Community Mobilization and Social Accountability Mentors
Title: Community Mobilization & Social Accountability Mentors
Location: Mbale District
Reporting to: Community Mobilization & Accountability Advisor
Purpose of the position:
These positions will oversee the implementation of the community mobilization and social accountability activities within the 23 districts. Each CM & SA mentor will support an average of 2 – 3 districts.
Provide technical and program assistance 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.
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.
Provide technical guidance in the development and implementation of activities that facilitate linkages and referrals linkage between and within communities and health facilities.
Work closely with District Health Educators and Community Development Offices to strengthen community based structures that will create demand for HIV/AIDS care, treatment, Nutrition, VMMC, MNCH, Malaria and PMTCT and TB/HIV services
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.
Coordinate development of district work plans and supervisory support for the development and implementation of community action plans for the project.
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.
Develop the capacity of project actors at community and district levels to obtain, analyze and use information, and advocate for health services
Offer technical assistance to target groups to mobilize other community members to increase their demand for health services
Support the development of data collection systems and tools for the peer and community group activities.
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
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
Applicants should hold a University degree in community development, health communication, community health, social sciences or related studies.
Prior experience in similar postings (health promotion, community awareness, health advocacy, etc.). Essential computer literacy (word, excel, internet, ppt.).
Broad background in working with issues related to community based HIV/TB, RMNCAH, Malaria and Nutrition services will be an added advantage.
Experience in building capacity at individual and organizational levels; skills in at least two or more of the following technical areas: a) strengthening service delivery programs at the community level, b) strengthening community-facility linkages, psychosocial support, and c) 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 Eastern Uganda is essential.
Previous USAID programming experience will be an added advantage. Essential written and verbal competencies in English. Local language skills a definite advantage but not mandatory.