Community Mobilization Assistant at Plan International

Community Mobilization Assistant | Plan International | Location: Enugu

The Organisation


Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Position Community Mobilization Assistant. Grade Service Provider
Department & Location Communication
Far-North Region Date October 2020
Duration of contract. 06 months
Reports to: Communication and Media Coordinator (Technical) and the Emergency Response Manager (Administratively)
Purpose: How does this post support Plan’s strategy and mission? The Community Mobilization Assistant’s responsibilities will mainly be to support community mobilization actions of Plan International and the entire Humanitarian community in the Far-North of Cameroon, through sensitizations, for the social and economic growth of the Nigerian refugees in the Minawao settlement, internally Displaced Persons and the people of the host communities.

Dimensions of Role:
Participate in the conception and implementation of the community mobilization actions for the sensitization of target populations under the Plan International and SIDA Child Protection project, to adopt positive behaviors in child protection related issues. To work with project staff, media clubs and other groups in the project, in: producing radio sensitization messages, animating sensitization activities and other activities and events of the Program Unit office. Also support the communication actions of the Program Unit when need be.

Core Responsibilities
1. Awareness raising

  • Follow up the activities of the media clubs to ensure their proper functioning and productivity.
  • Work with project staff and media clubs to identify key sensitization themes and coach the media clubs in the creation of key sensitization messages and performances.
  • Supervise media clubs to carryout mass sensitization, through the performance of key messages during public activities and events in their various communities.
  • Organize recording sessions with the media clubs in the refugees’ camp and host communities, to produce sensitization messages and performances, in to quality radio messages and programs.
  • Share Audio messages with local radio stations or media for broadcast, as assigned, and follow up their effective broadcast.
  • Work with the project staff to implement planned mass sensitization campaigns in the project.
  • Assist the sensitization activities of other projects as the need arise.

2. Animation of sensitization campaigns and public activities.

  • Check, transport, set up, operate and control sound equipment during mass sensitizations campaigns, in the refugee’s camp and host communities.
  • Set up and operate the sound equipment during public events, workshops, conferences, and related activities of the project and for the Program Unit as a whole.
  • Work with project staff to select appropriate music, to be used during the respective sensitizations.
  • Record sensitization and public events and conferences upon request, and produce master audio copies.

3. Assisting the communication department and Program Unit (PU) Office.

  • Assist in coverage of events, field visits, PU project activities and taking pictures and short videos of the activities when need be.
  • Assist when need be, in interviewing beneficiaries and writing articles and other write-up on the impact of Plan International’s activities.
  • Assist the communication department and Program Unit Office in executing other task as the need arise.

4. Equipment control

  • Supervise the appropriate and save use of all sound equipment, in and out of the office.
  • Monitor the equipment and report any likely or already present problems and ensure its repairs before further use.
  • May perform preventive and minor maintenance of the equipment, using hand tools.
  • Carryout all necessary equipment control actions.

5. Coaching and training

  • Participate in the training of media clubs and animators on the use of the media for sensitization.
  • Contribute in the training of volunteers and interns on the operation of animation and broadcast equipment.
  • Carryout other trainings as required, to staff and community workers, within the framework of community mobilization, radio broadcasting and communication.

6. Radio Broadcast

  • Operate broadcast equipment to ensure quality and timely broadcast of radio programs.
  • Operate broadcast equipment during live broadcast to ensure quality broadcast.
  • Program, broadcast and monitor all recorded programs, messages and other radio materials as programed by the Radio programmer.
  • Control audio equipment in order to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
  • Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
  • Monitor volume levels of broadcasters and direct them to ensure that audio levels are good for airing.
  • Connect incoming phone calls during live interactive programs and ensure its quality transmission.
  • Substitute programs in cases of technical problems or signals failure.
  • Perform all such duties related to radio broadcasting.
  • Work with media clubs and radio staff to ensure quality live broadcast of special events as well as the quality recording of radio messages.
  • Record, edit and master recorded programs and messages and all broadcast material, using computers and audio editing software and save for rebroadcast.

7. Accountability

  • Record and backup all broadcasted materials (programs, messages, information, music, etc.) for accountability when need be.
  • Produce hardcopies of broadcasted materials as required.
  • Carryout all such duties that will promote the transparency and integrity of the Radio Station.

Key Internal Contacts: Communication and Media Coordinator, PR & Comms. Advisor, Plan International/SIDA Project Manager, Emergency Response Manager.
Key external contacts: Beneficiaries, program guests.
Reporting lines: Reports to the Communication and Media Coordinator.
Core Competencies

  • People Skills: Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
  • Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of PLAN.
  • Integrity: Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to PLAN’s values and humanitarian principles.
  • Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
  • Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.
  • Work style: Is well planned and organized even within a fluid working environment and has a capacity for initiative and decision making with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Knowledge and skills: knowledge of PLAN’s policies and procedures, Sphere and the Red Cross/ NGO Code of Conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills.
  • At least 2 year of experience as a radio technician or broadcaster.
  • Multiple language skills desirable.

Technical Competencies required for this position

  • At least a National Diploma in Broadcasting or other related fields: Communications, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Telecommunications or equivalent experience.
  • At least 2 year of working experience, with at least 1 year working in awareness raising and community mobilization activities, and at least 1 year working as sound engineer or related fields.
  • Strong skill in operating sound and broadcasting equipment.
  • Good audio recording and editing skills.
  • Good photo and video taking skills.
  • Fluent written and spoken English or French. Preference will be given to candidates who speak more than one working language. Also, knowledge of any of the local languages of the work zone (Fulfulde or Hausa) will be an added advantage.
  • Prior experience working with a Community Radio is an added advantage.
  • Prior experience working with an International NGO is an added advantage.
  • Prior experience travelling to, or working in an emergency environment will be an asset.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player.
  • Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan International’s values and principles.
  • Ability to operate effectively in stressful situations, including working overtime.
  • Gender awareness and cultural sensitivity.
  • Good time management and problem solving skills.

Physical Environment and Demands:

  • Work under pressure to produce results
  • Keep to strict deadlines
  • Frequent travels within the work zone and minimal travels out of the work zone.

Level of Contact with Children:
High contact with children

Location: Mokolo
Type of Role: Community Mobilization Assistant
Reports to: ERM

Closing Date: 25/10/2020

E arly application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme . In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms his/her understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.
We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.

Application Closing Date
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