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Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Officer, Community Partnerships for Respectful Care

Liberia (Liberia)

  • Organization: Americares
  • Location: Liberia (Liberia)
  • Grade: FG I, Function Group 1, Contract Agent - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Education, Learning and Training
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-19

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TITLE: Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Officer, Community Partnerships for Respectful Care

DEPARTMENT: International Partnerships & Programs

REPORTS TO: Project Director-Liberia, Community Partnerships for Respectful Care

ASSIGNMENT TYPE: Full-time

LOCATION: Monrovia, Liberia

LENGTH: 24-months with possibility to extend based on performance and budget

ABOUT AMERICARES: Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that saves lives and improves health for people affected by poverty or disaster. Each year, Americares reaches more than 90 countries, including the United States, with life-changing health programs, medicine and medical supplies. Americares is the world’s leading nonprofit provider of donated medicine and medical supplies. For more information, visit americares.org.

About Community Partnerships for Respectful Care (CPRC):
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) has awarded to the Americares Foundation Inc. NPI is shifting the focus of USAID's traditional partners to mentoring, capacity-building, and technical oversight, by using umbrella mechanisms and sub-awards strategically to enable new and underutilized local partners to lead development in their own communities and advance the Journey to Self-Reliance. USAID seeks to expand its network of partnerships with local organizations because they can mobilize quickly and take advantage of long-standing grassroots relationships to bring needed interventions directly to people at risk.

The Americares Community Partnerships for Respectful Care (CPRC) project is a five-year, $25 million effort under NPI to reduce mortality and morbidity among mothers and their children through improved community-based health care. Americares will work with Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) and its local affiliates in the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Liberia to leverage the expertise and reach of local and locally established organizations, by building their institutional capacity. This new partnership will work closely with Tanzanian and Liberian communities and faith-based networks to improve access to, and demand for, high-quality, community-based health care for mothers, newborns, and children; voluntary family planning; nutrition; and respectful maternity care.

POSITION SUMMARY:
The Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Officer will provide overall technical assistance for supporting the design, implementing, monitoring social behavior change strategies and activities. S/He will also be responsible for supporting efforts to increase demand and enhance FP, nutrition and maternal and child health services in collaboration with sub-grantee, MOH national and County Health levels.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Project Management:
*Take full ownership of SBC activities in the workplan and in the budget
*Supervise community mobilizers working in SBC
*Work with MEL Officer to lead the analysis of data related to SBC, identify issues and challenges and take the lead in implementing action plans to address the issues and maintain the successes of the CPRC SBC achievements
*Contribute to documentation of lessons learned and best practices, development of briefs and articles for publication and success stories
*Support the training of CHAs and ensure it is in line with the Government of Liberia Strategic plan and USAID’s SBC strategy
*Work with the MEL Officer to record achievements against targets

SBC Technical Assistance:
*Provide technical direction to implement SBC approaches, strategies and activities
*Develop, where applicable, and implement SBC framework, tools, messages and other materials
*Develop detailed respectful care implementation intervention, based on findings and evidence from formative research and other SBC-oriented assessment and ensure high quality and timely delivery of CPRC project deliverables against objectives and targets.

Partnership Management:

*Under the guidance of the Country Director and CPRC Project Director, maintain relationship with partners, MOH, and USAID mission
*Ensure all activities from partners are properly planned, completed and delivered and report on progress monthly
*Provide support and ensure quality of work of partners regarding the implementation of SBC activities

Capacity Building:
*Build the capacity of frontline workers in SBC of partners and MOH
*Provide continuous technical guidance and support to MOH workers in SBC, including master trainers and mentors,
*Provide oversight to SBC component of CPRC, including field visits, technical review of reports to ensure project is on the right track to achieving goals

Reporting:
*Using evidence of implementation efforts, work with Liberia CPRC Team, CPRC Technical Director and COP to redefine and refine activities related to SBC
*Submit monthly reports and weekly updates related to SBC intervention of the project
*Track and update workplan on activities related to SBC
*Contribute, where appropriate to report writing efforts

CORE AMERICARES RESPONSIBILITIES:
*Foster Americares values of responsiveness, results orientation, collaboration, efficiency and integrity;
*Coach, support and develop staff to increase individual and team effectiveness; and
*Develop and manage implementation of plans to increase team operating performance, including SOPs and other efficiency initiatives.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
*Master’s degree in communication, marketing, social sciences, public health or related disciplines;
*At least 8 years of SBC experience in designing, developing, implementing, monitoring strategies, activities and materials;
*Experience in pre-testing and testing materials, approaches and strategies;
*Ability to think critically and strategically;
*Excellent interpersonal skills and strong communications skills; ability to develop partnerships across sectors and cultures;
*Strong organizational skills, capacity to think strategically and attention to detail;
*Excellent English-language writing skills and demonstrated experience meeting USAID and other donor reporting requirements;
*Proficiency in Office 365 including Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint and SharePoint;
*Willingness and ability to travel at least two weeks per month;
*Unrestricted authorization to work in Liberia.

Please complete the application on the website:

https://americares.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/872?c=americares

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