Community Health Advisor

  • 22 Mar 2018
  • Abuja, Nigeria
  • Full-time
  • Health
  • sav-83838


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.


Under the guidance of the Washington DC-based Breakthrough-Action (B-A) Project lead, the Community Health Advisor will provide overall technical leadership and guidance for the implementation of B-A program’s community health and SBCC programming in Nigeria. S/he is responsible for strategic planning, coordination and monitoring & evaluation of programme activities in relation to social and behaviour change (SBCC) for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (MNCAH) and for supporting the state programme teams in strategic and operational planning and programme implementation. S/he supervises and works closely with related sector specialists.


The Community Health Advisor will:

  • Provide senior-level management and technical oversight of the project’s community mobilization/capacity building and SBCC activities.
  • Using evidence-based theories and methodologies, collaborate with project technical advisors to design/develop communication tools and a comprehensive strategy for community mobilization/community capacity strengthening and SBCC
  • Ensure that SBCC materials are pre-tested, proved effective and used efficiently and by the correct target group.
  • Contribute to the adaptation of an integrated community level engagement and SBCC model
  • Collaborate with other technical advisors and external stakeholders to ensure coordination of materials and communication message strategies and avoid gaps and overlaps.
  • Build capacity of state-level stakeholders to roll out integrated community mobilization and SBCC processes
  • Coach and supervise state-level community mobilization staff/team
  • Manage the work of any research firms, advertising agencies, public relations experts, production vendors, community mobilizers, and/or consultants hired by the project to assist with SBCC or community level work. This includes building capacity of local implementing partners to implement quality and successful community mobilization/SBCC work.
  • In collaboration with the M&E Advisor, help develop, maintain, and monitor the indicators set in the workplan for SBCC and community-level activities as well as evaluate the progress and impact of SBCC activities.
  • Contribute to regular quarterly and annual reports to the donor.
  • Document project results and impacts in various forms, including media stories, lessons learned, case studies, client satisfaction, etc.


  • A master’s degree in communications, public health, social sciences or other related fields.
  • At least five years of experience in health communication, public health promotion, health or behavioural science, or related field and demonstrated experience in management of community-based teams.
  • Demonstrated abilities and experience in community mobilization and SBCC strategy and materials development, especially in MNCH.
  • Proven experience in training staff and community members and strong knowledge of community capacity building for team members, government and community counterparts
  • Familiarity and understanding of USAID policies and procedures (highly preferred), or those of other donors, donor-funded projects, community-based projects, or corporate social responsibility projects.
  • Proven abilities to set priorities, to multi-task, and to work collaboratively across technical disciplines.
  • Possess outstanding professional reputation and have strong demonstrated interpersonal, written, and oral presentation skills.
  • Willingness to travel within the country as needed.
  • Good understanding of the health system and policy processes; health sector programs and significant players in the MNCH field in Nigeria.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to motivate staff.
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets
  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Good computer skills (particularly Word, Excel and database)

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

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