Mercy Corps Social, Structural, and Behavioral Change Advisor for Nutrition Resilience Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps Social, Structural, and Behavioral Change Advisor for Nutrition Resilience Jobs in Kenya


Program / Department Summary **

  • With funding from USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), Mercy Corps’ Nawiri Program is leading a consortium of Kenyan and international partners on a five year journey to sustainably reduce persistent acute malnutrition in Turkana and Samburu Counties of Kenya.

  • Through a phased approach that emphasizes evidence gap analysis, as well as partnership, learning, and co-creation, the program takes a robust county-centered design with government leadership, active engagement from communities, the private sector, and civil society.

    General Position Summary

  • The Nawiri SSBC for Nutrition Resilience Advisor will provide strategic leadership in the design, development, and execution of a coherent SSBC for Nutrition Resilience Strategy that crosscuts all areas of the project.

  • During the first phase of Nawiri, s/he will ensure the program’s research and learning agenda is designed and routinely iterated to build a robust evidence base for informing strategic investments for driving social, structural, and behavioral change.

    Essential Job Functions

    Vision and Strategy

    ● Support the Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) by providing vision and strategy to the program approach and how SBCC integrates into the overall technical direction and implementation.

    ● Forge strong, institutional linkages and maintain a productive working relationship with USAID, Government of Kenya, the CRS consortium, PREG Partners, and other relevant partners in economic and market-related activities.

    ● Assist in defining and analyzing Nawiri practices and priorities across all partners; identifying opportunities for integration and synergies within other sectors such as nutrition, health, water systems, and governance.

    Technical Leadership

    ● In close collaboration with all Nawiri stakeholders, lead in the design, development, execution and iteration of a risk-informed SSBC strategy for improving nutrition resilience that is evidence-based, tailored to local realities, and responsive to risk and opportunities.

    ● Provide SSBC technical leadership for Nawiri consortium members and county partners, including frequent travel to Samburu and Turkana to provide on-site capacity building and technical assistance.

    ● Lead in the identification and development of innovative approaches for changing the attitudes, perceptions, and practices around decision-making for health and nutrition outcomes, at multiple levels and scales (e.g. individual, HH, community, public and private sector institutions, etc.)

    ● Develop comprehensive behavior change tools and SBC campaign activities using evidence-based theories and methodologies, in close collaboration with external stakeholders.

    Program Support and Implimentation

    ● Provide leadership and oversight in the development of risk-informed and shock-responsive SSBC tools, materials, and communication
    channels.

    ● Provide strategic, technical guidance and direction to the program, ensuring alignment with latest technical information, evidence and approaches in the SSBC field;

    ● Oversee programmatic and technical aspects related to SSBC activities ensuring SSBC efforts are evidence-based and coordinated, and in line with the Nawiri goal and principles.

    Team Management and Communication

    ● Work closely with the Systems Strengthening and Institutionalization Lead and team to cultivate county leaders’ commitments to policies and programs that support nutrition resilience and promote changes in social and structural conditions that contribute to persistent acute malnutrition.

    ● Work closely with the Strategic Learning Lead to drive the learning agenda within Nawiri and other partners in Turkana and Samburu, and the wider community of practice

    ● Work with other team leads to coordinate reporting to the donor

    ● Represent Mercy Corps and Nawiri at strategic meetings, events, and conferences.

    ● Develop case studies and other products to communicate key program learnings related to SBC

    ● Contribute to the design and implementation of M&E activities, including any baseline, end-line, or other activities related to SBC.

    Knowledge and Experience

  • A Master’s degree in Behavioral or Social Sciences, Public Health, Social Psychology, Communications, Marketing, Health Communication, Behavioral Economics, or other relevant behavioral/social science field or Bachelor’s degree with at least 7-10 years of additional relevant experience.

  • At least 7-10 years of demonstrated experience in designing and implementing SSBC activities, preferably in northern Kenya. Demonstrated success in generating and executing innovative and effective social, structural and behavior change solutions.

  • Experience applying a range of SBC approaches, including social marketing and nudges, or a willingness to learn to apply a range of new and innovative SBC approaches.

  • Knowledge and understanding of local cultural practices, social networks, and gender and age dynamics in northern Kenya

  • Experience collaborating with county officials and leaders, building community capacity and leading community mobilization

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Mercy Corps Social, Structural, and Behavioral Change Advisor for Nutrition Resilience Jobs in Kenya




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