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Employer: Population Council
Located in: Washington, DC
Degree Required: Masters
POSITION SUMMARY: The Breakthrough-RESEARCH (B-R) project is seeking an Associate I & Senior Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Team Lead to bring additional programmatic expertise to research and evaluation conducted under the B-R Project. Breakthrough RESEARCH is USAID’s flagship SBC research and evaluation project, and a sister project to Breakthrough ACTION (B-A), which is led by Johns Hopkins University Center for Communications Programs. Together, the projects provide global and country-level technical leadership in SBC advocacy, design, implementation, research, and evaluation. The ideal candidate will have programmatic, monitoring and evaluation experience on both large and small projects that have demonstrated the impact of SBC on health outcomes around the world. He/she believes in the power of behavior change, has a solid understanding of SBC evidence, and can contribute toward the design and implementation of research that is responsive to the needs of SBC programs on the ground. The Associate I & Senior SBC Team Lead will be a part of the B-R senior management team (SMT), and will work closely with project partners, USAID, and B-R Activity Leads. He/she will report to the B-R Project Director.
1. Serve as a critical team member to achieve progress a strategic priority area for B-R and contribute SBC technical leadership to the project to ensure the programmatic relevance of B-R’s research and evaluation.
2. Work closely to align B-R’s research activities with programmatic objectives of USAID across health areas and development sectors, including family planning, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), maternal, neonatal and child health, malaria, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH).
3. Provide focused technical advice and strategic guidance to Council colleagues on SBC programming across B-R’s portfolio of activities.
4. Develop B-R proposal ideas and research approaches for funding through the B-R mechanism, including the development of concept notes for submission to USAID.
5. Serve on the B-R SMT and work closely with the Project Director, Technical Director, and the Associate Director of Finance and Administration and advisors on the Senior Technical Team to contribute to the overall project vision, execution of activities, and delivery of high-quality and timely products and deliverables.
6. Drive collaboration with USAID missions, program stakeholders, and Activity Leads to design research that is responsive to SBC program needs; identify and share lessons learned.
7. Contribute to the preparation, review, and completion of SMT products and deliverables as needed, including work plans and research protocols, and designing evidence translation products.
8. Promote the impact of B-R and the Council’s research by being a thought leader on the international stage through different channels – including reports, synthesis documents, papers in peer reviewed journals, working papers, conferences, presentations, and technical meetings.
9. Build capacity among B-R staff and Activity Leads to align SBC theory and measurement frameworks to inform research and evaluation.
10. Represent B-R, and the Council, at USAID meetings, project events and meetings, professional conferences and international fora. Collaborating with and managing relationships with international organizations, business partners, and donors as appropriate.
11. Perform related activities assigned by the Technical Director and/or Project Director.
1. Post-graduate education (master’s or higher) in public health, communication, behavioral or social sciences, or a related field
2. A minimum of eight years’ experience providing SBC technical direction to projects, including SBC programmatic development, implementation, and determining effective ways to measure and evaluate implementation and impact
3. Expertise in SBC theory and its application to program design, including communications, social marketing, service delivery, and community engagement
4. Experience in emerging SBC methods and approaches to monitoring, evaluation and learning, including adaptive management approaches
5. Subject matter experience and/or expertise in family planning, sexual and reproductive health (SRH), neonatal and child health, malaria, or water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)
6. Demonstrated thought leadership in the field of SBC with a significant track record of writing about and presenting work internally and externally
7. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in different team situations
8. Experience living and working in developing country settings and working with local community, policy and programmatic stakeholders a plus
9. Experience working on USAID-funded projects and familiarity and understanding of USAID policies and procedures preferred
10. Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English; fluency in French or Spanish preferred
11. Available to travel domestically and internationally
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Posted on 01/10/2019
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