Senior Program Officer II - RCCE Program Manager at Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria

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Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behavior - from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to being tested for HIV and preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases - by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Program Officer II - RCCE Program Manager

Location: Abuja
Reports to: Deputy Project Director
Project Activity: Risk Communication (COVID & GHSA)
Duration: 1 year – extension contingent on funding

Project Description

  • Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead their social behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in collaboration with Save the Children, ThinkPlace, ideas42, Camber Collective, International Center for Research on Women, and Viamo.
  • In Nigeria, Breakthrough ACTION (Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria) focuses its efforts on SBC for malaria; maternal, newborn, and child health, including nutrition (MNCHN); family planning/reproductive health; TB; priority zoonotic diseases; and the COVID-19 response. In addition, Breakthrough ACTION supports the capacity strengthening of key stakeholders to design, implement, and evaluate SBC activities.
  • With recently awarded funding from USAID, BA-Nigeria is recruiting positions to lead and implement Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE), Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), and COVID-19 activities.


  • This position will be responsible for the overall coordination of the COVID and GHSA work plans at the Country and State levels.
  • S/he will work closely with the Deputy Project Directors and State Coordinators to ensure an integrated approach to program implementation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Deputy Project Director with the development and implementation of COVID and GHSA risk communication activities at the national level;
  • Support the State coordinators and State consultants with the development, implementation, and documentation of COVID and GHSA risk communication activities at the State level;
  • Provide technical support to Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) stakeholders, coordination structures, and activities at national and sub-national levels including development and dissemination of strategies, guidelines, toolkits, communication materials, scripts and job aids, content management, and program data findings;
  • Collaborate with RCCE RMEL Technical Advisor and other program units, provide support to programmatic research processes such as desk reviews, gaps assessment, mapping, situation analysis and behavioral insights;
  • Coordinate with RCCE RMEL Technical Advisor and Partner Liaison Officer in design, synthesis, and use of COVID-19 polling results;
  • Lead capacity building on Social Behaviour Change and Risk Communication for diverse stakeholders;
  • Coordinates and prepares quarterly and annual reporting for Breakthrough ACTION COVID and GHSA activities;
  • Prepare, submit and disseminate quality activity reports, including field notes and success stories, to effectively capture lessons learned on the ground from the projects;
  • Represent Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria at Breakthrough ACTION Coordination meetings and similar partner forums as required;
  • Travel to project focal states is expected to be approximately 40% or more;
  • Perform job duties/responsibilities in support of JHU-CCP’s Mission and Values, as appropriate;
  • Other duties as identified and assigned by the supervisor.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position manages the BA-Nigeria states officers (RCCE) to support them with their work plan implementation and provides them with technical support.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of an Advanced Degree in Arts, Social Sciences, or Health Sciences.
  • Minimum of ten (10) years previous experience carrying out related tasks with donor-funded health projects is strongly preferred.
  • Experience of working on a USAID or US-CDC-funded project is an advantage.
  • Previous experience of working for SBC/SBCC or health communication programs is an added advantage.
  • Programme management experience is required, with a demonstrated track record in planning and coordinating programs in consultation with government and other partners.
  • Experience with program monitoring and evaluation, including applying data collection tools and methodologies, data analysis, and data presentation is required.
  • Experience in mentoring, coaching, facilitation, and training applying adult learning principles and practices.
  • Experience in providing administrative leadership and support to work teams.
  • Well-organized, with the ability to track multiple activities and deadlines.
  • Strong communication skills (written & spoken) in the English language and one or more Nigerian language(s) is required.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, or similar software.
  • Ability to travel within Nigeria and work successfully within a cross-cultural, multi-sectoral, multi-project team-based environment.

Application Closing Date
28th September, 2021.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CVs in PDF format to: [email protected] using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the e-mail. e.g. "Senior Program Officer II - RCCE Program Manager - Abuja".

Note: Qualified female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.