JOB TITLE: Community Engagement and Mobilization Officer
The Community Engagement and Mobilization Officer reports to the Community and Linkages Advisor
The Community Engagement and Mobilization Officer will provide technical and program oversight in the areas of strengthening community engagement and mobilization in the integrated health project activities including identifying and working with community resources persons , community leaders, CBOs, CSOs, PLHIV and other community groups. In collaboration with community resource persons and community leaders, she/he will spearhead the formation and functionality of community peer groups that will contribute to increased demand, uptake and utilization of the integrated health services in the districts of support. She/he will provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of activities that facilitate linkages and referrals linkage between and within communities and health facilities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide oversight on the implementation of community activities including leadership engagement and supporting formation and functionality of community peer or psychosocial groups. These include but are not limited to MNCH peer classes, Family Life Schools, Family Support Groups, Ariel club groups, youth and adolescent groups.
- Work closely with District Health Educators and Community Development Office to strengthen community based structures that will create demand for HIV/AIDS care, treatment, Nutrition, SMC, MNCH, Malaria and PMTCT and TB/HIV services; and also act as a major platform for referrals and linkages to enhance access to these services.
- Support implementation of the project’s core activities and strengthen community linkages to increase access, and retention of available integrated health services (HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, nutrition, family planning, and maternal, neonatal and child health care) in collaboration with the DHT, local leaders and existing community groups or CSOs
- Strengthen the performance management and capacity building mechanism for community resource persons and peer group structure that the project engages to implement the integrated project.
- Organize and facilitate periodic reviews meetings of community HIV/AIDS, MNCH/SRH/FP, Malaria and Nutrition activities at the health center level, as well as linkages to care, with the involvement of VHTs, community representatives, health center staff and members of the DHMT
- Review and provide feedback to the community structure including peer facilitators/leader and health facility teams; and support the development of the performance improvement plans
- Coordinate development of district work plans and supervisory support for the development and implementation of community action plans for the project
- Support the identification and build capacity of the peer group facilitators to establish and manage the community peer groups.
- Mentor and coach community leaders/peer facilitates and other community resource people in the implementation of their advocacy role in the available health services at health facilities.
- Support the development of data collection systems and tools for the peer and community group activities.
- Facilitate data collection from community intervention activities and health facilities and its submission to EGPAF country office.
- Timely prepare and submit weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on the activity implementation progress.
- Contribute to identification and documentation of promising practices and success stories that will contribute to the body of knowledge in the area of provision of integrated health services at the community level and strengthening community engagement.
- Provide administrative and logistical support to the community cadres and ensuring that the project assets are properly secured and kept in good working condition.
- Manage project finances and other resources related to implementation of activities in the assigned district in line with the project’s finance guidelines.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- A degree in Social Science, Community Development or Nursing or Public health.
- Related community health and post graduate qualifications will be an added advantage
- 3-5 years’ experience in implementing community health integrated programs especially those related MNCH, HIV /AIDS ,PMTCT, Malaria, SRH, TB,
- Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels;
- Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs at the community level, strengthening community-facility linkages, psychosocial support, and integrating health service delivery into community structures.
- Experience in formation and supporting functionality of community support/peer groups.
- Knowledge of community structures and cultural practices in the south western Uganda is essential.
- Excellent written and verbal communication or interpersonal skills is a must.
- Good analytical skills and ability to support a cross section of frontline health and community workers
- Ability and willingness to reside in the project area with frequent travels to the field