SPIR II Social and Behavior Change Specialist – World Vision Ethiopia

Category:  Development and Project Management, Health Care
Location:  Addis Ababa
Employment Type:  Contract

Job Description

Number of Position: One

Duty station:  SPIR II Consortium Office

Strengthen PSNP Institutions and Resilience II (SPIR II) is a 5-year USAID/BHA funded Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) led by World Vision and including consortium partners CARE, ORDA and IFPRI. World Vision and its partners will create a strong, shock responsive ecosystem of public, private, and community level actors to support PSNP households to graduate from poverty and sustain income and food security gains in 17 targeted woredas in Amhara and Oromia regions. Building from key formative and research studies during an initial refinement period, SPIR II will use continuous learning to drive program level reflection, analysis, and adaptation.

Purpose of the position:

The SPIR II Social and Behavior Change Specialist will provide strategic guidance on SPIR II SBCC approaches and interventions. She/he will support innovative new approaches in this area and build the capacity of key staff to deliver effective messaging through tool development, training and coaching support. The SPIR II Social and Behavior Change Specialist will work closely with relevant PSNP5 counterparts to improve the capacity of government partners to embed effective SBCC strategies and skills within their own work in supporting the PSNP5 goals and objectives.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Support strategic guidance on the SPIR II SBCC approaches and interventions
  • Support testing of new SBCC approaches and communication channels and other learning process to refine SBCC strategies and intervention with the Purpose 1 team
  • Develop/Adopt relevant SBCC Materials, Job Aids & tools and pretest, feedback based on learning and experience from previous programming and/or R&I period pilots in close collaboration with technical staff and stakeholders.
  • Refine SBCC materials and interventions that are inclusive and tailored to literate, semi-literate and illiterate populations and appropriate communication channels
  • Integrate relevant messaging into and manage the use of SBCC tools and materials across the project
  • Support the development of innovative new approaches to SBCC, including using technology when appropriate and applicable
  • Coach and identify technical assistance needs and guide/ consultants implementing partners to the development & implementation of SBCC interventions and materials
  • Conduct training for field program staff at Regional, Zonal/Woreda and Kebele levels on SBCC methodologies and their integration and application
  •  Facilitate capacity building interventions and cascaded training for GoE Ministry of Health counterparts at different administrative levels.
  • Support Regional Program staff to consistently provide high quality technical support and follow up   for the implementation of comprehensive SBCC strategies to support community engagement
  • Mapping and network with other relevant SBCC learning platforms to exchange ideas and learning from SPIR II research and experience.
  • Work closely with technical staff, other BHA funded project. Gov’t and other stakeholder for SBCC Material harmonization
  • Collaborate and exchange information with FMOH, other SBCC program experts and academic institution
  • Contribute to PSNP-5 program SBCC related dialogue and strategy and policy engagement with key stakeholders and partners
  • Actively engaged in partnership with national & international SBCC technical forums and working groups/SBCC cluster that are relevant to SPIR II.
  • Work closely with MEL team, identify and track key performance indicators and share the improvement area for respective management team and technical team for action
  • Work closely with Technical Advisors &MEL team interventions on outcome mapping and tracking exercises to establish and track contribution of SBCC interventions to SPIR-II expected outcomes and document lessons learned, evaluate impact and modify SBCC approaches as needed
  • Contribute for development of quality assurance monitoring processes and tools and identify capacity gaps, and improving delivering capacity of staff on SBCC interventions
  • Provide Technical Guidance for Monitoring, Evaluation and learning team and other staff to design and carry out assessments and annual progress reviews and synthesize the findings for program improvement
  • In collaboration with technical advisors and gov’t partners, identify key challenges, best practices/ promising and new/innovative approaches to document, share, publish and position for scale up.
  • Identify and network with other relevant SBCC learning platforms to exchange information/evidence, and share SPIR II learning and experiences.
  • Document and share key SBCC learning with other RFSAs, Ethiopia-based researchers and other stakeholders.
  • Support the review, synthesis and write-up of SBCC intervention results for quarterly and annual reports.

Job Requirements

Qualifications:  Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

 Required Professional Experience:

  • A minimum of 7 years of experience in designing and implementing social and behavior Change strategies on integrated program (Nutrition, Gender & food security interventions) and demonstrated expertise in Nutrition & SBCC donor-funded development programs
  • Have 3-5 years of extensive experience in developing evidence-based Health & Nutrition SBCC strategies and tools and working with   INGOs Academic and research institute
  • Experience of USAID-funded programming (Food for Peace, or Feed the Future or others)
  • Strong knowledge and skills on quantitative and qualitative operations research on behavioral change approaches and experience working closely with academic and/or other research institutions. and synthesis, of result and use in developing /refining SBCC strategies and tools
  • Technical experience in Health & nutrition SBCC tool design, and review in three languages (English, Amharic and Afaan Oromo)
  • Demonstrated field experience in story writing, documentation of promising practices
  • Technical trainings preferred: on SBCC strategies and tool designing
  • Strong interpersonal, networking and facilitation skills.
  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication skills.

Qualification required:

  • Health and Nutrition professional with an advanced (Master’s) degree in Public Health, Nutrition or related field.
  • Maters Degree in Social Behavioral science /Health promotion with minimum experience working in integrated nutrition and food security program SBCC strategies.

Preferred Knowledge and Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of community-based health interventions including Timed and Targeted Counseling, Community based Participatory Nutrition Promotion, Care Groups, dialogue-based counseling techniques to address nutrition during the 1000 window and positive deviance approach to improve complementary feeding are strongly preferred. Excellent report writing skill
  • Ability to communicate and write clearly in English and local language of the operation area (Amharic and Afan Oromo) is preferable

Working Environment / Conditions:

  • Travel up to 25% of time.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to Write Position Title on the subject line and attach Current CV with three references & fill employment application form which can be found  http://docs.ethiojobs.net/wve-jaf.pdf ) and email before the closing date of this announcement to  Recruitment_ethiopia@wvi.org or through ethiojobs.net.

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