The Nigeria Alive & Thrive (A&T) MIYCN social and behavior change program focuses on improving the delivery and expanding the coverage of MIYCN interventions that contribute to reducing maternal, newborn and child mortality and morbidity.
A&T will work across the public and NGO sectors to improve MIYCN through A&T’s four components : advocacy, interpersonal communication and community mobilization, mass communication, and strategic use of data.
At the national level, A&T will predominantly work with its public and NGO sector partners to improve the implementation, monitoring, and enforcement of key MIYCN policies (e.
g., Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes; maternity leave; workplace support; breastfeeding-friendly health care and delivery facilities).
A&T will also work in seven states - Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Bauchi, Yobe, Borno, and Sokoto - to apply the four components to reach households, communities, and facilities with targeted, age-appropriate social and behavior change communication (SBCC) messaging on MIYCN practices.
At both the national level and in the seven states, emphasis will be to build the capacity of the public sector (primary healthcare facilities) and local NGOs / CBOs to improve MIYCN practices, advance MIYCN policies, expand the promotion of positive social norms, and extend timed and age-appropriate behavior change messaging through commercial facilities to households and communities.
Alive & Thrive Nigeria is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by FHI Solutions.
A Master’s Degree in Business, Public Health, or related field of study and at least 8 years of experience or a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and at least 12 years of relevant work experience.
At least 8 years of experience providing training, mentoring, and TA to local NGOs / CSOs and state and local governments, especially in health, in Nigeria or any other low-and middle-income countries.
Experience with international donor-supported projects (e.g., USAID and CDC)
Demonstrated ability to manage projects and consultants, and to set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities required.
Demonstrated ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants, and sub grantees required.
Demonstrated ability to design and adapt tools and document success stories and project learning for replication.
Experience with development of presentations to senior leadership and high-level partners.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Ability to work with a high level of independence, using own initiative.
Willingness to be co-located with Local Partner to provide technical assistance.
Comfortable with multitasking : handling multiple projects simultaneously, and ability to prioritize assignments.
Facilitate partner NGOs / CSOs’ self-assessment of their organizational and financial capacities using tools such as the Organizational Performance Index (OPI) and Organizational Capacity Assessment (OCA).
Collaborate with partner NGOs / CSOs to facilitate training and development plans based on OPI and OCA results and informed by a capacity building approach.
Work with field-based coordinators to provide partner NGOs / CSOs with one-on-one hands-on mentoring and learning, on-demand TA, learning-by-doing activities, group trainings, and relationship building with local government;
ensure partner NGOs / CSOs meet goals identified in training and development plans.
Engage partner NGOs / CSOs in sustainability support and activities related to project implementation.
Increase partner NGOs / CSOs’ abilities to engage constructively and effectively with local government officials, including policy makers, mid-level officials, and frontline service providers.
Any other duties as may be assigned.
Knowledge Management and Learning :
Stay abreast of the latest trends and best practices in the capacity building community to aid experimentation and innovation.
Contribute to the development of a performance measurement system for NGOs / CSOs, including recommendations for the institutionalization of this system within existing local structures.
Work with government bodies like the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) and the project technical team to develop MIYCN modules for schools of nursing and midwifery and facilitate implementation and monitoring.
Work with the Nutrition / MIYCN Senior Technical Advisor to generate new evidence and to identify good practices for replication.
Provide guidance and trainings for the other team members wherever it is necessary.
Work closely with communication and knowledge management to document partner NGOs / CSO success stories for knowledge sharing, reporting, and replication.
Management and Leadership :
Build strong relationships with NGOs / CSOs and external actors, focus on impact, and result for the partners and respond positively to critical feedback.
Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
Work effectively with the team, show conflict resolution skills, and demonstrate mentoring.
Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills.