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03 August 2016

Social Behaviour Change and Communication Advisor (SBCC) Job Opportunity - USAID SPRING Project

Organisation: USAID Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party

About USAID SPRING Project:
The Strengthening Partnerships, Results and Innovations in Nutrition Globally Project (SPRING) Project is a six-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID. SPRING’s overarching vision is to reduce under-nutrition, prevent stunting, and work with women and children in reducing anemia. By providing state-of-the-art technical support, SPRING aims to strengthen country efforts to scale up high-impact nutrition practices and policies to improve maternal and child nutrition outcomes. SPRING's experienced implementation team consists of experts from JSI Research and Training Institute, Inc., Helen Keller International, The International Food Policy Research Institute, Save the Children, and The Manoff Group. In Uganda, SPRING currently provides technical assistance to the Government of Uganda (GoU) in three areas: micronutrient powders, industrial food fortification, and anemia policy and programming at the national level and in Namutumba district.

Job Summary: The Social Behaviour Change and Communication Advisor (SBCC) will be responsible for activity implementation and management of the information, documentation and SBCC interventions for SPRING. The incumbent will work in consultation with the other technical team members to develop and implement he communication programmes of the project. He/she will ensure that the communication outputs are of the highest quality, respond to the specified deliverables and goals of the cooperative agreement, are delivered in a timely manner and are in full support and compliance with the terms of the cooperative agreement.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technical Assistance to the UNAP Secretariat:
  • Provide timely technical assistance to the UNAP Secretariat in relation to the National Nutrition Advocacy and Communication Strategy in order to ensure its successful implementation;
  • Responsible for supporting the roll out of the National Nutrition Advocacy and Communication Strategy. This includes, the implementation of the social mobilization campaign supported by SPRING and providing OPM with the technical guidance on how the other communication activities within the strategy should be implemented.
Development and implementation of the SBCC Plan for the Industrial Food Fortification:
  • Working closely with the National Fortification Stakeholders to support the creation of demand for the consumption of fortified foods through raising awareness levels. This includes the completion of the communication plan and materials for the fortification communication campaign.
  • The incumbent will also coordinate the finalization of the communication plan for the Industrial Fortification programme
  • Revise and complete the communication materials for the Industrial fortification campaign
  • Support the roll out of the communication activities under the Industrial fortification campaign
Roll out of the Communication Campaign of the Micronutrient Powder Program (MNPs):
  • Working closely with the Ministry of Health and different partners to ensure the successful implementation of the communication campaign for Micro-Nutrient Powder program.
  • In line with the Communication Plan for MNPs, work with the stakeholders to finalize activities and materials for the communication campaign with the stakeholders
  • Work closely with the SPRING team to support the roll out in Namutumba District including the mass media, community outreach and inter-personal aspects.
Develop and implement the Anemia Advocacy and Communication Plans:
  • Work in line with the National Anemia Control Strategy, the SBCC Advisor will execute the following activities: work with the National Anemia Working Group to develop and implement specific advocacy and resource mobilization activities as highlighted within the comprehensive National Anemia Strategy.
  • Tease out the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization aspects within the comprehensive strategy in order to develop a specific plan.
  • Support the implementation of the Advocacy and Resource Mobilization activities
Monitoring, evaluation and Learning:
  • Work closely with the SPRING Home Office and Country team to develop and implement the
  • Knowledge Management Plan in Uganda that positions SPRING as the leading player in the area of Nutrition.
  • Regularly communicate with project management SPRING/Uganda and technical backstop at SPRING HQ, including monthly, quarterly and annual reports.
Other duties/ Activities: Take up any other roles and responsibilities as discussed and agreed with the supervisor

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicants for the USAID SPRING Project SBCC Advisor job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in Communication, Public Health, Social Sciences, Advertising, SBCC or related field
  • A minimum five to seven years’ experience working in health communication or with social and  behavior change communication programs
  • At least five years’ experience working in health and nutrition programming in a developing country
  • Previous experience in leadership, coordination, management and provision of technical assistance to high level multi sectoral stakeholders in implementing health, food security and nutrition policy and programming and systems strengthening.
  • Proven leadership in the design, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of international donor – supported programs with skills in strategic planning, management, supervision and budgeting and must have experience on managing complex activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
How to Apply: 
All applicants who wish to join the USAID Project are encouraged to send their application letters, copies of academic certificates and CV including three referees to the following address below. Please indicate the position you have applied for in the subject line of the email.

The Chief of Party
SPRING Project
Plot 36/37A Martyr’s Way Minister’s Village, Ntinda
P.O. Box 40070, Kampala-Uganda

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Deadline: 5th August 2016

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