Community Capacity Assistant

Save the children, Nigeria

Skill Required:, Media and CommunicationProject Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th November, 2020

Job Description


Breakthrough ACTION (BA) is a five-year cooperative agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead USAID’s social and behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION/Nigeria (BA-N) focuses on malaria; maternal, new-born, and child health including nutrition (MNCH+N); family planning (FP); and tuberculosis (TB); and increasing the capacity of national and sub-national entities to coordinate and oversee quality SBC programming. BA-N will collaborate closely with the relevant USAID service delivery and commodities implementation partners from the outset to ensure seamless coordination between supply, demand, and quality of services.  BA-N will work at the national level and in 11 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). Three states will implement an integrated SBC approach, seven states will implement a malaria-only SBC approach, and FCT will implement an FP-only SBC approach.
The Community Capacity Assistant will provide will provide technical, programmatic, and administrative support to key project staff and signature program areas. S/he will work closely with the project technical staff and the community to ensure all project activities run smoothly. He/She will support the state programme teams in planning and programme implementation of the community capacity component. Initially, the major focus of the community capacity component will be in the three Integrated SBC states:  Bauchi, Kebbi and Sokoto, though there may be expansion in other states pending directives from the funder.



  • Assist to develop SBCC materials, including job aides, for use by community volunteers on a variety of health topics, pulling content from available sources and editing content;
  • Assist with preparation/writing, submission and editing of timely and quality activity reports, including field notes and collaborate with relevant teams to ensure documentation of all community mobilization and M&E activities;
  • Contribute to the writing and editing content for the media including a variety of technical stories, human-interest stories, press releases etc.
  • Contribute to technical work, including strategies, toolkits, communication materials, scripts, job aides, independently;
  • Participate in the drafting and implementation of approved workplans;
  • Assist in promoting community participation and inclusion so as to encourage community ownership over activities implemented; Provide weekly field reports, capturing activities progress, lessons learned as well as general situation and community updates and needs;
  • Participate in the drafting and implementation of approved workplans;
  • Monitor project events and stakeholder’s activities in coordination with project technical leads and capture success stories, to effectively capture lessons learnt on the ground from the projects.
  • Assist the supervisor with the development and implementation of the Advocacy, Demand Generation and Service Provider components of the project in the State, as assigned.
  • Assist with the establishment and maintenance of effective relationships at the State level with health partners, implementing partners, State MOHs and other key stakeholders, with guidance from and in collaboration with the Deputy Project Director and Project Director;
  • Other duties as identified by supervisor.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


  • accuracy and timeliness in all areas of responsibility
  • high level of accuracy in work, and ability to analyze complex sets of relationships and situations
  • holds self and others accountable
  • Ambition
  • Zeal to work with Children
  • future-orientated, thinks pro-actively


  • working effectively with stakeholders to achieve common goals
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners
  • approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


  • designing more effective admin systems
  • willing to take disciplined risks


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency, demonstrates highest levels of integrity.



  • Level of Education – First degree BSc/BA/HND in communications, journalism, social work, psychology, health, or related social science field
  • Minimum of a HND/Bachelor’s degree in Arts, Social Sciences or Health Sciences.
  • Minimum of 2 - 5 years’ experience working with donor-funded projects in related tasks
  • Programme administration experience is required for this role
  • Working Knowledge of MS Office Packages and database softwares and applications
  • Well-organized, with ability to track multiple activities and deadlines
  • Ability to work successfully in a cross-cultural, team-based environment
  • Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
  • Local language skills of the location you would prefer
  • Commitment to the values, mission, aims and policies of Save the Children.


  • Experience in training others in advocacy techniques and influencing tactics.
  • Prior work experience in advocacy awareness creation and community engagement in Nigeria.


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