Vitamin Angels (VA) is a public health nutrition 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. Social and behavior change (SBC) approaches are critical for improving MIYCN behaviors and ultimately, health and nutrition outcomes. VA seeks to engage a consultant to guide the design and implementation of SBC strategies, programs, and tools to improve MIYCN.
SCOPE OF WORK
The role of the SBC Specialist consultancy 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 include:
• Providing technical guidance on the design of SBC strategies to improve MIYCN;
• Supporting development, pre-testing, and adaptation of SBC communication materials using global best practices;
• Overseeing implementation of SBC strategies, working closely with country teams and key stakeholders;
• Ensuring robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of SBC strategies and programs;
• Building SBC capacity of VA Programs team and program partners;
• Contributing to annual work plans and budgeting, and overall strategic planning;
• Developing training and implementation manuals, standard operating procedures, etc.; and
• Drafting or contributing to technical briefs, peer-reviewed publications, reports, presentations, and other materials.
• At least 3- 5 years of experience in a related role; Master’s degree or PhD in Public Health, Health Communication, Nutrition, or related topic preferred
• At least two years of experience working in nutrition programs or research in a low/middle income country environment
• Familiarity with evidence-based best practices for SBC strategy design and with applying SBC monitoring and evaluation principles, including conducting formative research
• 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 travel internationally up to 15% of time, in accordance with COVID-19 travel restrictions
• Flexibility in daily work schedule, allowing for participation in remote meetings and regular email communication with counterparts working in various time zones across the Americas, Africa, and Asia
• Full professional proficiency in English, proficiency in a second language desirable
To apply, interested persons should submit a cover letter and a resume or curriculum vitae to: Jillian Emerson, Associate Director of Nutrition and Technical Assistance.
E-mail: [email protected]
Resumes will be accepted until July 31st, 2022, or until a qualified candidate is identified.