Program Officer I - Advocacy and Capacity Strengthening

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Breakthrough ACTION / Nigeria is a new five-year, USAID-funded project. The goal of Breakthrough ACTION/Nigeria is to increase the practice of 17 priority individual and household level behaviors and five provider targeted behaviors in the areas of malaria; maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition; family planning and reproductive health (RH); and tuberculosis, while increasing the capacity of national and sub-national entities to coordinate and oversee quality SBC programming. Implementation will vary by health area across eleven states.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Program Officer I - Advocacy and Capacity Strengthening

Locations: Abuja & Ebonyi


  • The Program Officer 1 - Advocacy and Capacity Strengthening will be responsible for day-to-day implementation and oversight of BA-Nigeria’s Social Behavior Change Advocacy Core Group (SBC-ACG) activities at state level in close collaboration with the State Coordinator
  • S / he will also be responsible for strengthening collaboration with and building capacity of the project’s government partners at all levels, and also strengthening relationships with other MNCH+N and Malaria non-governmental stakeholders in the state
  • She / he will report to the State Coordinator and work in consultation with the BA-Nigeria SPO Advocacy, BA-Nigeria Deputy Director-Integrated SBC and FP, and the broader BA-Nigeria HQ Team as appropriate.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Officer Advocacy & Capacity Strengthening’s specific duties will include:

  • Provide day-to-day oversight for implementation, documentation and reporting of BA-Nigeria’s SBC-ACG approach at State, LGA and ward level
  • In consultation with the State Coordinator and relevant BA-Nigeria HQ team members, develop and implement strategies for effective implementation of BA-Nigeria’s SBC-ACG approach in the state
  • Coordinate BA-Nigeria SBC capacity strengthening support for government partners (SPHCDA, SMOH, LGA PHC Department etc.), including identification and coordination of opportunities with implementing partners as needed
  • Work with the State Coordinator to develop and implement defined and targeted advocacy plans at State and LGA level, including tracking and reporting of advocacy outcomes
  • Assist the State Coordinator with relationship building and coordination with BA-N implementing partners and non-governmental stakeholders
  • Assist and coordinate ongoing state level program activities with other state team members as assigned or required
  • Assist with the development and writing of timely program reports on a quarterly and annual basis and disseminate program success stories, and other reporting duties as assigned.
  • Perform job duties/responsibilities in support of CCP’s Mission and Values, as appropriate.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by BA-Nigeria Project Director.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities at this time.


    Minimum years of experience


    Other Requirements

    Education and / or Experience

    • Bachelor's Degree equivalent or higher in a relevant field (Public Health, Social Science, Humanities, others).
    • Minimum of 3-5 years demonstrable experience supporting advocacy activities on MNCH, Family Planning, Nutrition or related health programs in Nigeria. SBC and/or Community Mobilization expertise highly valued.
    • Having knowledge of state specific contexts and networks will be an advantage.
    • Language Skills:
    • Must be fluent in English and the commonly spoke language in the state applied for.

    Application Closing Date
    6th January, 2020.

    How to Apply
    Interested and qualified candidates should send their Cover Letters and CV only as one PDF document to:  The subject line of your e-mail should be the Job Title along with your location of choice. E.g. “Program Officer I - Advocacy and Capacity Strengthening, Abuja ".

    To apply for this position, please follow the instructions exactly as described below. Any submissions that do not follow the instructions exactly will be discarded without review.

    Your Cover Letter should include the following:

    • Address the education/experience requirement specified for the position with specific examples where necessary.
    • Language skills. (Please note that language skills will be tested during interviews for shortlisted candidates.)
    • Include the specific date when you would be able to begin work.
    • CV and Cover Letter PDF file name must be your first and last name in CAPS (e.g.: JOHN ADO).
    • Do not include any additional certificates or documentation. Any applications that include certificates or other documents will be deleted immediately.

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    About Breakthrough Action-Nigeria
    Job Summary
    December 19, 2019
    Offer Type
    Full time
    Minimum of 3years
    Abuja Federal Capital Territory /Ebonyi
    January 6, 2020
    NGO / Community Services
    NGO / International Agencies
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