Community Engagement & Mobilization Officer, Attractive Targeted Sugar Baits (ATSB)

PATH is a global organization that works to accelerate health equity by bringing together public institutions, businesses, social enterprises, and investors to solve the world’s most pressing health challenges. With expertise in science, health, economics, technology, advocacy, and dozens of other specialties, PATH develops and scales solutions—including vaccines, drugs, devices, diagnostics, and innovative approaches to strengthening health systems worldwide. In the last several years, remarkable progress has been made in fighting Malaria worldwide.

PATH is implementing a large-scale malaria vector control novel product evaluation and field epidemiological trial with the Ministry of Health and Macha Research Trust, supported by the Integrated Vector Control Consortium (IVCC). This is a multi-year research project with field work in Kaoma, Luampa and Nkeyema Districts, Western Province, Zambia.

PATH is currently recruiting a  Community Engagement & Mobilization Officer (CEMO)  who will be responsible for providing day to day community and district level specialized technical guidance on proven approaches for community engagement with the ultimate goal of increasing uptake and utilization of malaria vector control products included in the research efforts. In coordination with the team leads for entomology and epidemiology field activities, s/he will have primary responsibility for oversight of community engagement activities in this area. S/he will also work with other program managers to provide general support to the Provincial and District Health staff, as requested.


Responsibilities

  • Support implementation and monitoring of social behavior change (SBC) activities including radio, orientations, meetings and other key events
  • Support the development and implementation of the project’s community engagement and community outreach strategies and activities
  • Implement effective community engagement strategies to increase awareness and uptake of the ATSB study
  • Participate in the design, and development of program tools and strategies for community engagement in community level malaria programing
  • Contribute to the development of relevant materials, job aides, and trainings to inform the projects community engagement and outreach activities.
  • Work with community groups and outreach workers to map and monitor community action and increase participation in and uptake of malaria services; provide ongoing mentoring and support.
  • Prepare technical reports as required.
  • Coordinate community trainings, conduct supportive supervisions, and organize review meetings.
  • Record, document and report best practices to study team leads.
  • Participate in preparation of work plans, progress reports, monitoring and evaluation of the project
  • Collect data and compile reports using the M&E tools.
  • Facilitate and participate in program review meetings at District, Health Facility and Community level.
  • Prepare regular weekly and monthly plans and progress reports.
  • Provide technical assistance to district and health facility staff in organizing community meetings/events and training of Community Based Volunteers and other community members.
  • Conduct other activities as assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Required Skills

Required Experience

  • Bachelors’ degree in a related field or equivalent experience in public health and behavior change communication.
  • At least 5 year(s) of relevant experience required
  • Computer literate with proficiency in basic software
  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and supervisory skills
  • Understanding of the health system in Zambia
  • Conceptual thinker, with excellent follow-through and organizational skills
  • Proven experience in integrated malaria
  • Experience in planning and facilitating trainings
  • Experienced with programs in behavior change communication, community engagement and capacity building
  • Experience in participatory approaches for community mobilization
  • Experience working directly with local communities a plus
  • Ability to travel in-country within the designated districts 40%
  • Demonstrated experience of applying evidence -based approaches to enhance quality and impact of programming
  • Experience working on malaria or other research projects a plus.
  • Must have legal authorization to work in Zambia

PATH is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is valued.

PATH is an equal opportunity employer. Every qualified applicant will be considered for employment. PATH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or orientation, genetic information, age, national origin, marital status, disability status, political ideology, military or protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

To apply for this job please visit path.silkroad.com .

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