Advisor – Social and Behavior Change Communication
CARE Bangladesh

Career Opportunity


Position: Advisor – Social and Behavior Change Communication

This position is subject to project award and funding

Position Title: Advisor – Social and Behavior Change Communication under USAID Community Nutrition and Health Activity

Number of Positions: 01

Location: CARE Bangladesh Dhaka Office

Duration: Duration of the Contract will be for Five (05) years

I.             Job Summary:  

CARE is one of the world's leading international humanitarian and development organisations, committed to helping people in poor communities improve their lives and alleviate poverty. Founded in 1945, CARE is working across 104 countries to fight global poverty and marginalization. CARE has been active in Bangladesh since 1949 being one of the largest country offices of CARE. CARE works to help people achieve social and economic well-being, while being among the best in their fields. CARE put women and girls at the center of our work because we know that we cannot overcome poverty until all people have equal rights and opportunities. CARE Bangladesh is currently shifting towards a program approach, where it has developed longer-term impact visions to have more sustainable changes in the lives of the extreme poor and marginalize.

We are presently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Advisor - Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) of its anticipates awarding a five-year USAID/Bangladesh Cooperative Agreement to improve the nutritional status of women and children within the 1,000 days defined as pregnancy to the child’s second birthday. The Community Nutrition and Health Activity seeks to support maternal and infant and young child nutrition status by 1) improving the quality of nutrition and health services provided at community level; 2) improving nutrition and health behaviors; and 3) strengthening governance for nutrition at national and sub-national levels. The Activity also seeks to improve communities’ resilience to shocks as a cross-cutting outcome.

The Advisor - Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) will be a senior member of the project team and shall work with the consortium partners, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh National Nutrition Council -BNNC, National Nutrition Services-NNS, non-governmental organizations, community organizations, USAID and other stakeholders to achieve the implementation of an integrated health and Nutrition communication program covering nutrition specific and nutrition sensitive interventions. The Advisor - SBCC provides guidance to ensure that program implementation adheres to appropriate technical standards and guidelines and that programs are technically sound. He/she will provide technical leadership by remaining current of developing technical standards, guidelines, and program developments in area of expertise.

 

II. Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • She/He will provide technical leadership to develop and implement health and nutrition communication and SBCC strategies for the program, Nutrition improvement interventions in all phases from formative research, through design, media and materials production, community mobilization and evaluation.
  • Responsible for sharing best practices in their field of expertise and contribute to the knowledge base through participation in scientific forums and technical networks.
  • Provides leadership through a coordinated, shared vision among partners, key stakeholders, and the Government of Bangladesh to improve household nutrition and health behaviors by developing appropriate communication materials.
  • Completes detailed strategy write-ups, work plans, and delivers quarterly reports and all other reporting requirements.
  • Lead to develop or review technical resource materials e.g., training materials, SBCC plans, strategy documents, job aids, visual and programming tools to support meeting Project objectives. Conduct formative research for messages and materials development
  • Maintaining liaison and provide technical support to BNNC and NNS at all levels and implementing partners, and support documentation of such activities
  • Work with consortium partners to design communication and messaging content. Strengthen capacities of government and development partners to develop and manage nutrition communication activities.
  • Mentor and supervise direct report/s, including the program’s technical leads.

Adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems

As part of this role, the job holder will be expected to adhere to and support CARE Bangladesh’s Safety and Security policy and systems as part of their day to day duties, and comply, at all times, to safety & security protocols and directives, including reporting. Staff must maintain situational and self – awareness and be aware of the safety – security related consequences of their actions upon themselves, their team and the organization as a whole.

Safeguarding

CARE is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct and expects staff to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at all times.  CARE expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment through our Code of Conduct.  We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate this commitment are recruited to work with us.

 

III. Reporting to:  

Chief of Party

 

IV. Working Condition:  

This position is based in Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

  1. Qualification:
  • Minimum of 8 years of recent and experience working in food and nutrition security.
  • Master’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism, Social Science, Public Health, Nutrition, and/or related field.
  • Experience with two or more of the following: Health, Food and Nutrition security, Multi-sectoral approach for nutrition outcome, or community resilience, gender equity and diversity, and social accountability and nutrition governance.
  • Knowledge and experience in health and nutrition education and Social Behavior Change Communication, with significant working experience in Bangladesh is required.
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience of leadership and management of relevant projects.
  • Well experience in developing and implementing a behavioral change communication strategy, focusing on creating demand for community and facility-based health and nutrition services.
  • Experience in designing and implementing at least two (Food and Nutrition security, RH/FP, MNCH, and WASH) projects that include a strong behavior change communication component.
  • Guiding and providing technical assistance to project/host country government staffs working on Social Behavior Change Communications projects.
  • Experience in developing behavior change communication tools and materials.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of health and nutrition projects and operational research experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Experience managing programmatic and financial reporting requirements.
  • Prior experience of USAID funded-programs are as additional advantage.
  • Fluency in written and spoken Bangla and English.
  1. Core Competencies: 
  • Highly adaptable personality who can identify areas of change and lead in the application of those adjustments.
  • Able to lead complex teams, each with individual, and often, competing mandates.
  • Ability to translate development challenges into opportunities.
  • Strong communication skills and capacity to relay complex messages in simple and easy to follow content and methods.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing complex technical teams.
  • Strong team leadership skills.
  • Good networking and influencing skills.
  • Ensure and Promote GEDI and be GEDI sensitive, creating an enabling environment where diversity can flourish and all staff and stakeholders experience inclusion and appreciation.

Candidates need to be highly motivated and committed to CARE Bangladesh’s vision, mission, and long-term development work to significantly improve the lives of the most vulnerable and marginalized Candidates must be capable of displaying great learning agility, support and encourage knowledge sharing across projects, for the ultimate benefit of all of CARE’s mission wide initiatives.

Compensation

Attractive remuneration package will be offered to the really deserving candidate. In addition, CARE offers Provident Fund, Gratuity, Festival Bonus, Leave Encashment, Life and Health Insurance, Working Mother Benefits, Day Care Facilities etc.

Interested candidates meeting the above requirements should apply through CARE Bangladesh’s e-recruitment site: https://career.carebangladesh.org/ on or before July 31, 2021. 

Note:

  • CARE Bangladesh aims to attract and select a diverse workforce ensuring equal opportunity to everyone, irrespective of race, age, gender, HIV status, class, ethnicity, disability, location and religion.
  • Women are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Any personal persuasion/phone-call will result in disqualification of candidature. We guarantee an interview to disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.
  • CARE Bangladesh has a non-negotiable policy of ZERO TOLERANCE towards discrimination, harassment and abuse. All employees are expected to abide by the Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse & Child Protection Policy of CARE Bangladesh.
  • Internal and external applicants shall be treated equally in the entire selection process.
  • To ensure transparent processes during recruitment, internal candidates should discuss potential applications with their Line Managers to ensure endorsement of their applications by respective Line Managers.
  • There is no cost involved with applying for positions with CARE Bangladesh. Any solicitation of job application costs should be regarded as fraudulent.
 
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