ROLE PURPOSE: Save the Children seeks a Social and Behavior Change Communication Advisor who will serve on the upcoming Tanzania Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Activity (MSNA) Program. This program, funded by USAID, will intensify and integrate nutrition support to targeted regions of Tanzania, in order to improve the nutritional status of women of reproductive age, especially pregnant and lactating women, adolescents, and children under five years of age.
This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.
SCOPE OF ROLE:
Save the Children has been operational in Tanzania since 1986 providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered in support of Government of Tanzania priorities and policies both directly and through local partners. Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, nutrition, HIV/TB and emergency response. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined programmes of SCUK, SCUS, SC Sweden to create a single operation in Tanzania. We currently have an operational presence in Dodoma, Shinyanga, Zanzibar, Songwe, Kigoma and Dar es Salaam and we work through partners in other parts of the country. We employ nearly 100 staff and have an annual operating budget of approximately $12 million.
KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:
The Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Advisor serves as part of Save the Children’s core project staff for MSNA, but under the strategic guidance and oversight from the SBCC lead partner. The person in this position will:
- Support the strategic vision for social and behavior change and the use of communication to create that change linked to improved nutrition, WASH and agriculture outcomes;
- Oversee qualitative research, including small formative studies and pretesting all materials with their intended audience—this research will help refine concepts or implementation strategies (as needed) to guide strategic program choices for communications approaches and tools;
- Coordinate the development of the project’s social and behavior change communication activities that will range from print and audio supports to advocacy materials to promotional print & TV, to mobile technologies;
- Work with the creative agencies/consultants/ print houses hired by MSNA to develop the project materials ensuring that the agency has what they need to move forward materials production in a timely manner and the agency is providing timely and quality deliverables;
- Support project staff to plan, coordinate, and disseminate ajira all MSNA materials required for project activities in a timely manner;
- Work with monitoring and evaluation experts to develop and help track critical indicators of SBCC implementation and uptake and behavior change at the community level;
- Identify potential SBCC capacity needs of MSNA partners and support the development of short training and/or reviews of SBCC implementation in MSNA with strong learning objectives;
- Serve as the day-to-day liaison between the SBCC lead partner technical assistance and the project social and behavior change communications needs; and
- Travel as needed (at least 30%) between project work sites in the targeted regions of Tanzania.
- Based on research findings and stakeholder consultations, coordinate with the technical team to lead the development of evidence-based nutrition and SBCC tools and materials.
- Provide technical oversight for the design, development, and implementation of all nutrition and SBCC tools and training materials in collaboration with government and relevant stakeholders to maintain a quality and consistent approach across all target areas and technical interventions.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
COMPETENCIES AND SKILLS
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values.
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same.
- Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others.
- Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters.
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength.
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions.
- Willing to take disciplined risks.
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
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- Master’s degree preferably in communication or marketing; or social science such as sociology, anthropology; will accept degrees in other fields if there is evidence of sustained experience in the fields noted above;
- Minimum of 7 years of experience in social and behavior change related work, including but not limited to strategic, development communications or campaigns, or commercial marketing/advertising. Preference preferably in the field of nutrition or in associated development areas of health or agriculture;
- Experience necessary in creative, strategic communication design and media/materials development (mobile phones, print and/or television). This includes pre-testing and production of communications materials;
- Work experience at the community level in programs that require active engagement with families and the community;
- Knowledge of the public and private sector (marketing/advertising) communication landscape in Tanzania;
- Experience with the design and implementation of qualitative anthropological/sociological research and /or communication monitoring and evaluation a plus;
- History of engagement with USAID or development donor-funded initiatives is highly desirable;
- Fluency in Swahili and excellent written and verbal English language skills;
- Extensive experience working in Sub-Saharan Africa; work experience in Tanzania highly desirable; and
- Qualified Tanzanian nationals are highly encouraged to apply.