Social and Behavior Change (SBC) and Community Engagement Counselor – Yemen


Save the Children is seeking a Social and Behavior Change/Community Engagement Counselor for the Yemen cycle as part of scaling up integrated maternal, newborn and child health services, voluntary family planning and Reproductive Health (MNCH/FP/RH) (MOMENTUM) Annual Program Statement. The Yemen Round will improve maternal, newborn, and child health outcomes in at least 20 districts of the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) by focusing U.S. government assistance on improving access, utilization and quality of high-impact reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH). services in some governorates of the country.

The Social and Behavior Change (SBC)/Community Engagement Advisor will oversee provider behavior change, community engagement and demand generation as part of a comprehensive SBC portfolio. They will be responsible for leading the development, planning and implementation of an SBC strategy and SBC interventions across the business. This includes guiding formative research; lead the design of tools and support materials as well as monitor the progress of activities to ensure consistent and cohesive delivery of interventions.

This position is subject to donor approval and funding.

What you will do (essential tasks)

  • Guide qualitative and quantitative formative research components related to SBC under the direction of the MEAL team to inform SBC strategy development.
  • Lead the development of the CSC strategy and provide technical guidance and coordination for participatory design and implementation, particularly at the household and community level (includes: interpersonal communication, mass and social media; mobilization and advocacy communities; capacity building; monitoring and learning).
  • Lead the development and implementation of effective provider behavior change and social accountability approaches at the facility and community level.
  • Lead and provide technical guidance for the development, adaptation, field testing and effective use of state-of-the-art SBC approaches, materials, tools and job aids in support of the improved outcomes in RMNCH.
  • Train and coach staff on implementation of SBC strategy, approaches, tools and job aids.
  • Support the development of effective CCS monitoring and evaluation indicators and evaluation designs.
  • Lead the design and implementation of field testing of materials and activities.
  • Support capacity building and CSC strategies to improve community-led advocacy and community mobilization.
  • Foster and maintain effective professional relationships with a wide range of community, public and private sector counterparts.
  • Identify and oversee technical deliverables from SBC consultants, design agencies and mass media production houses.
  • Ensure timely and quality completion of all relevant program deliverables and reports.
  • Document SBC and community mobilization approaches, successes and challenges to support programmatic and sector learning.
  • Generate timely insights into SBC strategy effectiveness, feed that insight into Collaborate, Learn, and Adapt (CLA) processes, and direct necessary adjustments.

Qualifications required

  • Master’s degree in public health, health promotion, health or mass communication, behavioral science, community development, or other social science discipline.
  • A minimum of seven years of increasing technical responsibility leading to a higher level of SBC expertise is required, with demonstrable time and experience working on RMNCH or nutrition programming, including but not limited to science behavior management, health communication or social marketing campaigns and community engagement/community capacity building.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing integrated social and behavior change strategies.
  • SBC management experience, including creative and strategic communications design and media/materials development (mobile phones, print and/or television). This includes the meaningful engagement of stakeholders and community collaborators in the design, pre-testing, production and improvement of communication materials.
  • Experience working at the community level in programs that require active engagement and co-creation with families and community in similar contexts.
  • Experience in designing and implementing participatory research and/or monitoring and evaluation of CSC implementation an asset.
  • Experience working in Yemen or the MENA region on similar work.
  • Strong ability to write strategies, reports, documentation, success stories, etc.
  • Demonstrated excellence in participatory facilitation.
  • A track record of engagement with USAID or development donor-funded initiatives is highly desirable.
  • Strong oral and written communication and presentation skills in English and Arabic.
  • Qualified Yemeni nationals and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Why should you join the Save the Children team…

Save the Children US offers exceptional benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurance, pet insurance, short and long term disability coverage, employee assistance program, 403 (b ), generous vacations, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter allowances, dress for the day and much more.

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About Save the Children

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