Partnerships Incubator - Community Engagement Consultant (Burkina Faso)

Burkina Faso or Remote (with travel), Burkina Faso
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Position: Partnerships Incubator - Community Engagement Consultant (Burkina Faso)

Anticipated Start Date: o/a January 23, 2023

Location: Burkina Faso or Remote (with travel)

Project: USAID’s Partnerships Incubator

Contract Duration: February 15 – June 30, 2023

Level of Effort: 380 hours (with possibility for increase)

About Kaizen

The Kaizen Company is an incubator for innovative, scalable solutions that address emerging market challenges and opportunities. Our proven solutions catalyze locally driven, organizational, and institutional performance improvements, and shift the development model into one that is bottom-up and ongoing. We leverage existing knowledge along with new technologies and innovative business models to support local reform that is sustained through market forces. 

The Kaizen Company is seeking applications for the position of Community Engagement Consultant for the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Partnerships Incubator. We encourage candidates who are based in Burkina Faso to apply, but will consider remote candidates who are willing to travel to Burkina Faso to engage directly with partner organizations. 

About the Partnerships Incubator

The Partnerships Incubator seeks to support USAID Missions and Operating Units in their work with new, local, and nontraditional partners by building the capacity of potential or current partners to implement USAID awards. 

About USAID’s Year of Action to Address COVID-19 with Faith-based and Community Partners (USAID/DDI/LFT/FBNP)

USAID’s COVID-19 Implementation Plan calls for USAID to work with civil society, including faith and community partners, on COVID-19 response efforts supported by USAID’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (FBNP).  Through this collaboration with faith-based and community partners, USAID’s Year of Action will build on decades of successful partnerships between government, civil society, and religious communities while advancing the following objectives:

  • Involve local community voices, such as faith leaders, as trusted messengers to combat misinformation and build vaccine confidence.
  • Improve local health outcomes by working with faith and community actors to drive demand for vaccination and overcome access and distribution barriers.
  • Integrate faith and community partners into country-level planning efforts to build long-term, sustainable solutions to address COVID-19 and its second-order impacts.

The USAID/Burkina Faso mission was selected by the FBNP for the implementation of innovative activities that promote local community engagement on COVID-19 vaccinations with new, local, and nontraditional partners, including faith-based and community organizations.  Community involvement is key to the progress of  vaccination efforts in Burkina Faso. Working with existing local partners can help enhance vaccination rates and tackle social norms that drive chronic health-related challenges because of  their experience in mobilizing the population and their pre-established integration and trust within communities.

The primary target groups for this project are:

  • Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and other priority populations (e.g.: prisoners, key populations)
  • Elderly people and people with comorbidities
  • Workers in the transport and mining sectors
  • Youth, in and out of school
  • People living in hard-to-reach areas and suburban areas
  • Women’s associations

Responsibilities

The Community Engagement Consultant is a part-time consulting position for the Partnerships Incubator. As directed by USAID/Burkina Faso and the Partnerships Incubator, s/he will:

  1. Provide support for the design and implementation of four regional roundtable dialogues to enable participatory and consultative processes and interactions between stakeholders (e.g., regional COVID-19 vaccination managers and health professionals, CSO network leaders, the media, COVID-19 survivors), and present an opportunity to reflect on progress and challenges directly impacting on the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination among the eligible population.
  2. As directed by USAID and the Partnerships Incubator, assist with strengthening local organizations to enhance already existing communication and outreach activities attempting to change detrimental social norms and move away from traditional models that inadvertently further entrench male leadership.
  3. Help empower community CSO networks to monitor access to and quality of COVID-19 services and report to the relevant authorities through the available platforms. This intervention will use existing structured platforms and trained peer-monitors to collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative data on local COVID-19 vaccination service delivery systematically and routinely. 
  4. Work with the partner organizations to collect data and support the design of a reporting strategy for community–led monitoring data. The data will be shared with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the relevant decision-makers in the COVID-19 response for improvement or mitigation. Monitoring will include:
    1. trends in the COVID-19 vaccination cascade,
    2. document the availability, continuity, and quality of all aspects of COVID-19 vaccination service delivery, 
    3. raising the alarm when uptake or service availability reach critically low levels, and 
    4. develop recommendations and advocate for action, therefore creating a culture of collective problem-solving among beneficiaries, health-care workers, and program managers.
  5. Other duties as assigned.

Key Deliverables:

  1. Report on the availability of contextual data and organizational maps to inform strategies, activities and micro planning focusing on priority “populations and locations”.
  2. Facilitate four regional roundtable dialogues that: 
    1. Enable participatory and consultative processes and interactions between stakeholders.
    2. Strengthen the capacity of CSOs to stimulate COVID-19 vaccination demand and uptake.
    3. Strengthen national and local CSO networks to hold service providers accountable for efficient delivery of COVID-19 vaccination services.
    4. Strengthen capacity and willingness of vaccination staff to respond to stakeholders demands for quality COVID-19 vaccination services.
  3. Report on progress and challenges directly impacting the uptake of COVID-19 vaccination among the eligible population as a result of the roundtables.
  4. Develop Communication and Outreach strategies for each identified local organization.
  5. Draft the design of a reporting strategy
  6. Draft monitoring, evaluation and learning framework that captures and shares lessons learned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in international development or related field.
  • 10+ years of community engagement/community participation/experience preferably with CSOs in sub Saharan Africa.
  • Experience and strength in developing productive partnerships with community leaders.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and implementing an outreach and engagement strategy.
  • Deep and proven knowledge of community/local actors of different faiths in Burkina Faso.
  • Demonstrated track record implementing training/workshops and/or roundtables.
  • Exceptional project management, project coordination, and meeting facilitation skills, with the ability to think strategically and plan for tactical execution.
  • Solid communication skills, both verbal and written. 
  • Professional capability to conduct industry research, identify best practices, and customize solutions to audience needs.
  • Ministry of Health, NGO and/or USAID or other donor international (field) experience desired.
  • Proven expertise on gender equity and equality.
  • French language skills are required, local language skills are preferred. 

Qualified applicants should send a resume/CV with a cover letter outlining qualifications by February 3, 2023 via the link provided. No phone calls, please. Only finalists will be contacted.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required of personnel so classified.

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At Kaizen, A Tetra Tech Company, we find strength in our diversity. We are committed to creating and sustaining an inclusive working environment in which everyone has an equal opportunity to fulfill their potential. We know that we can only do development differently if we are open to and inclusive of new and unique perspectives. We encourage candidates of all abilities, ages, gender identities and expressions, national origins, races and ethnicities, religious beliefs, and sexual orientations to apply. Further, we urge parents and non-parents, married and unmarried, those from different or non-traditional educational backgrounds, and persons of all other diverse identities or experiences to apply. Kaizen is an equal opportunity employer.

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