Job DescriptionRTI International is seeking Social and Behavior Change Communications (SBCC) Advisor candidates for the USAID-Guinea Malaria Bilateral proposal to provide technical oversight and lead of social and behavior change communication interventions and key activities. The purpose of the Guinea Malaria Bilateral is to bring Guinea to pre-elimination by the end of 2022 by reducing malaria-related morbidity and mortality by 75%. This goal will be achieved through four intermediate results:••
1. Increased use of Insecticide Treated Net.
2. Increased use of intermittent Preventive Treatment in pregnancy
3. Increased prompt care Seeking and treatment
4. Increased Full dose of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention Delivered in timely manner
The position will be based in Conakry, Guinea with field trips. Duration of project 5 years.
- Leads, develops, and supports work planning, implementation, and reporting of cross-cutting Malaria related activities, focusing on family planning; reproductive health; and maternal, child and newborn, health social and behavior change communications (SBCC) activities.
- Coordinates and provides guidance on the implementation of relevant technical resources and guidance documents for implementation of the project on the BSCC scope;
- Oversees the development of locally tailored and culturally, linguistically, and gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) sensitive messages, programs, and materials.
- Supports activities to strengthen community engagement, efficacy, and ownership of health services, particularly in FP/RH/MNCHN areas.
- Provides technical and capacity-building assistance to achieve •Immediate Results• (IR) IR1, IR2, IR3, IR4 •(from the Health goal framework): Improve knowledge, behavior and use of health services among target populations, and supports BCC activities as they relate to other Guinea Malaria Bilateral Objectives.
- Provides regular guidance to program staff on SBCC activities
- Remains up to date on global recommendations for SBCC, while integrating appropriate recommendations into programming efforts
- Assists in monitoring and supporting the progress of behavior change activities;
- Assists in documenting experiences, preparing reports, and other required communications activities;
- Provides guidance on evaluation tools and protocols;
- Works closely with project advisors and consultants to ensure activities are enabling change at the community level.
- Assures the technical quality of Guinea Malaria Bilateral project messages and approaches.
- Provides oversight and support to the regional and district teams for child health and newborn care (CH/NBC)-related BCC activities.
- Works closely with Guinea Malaria Bilateral CH/NBC Specialist based in the Regional Office.
- Contributes to strategic partnerships with MoHP, other Government of Guinea Malaria Bilateral counterparts, NGOs/CSOs, Guinea Malaria Bilateral local technical assistance providers (LTAPs), external development partners (EDPs), and other partners.
- Identifies and develops LTAP (local & tribal technical assistance program) scopes of work related to BCC and ensures the quality of Guinea Malaria Bilateral project activities and services delivered, including those provided by LTAPs.
- In consultation with local partners and stakeholders, formulates, coordinates, and implements strategies to promote behavior change and GESI.
- Provides technical assistance to local implementing partners to build capacity in SBCC message and material development and promotion.
Qualifications and experience
- Masters Degree in public health, social sciences, community development or related field and minimum of 6 years of experience (or a Bachelor•s degree and at least 12 years of experience) in Guinea or in the Region preferably.
- Demonstrated experience in the design and implementation of community based health education programs focused on increasing access and use of health services, promoting evidence-based best practices for improving the quality health interventions that reduce the morbidity and mortality of mothers, infants, and children.
- Experience in designing and implementing at least two health (RH/FP, MNCH, PMTCT, Nutrition, TB, Malaria, Water/Sanitation and other infectious diseases) projects that include a strong behavior change communication component.
- Demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with USAID, government counterparts at all levels, local organizations, and other program and partners.
- Knowledge and experience in designing and implementing evidence-based social and behavior change approaches, particularly approaches incorporating the role of products, social factors and environment in facilitating change;
- Extensive field experience in target geographies and solid understanding of the realities and complexities of working in with hard to reach and disadvantaged groups and integrating cross-cutting GESI strategies.
- Demonstrated success in providing hands-on capacity building and technical assistance to health care providers and other stakeholders;
- Strong oral and written communication skills and fluency in English and French.
- Solid mastery of health social and behavior change theory grounded in applied field applications.
- Strategic thinker, strong team player, able to deliver results without close supervision.
- Achievements in developing and implementing a behavioral change communication strategy, focusing on creating demand for community and facility-based health services.
- Guiding and providing technical assistance to project/host country government staffs working on Social Behavioral Change Communications projects.
- Strong knowledge in developing behavioral change communication tools and materials.
- Experience in monitoring and evaluation of health projects and operational research experience.
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