Social and Behavior Change Technical Advisor job at FHI 360
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Vacancy title:
Social and Behavior Change Technical Advisor

[ Type: FULL TIME , Industry: Nonprofit, and NGO , Category: Management ]

Jobs at:

FHI 360

Deadline of this Job:
Wednesday, April 03 2024 

Duty Station:
Within Uganda , Uganda, East Africa

Date Posted: Wednesday, March 20 2024, Base Salary: Not Disclosed

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The Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Technical Advisor II will provide advanced SBC technical expertise to oversee the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of SBC activities for the upcoming EMPOWER (Empowering Women for Better Reproductive Health Outcomes Program) opportunity funded by FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office), which seeks to contribute to a reduction in preventable deaths of mothers, babies, and children, and women and girls’ empowerment through choices about whether and when to have children and economic opportunities. The SBC Advisor will oversee the day to day technical and operational aspects of implementing the project’s SBC strategy and work plans and provide technical expertise in SBC to the project and consortium partner, supervise technical staff members to ensure project activities are on track with work plans and implemented in line with budgets, with technical expertise informing project implementation, and lead development of strategies in coordination with partners, ensure quality, timeliness, and efficiency of all SBC products and activities generated, and ensure adherence to global standards of excellence in SBC programming. The SBC Advisor will also coordinate and work with a diverse group of organizations, such as the Ministry of Health (MOH), district health staff, international and national development partner organizations, and FCDO (Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office) to complete work and develop project reports and draft external communications and knowledge management products, including documenting best practices. This position is contingent upon funder approval of key personnel and availability of funds.

Technical Requirements:
• Provide overall technical leadership and expertise in the development and implementation of SBC strategies and interventions to generate demand for family planning (FP) and address harmful norms that contribute to low FP uptake, gender-based violence (GBV), early and child marriage (ECM), and teenage pregnancy.
• Provide leadership in designing and operationalizing SBC strategies and approaches, including human-centered design (HCD) and communication approaches.
• Ensure project’s SBC interventions address determinants of desired behaviors and employ strategies that address internal, social, and structural determinants.
• Support the design and development of qualitative and formative research to inform SBC strategies and products, including the establishment of performance indicators and measures to monitor and record outcome and impact data.
• Coordination technical inputs from personnel and partners, ensuring they are delivered in accordance with technical strategies.
• Collaborate with monitoring and evaluation partner to implement monitoring and evaluation systems to assess the progress and impact of SBC activities. Apply monitoring data to necessary adjustments.
• Ensure SBC activities are gender-responsive and socially inclusive, considering the specific needs and roles of young people, people living with disabilities, and refugees.
• Manage project resources efficiently, including budgets, equipment, and personnel, to ensure project objectives are met within the allocated resources.
• Prepare regular reports and documentation of project activities, progress, and outcomes for internal and external stakeholders.
• Oversee all day to day technical and operational activities to implement the SBC strategy and work plans and provide technical expertise in SBC to the project and consortium partners.
• Coordinate with technical and programmatic staff members to ensure that activities are performed as per award requirements and consistent with FHI 360 policy.
• Develop and maintain relationships with potential clients / funders, partners, peers, etc. to develop new business.
• Support business development by identifying new opportunities, collecting data for inclusion in proposals, participating in business development meetings with partners/clients,
• Represent FHI 360 at professional meetings and conferences, and maintain collaborative relationships with donor/client organizations, relevant government agencies, bilateral and other NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and consistently position as a knowledgeable resource in SBC.
• Develop work plans and coordinates with partners on activities.
• Ensures technical deliverables and implementation are consistent with best practices and meet funder contractual obligations, directing other professional staff members.
• Proactively identifies risks or challenges to technical deliverables and creates mitigation plan.
• Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the effectiveness of project activities and makes recommendations for enhancements.
• Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.

• Master’s Degree or its International Equivalent in Public Health, Health or Development Communications, Behavioral Sciences, International Development, Social Sector Management, or Related Field from a recognized institution.
• Project Management (PM) Certification preferred.

• Requires 12+ years of relevant experience in designing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating SBC programs in Uganda or similar environments – may manage activities of lower-level staff, however, main function is as an individual contributor.
• Demonstrated knowledge of state-of-the-art SBC models and strategies, including HCD, participatory engagement approaches, and approaches to address harmful gender and social norms, as well as their practical application is required.
• Demonstrated experience applying proven SBC approaches for audience segmentation and addressing FP and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) behaviors is required.
• Demonstrated knowledge of FP and SRH context in Uganda.
• Prior experience working on FP and/or SRH programming in Uganda.
• Strong understanding of working with marginalized and vulnerable population segments, including rural poor populations, women, youth, populations living in hard-to reach areas, refugees, and people living with disabilities.
• Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with host country government personnel, stakeholders, NGO partners, and international donor agencies.
• Experience contributing to business development efforts.
• Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO).
• Prior experience working on a FCDO-funded project preferred.

Applied Knowledge & Skills:
• Ability to manage projects, set realistic priorities, and plan for the successful implementation of activities.
• In-depth functional knowledge around specialization and detailed knowledge of related areas in the organization.
• General understanding of the external environment and how it affects the industry in general and the organization, including political, legal, environmental, financial, and social influences.
• General understanding of the organization’s structure, policies and practices, and the impact on one’s own area.
• Strong diagnostic, analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Ability to exchange information, present recommendations and collaborate with colleagues and peers within the organization and externally.
• Ability to influence others of the benefits/importance of an idea or plan of action and to gain their support or commitment.
• Strong negotiation skills and ability to reach mutual points of agreement and benefit among peers and colleagues.
• Proficient writing and verbal communication skills.
• Relevant computer software skills (including, at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).
• Ability to manage their own work to job and performance standards.
• Must be able to read, write and speak fluent English; fluency in Luganda, Lusoga, Luteso, or Runyoror-Kitara strongly preferred.

Problem Solving & Impact:
• Is sought out to provide advice or solutions around technical area.
• Is informed about current developments around technical area.
• Works under broad direction with considerable latitude for independent action.
• Specific actions are guided primarily by professional standards and expected outcomes of the project.
• Decisions and actions have an impact on the smooth operation and timeframes of the unit programs/projects; impact on the broader organization is generally indirect.
• Problems encountered are complex and may involve unprecedented circumstances; resolution requires investigation, analysis, and review of professional/organizational standards.
• Faulty decisions or recommendations will normally result in critical delays and modifications to projects or operations, cause substantial expenditure of additional time, resources, and funds; and jeopardize future business activity.

Supervision Given/Received:
• May supervise junior level staff members.
• Work is reviewed in terms of meeting the organization’s objectives and schedules.
• Plays a coaching and mentoring role for others; may assist in team management as necessary, although has no formal people management responsibility.
• Typically reports to a Regional Director.

Typical Physical Demands:
• Typical office environment.
• Ability to spend long hours looking at computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard.
• Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time.
• Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.

Technology to be Used:
• Personal Computer/Laptop, Microsoft applications (i.e., Office 365, SharePoint, Skype/Zoom/Teams), cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 144

Level of Education:
Bachelor Degree

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Job Info
Job Category: Management jobs in Uganda
Job Type: Full-time
Deadline of this Job: 03 April 2024
Duty Station: Uganda
Posted: 20-03-2024
No of Jobs: 1
Start Publishing: 20-03-2024
Stop Publishing (Put date of 2030): 20-03-2068
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