SBC Consultant, Maternal Health
Role and Responsibilities
Breakthrough ACTION Liberia is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)to lead social and behavior change programming in 12 counties. Led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), Breakthrough ACTION partners include Save the Children, ideas42, and Think Place. ideas42, a core consortium partner, has been leading MNCH programmatic activities to promote respectful maternity care and facilitate women’s ability to deliver in facilities. The initial design work is coming to a close and the Breakthrough ACTION Liberia team now seeks the skills of a Maternal Health SBC Specialist to work closely with the Ministry of Health, the USAID-funded STAIP project, and other partners to: 1) identify how partners can implement approaches, 2) oversee implementation to strengthen approaches, and 3) ensure that programmatic approaches align with priorities of these partners and can be sustained over time.
The Maternal Health SBC Specialist will be expected to work in close coordination with the Ministry of Health and its county health teams, USAID implementing partners, and civil society organizations. S/he will lead in-country implementation of ideas42 activities on theBreakthrough ACTION Liberia project and will also closely coordinate and collaborate with the broaderBreakthrough ACTION Liberia team. S/he will be managed in a matrix structure; s/he will report to the RMNCH+N Health Services Specialist and work in close consultation with the other team leads and in technical components will report to an ideas42 Senior Associate. S/he will also collaborate with the broader SBC and research, monitoring, evaluation and learning (RMEL) teams, as appropriate.
This Maternal Health SBC Specialist will lead key activities with overall responsibility for identifying pathways for implementation and supporting those partners in the implementation of the respectful maternity care and facility-based delivery social and behavioral change (SBC) programming. S/he will possess deep experience implementing maternal health programming and managing government partnerships in Liberia.
Your responsibilities will include:
- Build relationships and collaborate with government and non-government partners at the county, district, and community levels serving as the liaison of Breakthrough ACTION Liberia regarding the two maternal health SBC activities.
- Develop implementation plans collaboratively with local stakeholders to lead to implementation of maternal health SBC programmatic approaches through the Ministry of Health and/or implementing partners.
- Oversee and monitor implementation of maternal health SBC programming, documenting learnings and challenges, supporting partners to overcome difficulties, and improving programming with lessons learned.
- Serve as the day-to-day principal liaison for ideas42 project team on maternal health SBC activities and facilitate and support project execution.
- Organize and coordinate dissemination activities to improve visibility of maternal health SBC activities and strengthen buy-in among interested stakeholders to facilitate scale and sustainability of work.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent practical experience.
- 5 years of full-time work experience leading health and/or development project implementation, including 3+ years’ experience providing technical expertise on maternal health.
- Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage a fast-paced workload with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrate high-level oral and written communication skills (in English) including the capacity to communicate and work with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Possess knowledge of county-specific contexts and networks.
- Strong experience working with service delivery partners, government stakeholders, and community channels or structures.
- Well-developed interpersonal skills and demonstrable ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to develop collaborative relationships and networks between government, nongovernment organizations and other relevant stakeholders.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment, make independent decisions and to consistently demonstrate sound ethics and act with integrity.
- This role will be based in Monrovia, Liberia and candidates must be authorized to work in Liberia.
- Minimum of 5 years with progressive technical experience in maternal health programs in Liberia.
- Experience developing, designing, implementing social behavior change communication interventions which reflect the priorities and local context county.
- Experience with supportive supervision, monitoring field activities, data capture, timely project reporting, and generating success stories.
- Ability to facilitate meetings effectively and efficiently.
- Ability to use technology to connect, share, exchange, update team members, and develop project documents.
- Proficient computer skills in MS word, MS excel, PowerPoint and other standard software
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