Social & Behavior Change Officer (NO-A), Tegucigalpa, Honduras #121952 Temporary Appointment (12 months)
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.
The following post is open only for Nationals of Honduras
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child, an advocate
The Social & Behavior Change Officer reports to the Child Protection Specialist for supervision and guidance. The Officer provides technical and operational support to the CP Specialist and internal colleagues by administering, implementing, monitoring and/or evaluating a variety of SBC initiatives and activities to promote community engagement and participation, and measurable behavioral and social change/mobilization, requiring the application of technical and theoretical skills and thorough knowledge of organizational goals, rules, regulations, policies and procedures to complete tasks.
The Social and Behavioral Change Officer will provide support in the design, collection, data analysis, management and monitoring of Social and Behavioral Change programmatic strategies for UNICEF Honduras. S/he will also support the development of specialized high quality methodologies, data systems and evidence that enhance the scientific rigor of UNICEF's SBC work.
How can you make a difference?
1- Support to strategy and development of S&BC Activities
- Research and analyze international, regional and national trends in methodologies and programs related to SBC. Collect, analyze, verify and synthesize information to facilitate program development, design and preparation.
- Collect, synthesize, draft and/or organize materials and related documentations for evidence-based SBC strategies and plans to ensure optimum impact, scale and sustainability of achievements/results.
- Assess, select and/or recommend appropriate information and materials for SBC initiatives verifying accuracy and quality for dissemination.
- Monitor and assess the impact of SBC strategies and activities on the CO and Protection Program goals to achieve measureable behavioral and social change resulting in the improvement of children’s rights and wellbeing. Submit qualitative report/synthesis of results for development planning and improvement.
- Prepare technical reports and inputs for programme preparation and documentation, ensuring accuracy, timeliness and relevancy of information.
- Facilitate the development and establishment of sectoral programme goals, objectives, strategies, and results-based planning related with SBC, through research, collection, analysis and reporting of child protection programmes and other related information for development planning and priority and goal setting.
2- Support to the implementation of SBC activities
- Work closely and collaboratively with colleagues and partners to collect, analyze and share information on strategies for changing norms and behaviors, implementation issues, suggest solutions on program implementation and submit reports to alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher level intervention and/or decisions.
- Collaborate and/or consult with internal and external partners to provide operational and technical support to research, develop, and produce evidence-based strategies and test, produce and use quality SBC materials, organize events and activities to ensure community engagement and participation, and maximum outreach and impact on behavioral and social change.
- Provide technical, administrative and logistical support and background materials to carry out SBC strategies and activities and recommend operational strategies, approaches, plans, methods and procedures to ensure community engagement and participation, and optimum outreach and impact.
- Monitor the implementation of programs to promote SBC, including the consistency of methodologies and indicator reporting, making adjustments and improvements, and documenting good practices and models for replication.
- Collect, assess and organize information for budget planning and management of programme funds and prepare documentations and related materials for financial planning for S&BC initiatives. Monitor/track the use of resources as planned and verify compliance with organizational guidelines, rules and regulations and standards of ethics and transparency.
3- Technical and operational support to programme implementation
- Conduct field visits and surveys and compile and share reports with partners and stakeholders.
- Participate in capacity building of government counterparts, CSOs and implementing partners and stakeholders to enhance the promotion of social and behavioral norm change for the protection of children's rights, including the organization of specialized trainings and technical events and the development of technical papers and proposals for policies, plans and programs.
- Assess progress and provide technical support to implementing partners, counterparts and other stakeholders on SBC.
- Report critical issues, bottlenecks and potential problems for timely action to achieve results.
- Provide technical and operational support to government counterparts, implementing partners, UN system partners and other country office partners/donors on the implementation and understanding of UNICEF child protection policies, strategies, processes and best practices to support program implementation.
4- Networking and partnership building
- Build and maintain close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active information and knowledge sharing to facilitate program implementation and build stakeholder capacity to achieve and sustain results in SBC for child protection.
- Participate in and promote coordination mechanisms between CSOs, UN agencies and government agencies for the development of policies, programs and actions to promote changes in social norms and behaviors that contribute to guaranteeing children's rights.
- Collaborate with internal global/regional communication partners to harmonize, link and/or coordinate messaging to enhance SBC outreach and contribution to programmatic outcomes.
- Draft communication and information materials for CO programme advocacy to promote awareness, establish partnership/alliances and support fund raising for child protection programmes.
5- Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
- Identify, capture, synthesize, and share lessons learned for knowledge development and to build the capacity of stakeholders.
- Apply innovative approaches and promote good practices and evidence-based intervention models to support the implementation and delivery of concrete and sustainable programme results.
- Research, benchmark and report on best and cutting-edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems.
- Participate as a resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients, counterparts, implementing partners and stakeholders.
- Support the organization, administration and implementation of capacity building initiatives, including partnerships with training and academic institutions, to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders/partners across programme sectors in S&BC planning, implementation and evaluation in support of programmes/projects. Develop training materials for training activities, and revise and update them as necessary.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- A university degree in one of the following fields is required: communication, social and behavior change, international cooperation, law, human rights, psychology, sociology, economics, or other relevant field of the social sciences.
- A minimum of one year of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development Programme planning, communication for development, social and behavior change, social communication or another related area.
- Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
- Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, or Russian) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...
UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues
UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.
During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
This position has been assessed as an elevated risk role for Child Safeguarding purposes as it is either: a role with direct contact with children, works directly with child, is a safeguarding response role or has been assessed as an elevated risk role for child safeguarding. Additional vetting and assessment for elevated risk roles in child safeguarding (potentially including additional criminal background checks) applies.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.