Peer Education Assistant at American University of Nigeria (AUN)

The institution was conceived as Africa’s first Development University. Its mission is to pioneer service learning and build leaders who will be prepared to tackle societal concerns. Located in Yola, Adamawa State, the University is a world-class career-oriented institution missioned to be an agent of change in the development of the region. AUN has a strong commitment to providing the skills and the leadership essential to solving the continent’s critical social and economic problems.

The University offers an American-style education modelled after the curriculum of American universities with corresponding approaches to teaching and students assessment. The first entering class of 124 students and 20 professors was enrolled in September 2005. The University started on temporary buildings at the AUN Academy located directly opposite the AUN campus. In seven years, AUN is fast becoming a model for other universities in Nigeria and West Africa.

At AUN Enrolees are provided with the tools to achieve personal growth and material success. AUN is a completely wireless University, which is highly focused on IT. Computers, the internet and other critical IT facilities are key tools in teaching. These facilities are deployed in classes and completion of course assignments. With great emphasis on small classes, AUN’s main goal is to graduate well-educated and qualified students in both general knowledge and specialized disciplines. Having acquired first class American education right here in Nigeria, AUN students can remain in the country or Africa and contribute as entrepreneurs, corporate business people, government leaders, scientists and good citizens. AUN offers a complete academic string ranging from elementary, through secondary, to undergraduate to graduate school.

The AUN Academy across from the main campus, operates the elementary school, a Charter School, and a high school with American and international tracks. Since 2009, AUN has consistently graduated four classes. Many of these alumni have either enrolled into top graduate schools abroad, taken up jobs in key organizations or have established personal businesses around the country and abroad. AUN has a sprinkle of international students from around the world ranging from UK, USA, Niger Republic, Ghana, Cameroun and Rwanda. The biggest foreign enrolment ever is from Rwanda where seventeen students have enrolled for the fall 2012 semester.

Resulting from AUN’s unique approach to teaching and community service, the University receives accolades from international organizations and institutions. In 2011 the American Peace Corps, while celebrating its 50th anniversary, conferred on the AUN Founder the first ever Harry Wofford Global Citizenship award for his uncommon generosity and unusual support to higher education. Also in 2011 the AUN President Dr. Margee Ensign won the African Leadership award in Educational Excellence in the UK. In October 2012 AUN was also conferred with another prestigious award in Atlanta Georgia titled Africa Leading University Award 2012.Locations: Damaturu, Maiduguri and Yola
Department: Atiku Center
Nature of Employment: Project Assignment
Supervisor: Report to the Project Officer/Office Manager

Position Background

The Peer Education Assistant will provide a safe space and learning environment for the beneficiaries without fear of judgment, misunderstanding, harassment or abuse.
H/she shall work to increase social connectedness and create a sense of belonging within supportive peer networks.

Primary Responsibilities

Mentoring, sharing of information, leading in tasks and supporting beneficiaries in target communities through positive behavior.
Assisting the peers in articulating their goals for recovery, learning and practicing new skills, helping them monitor their progress, supporting them in their treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
Assisting in clinical, emotional and support services as needed.
Providing assistance in peer advocacy and interdisciplinary treatments.
Coordinate with patients in care planning activities.
Carry out community familiarisation, mobilise peers and venue selection for sessions.
Take in the lead in community advocacy activities for parents and guardians.
Provide support in developing a monthly work plan.
Compile, validate and report data on session activities.
Any other duty as may be required from time to time by the supervisor.

Position Requirements

A minimum of a Degree in Social / Behavioural Sciences or a related field of study.
A minimum of 3 year experience in community and health-related interventions, especially in behaviour change communication and management of health-related plans.
Experience in advocacy will be an added advantage.
The successful candidate must be a resident in the state/community of implementation.
He/She must be able to speak the local language of the intervention state/communities. (Hausa and/or Kanuri).
He/She must be conversant with the norms and values of the community.
Good report writing and excellent communication skills
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Description of Benefits

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience and job classification as approved by the Project.

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