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Behaviour Change Communication Specialist


  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Bhutan
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-18

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Organizational Setting

The FAO Bhutan Country Office (CO) is under double representation arrangement where FAO Representative sits in FAO Office Nepal. CO, headed by Assistant FAO Representative (Program), oversees the program in the country. The proposed Unilateral Trust Fund (UTF) project, entitled Technical Assistance Support to Food Security and Agriculture Productivity (TA-FSAPP), presents technical assistance (TA) actions requested by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) of the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) to be undertaken by FAO in association with a project called Food Security and Agriculture Productivity Project (FSAPP).


The FSAPP is a five-year project financed by a US$8 million grant from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Programme (GAFSP). The World Bank is the supervising entity of the FSAPP. Including the government and beneficiary contributions, the total cost of FSAPP is US$9.3 million.


Similarly, the project on “Capacity development and communication for improved nutrition outcomes in rural households” implemented by Tarayana Foundation and supported by World Bank through the SAFANSI grant aims to improve dietary diversity and care practices of pregnant and nursing women in remote rural areas in Bhutan, to address malnutrition in 1,000-day window of opportunity. This project is implemented in Tading Gewog under Samtse Dzongkhag. The project aims to achieve its objective through two components- Component 1 identification of change agents and social drivers of diet/care practices and Component 2 development of digital content and community discussions.

One of the main concerns is sustaining the benefits after the project’s life ends. The project has agreed to develop strategy for behaviour change communication so that the interventions identified and implemented are coherent, aligned to national policies and long-term goals of the nation.

  • Craft nutritional behaviour change strategy for the project and integrate it in to the national program of relevant ministries
  • Develop communication materials on nutrition and health for behaviour change for different target groups
  • Conduct TOT for Community Resource Person (CRPs) to build capacities and usage of communication materials for behaviour changes of different target groups

Reporting Lines

The Consultant report to Project Director, PMU-DoA/AFAOR, FAO Bhutan. The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the FAOR

Technical Focus

Development of communication materials on nutrition and health for wider dissemination of information and to develop BCC Strategy for Nutrition and relevant communication materials.

Tasks and responsibilities

The Consultant will be responsible for the following tasks\:

  • Conduct literature reviews, information gap analysis and assign National Consultant (FSAPP) to collect relevant information and materials;
  • Consult all the relevant stakeholders and validate the information from literature reviews and other information made available
  • Draft Nutrition BCC strategy based on the desktop review and discussion with all the relevant stakeholders at different levels and incorporate feedback;
  • Present final draft Strategy at national-level stakeholders’ workshop and facilitate workshop
  • Prepare the final BCC strategy incorporating the feedback from the national level stakeholders’ workshop.
  • Prepare communication materials on 1000 golden days of mother and child
  • Prepare relevant BCC materials on nutrition and health for the two projects
  • Prepare training programme and training materials for TOT for CRPs
  • Conduct first TOT for CRPs
  • Compile training materials and write training reports with feedbacks and recommendations for future TOTs
Minimum Requirements
  • Master’s degree in Communication, Food and Nutrition, Social Science or a closely related field
  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in the areas similar projects elsewhere and possess experiences in preparing BCC Strategy
  • Working knowledge (C Level) of English, French or Spanish and limited knowledge (B Level) of one of the other two or Arabic, Chinese, Russian
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Work experience in Bhutan and/or other countries in the Region
  • Excellent report writing skills with good command of English
Selection Criteria
  • Extent of relevant technical experience in the areas related
  • Extent of experience in Behaviour Change Communication for Nutrition
  • Depth of knowledge of development issues in Bhutan
  • Experience in working with international and national Behaviour Change Communication for Nutrition
  • Experience in training methodology and conducting trainings


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Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency 


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