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Job ID: 50048
Job Views: 7048
Location: Bungoma, Bungoma, Kenya
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Job Category: Management
Employment Type: Full time

Posted: 09.11.2014

Vacancy for Save the Children Behavior Change Communication Officer (Bungoma)

Job Description

Behavior Change Communication Officer
Position code: SCI BCC BU
Team / Programme: Programmes

Location: Bungoma
Grade: 4

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Post Type: National (1year with possibility of extension)
Child Safeguarding: Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people
Role Purpose: SCI Kenya is in the process of implementing a signature maternal and newborn health (MNH) programme that is expected to significantly contribute to achievement of Kenya’s MDG 4 and 5 targets. 

The programmatic model will actualize continuum of care approach mixed with an integrated package of quick wins, a minimum community health care package and a strengthened health system approach to maternal and newborn health programming across Save the Children’s Theory of Change. 

Save the Children will work with the government of Kenya at both national and county levels and communities to address the maternal and neonatal health challenges in the country in a way that would deliver significant impacts for women and children by the end of the 5 year period.
Scope of Role: Working closely with the Community development coordinator, the post holder will play a key role in implementation of the Behaviour change communication plan of the signature project. 

The post-holder will also support the design, development and implementation of context-specific BCC material for health communication (focused on maternal and newborn health).  

He/she will be able to engage with versatile and current media strategies (including digital and mobile media) for communication as well as participate in health advocacy.

Dimensions: Save the Children has been operational in Kenya since the 1950s, providing support to children through developmental and humanitarian relief programmes delivered both directly and through local partners. 

Current programming focuses on child protection, child rights governance, education, health, HIV/AIDS, livelihoods, nutrition and WASH. In 2012, as part of a global reorganization process, Save the Children combined the programmes of SC UK, SC Canada and SC Finland to create a single operation in Kenya. 

By Feb 2013, we will have completed a second transition, which will see us join forces with the British INGO, Merlin, and merge their health and nutrition programmes with our own. Save the Children has an operational presence in Dadaab Refugee Camp, Garissa, Mandera, Meru and Wajir – with plans to expand into Bungoma and Turkana in 2014. 

We work through partners in many other parts of the country. By February 2014, we will have a staff complement of around 300 staff and an operating annual budget of approximately US$25 million

Reports to: Community Development Coordinator (CDC)

Staff directly reporting to this post: None

Key Areas of Accountability:

1. Programme Support
  • In Collaboration with the community development coordinator (CDC), develop the behavior change communication (BCC) strategy for the Signature programme
  • Facilitate and support the formation of mother to mother support groups.
  • Works with the County health management team towards changing the roles of Traditional birth attendants from service providers to MNH referral champions and birth companions.
  • Liaise with CHMT and stakeholders in developing and monitoring a performance based incentive for Traditional birth attendants.
  • Ensure that MNH issues are addressed in the monthly men’s barazas
  • Support development and dissemination of useful messages on essential MNH practices through mass media and community structures.
  • Liaise with the programme managers in both in and outside the field and the necessary departments within the Nairobi office to ensure timely information exchange and follow up.
  • Stays informed about and follows up as required on grant-related issues throughout the grants’ duration.
  • Work with the finance department to prepare financial requests and ensure the timely reporting of expenditure.
  • Provide support to field and Programme operations as required.
  • Contribute to the overall effectiveness of the signature Programme.
  • Perform other reasonable tasks assigned by the CDC.
2. Representation
  • Represents SCI  professionally  by attending external meetings/forums with partners, other NGOs and other agencies as required
3. Monitoring, Learning and Reporting
  • Ensure the timely transmission of data from the behavior change component of the programme  into the CBHIS
  • Work with the coordinator in the compiling of internal and external reports for submission.
  • Provide inputs and data for programme reports to be compiled by the coordinator
  • Works with the community coordinator to prepare newsletters, case studies and other publication of project related information for dissemination
Skills and Behaviours (our Values in Practice)
  • Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities - giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate remedial actions when results are not achieved
  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves (and their team), takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks
  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency
Qualifications and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public/Environmental Health and/or Social sciences with 3 years’ work experience
  • Experience in behavior change communication in a public health context. Experience working with the ministry of health and with an NGO is a plus
  • Proven experience in developing BCC material
  • Demonstrated experience in working with mass media and communities in passing health messages
  • Excellent English writing skills are essential, familiarity with the Luhyia language will be an added advantage.
  • Computer skills, in particular MS Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Well-developed research, analytical, monitoring and evaluation, and report-writing abilities;
  • Commitment to Save the Children’s Child Safeguarding and other global policies, and values.
How to Apply

Interested candidates are required to submit a CV and mandatory cover letter to Kenya.jobapplications@savethechildren.org by 24th September 2014 indicating the Position Code on the subject line.  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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