Vacancy for Demand Creation Officers at Malaria Consortium

Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations. We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Demand Creation OfficerSlot: 2 OpeningsDepartment: TechnicalLength of contract: 3 yearsGrade: 7Travel involved: In-countryReporting to: Line manager: iCCM Delivery OfficerDirect reports: NADotted line manager: Country Communications ManagerOrganisational BackgroundEstablished in 2003, Malaria Consortium is one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations specialising in the comprehensive prevention, control and treatment of malaria and other communicable diseases among vulnerable and under privileged populations.We increasingly find our work on malaria can be effectively integrated with other similar public health interventions for greater impact and therefore expanded our remit to include child health and neglected tropical disease interventions.We work in Africa and Asia with communities, governments, academic institutions, and local and international organisations, to ensure effective delivery of services, which are supported by strong evidence.Our areas of expertise include:Disease prevention, diagnosis and treatmentDisease control and eliminationSystems strengtheningResearch, monitoring and evaluation leading to best practiceBehaviour change communicationNational and international advocacy and policy developmentCountry and project background The Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, started operations in 2008, through the DFID/UKaid funded Support To National Malaria Programme, SuNMaP (2008 - 2016). The office had presence in 23 states of the country and has managed at various times, about 15 programmes and projects. It follows the mandate of the parent organization in Nigeria and has been working specifically in the following areas:Malaria control/eliminationIntegrated community case management (iCCM) for malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoeaNutritionNeglected tropical diseases (NTDs)Malaria Consortium has recently become a sub-recipient for the new grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) under the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) and Catholic Relief Services as the principal recipients. The goal of the grant is to contribute towards reducing the malaria burden to pre-elimination levels and bringing malaria-related mortality to zero by 2020 in Nigeria. This project aims to achieve seven objectives while delivering high quality malaria services in 14 states (MC implementing in 7 of the states - Kano, Kaduna, Jigawa, Niger, Yobe, Gombe and iCCM only in Kebbi and Niger) through improved service delivery mechanisms, demand creation and health system strengthening strategies.  To ensure at least 80% of targeted population utilizes appropriate preventive measures by 2020To test all care-seeking persons with suspected malaria using RDT or microscopy by 2020To treat all individuals with confirmed malaria seen in private or public facilities with effective anti-malarial drug by 2020To provide adequate information to all Nigerians such that at least 80% of the populace habitually takes appropriate malaria preventive and treatment measures as necessary by 2020To ensure the timely availability of appropriate antimalarial medicines and commodities required for prevention and treatment of malaria in Nigeria wherever they are needed by 2018At least 80% of health facilities in all LGAs report routinely on malaria by 2020To strengthen governance and coordination of all stakeholders for effective program implementation towards an “A” rating by 2018 on a standardized scorecardJob PurposeTo work with the project manager and team in providing technical support and direct implementation of GF malaria project activities with a focus on community engagement and mobilisation; interpersonal communication and counselling for health and community based health workers; and other behaviour change communication activities in the state.Scope of workThe Demand Creation Officer would support the programme activities at state level, in all service delivery points in all the Local Government Areas (LGAs) of operation to ensure timely programme delivery to achieve given targets and objectives.Key Working RelationshipsThe officer working under the line-management of the State iCCM Delivery Officer and in close collaboration with the state, LGA, community actors, stakeholders and relevant partners would deliver aspects of the project as per the specified job tasks and expected deliverables.The officer would have dotted-line management from the Country Communications Manager.Key AccountabilitiesTechnical contributions (70%):Contribute to the development of demand creation strategy for the projectCoordinate the development and roll-out of training manuals for health workers, facility / community health committees and community mobilisers on demand creation including interpersonal communication and counselling and design and use of job aids.Coordinate the planning, coordination and monitoring of project demand creation activitiesContribute to the finalization of criteria for selection of communities, health facilities, volunteers, community mobilisers for GF Project implementation based on continuum of care approachWork with other project team to coordinate the selection of communities in the selected LGAs for iCCM implementationWork with other project team to coordinate mapping and identification of community mobilisers and facility/ community health committeesLiaise with other project staff to ensure synchronization between demand and supply activities of the projectOversee and provide close support to project implementing partners in the implementation of demand creation activitiesCoordinate the development of project communications strategy and general documentation for internal and external dissemination of the projectSupport project communication activities (development of dissemination documents to allow wider sharing of Malaria Consortium’s experiences, lessons and successes e.g. case studies, website design and management, newsletters, reply to requests from project donor.)Technical support for the planning and management of community based programmes at state levelProject Management (20%):Contribute and work with the relevant personnel to prepare all necessary project start up and planning tools on timeContribute to project exit strategy as part of project design and ensure inclusion of relevant activities to promote sustainability within the workplan and smooth transition of the project to governmentContribute to quarterly lessons identification and learning documentation and disseminationPreparation and submission of project demand creation activity reports to Project ManagerTechnical performance management and Quality Assurance (10%)Take the lead in ensuring roll-out of project demand creation activities meet national standard of qualityDocument evidence and best practices that are related to the project 

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