Save the Children is seeking a Social Behavior Change Lead for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Zimbabwe. The DFSA will seek to sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in the selected regions. The estimated implementation timeframe for the DFSA is 2020-2025.
Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.
What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The Social Behavior Change Lead will oversee the design, planning and implementation of SBC activities. The SBC Lead is responsible for supporting SBC interventions across the activity by playing a lead role in guiding formative research; developing a SBC strategy and implementation plan; supporting the development, testing and production of tools and job aids; and monitoring the progress of activities to ensure a consistent and coherent execution of interventions. Effective engagement of communities is central to SBC in order to address community priorities, to help prioritize behaviors and address harmful social and gender norms for solutions that last. The SBC lead will identify theory and evidence-based strategies, including interpersonal communication (IPC), participatory small group, household and community mobilization, to reduce social and behavioral risk factors that lead to adverse health, livelihoods and resilience outcomes. This position will work closely with all technical advisors, particularly with the Gender, Youth, and Social Dynamics Lead, and the Food Security Technical Coordinator to identify the most vulnerable audiences; and ensure quality implementation of cross-cutting SBC approaches to reach and improve nutrition, health, livelihoods and resilience outcomes.
Lead SBC-related formative research during the refinement period resulting in a coherent SBC strategy and provide technical guidance and coordination for participatory design and implementation, particularly at household and community levels.
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/ mentor team members on the implementation of the strategy, approaches, tools, and job aids.
Support development of effective SBC M&E indicators and evaluation designs.
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 vulnerable, and gender norm change.
Foster and maintain effective, professional relationships with a broad range of community, public, and private sector counterparts.
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.
Contribute to collaboration and linkage planning to ensure that SBC approaches incorporate the broad range of external actors and their activities/ impacts.
Ensure the timely and quality completion of all relevant program deliverables and reporting.
Participate in annual work planning, review and other program meetings as appropriate.
Advanced degree (Master’s or PhD) in a social science discipline with at least six years of progressively increasing technical responsibility leading to a senior level of expertise in SBC is required.
Demonstrated understanding and technical expertise in a range of SBC approaches that address change in social norms and structures as well as individual behaviors that go beyond messaging to catalyze community action.
Familiarity with local cultural practices, social networks, and gender and age dynamics preferred.
Familiarity with USAID food security and resilience programming, especially Food for Peace programming, is preferred. Previous experience in Zimbabwe is a plus.
Conceptual and research skills, with ability to think strategically.
Proven ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external clients, particularly USAID, government counterparts at all levels, local organizations, private sector counterparts, and program partners.
Management, communication and organizational skills (attention to detail is required); flexibility and capacity to multi-task.
Excellent written communication, knowledge management and documentation skills required.
Strong tool/ curriculum development and training skills.
Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
Excellent written communication and presentation skills in English.
Knowledge of local languages preferred.
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.
Created: November 11, 2019
Category: Ngo, Social Services, Kubatana
Expiry Date: Nov. 24, 2019