Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Advisor

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Technical Advisor, SBC

Background

The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) has an immediate opportunity for a full- time Technical Advisor. CCP is a sub-contractor to PATH on the Program for the Advancement of Malaria Outcomes (PAMO) project. PAMO is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project.

PAMO works with the National Malaria Elimination Centre (NMEC) to strengthen implementation of malaria control and elimination efforts. The project works at provincial, district, and community levels to 1) Support proven malaria interventions in alignment with the National Malaria Strategic Plan; 2) Strengthen management capacity of provincial and personnel to provide oversight/supervision of malaria interventions and; 3) Strengthen the Health Management Information System at the provincial and district levels to improve data reporting, analysis, and use for decision-making.    PAMO’s strategic social behavior change (SBC) activities will seek to boost ITN use and IRS uptake, boost early ANC attendance and IPTp uptake, improve health care seeking behavior and increase demand for and acceptance of malaria diagnostics.

Responsibilities

The Technical Advisor will provide technical leadership in the design and supervision of SBC activities in accordance with the project’s work plan. He or she will also work closely with the NMEC and other relevant government and implementing partners to plan and operationalize SBC activities.

Specific Duties:

Community mobilization

  • Serve as the lead technical resource for community mobilization activities for four (4) province-based Community Engagement and Mobilization Officers (CEMOs) and 24 Community Service Organizations (CSO) working across 24 districts.
  • Work closely with the CSO Grants Manager, CEMOs, province and district Ministry of Health counterparts, One Mobile Per Trainer team, and the CSOs to conceptualize community-based communication strategies and processes and develop, tailored costed work plans and training materials for the CSOs.
  • With the project M&E officer, design a simple M&E system for community mobilization activities. Include a self-assessment component that can be used by CSOs, targeted communities and neighborhood health committees (NHCs) to assess their performance.
  • Review monitoring data in real-time and provide timely feedback and in-person support to the provincial CEMOs and CSOs.

Strategy design and media activities

  • Support the conduct of formative research, the update of the national malaria communication strategy, the development of mass media activities, and the dissemination/sharing of these materials.
  • Ensure all materials are evidence-based, aligned with guidelines, tested appropriately with target audiences, and reviewed and approved by the relevant Technical Working Groups
  • Ensure mass media activities complement community mobilization activities
  • Provide input to the selection of local subcontractors or vendors for radio, print and other media materials. Oversee the quality of their work and ensure materials are aired or distributed as planned.
  • Participate in Technical Working Group meetings

Other responsibilities

  • Actively seek to learn about best practices in SBC and share learnings with colleagues
  • Develop SBC budgets and sign off on expenses; work closely with PATH and CCP staff to ensure sound stewardship of project funds
  • Maintain weekly contact with CCP headquarters staff regarding project activities, finance and other updates to ensure the smooth and timely flow of support between HQ and the field.
  • Represent CCP with PATH, USAID and other donor/government/partner meetings as required
  • Contribute to activity reports and annual work plans
  • Other duties as identified and discussed with supervisor



Requirements

  • Master’s Degree in a relevant field (development studies, public health, etc.) and at least 5-7 years of relevant experience; or a Bachelor’s degree and at least 8-10 years of experience
  • Demonstrated track record in planning and coordinating programs in consultation with government and other partners
  • Strong writing, reporting and presentation skills
  • Competency in training and institutional capacity-building
  • Knowledge of and experience with USAID requirements preferred

Must have legal authorization to work in Zambia. The position is based in Lusaka with an estimated 30% travel to the field.

To apply, please send your resume, references and a cover letter to pamo_ccp@gmail.com no later than February 15, 2018.  You must indicate “Technical Advisor, SBC” in the subject line of the email. 

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