Social and Behaviour Change Specialist

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Job Description

Jhpiego’s Mission
Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University, builds global and local partnerships to enhance the quality of healthcare services for women and families around the world. Jhpiego is a global leader in the creation of innovative and effective approaches to developing human resources for health.
Jhpiego’s Values
At Jhpiego we value our customers who have our respect, responsiveness, and commitment to excellence; our staff and global network of colleagues who bring cultural diversity, innovation, and a wealth of world experience; and our work culture, which is reflected in our team spirit, transparent communication, mutual respect, flexibility, and dedication.
Position Overview
MOMENTUM Zambia Field Support (MCGL) is a three-year, USAID-funded project that will contribute to improving the health status of Women and Children. This will be achieved through collaboration with Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ), particularly the Ministry of Health (MOH), as well as communities and other local partners to improve health system performance for the delivery of high quality, accessible reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (RMNCAH) care.  Working in two provinces, Northern and Central, MCGL will work with MOH provincial and district counterparts to deliver high quality services, strengthen health systems, and increase community engagement.
The Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) Specialist will provide technical leadership in cross-cutting social, and behavior change efforts, coordinating closely with project staff to support GRZ provincial and district representatives to prioritize and program towards critical behaviors necessary to facilitate progress towards GRZ’s health goals. This process will encompass consideration and identification of individual, community and provider-level behaviors, and will ensure alignment, efficiency and cohesion across all technical areas and work streams of the project. In addition, the Specialist will work with and through consortium and locally identified partners to build organizational capacity of external stakeholders in the use of a stepwise, logical process to SBC strategy development, called Behavior Integration.
The SBC Specialist working with the technical leads will design and oversee implementation of demand creation and uptake of high-impact interventions, ensuring coherence and alignment among all project activities, and supporting the highest level of quality in execution of capacity building/transfer and any direct implementation. The specialist will work as part of the project’s core multi-disciplinary team and will report to the project’s Technical Lead for Objective 1. The Specialist will also work closely with and have responsibility for keeping informed Social and Behavior Change support for the project from Jhpiego Home Office.
Strategy Development: Use SBC Strategic process, Behavior Integration, to support local partners and government stakeholders to use behavioral science to make progress on persistently challenging issues
Working with local stakeholders, identify and prioritize key behaviors of providers, systems actors and policy makers as well as individuals, families, and community leaders, to help achieve results of high-impact interventions across all IRs. This will include all technical areas but will likely start with priorities relating to adolescent health and nutrition.
Leverage existing research to create pathways to change for those practices, including defining the factors impeding or motivating their practice and activities that should be implemented
Identify research questions that will guide targeted formative research to fill gaps in understanding of priority behaviors.
Support carrying out of any necessary formative research, including developing protocols, training of research assistants and analyzing results to include in pathways to change for priority behaviors.
Use identified pathways to formulate detailed interventions in response to identified factors, together with local groups.
Identify commonalities and differences in the pathways for the different behaviors and create unifying, cohesive strategy for behavior changes across entire project
Provide input into identification of indicators for priority practices and critical factors associated with enabling change along with methods for tracking progress on those indicators and adapting implementation as necessary.
Coordinate SBC activities with Provincial/District Health Promotions Officers to sustain MCGL SBC efforts.
Strategy Implementation
Include implementation of strategy, including budgeting and administrative components, in project work planning and technical assistance/capacity building approaches
Work with local stakeholders to specify the linkages between the SBC strategy and the annual planning cycle (MTEF), including making specific recommendations to MOH, providing the framework for how those recommendations would be implemented as well as necessary budget to do so, and providing oversight and technical assistance throughout implementation.
Revisit and adapt strategy as necessary over the course of project implementation, in response to monitoring data as well as any other changes
Communications Design and Implementation
For those behaviors requiring communication to facilitate change, support MOH counterparts to develop a communications plan, outlining key audiences, media, messaging and advocacy required for different audiences.
Support counterparts to prepare creative briefs for all necessary materials
Provide TA and support to materials production, including pre-testing and approvals.
Provide oversight and support to implementation of SBC activities and document their roll out for wider learning purposes.
Coordinate monitoring of activities as designed
Timely preparation and submission of activity, monthly, quarterly annual and any other reports as required on the project.
Capacity Development
In coordination with broader project capacity building goals, develop and implement a capacity development plan to identify needs and, subsequently build and actively support the development of essential SBC competencies, skills and processes. Over time, provide the necessary support to help ensure quality, strategic SBC work with diverse local actors and partners, including government.
Support project field staff in key elements of SBC/behavior integration to ensure seamless support to GRZ counterparts at all levels
Ensure implementation of SBC strategy and corresponding activities is well-defined, budgeted and managed as part of the project’s workplan and within the MTEF planning process
Participate in annual workplan and project review meetings, leading the discussions on SBC plans, progress and potential.
Contribute to MTEF report, annual progress reports, sustainability framework, and final activity report, including administrative, technical and learning-oriented components as requested.
Develop stories and abstracts of SBC/C work upon request
Qualifications, Skills & Experience
Bachelor’s degree equivalent in one of the following or related fields: Anthropology, sociology, psychology, marketing, communication, or international public health/nutrition with a specialization in behavioral science
Five years of relevant experience in design and implementation of evidence-based behavior and social change strategies in Zambia, ideally related to family health (maternal, newborn, child or adolescent) or nutrition.
Demonstrated experience designing and implementing SBC formative research
Demonstrated understanding of social and behavior change concepts, including the distinction between SBC and SBCC, and broad knowledge on recent developments in the field
Strong facilitation skills, including the ability to build consensus among partners and stakeholders, with demonstrated success working with local government and NGO stakeholders.
Demonstrated capacity for strategic and tactical programming and use of creative, innovative program approaches and actions.
Ability to work in a dynamic team with colleagues of different backgrounds, to develop new ideas and perspectives in a team environment
Ability to work in a team and independently and to take initiative to get activities started.
Demonstrated ability to articulate concepts well in writing and verbally, in English and at least one additional local language, with proven ability to communicate effectively in diverse multi-stakeholder settings.
Willingness to travel to the field and community levels as required.
Proficiency in MS Office and internet applications required.
Performance Measures: (SMART:  Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time bound). An annual work plan with SMART performance measures will be developed.

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