FHI 360 is seeking qualified candidates for a Technical Advisor – Social and Behavior Change (SBC) position for an anticipated community nutrition activity in Ethiopia. The activity will build upon a long tradition of USAID nutrition funding in Ethiopia and is expected to focus on enhancing multisector coordination and accountability; improving nutrition practices and health-seeking behaviors; and strengthening delivery of quality nutrition services within USAID’s Feed the Future Zones of Influence. This will be a full-time position based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for a duration of five years. Ethiopian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply. Availability of the position is contingent upon successful award of the activity to FHI 360.

Job Summary:

The Technical Advisor – SBC will lead the design and implementation of the SBC strategy for the anticipated community nutrition project aligned with national policies, industry standards, and donor requirements. S/he will provide technical direction and training for staff and partners and oversee the operational aspects of the SBC approach, including SBC indicators, formative research, monitoring plans, and any recommended changes to the work plan and/or budget based on data collected and lessons-learned from the field. The Technical Advisor will also prepare SBC sections of donor reports and learning documents; and provide coordination and SBC technical support for government and community organizations based on the latest evidence and best practices.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the design and implementation of the SBC strategy and implementation plan based on literature review/formative research findings, national guidelines, and industry standards.
  • Oversee programmatic and technical aspects of the SBC plan related to comprehensive, multi-layered SBC activities, ensuring SBC efforts are evidence-based, community-driven, and aligned with government policies and complementary USAID investments.
  • Provide technical support in the development and field testing of SBC tools and materials, strategies for assistance and mentorship, reports, and interventions across the project.
  • Work closely with assigned teams to ensure SBC activities are implemented according to best practices and evidence-based frameworks.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations to donors and key stakeholders on progress.
  • Develop project work plans and coordinate with donors and partners on activities.
  • Ensure technical deliverables and implementation are consistent with best practices.
  • Proactively identify risks or challenges to technical deliverables and create mitigation plans.
  • Review, assess, and evaluate the effectiveness of SBC interventions and make recommendations for enhancements.
  • Ensures the quality of implemented technical activities and systems at all levels.
  • Willingness to travel within country for technical assistance provision and quality assurance.

    Minimum Requirements:

    • Master's degree or its international equivalent in SBC, public health, nutrition, international development, or related field preferred; or bachelor’s degree and 2 additional years of work experience.
    • Minimum of 12 years of related work experience, including managing and implementing SBC activities for donor-funded programs, preferably within multi-sector programs in Ethiopia or similar country contexts.
    • Demonstrated abilities in a range of SBC models and strategies, formative research techniques, pretesting, and M&E methodologies for effective SBC interventions.
    • Experience coordinating with governments, local organizations, and communities, in the design and implementation of SBC strategies.
    • Experience working with creative design agencies, material development and production houses, and public relations and print production firms.
    • Strong grasp of local cultural practices, social networks, gender and age dynamics and their relationship to behavior change, strongly preferred.
    • Relevant computer software skills (at a minimum, the standard applications in MS Office).
    • Oral and written fluency in English.

      This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

      This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

      FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

      FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

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