Social Behavior Change Advisor (Technical Rapid Response Team)

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 10 September 2019

Job Description

About the job

The Technical Rapid Response Team (Tech RRT) is an emergency response mechanism formed in 2015, led by International Medical Corps in consortium with Save the Children and Action Against Hunger, which aims to improve the quality and scale of nutrition humanitarian responses. The Tech RRT leads initiatives to improve nutrition outcomes (in both the prevention and treatment of undernutrition) for emergency and protracted crisis affected populations.

The Tech RRT has a pool of four technical experts, deployable on very short notice to support the nutrition community in planning, leading and responding to nutrition emergencies or in protracted crises situations. The pool includes technical experts in community-based management of acute malnutrition (hosted by IMC), infant and young child feeding in emergencies (hosted by Save the Children, nutrition surveys and assessments (hosted by Action Against Hunger Canada) and Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) hosted by Action Against hunger USA. IMC also hosts the Tech RRT coordination team including a Program Director and Deputy Program Director.

About us

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger. We save the lives of malnourished children. We ensure families can access clean water, food, training, and health care. We enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 7,600 staff in over 45 countries, we have reached over 20 million people with funding over US$425M and responded to 37 emergencies in 2018.

How you will contribute

You will contribute to ending world hunger by…

providing technical support in Social Behavior Change (SBC) to Action Against Hunger countries offices and to humanitarian and governmental entities through the Technical Rapid Response mechanism in order to improve overall emergency nutrition response.

Location: 60-75% deployment to emergency locations and country offices

Base locations: preference to Nairobi/Kenya, home-based considered

Key activities in your role will include:

  • Providing technical training, strategic advice, and operational support on Social and Behavior Change relating to Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF), sanitation and hygiene and nutrition, and Food Security and Livelihood.
  • Ensuring adequate coordination for SBC is in place through either establishing and leading or providing substantial support to the Action Against Hunger country team, Nutrition and WaSH clusters, or SBC technical working group.
  • Conducting formative research and mentoring partners and key actors on the use of formative research finding.
  • Supporting Action against Hunger Country office teams or Tech RRT partners to develop SBC strategies.
  • Designing appropriate and evidence-based SBC response plans.
  • Assessing capacity building needs and leading training initiatives across Action Against Hunger country team or Tech RRT partners.
  • Working with the Tech RRT partner technical advisors, developing relevant integrated SBC messages and behaviors to focus on during interventions.
  • Monitoring and evaluating SBC activities.

About you……

  • You have a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, Behavior Change, Public Health, Sociology, Anthropology, Development or related field; or equivalent combination of Bachelors degree and work experience in the context of SBC, health and hygiene promotion, nutrition or CMAM.
  • You have a minimum of 5 years previous work in programs overseas with an international humanitarian organization.
  • You have a minimum of 5 years previous work in social behavior change programming.
  • You are experienced in working in humanitarian contexts, emergency and post-crisis, in all the steps of the Project Cycle Management.
  • You are knowledgeable in undernutrition Prevention or Health related humanitarian organization (country, region or headquarters).
  • You have a proven track record in humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
  • You are knowledgeable and have been involved in the development of guidance and promotion of tools and methodologies.
  • You are proficient in spoken and written English (having working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic desirable).

Our Core values.

In this position, you are expected to demonstrate Action Against Hunger-USA’s five core values

Respect- we work with compassion and dedication, treating everyone the same way we expect them to treat us.

Integrity-: we believe that being honest and fair is integral to every aspect of our work. conducting our work with a spirit of sincerity, truthfulness and transparency is imperative.

Creativity-we encourage new ideas, embrace innovative solutions, and create opportunities for meaningful and exciting ways to do our jobs and provide solutions to address the needs of the populations we serve.

Excellence- we strive to provide services that meet and even exceed the expectations of our stakeholders (populations in need, staff, communities and donors).

Empowerment- we are committed to fostering an environment in which our staff, partners and communities where we work have the space to grow, develop and feel confident about participating.

Gender Equality Commitments

  • Ability to foster an environment that reinforces values of women and men, and equal access to information.
  • Provide a work environment where women and men must be evaluated and promoted based on their skills and performance.
  • Respect beneficiaries’ women, men, children (boys and girls) regardless of gender, sex orientation, disability, religion. race, color, ancestry, national origin, age, or marital status.
  • Value and respect for all cultures.

What we offer.

Action Against Hunger values its employees and offers a comprehensive remuneration and benefits package. These benefits include but are not limited to: -

  • Health Insurance
  • Paid annual leave (vacation)
  • Training opportunities

For an all-inclusive list of benefits, check the Action Against Hunger Website

Application Process.

Interested? Then apply for this position by clicking on this link

All applicants must upload a cover letter and an updated resume and both must be in the same language as this vacancy note. Closing date for applications: 9th of October 2019. The applications will be assessed on rolling basis.

For further information about Action Against Hunger, please visit our website

About the Organization

Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organization that takes decisive action against the causes and effects of hunger.We save the lives of malnourished children and we enable entire communities to be free from hunger. With more than 8,000 staff in over 45 countries, our programs reached 21 million people in 2018.

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