Senior Social and Behavior Change Advisor
Washington D.C. (United States of America)
CAMRIS is an international development and research firm that realizes innovative solutions to health and development challenges through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. With experience working in more than 80 countries, we combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world.
Title: Senior Social and Behavior Change Advisor
Location: Washington DC
GS: 14 Equivalency
Application Deadline: Open until Filled
In order to fully evaluate your eligibility, your resume must include relevant paid and non-paid experience showing dates held with month, year and hours worked per week for each position.
The Bureau for Global Health (GH) provides technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for health, including programming and international policy development, related to HIV/AIDS, malaria, other infectious diseases, maternal and child health, family planning, reproductive health, nutrition, and health systems strengthening.
Within GH, the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (GH/MCHN) serves as the Agency’s technical and policy lead on maternal and newborn health; child survival; immunization; and nutrition, with a focus on ending preventable child and maternal deaths. Cross-cutting activities managed by the Office in support of this goal address private sector partnerships, community health systems, social and behavior change, multilateral partnerships, gender, and monitoring and evaluation. The MCHN office contributes to the achievement of the Agency's Feed the Future goals as well as those laid out in the Agency's Multi-sectoral Nutrition Strategy and Water and Development Strategy.
The Senior Social and Behavior Change Advisor will be assigned to the Child Health and Immunization Division within USAID’s Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition (MCHN) in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health (GH). S/he will assist in managing social and behavior change project(s) and activities in both the Child Health and Immunization Division as well as the Maternal and Newborn Health Division; will provide technical assistance to the MCHN Office and USAID Missions on SBC questions and field implementation; and will collaborate with other SBC technical staff to provide technical assistance on questions and issues concerning social and behavior change for maternal, newborn, and child health. S/he will report to the Child Health Team Leader.
Technical Resource for Social and Behavior Change for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (50%)
Social and behavior change (SBC), along with behavioral research and evaluation approaches, are essential ingredients to the success of achieving the Global Health Bureau’s main goal of Preventing Child and Maternal Deaths (PCMD).
The Advisor will serve as an expert advisor and technical authority on social and behavior change policy and programming related to maternal, newborn, and child health;
* Review and participate in developing recommendations for areas of SBC programming as well as behavior-related research and evaluation relevant to maternal, newborn and child health;
* Provide USAID country health teams and implementing partners with informed input and ongoing technical support to ensure best practices in SBC interventions for MNCH as well as research and evaluation;
* Contribute to MNCH and the GH Bureau’s strategic approach to SBC and research and evaluation to achieve agency objectives;
* Serve as a part of a GH Bureau-wide SBC resource team that coordinates and provides technical assistance to USAID Missions and Washington staff as well as coordinates strategic priorities and external partner engagement;
* As requested, support USAID Missions in developing and evaluating initiatives to build in-country capacity to address SBC issues, including the ability to carry out longer-term integrated SBC strategies as well as supporting other SBC activities (this includes both field-based and virtual assistance); and,
* Facilitate sharing of SBC materials and best practices across US Government and other donor/bilateral programs in countries.
Central Project and Activity Management (50%)
The Advisor serves as an activity manager and technical advisor, working under the overall guidance of relevant Contract/Agreement Officer’s Representatives (C/AORs), and more generally serves to advance project management of USAID’s MCHN-related SBC and research and evaluation activities;
* Serve as an activity manager and technical advisor for SBC related programming, research and evaluation activities within the MCHN Office;
* Participate on design teams for new projects and provide technical guidance in implementation and evaluation of SBC MCHN activities;
* Provide support for program development and review of partner work plans and products;
* Assist in monitoring the project(s)’ technical and financial performance; and
* Support site visits to monitor the SBC MNCH field activities of centrally-managed projects, as needed.
* Master’s degree in public health, social psychology, health communication or other relevant behavioral/social science field;
* 9 years’ experience working in areas of public health programming, policy, or research, including substantial experience in social and behavior change work, with experience in international or resource-challenged settings;
* Formal training in and demonstrated understanding of theories and frameworks relating to individual behavior change and broader social responses, the evidence base for social and behavioral/communication interventions and best practices, and familiarity with the current SBC and research and evaluation literature;
* Hands-on experience designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating behavioral interventions is highly desirable;
* Experience in maternal and child health (MCH) programming highly desirable;
* Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills;
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, including cross-cultural teams;
* French language skills preferred
* Experience with USAID programming, budgeting, and evaluation functions and procedures both in USAID/Washington and in USAID missions desirable;
* Ability to travel internationally up to 20% time; and
* US citizenship or US permanent residency required.
This is an opportunity for employment or a contract, but we reserve the right to make no selection or award.
CAMRIS International offers competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits. Please submit your resume online at www.camris.com. CAMRIS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by any applicable federal, state, or local law.