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Director, Social and Behavior Change (SBC)
Save the Children in Fairfield, Connecticut
Date Posted 01/12/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Director, Social and Behavior Change (SBC)

Full Job Description


The Director, Social and Behavior Change (SBC) is a seasoned SBC practitioners and program manager with 20 years of relevant experience monitoring, evaluating and managing SBC programming. The SBC Director will provides technical direction, management and scientific advisory based on substantial experience and skills for a lead position within the consortium of an SBC Research project. The project focusses on researching and evaluating SBC programming for maternal and newborn health, family planning and reproductive health, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health, child health and nutrition, and other sectors (e.g., WASH, education, food security) as relevant. The position will lead monitoring design and adaptive learning, and coordinate activities with several local partners in a variety of regions. The position contributes to SBC project, research, evaluation design; project implementation; and knowledge management; as well as research utilization

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

The Director SBC provides technical assistance based on several years of experience in local capacity strengthening, managing and adapting a range of SBC research and programming. Advisory will require expertise and knowledge of evidence-based SBC programming, including community engagement methods, social and behavioral sciences and strategies, current practice, and established SBC research and implementation standards. This may include assessing ongoing SBC programming at country, regional or global level, providing guidance to program and research designs and protocols, and sharing SBC evidence, best practice and guidance. Tasks will include strengthening SBC capacity with country-level, regional or global program staff, engaging in research utilization activities for SBC and participation in scientific forums and technical networks.

The position will work closely with project technical and management staff of the global project prime as well as at SCUS and SCI country teams to determine and meet technical assistance needs, including documentation of program progress and results. The Technical Director participates in SCUS Behavior Change and Community Health teams’ learning and capacity building efforts cutting across SCUS and SCI.

Technical Leadership on SBC MERL and Implementation Design

  • Provide technical leadership in SBC/behavioral sciences and/or program wide activities, including technical leadership in monitoring design, adaptive learning and contribution to evaluation design, planning, formative research of SBC activities
  • Ensure that SBC strategies, implementation and measurement align with SBC technical standards/best practices
  • Support development of effective and complexity-aware indicators for SBC, including community engagement, and monitor/assess implementation performance according to those indicators
  • Provide technical assistance and recommendations based on M&E data, global best practices, and lessons learned from other similar programs
  • Develop tools for the design and implementation of specific technical components of SBC.
  • Synthesize SBC results, challenges and lessons learned, and disseminate internally and globally
  • Lead development and implementation of SBC capacity strengthening strategies
  • Identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration with other donor-funded programs, both internally and externally
  • Coordinate country-specific USAID Mission buy ins with SCI country offices and partner staff
  • Cultivates stakeholder relationships representing a broad range of functions and levels including with donor, government agencies, partner staff and other NGOs.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent experience, plus at least 20 years of relevant experience monitoring, evaluating and managing SBC programming; providing technical assistance in SBC, SBCC, C4D, Mass or Health Communication, Health Promotion, Social or Behavioral Sciences, Community Health or Development or related field;
  • Extensive implementation experience providing capacity strengthening in SBC and community engagement, as well as SBC measurement in developing country context;
  • Experience in SBC programming in at least one of the following health areas: maternal and newborn health, family planning and reproductive health, including adolescent sexual and reproductive health, child health and nutrition;
  • Experience in operations research and implementation science, as well as complexity aware monitoring and evaluation of SBC.
  • Demonstrated program management, problem solving skills, collaboration experience (including with line ministries), creativity and willingness to innovate;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to lead, manage and work effectively with country teams, including under limitations determined by project workplans or donor regulations;
  • Experience writing technical, progress, and summary reports for donors and other external audiences using appropriate style and grammar;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate successfully with individuals and teams at all levels
  • Professional proficiency in MS Office suite
  • Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering and maintaining and environment of diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Ability and willingness to travel internationally up to 30% of time.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree (master’s or higher) preferred in public health/health communication, behavioral sciences or health promotion, community health, media studies or comparable areas.
  • Familiarity with and understanding of USAID regulations, policies and procedures;
  • French language skills desired.

Director, Social and Behavior Change (SBC)

Job Category: Advisor
Requisition Number: DIREC004491

About Save the Children

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.

Our work for children and their families requires that we commit—at every opportunity—to work together to identify and dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality, and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond. As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate discrimination in any form—in our employment practices, amongst our staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice, inclusion, and belonging.

We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws.

Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children’s policy to create and proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with this commitment and obligation.

Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training, support and information to reduce their risk exposure while maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families. Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and maintain safe working conditions for all

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