SBCC Program Officer


Nouakchott, Mauritania

Project Description

The AgirPF Project is a USAID-funded regional project that works with Ministries of Health, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to increase the demand for, access to and use of family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services using the "SEED" model (supply-demand-enabling environment model). AgirPF is implemented by EngenderHealth in five West-African countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Niger and Togo.

Scope of responsibilities

  • Provide technical guidance on programming and SBCC strategy and activity implementation in Mauritania, including strategic use of media, interpersonal communication, dialogue and social mobilization;
  • Contribute to message, communications material, community communications and activities development in accordance with the SBCC project strategy, to increase access to family planning emphasizing the importance of gender-based norms and promoting the concept of rights-based informed choice;
  • Contribute to formative research to identify key health behavior determinants targeted by the project;
  • Identify and work with the SBCC project partner (NGO, community based organizations) together with the SBCC Regional Advisor to develop messages based on the results of formative research to impact the target population;
  • Contribute to the monitoring and evaluations of SBCC interventions in Mauritania and share the results with AgirPF project countries to draw lessons for the future;
  • Manage and monitor SBCC interventions implemented by project staff and partners, on a daily basis;
  • Build the institutional capacities of civil society in the implementation and monitoring of evidence-based SBCC initiatives to increase the overall knowledge and lead to greater understanding of priority health issues while promoting positive behaviors for health and strengthening the demand for key health services;
  • Implement the best local and international practices in innovative and transversal communication initiatives, in maternal and child health issues, family planning, HIV/AIDS, as well as the strengthening of positive gender norms;
  • Contribute to building relationships with donors, and developing project proposals and publications;
  • Handle key relationships with national and local partners in SBCC activities and represent AgirPF in national SBCC technical groups;
  • Work closely with the project team to ensure coordination of planned activities and resources allocation;
  • Contribute to documenting experiences, prepare report and articles with a view to publish them;
  • Perform other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.

Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • Master's degree in communication sciences, social sciences, public health, and/or medical sciences, or bachelor's degree related to SBCC;
  • Minimum of 4 years of programmatic and technical experience in SRH/FP and a minimum of 3 years of experience in SBCC technical assistance in RH/FP programs funded by donors (USAID, DFID, CDC, etc.);
  • Knowledge of family planning and other public health-related fields (for example, maternal and child health, SRH, HIV, tuberculosis, etc.);
  • Knowledge and understanding of current theories and SBCC best practices in particular with regard to USAID-funded projects preferably and other donors;
  • Experience in development and implementation of SBCC activities including the use of mass media, social media, interpersonal communication, advocacy and community mobilization;
  • Experience in use of monitoring-evaluation to document and evaluate the achievement of the SBCC goals;
  • Experience in partnership management;
  • Excellent understanding of gender-sensitive and transformative programming;
  • Hands-on experience in the development of SBCC strategies, of messages and materials specific to the context of Mauritania to fight against gender inequalities and stigmatization;
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing clearly and effectively (including very good level of professional French speaking, reading and writing skills) with an exceptional ability to cultivate interpersonal relations;
  • Knowledge of local languages and command of English is an asset;
  • Excellent knowledge and analysis of the country's socio-cultural environment.

The successful applicant must have excellent analytical, interpersonal, organizational and intercultural skills; s/he must be able to work within the required timeframes.

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