Community Engagement Officer

Save the Children , Margibi, Liberia
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Job Summary

Job Description

Breakthrough ACTION Liberia is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) flagship integrated social and behavior change (SBC) project. The project implementation period is from February 2020 to April 2022. The project is led by Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in partnership with Save the Children, ThinkPlace, and ideas42.

The project works collaboratively with the Ministry of Health (MOH) programs at the national and subnational level, and in complementarity to relevant USAID implementing partners (IPs) to improve the effectiveness of SBC to achieve better, sustainable health outcomes. This activity contributes to the Mission Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) Development Objective 3 of "Foundations for growth strengthened through a healthy, productive, and educated population."

Breakthrough ACTION Liberia is implemented in 12 counties to deliver effective, quality SBC activities that will result in improved demand, access, and use of health services.

To achieve this goal, the three behavioral objectives are:

  •  Behavioral Objective 1: Significantly influence high impact behaviors related to malaria, maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH), family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH), adolescent health, nutrition, prevention of infectious diseases, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
  •  Behavioral Objective 2: Develop the SBC capacity in Liberia for innovative behavior change interventions at scale.
  •  Behavioral Objective 3: Strengthen SBC implementation across different thematic areas for improved health outcomes

The role:

Qualifications and experience

  •  Bachelor's degree (master degree preferable) in public health, social science or relevant behavioral sciences;
  •  At least three years of extensive experience in community mobilization programming and understanding of the Liberia community health system;
  •  Experience and familiarity with participatory approaches and tools for training and program implementation at the community level;
  •  Good facilitation skills with a variety of audiences and proven experience with participatory techniques;
  •  Commitment to working with marginalized and disadvantaged group of people in remote areas;
  •  Willingness to travel within the country as needed;
  •  Fluent in English, both written and spoken;
  •  Effective communication skills, both in written and verbal forms in order to establish effective relationships with a wide range of audiences, including at a geographical distance;
  •  Computer skills on MS Word, Excel, Power Point;
  •  Experience on a USAID funded or integrated health project a plus.


  •  Support the Community Engagement Team Lead in the implementation of the project's community capacity strengthening and engagement (CCSE) activities;
  •  Support the capacity-building of the county and district-level stakeholders to roll out integrated CCSE processes;
  •  Coordinate and network with the county, district, health facility, community-based groups, and NGOs as needed.
  •  Support the M&E project staff with data collection and ensuring that program decisions are made based on data;
  •  Conduct regular field visits to ensure CCSE activities are being implemented as designed;
  •  Contribute to the drafting of monthly, quarterly and annual reports on the CCSE component and to annual work planning processes;
  •  Other duties as assigned.


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 workplace where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:
Please apply using a cover letter and up-to-date CV as a single document. Please also include details of your current remuneration and salary expectations.

We need to keep children safe so our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

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