The Nutrition Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Technical Advisor for SPRING, USAID’s flagship nutrition project, will provide technical support and strategic guidance for the design and implementation of evidence-based SBCC activities to improve maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN), hygiene, and other practices aimed at reducing stunting and anemia. The Advisor will be a key member of SPRING’s SBCC Global Initiatives Team, based at the JSI offices in Rosslyn, Virginia.
He/she will work on core-funded activities and provide technical assistance to SPRING’s country-level programs, with a focus on West Africa. This technical assistance may involve support for nutrition SBCC program design and evaluation; nutrition SBCC capacity building; the development of strategic plans, technical materials, communication tools, training packages, job aids, guidelines and standards; as well as the creative application of mobile technologies, community video, community radio, and other promising nutrition SBCC platforms.
SPRING is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide state-of-the-art technical support and facilitate country-led, regional, and global programs to improve the nutritional status of women and children. The SPRING implementation team consists of JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International (HKI), The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Save the Children (SC), and The Manoff Group (TMG).
Strategic Direction (10%)
- Support the SBCC Team Leader in development of overall SPRING SBCC strategic direction, with particular emphasis on nutrition SBCC related to MIYCN in highly vulnerable populations.
- Contribute to the development of the SBCC team work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with the Project’s strategic direction and priorities;
- Provide specific regional-level support to SPRING staff and short term consultants in West Africa, with emphasis in Niger and Burkina Faso.
- Ensure timely, quality delivery on assigned activities, including management of budgets related to those activities.
- Manage SPRING’s nutrition and resilience SBCC portfolio in Burkina Faso and Niger.
Technical Leadership in Nutrition SBCC (40%)
- In collaboration with key project stakeholders, support development and implementation of SPRING’s global nutrition SBCC portfolio, with particular emphasis on MIYCN in highly vulnerable populations, including the Sahel;
- Provide up-to-date, evidence-based nutrition SBCC technical guidance and support to the SPRING Global and Country Initiatives Teams;
- Manage the development of evidence-based program standards, guidance, and tools that reflect global best practice in nutrition SBCC, and promote widespread application and use of these standards;
- Lead efforts to build capacity in the design and implementation of sustainable, high impact, and high quality nutrition SBCC programs, both at the HQ and country-levels;
- In collaboration with internal and external stakeholders, identify key gaps, best practices, and promising new approaches for nutrition SBCC; and
- Design and/or oversee research studies to test and document their effectiveness.
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Senior SBCC Advisor/Team Leader.
- MPH, MS, or PhD or equivalent experience in behavior change, social sciences, health education and/or communication.
- Minimum of 10 years of relevant experience in international public health programming with emphasis on SBCC and community nutrition programs including MIYCN.
- Knowledge and experience in the design and implementation of evidence-based behavior change strategies, approaches, materials, etc.
- Prior field-based work experience designing or implementing nutrition and/or health programs, especially in vulnerable, food insecure or disaster prone settings highly desirable.
- Strong interpersonal skills (ability to work effectively in a team, and in cross-cultural settings).
- Proven leadership skills, and the ability to manage multiple activities simultaneously.
- Demonstrated success in working with local government and NGO stakeholders, and experience in capacity building.
- Strong record of fostering new and effective partnerships on an international level including participation in technical advisory groups, international consultations, boards, etc.
- Research skills, preferably in formative and/or "operations" research (identifying research question, and working with experts in protocol development, implementation, and analysis).
- Experience delivering technical assistance in developing country settings, on both facility and community based MIYCN programs. Demonstrated success in applying behavior change theory and approaches in applied field settings.
- Experience overseeing technical quality of programs integrating nutrition into maternal and child health, family planning, food security/livelihoods and/or HIV/AIDS.
- Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine program results and monitor impact.
- Ability to travel up to 40% of the time.
- High level fluency in both English and French (written and spoken). Fluent French is required for this position.
- Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities preferred.