Position: Gender & Social Behavior Change (SBC) Specialist
Background: Our Client is an International Non-Governmental Organization with affiliates in the US, Kenya and Ethiopia; and is beginning operations in Nigeria with the mission to end extreme poverty in remote rural communities. Our Client anticipates working across a spectrum of intervention areas including agriculture, rural livelihoods, small animal husbandry, farmer organization development, nutrition and healthcare. All programming will work through a locally established farmer organization through a training philosophy that focuses on participatory and learner-focused activities to build the skills and knowledge of Clients’ participants.
Overall Responsibility: The Gender & SBC Specialist will give key input to the design, creation and implementation of Client’s programing. One of the key tasks of the Gender & SBC Specialist will be joining with other staff to conduct the planning process that will design the project interventions. S/he will work with the team to design, prepare and implement the new interventions. The Gender & SBC Specialist will work toward her/his strategic goals and milestones, and advise the Impact Manger in making impactful organizational decisions.
Furthermore, s/he will foster organizational development, promote Client’s values and servant leadership culture, promote accountability and high performance, and encourage team creativity and innovation. S/he will ensure all intervention areas are helping the rural community realize meaningful choices in order to lift themselves out of extreme poverty in a sustainable way.
Duties and Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Impact Manager, the Gender & SBC Specialist will perform the following duties and responsibilities:
Effectively contribute to designing intervention programming and ensure activities are effectively and efficiently focused on Client’s vision and strategic objectives.
Provide technical leadership and support as needed, and evaluate new opportunities for gender sensitive programing, social behavior change and community social cohesion in the Client’s operating area.
Ensure programs are designed, planned and implemented in a sustainable, accountable, and transparent way.
Establish and maintain successful relationships with Government Offices, community leaders, and other key stakeholders.
Prepare high quality progress reports and ensure they are submitted on time.
Ensure interventions are effectively integrated and collaborate with the rest of the Client’s team and specialists.
Work with the Monitoring & Evaluation team to ensure that interventions are effectively monitored and evaluated in order to assess progress, increase impact, and guide scaling decisions.
Perform any other duties as required by and instructed by the Impact Manager.
Minimum of Master’s degree in Development studies, Communications, Public Health, Business Administration, Management, Agriculture, or any other development or management-related fields (Bachelor degrees will be considered with significant field and practical experience (6-8 years)).
At least 4-6 years professional experience in the gender and SBC in the development sector.
Understanding of strategic communication planning for behavior development, social mobilization, community social cohesion, participatory communication and research.
Gender mainstreaming experience and commitment to being gender sensitive or transformative in approaches and programing.
Understanding of gender mainstreaming and gender equity; ability to promote inclusiveness and respect diverse perspectives.
Experience in Social Behavior Change strategy, implementation and techniques. Communications experience across multiple channels of communication and tailored for multiple audiences.
Experience in created an enabling environment for community social cohesion and resilience.
Solid project management experience, including references.
Good understanding of community development, poverty cycle, community social cohesion, rural livelihoods and NGO program cycle management.
Substantial understanding of effective financial management and budgetary control systems.
Proven capacity to coach, supervise and train staff.
Ability to integrate into the local environment including awareness of political, religious and economic aspects
Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Fluency in English and Hausa is required.
Ability and willingness to stay and work at the Local Government Area (LGA) in the field.
Able to demonstrate servant leadership, a passion for development work, and the ability to inspire others to achieve organizational goals.
Excellent interpersonal communication, negotiation and problem-solving skills required.
Structured, organized with the ability to multi-task and support other people under stressful conditions.
Highly analytical skills and ability to assimilate and process information on a wide range of development issues.
Attention to detail and ability to follow procedures, and work both independently and cooperatively with team members.
Passion or interest for development work, focused on leadership and grassroots impact.
High level of integrity and honesty.
Nutrition or Maternal and Child Health experience.
Behavior change methods and measurement.
Experience and knowledge with project-level Monitoring and Evaluation. Strong skills in monitoring, evaluation, research and conducting participatory, community-led assessments.
Experience with trauma-sensitive training or programming.
Experience across multiple sectors including nutrition, agriculture and gender.
Experience working with Farmer Organizations/cooperatives/associations (farmer-owned business).
Agricultural or livestock experience (practical) Agricultural experience (practical).
Knowledge and experience of cultural, gender, and economic dynamics of northeast Nigeria is an asset.
Fluency in local dialects of Kamwe and/or Margi is desired.
Salary, benefits and conditions:
Salary is competitive depending on qualifications and experience.
Positive atmosphere of dynamism and motivated team setting.
Atmosphere of a forefront professional and flexible NGO with a unique new development approach.
Annual, Maternity and Paternity leave benefits.
Transport costs and communication allowance.
Training and capacity building program and intensive mentorship by expat team.
Life Insurance covering accident, disability and related benefits.
Health Insurance covering employee and family.
Atmosphere of diversity committed to providing equal employment opportunity, forbidding discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age and disability, with respect to policies and visions.
Other Labour best practices apply.
Job Location: Michika, Adamawa State, Nigeria
Method of Application:
Interested candidates who meet the above criteria are invited to apply online by clicking the link below and following the instructions.
Based on Client’s equal opportunity policy, female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.