The Catholic Health Commission (CHC) of the Diocese of Chikwawa is one of the main Commissions under the Social Services Directorate of the diocese, and is an arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. Its main function is to enhance the provision of equitable health services in the Diocese of Chikwawa. Catholic Health Commission is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University – Jhpiego in developing innovations to enhance the capacity of health care workers, strengthening health systems and improve delivery of care towards improving the health and well-being. The Catholic Health Commission, therefore, seeks to engage the services of a well experienced, highly motivated and suitably qualified person of Malawi origin to fill the following positions tenable at Chikwawa.
POSITION: COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION ASSISTANT (1)
Reports to: The Site Team Leader
PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
The Community Mobilization Assistant (CMA) will plan and implement VMMC Community Mobilization Activities at the community level in Chikwawa district. She/ He will provide factual information to the public relating to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Work with the Team Leader to conduct community mapping to understand socio and traditional community dynamics and power play that may either negatively or positively influence VMMC uptake in the district.
- Develop Community Mobilization plans and advocacy strategies targeting 15 years and above.
- Work with key populations within the districts and recruit mobilizers amongst them to promote VMMC.
- Work closely with VMMC service delivery teams to innovate, develop, and implement demand creation strategies to ensure steady demand of clients in line with targets set.
- Consolidate data on community mobilization activities, including feedback from stakeholders for reporting purposes.
- Account for project resources by adhering to project standards / procedures.
- Contribute to weekly, monthly, and quarterly reports including drafting of success stories.
- Provide weekly update to the supervisor
- Manage the distribution of communication materials to create visibility and increase awareness and knowledge of VMMC services.
- Conduct one-on-one and small group discussions at the community level to raise demand VMMC services.
- Liaise with community leadership and other key stakeholders in the implementation of the VMMC demand creation activities.
- Work closely with community mobilisers and conduct supportive supervision.
QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITIES
- Diploma in Community Mobilization, Communication, Public Health or other related discipline.
- Three years of experience in leading community mobilization and behavior change communication interventions in a local or international communications program or community mobilization on health sector program.
- Excellent verbal, writing and presentation skills.
- Computer proficiency in MS Applications including Excel, MS Word, Power point and email (Outlook).
- Fluency in languages including English and Chichewa.
REMUNERATION AND MODE OF APPLICATION
A competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered to the successful candidate.
If you believe you meet the above requirements, submit your application letter, up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and copies of certificates and names of three traceable referees to the address below indicating the position applied for.
Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st August 2021 and only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
The Director of Social Services
Diocese of Chikwawa
P.O Box 162
Diocese of Chikwawa is an equal employer and qualified women are encouraged to apply.