Program Officer I – RCCE (State) at Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria – 3 Openings


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: Program Officer I – RCCE (State)

Locations: Bauchi, Sokoto and Kebbi
Reports to: State Coordinator
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.

Position Summary

  • This position will provide technical support to the planning, implementation, and monitoring of COVID & GHSA work streams at the state level.
  • He/she will be responsible for maintaining strong relationships and coordination with key partners and organizations leading COVID response and global health security activities in the state.


  • Collaborate with State Coordinator to provide state-level project leadership for the BA-Nigeria risk communication and community engagement activities in the state including partnership management, stakeholder’s engagement, and overall coordination of COVID and GHSA work streams;
  • Collaborate with the State Primary Health Care Development Agency/Board and the State Agency for the Control of AIDS, State Ministry of Agriculture, State Ministry of Environment, and its partners to implement COVID-19 and GHSA work plans at the different levels;
  • Provide support to State Social Mobilization Committee, Emergency Operations Centre, Multisectoral Coordination structures, CRICC, state-level partners, and other stakeholders (at local government and ward levels) to coordinate and implement RCCE activities for COVID and GHSA;
  • Provide SBC support and capacity building at the state level for diverse stakeholders;
  • Work together with the State M&E Officer in the coordination and monitoring of activity across all intervention areas;
  • Document the implementation process, success stories and provide key highlights including lessons learned on a monthly basis and submit the same to the RCCE Program Manager;
  • Represent Breakthrough ACTION Nigeria at stakeholder meetings and similar partner forums as required;
  • Other duties as identified and assigned by supervisor and/or Abuja country office program leads.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities.

Qualification & Skills

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in Social / Health Sciences or related discipline is required. An advanced degree is desirable.
  • 5 – 7 years of previous experience working in any health program area is required. Experience of working on USAID or US-CDC funded projects an advantage.
  • Proven experience working with varied stakeholders especially ministries, departments, and agencies in a multisectoral approach developing and implementing policies is desirable.
  • Excellent communication, and organizational skills; and ability to influence and facilitate advocacy agendas at LGA and State level
  • Understanding of local communities and cultures in the state of assignment, and ability to communicate fluently in the commonly spoken local language.
  • Excellent technical writing and oral presentation skills are highly desired.
  • Demonstrated competence to assess priorities and manage a variety of activities in a time-sensitive environment and meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.
  • Working Knowledge of MS Office Packages and database software and applications.
  • 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: using the Job Title and Location as the subject of the e-mail. e.g. “Program Officer I – RCCE (State) – Bauchi”.

Note: Qualified female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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