• Community Mobilization Assistant at ​Save the Children

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    placeMaiduguri, Borno​
    Date Posted: 2021-05-24

    Save the Children - We are recruiting to fill the position of a Community Mobilization Assistant in Maiduguri, Borno

    Job ID: 210003LR

    Child Safeguarding

    • Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

    Role Purpose

    • Support the State team to ensure commitment and involvement of local authorities and community members in the programme; and support community mobilization to ensure participation, sustainability of the Humanitarian programme as well as that the voices of community members, including women and children are heard.
    • In the event of a major humanitarian emergency, the role holder will be expected to work outside the normal role profile and be able to vary working hours accordingly.

    Key Areas of Accountability
    Objective 1 - Strategy Development:

    • Identify policy and practice change, on the basis of Save the Children’s experience, that would promote and protect the rights of children.
    • Support in formulating key advocacy messages and targets from lessons learned, assessments, research and evidence gained through project implementation on WASH, child Protection, Food security et al
    • Ensure that voices of children form the basis of Save the Children’s advocacy strategy.
    • Maintain a strategic overview of issues affecting child Nutrition, monitoring trends in the external environment and inputting to organisational strategy and planning processes.
    • Ensure Save the Children visibility is seen in the state
    • Actively participate in all Save the Children and CSO Coalition driven activities in the state
    • Engage with the state and local governments in policies review when needed
    • Facilitate meetings of the coalition groups
    • Prepare monthly reports of activities carried out
    • Support any other Save the Children-led activities as may be required

    Objective 2 - Influencing:

    • Develop good knowledge of local and national government structures, parliamentary and political processes and key decision making structures and how to influence them.
    • Initiate and support lobbying, communications and other activities to inform and persuade policy makers, including donors and politicians, of the value of Save the Children’s policy recommendations.
    • Support in building systems for research, analysis and documentation that underpin evidence based advocacy and influencing at state and national levels.
    • Develop a feedback mechanism for communicating Save the Children programmes
    • Produce reports, briefing papers and presentations for internal and external audiences, as directed.

    Objective 3 - Collaboration & Representation:

    • Develop and sustain strategic relationships with other agencies engaged in advocacy and policy work.
    • Support in maintaining a network of external contacts with key individuals in the government, NGO sector, civil society and the media.
    • Support in facilitating capacity building of staff from Save the Children and partner agencies in advocacy and communications.
    • Represent Save the Children at various policy forums and advocacy opportunities at state and LGA levels, as directed.
    • as a spokesperson for Save the Children to a variety of external audiences including policy makers and the media, as directed. Act

    Objective 4 - Programme Development:

    • Provide technical support on voice and community mobilization to State programme team
    • Develop a community mobilisation strategy in collaboration with the team and ensure implementation
    • Train and mentor Local consultants – Community support
    • In collaboration with the rest of the programme team prepare and facilitate trainings
    • Participate in the preparation or review of programme monitoring and evaluation tools where necessary
    • Ensure correct use of programme monitoring and evaluation (recording) tools, including analysis

    Additional job responsibilities:

    • The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

    Job Requirements

    • Must have completed NYSC
    • Minimum of a year experience in community mobilization/campaign and BCC programming will be given priority consideration.
    • Experience in advocacy and policy development / research in the development context.
    • Good understanding of the possibilities and tactics for influencing decision and policy makers, politicians, donors, and other key actors.
    • Knowledge of the media and its role in raising awareness and shaping public policy.
    • Good understanding of strategies for achieving child protection, Psychosocial programming policies through participatory processes, and the links with gender, diversity and other aspects of identity.
    • Excellent conceptual and analytical skills and demonstrable ability to think strategically, innovatively and practically to ensure achievement of desired change objectives.
    • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide range of audiences at local, state and national levels.
    • Ability to build and maintain relationships with partner agencies and key contacts in the government, NGO, civil society (coalitions) and media sectors.
    • Strong organizational skills and ability to effectively handle multiple tasks and meet strict deadlines.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, flexibility, adaptability and ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
    • Good computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, email / internet) and ability to be self-supporting in most administrative tasks.
    • Fluent English language skills (written and verbal).
    • Local language skills especially Hausa & Kanuri
    • 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.
    • Experience working on Humanitarian programming

    How to Apply
    Interested and qualified candidates should apply on or before 31st May, 2021.


    • Female candidates are encouraged to apply
    • Applicants are advised that Save the Children International does not require any payment or expense during the entire recruitment process. Any request in this direction should be immediately reported as it is contrary to the values and practices of our organization.
    • Due to the volume of applications received, Save the Children may not provide feedback to all applicants. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
    • Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed as received. Save the Children reserves the right to change the closing date, if considered necessary.

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