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Social and Behavioural Change Advisor USAID Discover – Health Project

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USAID DISCOVER Health is a six-year project, funded by United States Agency for international Development (USAID) and implemented by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) in Zambia. USAID DISCOVER-Health is supporting the Ministry of Health (MOH) in providing HIV (HTS, ART, PrEP, VMMC, PMTCT, condoms, and behavioural prevention interventions), Mother New-born and Child Health (MNCH), and family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services across all ten provinces, with a specific focus on underserved areas.

The Project is seeking a candidate for full-time employment as Social and Behavioural Change (SBC) Advisor. This position plays a critical role in supporting the long-term success of several SBC projects in the USAID DISCOVER-Health portfolio. The position requires keen interest in SBC work and provides an opportunity to work on a wide range of activities and with an experienced team.

Position Type: Full time 

Duty Station: DISCOVER Health Project HQ Lusaka

Reporting: Deputy Project Director – PBI

Duties and Responsibilities

The Advisor, Social and Behavioural Change (SBC) provides strategic, technical and programmatic support to the USAID DISCOVER-Health in the area of Social and Behavioural Change in the project focus areas. These focus areas include but are not limited to HTS, ART, FP, VMMC, PrEP, Covid-19 and other health services incidental to project implementation.

Primary responsibilities include:

Engage in the project’s Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) technical activities, as requested. This may include leading activities such as literature reviews, developing formative research protocols, assisting in qualitative and quantitative research analysis, developing Behaviour Profiles to assist in strategy formulation, identifying behavioural outcome indicators, and supporting project monitoring and reporting;

  • Travel to projects sites as needed to support program implementation;
  • Assist in developing and fine-tuning DISCOVER-Health Behaviour Centred Programming tools, resources and materials for capacity development;
  • Produce, assemble, comment on, and/or edit content for project materials, social media pages, and key documents;
  • Participate in DISCOVER-Health’s outreach activities, supporting presentations and orientations on DISCOVER-Health’s approach (Behaviour-centred Programming);
  • Effectively manage relationships with government/other partners
  • Support the design and implementation of formative research;
  • Oversee the implementation of SBC campaigns;

Knowledge, Skills and Background

  • Demonstrated professional experience in a relevant area of social and behavioural change such as, MCH, HIV and SRH
  • Demonstrated leadership ability managing activities.
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to independently develop tasks
  • Ability to follow through on multiple tasks.
  • Strong attention to detail based on verbal and written instructions.
  • Ability to work as a team;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated success in working with government (in particular the Health Promotions and SBCC TWGs) and NGO stakeholders and experience in capacity building
  • Strategic thinker, strong team player
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, social media and Internet application

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in one of the following or related fields: health education and/or communication; public health, or other social sciences;
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working with government entities, UN agencies, and NGOs.
  • History of engagement with USAID-funded initiatives is highly desirable;
  • Demonstrated success in applying behaviour change theory and approaches in applied field settings.
  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills.
  • Demonstrated success in working with local government and NGO stakeholders, and experience in capacity building.

Applications consisting of a cover letter and a detailed CV with full addresses and contact telephone numbers of at least 3 referees, must be sent as one email document, stating the position you are applying for in the subject line, to:  

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Closing date for receiving applications: Wednesday, June 23rd 2021

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