Breakthrough ACTION ignites collective action and encourages people to adopt healthier behaviors—from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to being tested for HIV—by forging, testing, and scaling up new and hybrid approaches to social and behavior change (SBC). The project is seeking a new SBC Advisor for Francophone West Africa to provide technical assistance (TA) on a range of core- and field-funded programs in the region. The position will focus on providing TA on SBC for family planning, with additional support to other health areas, including malaria, HIV/AIDS and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
The SBC Advisor will provide TA to government partners of the Ouagadougou Partnership to support them in leveraging the power of SBC activities to meet the goal of 2.2 million additional family planning users by 2020. This may include, but is not limited to, support to include high-quality SBC components into Costed Implementation Plans and national/sub-national family planning strategies, support to establish or strengthen SBC sub-committees of family planning technical working groups, or assistance in harmonizing family planning messaging. This position will be based at the Ouagadougou Partnership Coordinating Unit (OPCU) in Dakar, Senegal for the first year where they will also provide regional SBC coordination assistance. In addition, the SBC Advisor will play a role in supporting regional initiatives and advocacy for SBC in family planning, including support to the West Africa Breakthrough ACTION project to develop a regional SBC strategy for family planning, identifying concrete actions and indicators of success. The SBC Advisor may also provide TA to other Breaktthrough ACTION projects in the region. S/he will coordinate closely with Breakthrough ACTION’s sister project Breakthrough RESEARCH, and serve as a representative for the two projects’ shared work in the region.
Specific Duties & Responsibilities
Family Planning TA to OP countries (50%)
Provide expert leadership and technical guidance to up to nine OP countries on SBC strategy, program design, implementation and evaluation through virtual and in-person technical assistance.
Promote use of evidence-based high quality SBC approaches, including those that address social and gender norms for family planning and support youth uptake of family planning.
Identify opportunities to increase capacity of high-quality SBC programming in OP countries.
Provide regional SBC coordination assistance to the OPCU through at least the end of 2020.
Regional strategy and advocacy for SBC in family planning (25%)
Support development of a regional SBC strategy for family planning, engaging donors, governments, coordinating mechanisms and other partners.
Serve as a champion for SBC in the region, advocating for investment and high-quality SBC programming with high-level donors, government partners and private sector actors.
Keep abreast of new technical developments and emerging issues for SBC and family planning in the region via literature review, attendance at technical meetings, workshops, and participation in relevant training events.
Contribute to country/regional-level sharing of effective practices (including High Impact Practices for FP), lessons learned, and available tools across the region.
Provide technical coaching, mentoring and capacity building at the individual and organizational level.
TA to other francophone Breakthrough ACTION programs (20%)
Provide virtual and in-person technical assistance on SBC strategy, program design, implementation and evaluation to regional Breakthrough ACTION programs in malaria, HIV/AIDS and GHSA.
Coordinate with Breakthrough ACTION’s sister project Breakthrough RESEARCH, and serve as a representative for the two projects’ shared work in the region.
Lead proposal development (technical, budget, coordination) with support
Contribute to strategic partnership development with support
Represent JHU and CCP at relevant external meetings and events, delivering technical presentations, networking, relationship building, and initiating and following through with opportunities for collaboration
Master’s degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) in public health, sexual, reproductive health, behavioral/social science, or other related/relevant fields required.
Five (5) years related experience required.
Additional relevant experience and/or training may substitute for some education.
Ten (10)+ years of related experience in SBC required, including extensive experience in francophone West Africa.
Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Native/fluent French speaker. Fluency in English preferred.
Knowledge of family planning and reproductive health essential, with knowledge of other health issues such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, maternal, neonatal and child health preferred.
Expertise in Social and Behavior Change approaches and evidence, including advocacy as well as social and gender norms programming and research.
Ability to build productive and collaborative relationships with multiple partners, including donors, governments, multilaterals, private sector, SBC implementing partners and family planning service delivery actors with tact and diplomacy.
Ability to work with a high degree of independence while being able to draw on additional support and expertise from CCP as needed.
Strong understanding of and experience in communication between different cultures and ability to work with people from other places.
Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including ability to write technical documents and give presentations
Excellent computer skills.
Ability to travel regionally and internationally.
Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer Working Title: Social and Behavior Change Advisor for Francophone West Africa Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF Starting Salary Range: $70,805 - $97,435 /Commensurate with Experience Employee group: Full Time Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a-5:00p / 37.5 hours per week Exempt Status: Exempt Location: T.B.D / Occasional international travel required Department name: 10001159-Ctr for Communication Programs CCP Personnel area: School of Public Health
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