Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Advisor- Ethiopia

Country:  Ethiopia

City: Addis Ababa

Organization:  Save the Children – US

Career Category: Program/Project Management

Years of experience:  5-9 years

Closing date: 



Job description

Save the Children is seeking Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Advisor candidates for several upcoming opportunities to lead and manage all aspects of health/nutrition programming within Ethiopia.

The SBC Lead will oversee SBC activities’ design, planning, and implementation. S/he will be responsible for supporting SBC interventions across the activity by playing a lead role in guiding formative research; developing an integrated SBC strategy and implementation plan; supporting the development of tools; and monitoring the progress of activities to ensure a consistent and coherent execution of interventions.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Develop and implement SBC–related qualitative and quantitative formative research together with the MEAL team to inform the SBC strategy development.
  • Lead SBC strategy development and provide technical guidance and coordination for the participatory design and implementation, particularly at household and community levels (includes: interpersonal communication, mass and social media- community mobilization and advocacy; capacity strengthening; monitoring and learning) in close collaboration with SBC colleagues from SCUS.
  • Provide technical guidance for the development, adaptation, field testing, and effective use of state of-the art SBC approaches, materials, tools and job aids in support of improved outcomes in nutrition, health, livelihoods and resilience outcomes nutrition, MCH, livelihoods and resilience-building.
  • Train and mentor staff on the implementation of the strategy, approaches, tools, and job aids.
  • Support the development of effective SBC M&E indicators and evaluation designs.
  • Lead material and activity field testing design and implementation in collaboration with SCUS SBC colleagues.
  • Support capacity strengthening and strategies to improve community-led advocacy and community mobilization in support of addressing the nutrition, health, health, livelihoods and resilience needs of the poorest and most underserved, and gender norm change.
  • Foster and maintain effective, professional relationships with a broad range of community, public, and private sector counterparts.
  • Identify and supervise technical deliverables of SBC consultants, design agencies and mass media production houses.
  • Ensure timely and quality completion of all relevant program deliverables and reporting.
  • Document SBC and community mobilization approaches, successes and challenges to support programmatic and sector-wide learning.
  • Generate timely information regarding SBC strategy effectiveness, feeding this information into collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) processes and leading necessary adjustments.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a social science discipline
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively increasing technical responsibility leading to a senior level of expertise in SBC is required, with demonstrable time and experience working on maternal and child health or nutrition programming, including but not limited to strategic engagement, development communications or campaigns, or commercial marketing/advertising and community engagement/community capacity strengthening
  • Demonstrated experience in the development of integrated social and behavior change strategies
  • Experience managing creative, strategic communication design and media/materials development (mobile phones, print and/or television). This includes meaningfully engaging stakeholders and community collaborators in the design, pre-testing, production and refinement of communications materials
  • Experience working at community level in programs that require active engagement and co-creation with families and the community in similar contexts
  • Experience with designing and implementing qualitative anthropological/ sociological research and/or communication monitoring and evaluation a plus
  • Strong capacity to write including but not limited to: strategies, reports, documentation, success stories
  • Demonstrated excellence in participatory facilitation
  • History of engagement with USAID or development donor funded initiatives is highly desirable

Why you should join the Save the Children Team

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

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