Position: SBC Specialist
Location: Province 2, Nepal
Supervisor: Chief of Party
The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) specializes in developing and implementing social and behavior change (SBC) programs that improve outcomes around the world. As a recipient of a 27-month United States Agency for International Development (USAID) award in Nepal, CCP is seeking a full-time SBC Specialist to be based in Province 2.
Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID to lead its social and behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Primed by CCP, Breakthrough ACTION partners include Save the Children, ideas42, ThinkAction, Camber Collective, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Viamo and the Communication Initiative. The vision of the project is to ignite collective action using next generation behavior change approaches to empower households and communities to become healthier and more prosperous.
The overall project objective for Breakthrough ACTION’s Nepal Reducing Child Early Forced Marriage (Nepal R-CEFM) Project is to strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of the Government of Nepal (GON) in Province 2 at the province and municipal levels to design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and coordinate effective social and behavior change (SBC) activities and strengthen child protection systems for reducing CEFM through a communitybased, multi-sectoral, data-driven lens.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide technical assistance to strengthen SBC capacity in Province 2 at the province, palika and ward levels of the GON, private and NGO sectors in SBC and advocacy for R-CEFM.
Build capacity of stakeholders to assess current SBC materials, tools, activities and products through reviewing existing data, lessons learned, best practices, and results from current or recent projects, and drafting guidelines and standards for SBC activities.
Assist in gathering and curating the full range of existing SBC campaign interventions and materials addressing R-CEFM available from government and partners in Nepal.
From the collection of SBC interventions and resources gathered, identify what works and prepare guiding documents for implementation of activities based on data-driven needs and opportunities, and for monitoring the progress and evaluating the impact of the interventions.
Work with appropriate partners to concept test processes that will help to assess and address the SBC needs of Province 2 and municipal government and non-government partners in SBC assessment, design, implementation, and monitoring.
Based on the needs identified, work with partners to develop appropriate SBC processes, media and materials and test them.
Attend meetings and represent communication initiatives of the project with all relevant levels of government officials, partners, donor, NGO and private sector representatives.
Ensure project documentation is appropriately drafted, packaged, and shared, including development of knowledge sharing through innovative technology platform
Seek, select, engage and monitor qualified local and regional consultants and agencies to provide technical assistance in support of the project.
Travel within Province 2, as needed.
Other duties as assigned
Education and/or Experience
Master’s degree preferred in Health Communication or related field
Expert understanding in using SBC models and approaches, capacity strengthening for SBC, strategic program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, human centered design, advocacy, participatory social mobilization required.
Seven to ten years related experience in child marriage, women’s or children development programs, school programs, gender is essential
Experience working at the subnational level required.
Experience working in Province 2 is preferred.
Written and oral communication skills in English and Nepali.
Ability to speak a local language of Province 2 preferred.
Ability to effectively present information to government officials, funding organization, public groups and with community members.
MS Word, Excel, MS PowerPoint, Other standard software.