Technical Advisor, Social and Behavior Change, Haiti

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 18 December 2020

Job Description



Job Title: Technical Advisor II, Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Lead, Haiti

Reports to: Chief of Party

Department: LACRO Salary Grade: 10


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

About CRS:
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.

Job Summary:
The purpose of this position is to design, manage, strengthen, monitor and provide strategic direction to an evidenced-based social and behavior change framework for the DFSA, ensuring a holistic and robust approach to promote sustainable behavior change among participants and stakeholders for reducing food and nutrition insecurity. The SBC advisor will lead the development and implementation of an integrated SBC strategy across project sectors and throughout the entire implementation period. The SBC Advisor 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.

The SBC Advisor will work closely staff and partners to develop high-quality and contextually appropriate SBC approaches and tools and to integrate and harmonize SBC strategies across sectors. S/he will work with staff and partners to build capacity in SBC. S/he will provide technical support and leadership to SBC integration throughout CRS’ programs and operations. The SBC Advisor will also lead on formative research and learning initiatives related to SBC approaches and integration. The DFSA SBC Advisor will be responsible for supervising SBC staff and for coordinating and supervising SBC initiatives across sectors. In addition, the SBC Advisor will support communication related to project activities and learning.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a relevant academic area plus seven years of relevant experience or a Bachelor’s degree and nine years’ experience.
  • SBC experience related to nutrition, agriculture and livelihoods, WASH, gender, youth.
  • Minimum five years of progressive management and technical responsibility, including supervising and mentoring team members, preferably with an international NGO; the candidate must have experience in leading SBC strategy design and implementation.
  • Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
  • In-depth understanding of gender, age and other socio-cultural factors along with familiarity with community mobilization and participation principles and approaches in the context of food and nutrition security programming.
  • Demonstrated capacity to 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 to understand and advise on critical technical and operational issues related to SBC: health and nutrition, WASH, inclusive governance, social cohesion, education, job skills, employment creation, etc.
  • Demonstrated capacity in developing SBC strategies in contexts of low literacy.
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences (capacity strengthening) through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods, using 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.
  • Ability to self-manage and succeed in matrix management model, with demonstrated proactive and flexible nature in resolving problems and leading a productive, committed team.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, flexibility and ability to work well in a multi-sectoral and multi-cultural team and to work closely, understand and support local Church partners.
  • Detail-oriented and excellent time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Knowledge of CRS’s program quality and MEAL standards and of Catholic Social Teaching preferred.
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently.
  • Demonstrated personal accountability and driven to serve others.
  • Ability to work in a challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges.
  • Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Experience working in a variety of developing environments preferred; knowledge of the Madagascar context valued.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel and Outlook required.
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions-oriented and results-oriented


    ***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.

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

    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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