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Mercy-USA’s is looking for Health communications officer, Abudwaq, Somalia

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Mercy-USA’s is looking for Health communications officer, Abudwaq, Somalia


Position: Health Communications Officer


Reports To: Health Communications Coordinator

Position: One

Job Location: Abudwaq

Contract Duration 8 months

Validity: subject to program award and funding


Nature and Scope of the Position

Health Communications Officers will manage, coordinate Mercy-USA’s demand creation activities within the overall program objective, i.e. increased informed demand for maternal, child health services delivered through private and public sector SHINE health facilities. Health Communications officer will be responsible for the quality and level of performance of their team, ensuring that activities and targets are met, as per the program’s work plan. .

Our ideal candidate has extensive experience “owning” tasks and learning quickly. S/he thrives in an entrepreneurial environment, enjoys multi-tasking & monitoring trends for behaviour change, strives to take on responsibility, and takes pride in ensuring that every detail is checked and a job is well done.

Duties and Responsibilities

You will:

  • Ensure targets and the project objectives are achieved in their area;
  • Ensure accurate and timely tracking and reporting of targets;
  • Work with the health communication coordinator to ensure that high quality communications and promotional materials (e.g. flipcharts, radio and TV campaigns, data collection tools, brochures, badges, etc.) and other materials are developed and produced.
  • Engage the MOH to ensure buy in of program activities, adaptation and approval for communication materials.
  • Provide and/or organize training and refresher training for their team, in technical, programmatic and operational areas, as needed;
  • Supervise one-on-one, including home visits and group discussions of FCIs, at community centers, homes and other relevant settings, at least once a month;
  • Make sure the quality and content of the project activities are at optimum standards as per standard curriculum, approach and key messages;
  • Prospect and cultivate partnerships with targeted project health facilities, local women’s organizations, community leaders and other relevant stakeholders in view of collaborating on the project activities, and enlisting their support and participation in mobilizing women and increasing demand and utilization and access to reproductive, nutrition, child and maternal health services as delivered by the EPHS
  • Collect and review the project activity and its performance.
  • Performance would be based on behaviour change impact within their communities in terms of effective referrals and service.
  • Perform any other duties as required by the supervisor

Job specification


  •  Nurse, Midwife or Community Health Extension worker with a degree or diploma
  •  A leader with extensive knowledge and experience in maternal and child health, Behavior change communication, community mobilization and advocacy


  • 3years in similar position
  • Relevant community-based experience in Maternal and Child Health, training and/or communication
  • Prior IPC experience, group facilitation and mentoring experience strongly preferred
  • Prior experience in Inter Personal Communication and a supervisory / coaching role strongly preferred

Work related skills

  •  Experience working with the MOH
  •  Good organizational skills
  •  Aggressive and Result Oriented
  •  Able to meet set target on a monthly basis
  •  Able to meet deadlines

Personal attributes

  •  Ability to work under pressure
  •  Trustworthy
  •  Team player
  •  Strong interpersonal skills
  •  Strong customer relation skills
  •  Integrity

How to apply:

About Mercy USA

Mercy-USA for Aid and Development is dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting individuals and their communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient. Incorporated in the State of Michigan in 1988, Mercy-USA’s projects focus on improving health, nutrition and access to safe water, as well as promoting economic and educational growth around the world.

The position will close 18th March 2019

Any interested candidate can send a CV and cover letter to the following email address:  [email protected] .

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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