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Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Specialist or Lead

Vitamin Angels (VA) is a global non-profit organization with headquarters in Santa Barbara, California, USA. It promotes and implements evidence-based nutrition interventions among hard-to-reach and underserved populations (those that lack access to national health services), in 65 countries.

POSITIONSocial and Behavior Change (SBC) Specialist or Lead
EMPLOYERVitamin Angel Alliance, Inc. (VA)
LOCATION: Goleta, CA or Remote, USA


Vitamin Angels is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We are a dedicated group of individuals who aim to foster a supportive environment where everyone can contribute, thrive, and grow.
 

ROLE OR PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

Vitamin Angels (VA) is a public health nonprofit working to improve nutrition and health outcomes in low- resource settings worldwide. We strengthen, extend, and amplify the impact of our partner organizations working to reach the most nutritionally vulnerable groups – pregnant women, infants, and children – who are underserved by existing systems. We do this by delivering evidence-based interventions and offering technical assistance, including ongoing monitoring and evaluation, to ensure program quality, scale, and impact. VA works with over 2,000 local organizations, including governments, to reach more than 70 million women and children in 65 countries annually.

Optimal nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life is critical for the health of pregnant women, infants, and young children, and has both short and long-term impacts on reduction of morbidity and mortality, as well as ensuring healthy growth and development.  VA’s maternal, infant, and young child nutrition (MIYCN) programs support high impact behaviors in the first 1,000 days, including healthy diet and adherence to multiple micronutrient supplements during pregnancy, early and exclusive breastfeeding, and adequate complementary feeding from 6-23 months, along with continued breastfeeding.  Vulnerable children from three to five years of age are targeted through supplementary feeding programs.  Social and behavior change (SBC) approaches are critical for improving MIYCN behaviors and ultimately, health and nutrition outcomes.  VA seeks to hire a SBC Specialist/Lead to guide the design and implementation of SBC strategies, programs, and tools to improve MIYCN.

The SBC Specialist/Lead is a member of VA’s Program Division within the Technical Assistance team. The role of the SBC Specialist/Lead is to provide technical support and guidance for the design, implementation, and evaluation of SBC strategies, programs, and tools to improve MIYCN according to evidence-based best practices, while strengthening SBC capacity of VA teams and program partners.

 

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide technical guidance on the design of SBC strategies to improve MIYCN; specifically:
    • Conducting initial desk reviews/landscape analyses to assess needs and opportunities to use SBC strategies to improve MIYCN
    • Engagement of key stakeholders from government and other relevant entities
    • Using data to identify priority behaviors in specific contexts
    • Conducting formative research to identify behavioral determinants (e.g. barriers, motivators), influential groups for the behavior (e.g. fathers, mothers-in-law), high-reach communication channels, and other factors related to a specific behavior (e.g., quality of health care services, supportive policy environment, etc)
    • Using data to develop audience profiles/segmentation, message and channel matrices, and other components of SBC strategies
       
  • Support development and adaptation of SBC communication materials using global best practices:
    • Conducting content analyses and adaptation of existing materials
    • Using formative research findings to develop key messages
    • Developing creative briefs
    • Coordinating with communications agencies and/or graphic designers
    • Providing technical review of content
    • Conducting pre-testing
       
  • Oversee implementation of SBC strategies:
    • Work closely with country teams and stakeholders from national governments to roll-out MIYCN SBC interventions as defined in SBC strategies and plans; including approaches such as building capacity of frontline health workers to provide MIYCN counseling, mass and digital media to reach target groups with MIYCN key messages, community mobilization to engage local leaders and decision-makers, etc.
    • Manage contractors and consultants involved in implementation
       
  • Ensure robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of SBC strategies and programs, working with the VA M&E Unit to:
    • Use monitoring data to garner timely insights on program coverage and quality, and make recommendations for course-correction as needed
    • Advise on evaluation research questions and design
    • Review data collection tools
    • Contribute to results interpretation
    • Use data to make recommendations for program improvements and scale-up
    • Disseminate and apply learnings across VA country programs and with global technical audiences
       
  • Other duties as needed, including but not limited to:
    • Collaborating with the Learning Solutions team on the development of MIYCN training manuals
    • Developing supporting tools for existing programs (counseling cards, videos, etc)
    • Lead capacity strengthening efforts to build SBC skills within the VA Programs team and program partners
    • Contribute to annual work plans and budgeting, and overall strategic planning
    • Develop or review technical briefs, peer-reviewed publications, reports, presentations and other materials
    • Draft standard operating procedures, implementation manuals, templates, etc. for VA to use in the development and implementation of MIYCN SBC strategies and programs
    • Manage short-term consultants and contractors supporting formative research and implementation

       
  • REPORTS TO:
  • Senior Nutrition Scientist
  • SUPERVISES:
  • None at this time
  • PRIMARY WORKING RELATIONSHIPS:
  • Senior Nutrition Scientist
  • M&E Lead
  • Data Scientist
  • Associate Director of Program Operations Implementation Science Team
  • Learning Solutions Team Regional Program Officers Country Program Advisors
  • TRAVEL (U.S. + INTERNATIONAL)
  • REQUIRED:
  • Yes (roughly 15% time, in accordance with
  • Covid-19 travel restrictions)



LEVEL OF DECISION-MAKING

Within the bounds of VA’s mission, values and policies, and sound professional practices, the SBC Specialist/Lead is free to manage their activities in whatever way will best serve VA clients, partners and employees. Specific authorities associated with this position and their implementation procedures will be determined in conjunction with the Senior Nutrition Scientist.
 

ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS

VA operates under a collaborative management model. The SBC Specialist/Lead is supervised by the Senior Nutrition Scientist with respect to overall assignments and performance, and interacts daily with other team members to coordinate their activities. The SBC Specialist/Lead establishes their own daily work priorities, but does so consistent with the support and mentorship of the Senior Nutrition Scientist, in collaboration with the Program Division at large.

 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (REQUIRED AND DESIRED)

Required:

  • Master’s degree in public health, health communication or similar/relevant discipline from an accredited university plus 3- 5 years of experience in a related role.
  • At least two years of experience working in programs or research in a low/middle income country environment
  • Prior experience working in nutrition programs or research
  • Prior experience in design, conduct, and analysis of formative research
  • Familiarity with evidence-based best practices for SBC strategy design and with applying SBC monitoring and evaluation principles to ensure sufficient coverage and quality of programming.
  • Strong written/oral communications skills, interpersonal skills, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to think critically and strategically.
  • Commitment to fostering diverse, equitable and inclusive practices.
  • Ability to manage stress, including but not limited to stress resulting from local and foreign travel, large crowds, open spaces, shared office space, and daily activities.
  • Ability to remain seated for extended periods of time, including but not limited to prolonged air travel, and general job assignments perform at a desk.
  • Ability to walk or hike in conditions which may include uneven surfaces, inclinations, stairs, extreme weather, long distances, elevation changes or extremes, and / or other conditions associated with foreign travel.
  • Ability to lift, or carry, approximately 20-40 lbs


Highly desirable:

  • PhD in Public Health, Health Communication, Nutrition, or related topic
  • Professional proficiency in a second language (English is required)
  • Experience with pre-testing and concept testing SBC content and materials
  • Experience working with market research and creative agencies
  • Experience with human centered design and/or behavioral economics
  • Experience using digital media for SBC


CHALLENGES OF THE POSITION

The special challenges for the SBC Specialist/Lead are multi-fold. This person must: i) function effectively in an organization under continuing transformation and growth, ii) recognize and thrive in a non-profit organization driven by an unusual primary revenue generation model – cause marketing promotions in association with retail products and Corporate Social Responsibility programs, iii) be comfortable with an organization that seeks to apply, as feasible, market and business oriented solutions to its non-profit work, iv) function within a working environment that self -initiative and collaboration among many team members both internal and external to VA, and v) possess an ability to work effectively/efficiently and thrive in an environment in which many VA team members both internal and external to the Program Division are situated in multiple time zones and accessible only by phone, email, or videoconferencing software.


APPLICATION

Click here to apply. Applications will be accepted until a qualified applicant is identified.  

 

BENEFITS

Comprehensive benefit package includes: Medical, Dental and Vision Care, Life Insurance, 401(k), Paid Time Off, Holidays, Wellness Program and more.

 

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