Advisor, Social and Behavior Change Communication | Opportunities
Save the Children seeks a Social and Behavior Change Communication Advisor who will serve on the upcoming Tanzania Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Activity (MSNA) Program. This program, funded by USAID, will intensify and integrate nutrition support to targeted regions of Tanzania, in order to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age, especially pregnant and lactating women, adolescents, and children under five years of age.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
The Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Advisor serves as part of Save the Children’s core project staff for MSNA, but under the strategic guidance and oversight from the SBCC lead partner. The person in this position will:
- Support the strategic vision for social and behavior change and the use of communication to create that change linked to improved nutrition, WASH and agriculture outcomes;
- Oversee qualitative research, including small formative studies and pretesting all materials with their intended audience—this research will help refine concepts or implementation strategies (as needed) to guide strategic program choices for communications approaches and tools;
- Coordinate the development of the project’s social and behavior change communication activities that will range from print and audio supports, to advocacy materials to promotional print & TV, to mobile technologies;
- Work with the creative agencies / consultants/ print houses hired by MSNA to develop the project materials ensuring that the agency has what they need to move forward materials production in a timely manner and the agency is providing timely and quality deliverables;
- Support project staff to plan, coordinate, and disseminate all MSNA materials required for project activities in a timely manner;
- Work with monitoring and evaluation experts to develop and help track critical indicators of SBCC implementation and uptake and behavior change at the community level;
- Identify potential SBCC capacity needs of MSNA partners and support development of short trainings and/or reviews of SBCC implementation in MSNA with strong learning objectives;
- Serve as the day-to-day liaison between the SBCC lead partner technical assistance and the project social and behavior change communications needs; and
- Travel as needed (at least 30%) between project work sites in the targeted regions of Tanzania.
- Master’s degree preferably in communication or marketing; or social science such as sociology, anthropology; will accept degrees in other fields if there is evidence of sustained experience in the fields noted above;
- Minimum of 7 years of experience in social and behavior change related work, including but not limited to strategic, development communications or campaigns, or commercial marketing/advertising. Preference preferably in the field of nutrition or in associated development areas of health or agriculture;
- Experience necessary in creative, strategic communication design and media/materials development (mobile phones, print and/or television). This includes pre-testing and production of communications materials;
- Work experience at the community level in programs that require active engagement with families and the community;
- Knowledge of the public and private sector (marketing/advertising) communication landscape in Tanzania;
- Experience with the design and implementation of qualitative anthropological/sociological research and /or communication monitoring and evaluation a plus;
- History of engagement with USAID or development donor funded initiatives is highly desirable;
- Fluency in Swahili and excellent written and verbal English language skills;
- Extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa; work experience in Tanzania highly desirable; and
- Qualified Tanzanian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.
About the Organization
Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.