Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Advisor, USAID/Liberia Food Security, Nutrition, and Resilience (FSNR) Activity


Save the Children is seeking Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Advisor candidates for the upcoming USAID-funded Food Security, Nutrition, and Resilience (FSNR) activity in Liberia. The FSNR activity will aim to improve Liberia’s food and nutrition security and households’ resilience. FSNR is anticipated to be a five-year activity that will target smallholder farmers, subsistence farmers, cooperatives, women, and youth groups in rural and peri-urban communities within USAID/Liberia’s zone of influence (Lofa, Bong, Nimba, Margibi, Grand Bassa, and Montserrado).

The SBC Advisor will lead the design and implementation of a cross-cutting evidence-based SBC strategy for the FSNR activity. The SBC Advisor will provide technical leadership on SBC at the nexus of livelihoods, nutrition, and gender. The position will work closely with the activity’s technical advisors to undertake assessments and coordinate the design, implementation, monitoring, and adaptation of an effective SBC strategy for the overall program. The SBC Advisor will be responsible for the development of strategic plans, technical materials, communications tools, training packages, job aids, guidelines, and standards to be used across project sectors as well as the creative application of mobile technologies, community forums, peer groups etc.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

  • Under the guidance of the Chief of Party and Save the Children technical advisors and consultants, lead the design, implementation, monitoring, and adaptation of an integrated SBC strategy.
  • Oversee the design of formative research and contribute to the design of assessments relevant to SBC that may include barrier analysis and participatory action research.
  • Regularly travel to activity site locations in order to lead the start-up and implementation of integrated SBC activities.
  • Work collaboratively with project staff in other technical areas to support integration of activities and provide SBC mentoring and coaching throughout project design and implementation.
  • Contribute to project reports, annual implementation plans, and regional strategic planning, ensuring that the SBC strategy is well articulated.
  • Collaborate with M&E team to ensure SBC indicators are specific, measurable, attainable and action-oriented, relevant, time-bound and gender aware (SMARTG), and that SBC data collection and analysis is rigorous and informs programmatic decision making. Make regular field visits to monitor program quality and strengthen community capacity.
  • Build management capacity for SBC design, monitoring, evaluation, and implementation.
  • Lead trainings for staff and community stakeholders on community-led development methodologies and monitor community-level development initiatives.
  • Participate in internal and external technical working groups and liaise with other stakeholders.
  • Serve as an SBC focal point with local and international partners.
  • Provide timely and accurate reporting.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, international development, health, nutrition, or related area preferred.
  • Five years of experience with the design and implementation of SBC programming in food security, nutrition, and/or gender. Past experience working on USAID activities preferred.
  • Significant knowledge of SBC theories and community mobilization principles as they relate to livelihoods, agricultural practices, health, nutrition, youth development, and/or gender for community-based programs.
  • Excellent training design and participatory facilitation skills.
  • Experience conducting and/or overseeing applied research and analysis regarding livelihoods, food security, health, nutrition, and/or gender at the community level is preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience synthesizing and triangulating data across multiple studies to inform the development of an integrated SBC strategy.
  • Demonstrated experience providing supportive supervision to local stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with host government and partners in implementing a complex project in the field under challenging circumstances.
  • Significant knowledge of livelihoods, food security, health, nutrition, and/or gender issues, preferably in Liberia or a similar context.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead and work effectively in team situations, as well as demonstrated ability to manage teams effectively.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required.

Why you should join the Save the Children Team…

Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance, short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave, family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for your day, and much more.

About Save the Children

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You see, Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the United States and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.

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