Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Lead, Mozambique

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 5 May 2021

Job Description

Job Title: Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Lead

Country/Location: Maputo or Quelimane, Mozambique

Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.


About the program

USAID BHA is seeking applications for funding for resilience food security activities in Mozambique from 2021-2026. Drawing on current experience in Mozambique, as well as considerable experience managing and implementing BHA awards globally, CRS is preparing to respond to an anticipated FY22 BHA Resilience Food Security Activity (RFSA) Request for Applications (RFA) for Mozambique. The main goal of this expected five-year program is to Improve Nutrition Outcomes for Children under 2 Years of Age in Zambezia Livelihood Zone (LHZ) 5, Northern Highland with Mixed Cropping. Globally, CRS is the largest implementer of BHA development programming.

Job Summary

The Nutrition and Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Lead will oversee SBC activities’ design, planning, and implementation. S/he will be responsible for supporting SBC interventions across the activity by playing a lead role in guiding formative research; developing an SBC strategy and implementation plan; supporting the development of tools; and monitoring the progress of activities to ensure a consistent and coherent execution of interventions. Engaging communities is an important part of social and behavioral change as it ensures local knowledge and context is combined with international best practices for solutions that last. The Nutrition and SBC Lead will be responsible for the development and implementation of an integrated SBC strategy across project sectors and throughout the entire implementation period. S/he will ensure that the SBC framework is developed on the basis of participants’ and stakeholders’ knowledge, attitudes and practices and that SBC approaches promote community participation and problem-solving and increase community capacities.

Required/Desired Foreign Language: Strong preference for English and Portuguese

Travel Required: Ability to travel for up to 50% of time domestically, with possibility of occasional international travel.


Education and Experience

  • A master’s degree (or higher) in a social sciences discipline plus seven years of progressively increasing technical responsibility leading to a senior level of expertise in SBC; or a bachelor’s agree plus nine years of applicable experience.
  • Demonstrated time and experience working on maternal and child health or nutrition programming.
  • Familiarity with design of SBC approaches related to agriculture and livelihoods, WASH, gender, youth, and social cohesion.
  • Demonstrated understanding of a range of SBC approaches that address change in social norms and structures as well as individual behaviors, and that go beyond messaging to catalyzing community action.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring team members, preferably with an international NGO.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/BHA (formerly Food for Peace) and/or USAID/FTF preferred
  • Demonstrated capacity to design formative research and lead the collection, analysis and use of data and information from a broad range of sources in order to ensure the development of effective SBC approaches, messages and tools throughout the project’s implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading participatory analytical processes and learning required.
  • Demonstrated capacity in developing SBC strategies in contexts of low literacy and to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences using various adult learning methodologies.
  • Prior experience working with MEAL development and integration in programming to capture SBC information to monitor change and outcomes.
  • Experience with facilitation, capacity strengthening and partnership building through formal and informal training, with the capacity to empower staff through opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Familiarity with the local cultural practices, social networks, gender and age dynamics relevant to Zambezia Province a plus.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook.

Personal Skills

  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multicultural team and to work closely, understand and support local partners.
  • Strong management and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong mentoring and facilitation skills.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
  • Ability to network and communicate with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Analytical, problem-solving and systems thinking capacity and skills

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.

  • Strategic Mindset
  • Integrity
  • Accountability & Stewardship
  • Builds Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Continuous Improvement & Innovation

Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.

***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Note: All positions requiring residence or frequent travel outside their home country must undergo and clear a pre-employment medical examination.

CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.

About the Organization

Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential. As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.

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