SWET is a development communication NGO founded in 1998 as a social and behavioral change communication organization. It uses mass media (radio, film, community cinema, print and social media) interpersonal communication (such as door to door and counseling approaches) and community and social mobilization as its core platforms. SWET delivers innovative social development solutions to government, private sector and not-for profit organizations.
The Story Workshop works on new approaches that identify and explain drivers and patterns that predict behaviors, track change and many other segments of development program interventions.
SWET uses integrated approaches to community empowerment and development; working largely within the thematic areas of agriculture, food security, sexual reproductive health and rights, family planning, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and health, gender, good governance and economic inclusion.
SWET is implementing a 1-year RCCE and Nutrition programme in 10 districts including Mzimba.
The programme will be delivered through edutaining media-based awareness campaigns, community theatre and outreach activities that will be coordinated with nutrition-related service delivery points including but not limited to but not limited to Area Development Committees (ADC), VNCC, ANCC, CLANS, Care groups, HSAs and Health facilities.
The overall aim is to change behaviors to sustain targeted health service indicators in reducing malnutrition, improving screening, dietary intake and supplementation as well as WASH and hygiene elements to reduce potential health and nutrition vulnerabilities among pregnant and lactating women, adolescent mothers, and they’re under five children associated with humanitarian situations like COVID-19.
Job Title:District Officer
Report to: The Project Coordinator
Duration: 1 year
OVERALL JOB DESCRIPTION:
The District Officer shall be responsible for ensuring that all district behavior change communication, demand creation and social marketing, coordination with government structures and implementation of Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) and Nutrition activities are fully implemented.
KEY JOB DESCRIPTIONS:
Ensure the quality implementation of the nutrition program in close collaboration with the district Council and health officials.
Implement community mobilization activities to target communities during project inception in partnership with District and Community Stakeholders.
In liaison with the M&E team carry out rapid assessments for the project as assigned.
Identifying and recommending innovative community program approaches in accordance with research
Carrying out capacity building activities at community level
Pro-actively manage activities to ensure timely compliance with project milestones
Assist the Monitoring and Evaluation team in designing, writing and disseminating Monitoring & Evaluation reports
Write project reports for all community mobilization, capacity building and community outreach interventions.
Represent SWET at various forums – meetings, trainings, seminars and workshops as required.
Minimum of a Diploma in Nursing, Nutrition, Community Development or Mass Communication or Theatre for Development or Media for Development.
2 years’ experience in emergency nutrition, community mobilization or Theatre for Development Experience in strategic communication or community mobilization.
Nutrition experience in promoting MIYCN, WASH, EBF, CF and micronutrient supplementation
Excellent skills in program planning, coordinating, representing, partnership management and very good in report writing, appropriate computer proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
A proven track record in research, developing, implementing and evaluating community outreach programs.
Ability to demonstrate community development skills
Experience in advisory, consensus building, and networking capabilities with an emphasis on bringing together various stakeholders at community level.
Experience in building solid links with relevant organizations in the field of community development.
Experience in implementing mentorship programs.
The Candidate should have some or more of the following skills;
Strong facilitation skills
Project implementation skills
Communication and negotiation skills
Project management skills
Strong facilitation skills
Project planning skills
Motivating, inspiring and leading the team.
Work plan development.
Audience analysis skills.
Strong computer skills.
Candidates will be subjected to background checks according to the organizations’ Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) standards.
Shortlisted candidates will be required to fill a child safeguarding policy and self-declare prior issues of sexual or other misconduct, termination of past employment, criminal records, and concerns registered with government authorities regarding contact with children, and to consent to the disclosure of any such information by their former employers during verification of references.
How to apply
Interested and fully qualified individuals should send their applications including a cover letter, curriculum vitae and copies of their professional certificates by 12th September, 2021 to: