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Job Req ID:  23276

Senior SBC Technical Advisor

General Summary/Purpose

Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead their social behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Breakthrough ACTION is a partnership led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP) in collaboration with Save the Children, ThinkAction, ideas42, Camber Collective, International Center for Research on Women, and Viamo.  The project works in partnership with governments, civil society and communities to implement creative and sustainable SBC programming, nurture SBC champions, mainstream new techniques and technologies and advocate for strategic and sustained investment in SBC.


The long-term goal of Breakthrough ACTION in DRC is to contribute to an increase in the practice of priority individual and household level behaviors in the health topics of malaria; maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition; family planning and reproductive health; while increasing the capacity of national and sub-national entities to coordinate and oversee quality SBC programming. Breakthrough ACTION DRC will design and test various SBC interventions to be applied and scaled by the USAID Integrated Health Project (IHP), ACCELERE and other implementing partners.



Specific Duties & Responsibilities

The Senior SBC Technical Advisor will work with the project COP and DCOP to oversee social and behavioral change related programs, assisting the MoH and other partners to coordinate, design, implement, monitor and evaluate effective SBC at national and sub-national levels. 


Specific responsibilities

  • Oversee the design and implementation of all SBC activities for the project.
  • Set priorities for the project’s overall SBC technical vision in DRC; provide strategic management and direction.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the PNCPS, other government ministries, and implementing partners in DRC.
  • Ensure high technical and administrative standards.
  • Develop and nurture relationships with current and potential stakeholders and partners.
  • Serve as a spokesperson and advocate, representing Breakthrough ACTION to USAID, donors, Government of DRC and others when necessary.
  • Supervise other Breakthrough ACTION DRC staff, including the two project SBC Technical Advisors.
  • Trouble-shoot implementation challenges with project leadership at both the field and headquarter levels.
  • Provide guidance in the development of the annual work plan in partnership with headquarters.
  • Work with project leadership to ensure work plans, budgets, annual reports, etc. are shared with headquarters in a timely fashion for review before submission to USAID.
  • Oversee the writing of technical and program reports and compliance with reporting and programmatic requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with all JHU and USAID policies and procedures.


Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree and

  • Five (5) year’s of expérience are required


Preferred Qualifications

  • Language competency in English and/or local languages is a plus


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Fluency in French
  • Strong knowledge and experience with social and behavior change programs in DRC and/or other Francophone African countries
  • Demonstrated strong management skills
  • Strategic vision and leadership qualities
  • Experience coordinating qualitative and quantitative research is desirable
  • Strong professional reputation
  • Ability to effectively create and maintain strategic partnerships
  • Experience in technical oversight
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to manage program staff members that are remotely located
  • Flexible and independent
  • Fluency in French

Classified Title: Sr. Program Officer 
Working Title: Senior SBC Technical Advisor  ​​​​​
Role/Level/Range: ACRP/04/MF 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with Experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:30a - 5:00p / 37.5 hrs per wk 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 98-MD:Non US / Kinshasa, DRC
Department name: 10001159-Ctr for Communication Programs CCP 
Personnel area: School of Public Health


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