demonstration sessions.
  • Directly responsible for the establishment of community-based caregivers’ group and conducting monthly meetings with care groups to promote improved nutrition and hygiene practices among women-pregnant and lactating mothers, young girls(adolescents), caregivers, and women with children under age 5.
  • Support the DCOP in a strong community advocacy engagement for SBCC activities and lead in all mobilization and periodic sensitization of community members on the BSL SBCC activities regarding health and nutrition security.
  • Lead in the commemoration of global & SDG events that strongly aligns the BSL goals and objectives with a special focus on food, nutrition, gender, and hygiene, sharing learnings and developments on SBCC using various media platforms.
  • Provide weekly field reports, contribute to monthly Activity Progress Reports, document and share lessons learned, success stories, community feedback as well as general situational awareness within the communities
  • Support the Monitoring & Evaluation team to track program activities, and deliver surveys, assessments, and other monitoring activities to ensure that interventions are on-track for progress and increased impact.
  • Actively work closely with community structures for implementation of all BSL programs through effective community mobilization and sensitization for community-led agricultural, financial inclusion, nutrition and WASH activities with a focus on achieving BSL strategic objectives.
  • Maintain successful relationships between the BSL project and farmer associations, community leaders, and other key stakeholders in the host community while working in the field.
  • Perform any other tasks that may be assigned/instructed by the Supervisor.

Qualification and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Community Health, Food Science and Technology, Development Studies, Sociology, Rural Development or any related studies.
  • Minimum of 3-5 years of professional experience in a similar role of implementing SBCC programs with rural farmers, particularly women and youths preferably in a Non-profit Organization.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills and farmer training capacity with strong knowledge in SBCC, WASH, Health Education, and Nutrition.
  • Candidates fluent in English and Hausa are preferred with good working knowledge of Northeast Nigeria preferably, Adamawa State.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should forward their CV to:  [email protected] using the position as subject of email.

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