Behavior Change Communication and Advocacy Officer
Mercy Corps
11d ago

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Program / Department Summary

The Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) II Programme is funded through the Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) of the Department for International Development (DFID) and is implemented across the four Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Lagos.

Mercy Corps leads the implementation of the programme.

ENGINE II (April 2017-March 2020) is a sequel to ENGINE I (October 2013 to March 2017); in its first phase, the programme was successful in reaching out to over 24,000 marginalised girls out of which, 21,162 girls were retained from the above mentioned four programme implementing states.

The primary objective of ENGINE II is to increase the learning outcomes (literacy and numeracy) of the total 21,162 retained girls, who are now aged between 17 to 23 years old.

Alongside, it also aims at facilitating / supporting girls into transition to higher grades and / or economic opportunities.

It also works toward ensuring sustainability of the programme activities through ownership by the government, school stakeholders and community members after the programme lifetime.

ENGINE II received a match-funding to implement the ECOSAT project. The implementation of ECOSAT started in January 2019 and is implemented in the four ENGINE II project states.

It is aimed at improving the literacy and numeracy skills of adolescent girls in these states, whilst increasing the financial literacy and life skills knowledge of boys, girls, women and men.

General Position Summary

The Behaviour Change Communication and Advocacy Officer will be responsible for leading the Life Skills component of the ENGINE II and ECOSAT projects.

S / He will be responsible for developing strategies / approach for mainstreaming Life Skills component by working in close collaboration with the programme team across the four Nigerian states of Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Federal Capital Territory.

This position will develop advocacy and behaviour communication tools that meets intervention demands and feedback from across implementation sites ensuring that addressing barriers to girls and youth education and economic opportunities are being effectively addressed.

This position will contribute to the Program’s reporting requirements as outlined in the donor’s reporting guidelines. This position will ensure ENGINE II’s implementation is responsive to improving the learning outcomes of the marginalised in-

school and out-of-school Nigerian girls. S / He will report to the Programme Manager of ENGINE II.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Strategy & Vision

  • Support the development of the overall vision and strategic plan for the life skills approach for the ENGINE II and ECOSAT projects.
  • Program Management

  • Develop Behaviour Change Communication tools and materials to improve knowledge, attitude and practice of life skills choices for beneficiaries and their eco-system.
  • Track barriers across implementation sites and develop appropriate BCC intervention to address these barriers.
  • Conduct frequent monitoring of field teams across programme implementing sites to monitor the life skills activities.
  • Integrate Gender, Do No Harm and Child Protection as a cross cutting themes across all proposed life skills interventions.
  • Support the advocacy strategies and community sensitization on ENGINE II and ECOSAT projects.
  • Engage with relevant community stakeholders for feedback and address of barriers to girls’ / youth education and empowerment.
  • Generate learnings from the field including success stories and case studies and develop learning papers for dissemination.
  • Conduct community and state level analysis and adjust programming appropriately to reflect political, social, and economic norms
  • Communicate effectively with state teams to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met within the given Life Skills output.
  • Contribute to adolescent girls’ ability to secure the social and economic assets needed for healthy decision-making and steady livelihoods
  • Support an enabling environment adolescent girls’ and their communities to evolve gender and social norms that support and value girls’ decision-
  • making, education and participation at home and in the community.

  • Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’ relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
  • Demonstrate flexibility, resilience and ability to maintain positive relationships and composure.
  • Finance & Compliance Management

  • Assist in coordination and development of monthly programme report on the ENGINE II programme.
  • Assist in coordination and development of donor reports and ensure they are of a high quality and submitted on schedule.
  • Provide draft answers upon request to donor questions and inquiries, while ensuring compliance with donor regulations.
  • Support the team with compliance to PM MC minimum standards for program management.
  • Support the maintenance and retention of program files according to PM MC guidelines.
  • Adhere to Mercy Corps finance and compliance procedures.
  • Influence & Representation

  • Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with governments and other stakeholders.
  • Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
  • Proactively form relationships community members to complement DfID funding.
  • Represent ENGINE II on different forums on advocacy and behaviour change issues at technical and strategic planning.
  • Security

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
  • Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
  • Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
  • to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.

    Supervisory Responsibility


    Reports Directly To : ENGINE II Programme Manager

    Works Directly With : ENGINE II and ECOSAT programme staff, operations and finance team.

    Success Factors

    The successful candidate will combine exceptional leadership, management and technical skills with a focus on innovative interventions to engage adolescent girls in improving their learning outcomes.

    S / he will have an outstanding ability to develop, implement and manage various community sensitization activities to address the barriers to girl-

    child education. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential.

    The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.

    Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

    Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions

    This is an unaccompanied position for six months based in Abuja, Nigeria. Housing will be provided in shared Mercy Corps guest house.

    It requires up to 40% travel to field locations, where security is at times high-risk. Security in Abuja is generally good.

    Housing, health care, water, electricity and consumer goods are all reasonably accessible and there are good international and domestic travel options from Abuja Airport.

    Air and road travel is necessary to get to some field locations. Mobile phone services are widely available. Internet is available in all Mercy Corps offices, although might be inconsistent.

    Travel to field sites will be required where living conditions are clean and secure, but basic. There’s reasonable access to most consumer goods, although they can be expensive.

    There is good number of school with different education philosophies and curriculum (British, American and French to name the few).

    Abuja is an accompanied location.

    Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

    Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background.

    We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience related to humanitarian or developmental work
  • Experience working in the development sector in implementing education programme.
  • Proven experience in developing teaching learning materials.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and follow donor reporting and compliance requirements.
  • Strong program and project management skills required. PM MC certified or demonstrated willingness to obtain certification.
  • Strong understanding of key humanitarian principles and good practices
  • Ability to efficiently deal with competing priorities
  • Experience with gender sensitive programming and knowledge of child protection, Gender and Do No Harm principles
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural setting
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English required, including report development, writing and editing.
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