Community Engagement/SBCC Adviser – ENAT Project 66 views0 applications 262 views

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Jhpiego is saving the lives of mothers and babies, and transforming health care systems in communities, regions and countries—leading to overall improvements in quality of life. That’s the ripple effect of Jhpiego’s work, through both large-scale and smaller, unique projects on the ground.

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  • working with people in local communities, health care policymakers, founders and colleagues
  • forging trust, gaining true friendship and empowering people


  • never giving up, never says “impossible”; tireless and relentless, staying the course


  • for all people, whoever they are, wherever they live


  • in all that is done—rigor in science, in proven interventions, in the highest-quality standards, in being accountable for the resources provided.

Community Engagement /SBCC Adviser- ENAT Project

Title: Community Engagement /SBCC Advisor –  ENAT Project             Grade: E

Duty Station: Ethiopia Country Office, A/A                                               December 2019

Summary Scope of Work: 

–          in all that is done—rigor in science, in proven interventions, in the highest-quality standards, in being accountable for the resources provided. Ethiopia in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and regional health bureaus is implementing the Enhancing Nutrition and Antenatal Infection Treatment for Maternal and Child health (ENAT) project in four regions, namely, SNNP, Oromia, Amhara and Tigray.  The project, which is jointly funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and ELMA Philanthropy, aims to reduce the outcomes of preterm birth and low birth weight by strengthening antenatal care (ANC).  The investment will develop an integrated and improved package of ANC which includes early identification, treatment and management of maternal infections and tracking of positive cases for completion of treatment; as well as improving demand for ANC.

Under the guidance of the Project Director, the Community Engagement /SBCC Adviser will be responsible to provide technical leadership in guidance to the community engagement, community mobilization and social behavior change communication related work of the ENAT project. S/he will provide guidance and technical inputs to SBCC and Community Engagement /Mobilization strategies that align with and support existing and new initiative of the government, and that can be easily replicable and scalable.  S/he will provide state-of-the-art technical support to the design, refinement, implementation and monitoring of Community Engagement /SBCC strategy drawing from existing government approaches and implementation experiences of national MNCH projects. S/he will be responsible to the development of impactful, culturally sensitive and cost effective SBCC messages and materials based on local evidence.

The position holder will represent ENAT and Jhpiego at different Community Engagement /SBCC meetings at national and sub-national levels; and at times at international fora.

Reporting Structure:

  • Position Reports To:  Project Director
  • Positions Supervised: SBCC /Community Engagement Officer


All staff members of Jhpiego, regardless of the level of their responsibilities are expected to:

  • Model the mission and values stated above.
  • Actively participate in the business development process.
  • Actively participate in the knowledge sharing and transfer process.
  • Make responsible decisions that result in both time and cost containment

Result Areas:

Technical Leadership

  • With guidance from the Project Director, provides technical leadership and support to the development and implementation of evidence-based Community Engagement /SBCC strategy for ENAT MNH related activities in line with MOH current and proposed strategies, and drawing from lessons of large scale MNCH projects.
  • Contributes to the development of appropriate tools to guide/support, monitor and track community engagement and SBCC activities at all levels. These tools include, but are not limited to, simplified facilitation guides for community level meetings of formal and informal leaders, pregnant women conferences, as well as meeting guides for health extension workers and women development army.
  • Provides technical support to the development and adaptation of communication materials for the Women/ Health Development Army (W/HDA) to ensure early identification and reporting of pregnant women and deliveries.
  • Guides and support the systematic documentation of learning on community engagement /SBCC to inform the national level stakeholders including the MOH, donors, other partners and professional associations.

Program Management and Implementation

  • Contributes to the development of annual activity plan and periodic review meetings, leading on the community engagement /SBCC section.
  • Reviews project data in relation to community engagement /SBCC activities and provide feedback to the relevant actor.
  • Closely works with the M&E team to design appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools for the community engagement/SBCC activities.
  • Provides technical support and guidance to the field-based team; conducts periodic visits to monitor implementation of planned activities and support the team.
  • Undertakes regular documentation of activities including lessons learnt and success stories.
  • Develops and makes presentations on project community engagement /SBCC activities as requested.
  • Contributes to donor program reports and other project documents.

Monitoring, Learning and Sharing

  • Supports the M&E team to regularly track progress, review and interpret results and package for appropriate audience.
  • In collaboration with the M&E team and under the guidance of the Project Director, uses monitoring findings to develop corrective actions where necessary
  • Contributes to the identification and prioritizing learning agenda.
  • Supports the systematic documentation of learning from implementation of the community engagement/SBCC related activities, including documentation of challenges and failures.
  • Works with the M&E team in the preparation of annual and quarterly work plans, performance reports, and other reports as necessary
  • Contribute to and engage in shaping and delivering the project’s learning agenda, including leading on specific learning pieces as assigned.
  • Engages in formative /qualitative assessments that help inform the community engagement/ SBCC strategy and activities.

Representation, networking and advocacy

  • Represents the Project in relevant national level technical working groups and other fora.
  • Supports the identification, prioritization and packaging of ENAT’s advocacy agenda in the thematic area; and ensures active participation and contribution to discussions on the same at various fora.
  • Liaises with other partners in community engagement/SBCC at national level including UN agencies, non-governmental organizations, academic and research institutions, professional bodies, and other stakeholders as appropriate for mutual support and to move the advocacy issues forward.

Job Requirements

Education & Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Social Science, Health communication, Communications, Behavioral Sciences, Health Promotion or related field
  • Six to Seven years of relevant work experience, with minimum of five years progressively more senior experience in designing and implementing community engagement /SBCC programs.
  • Strong formative research and qualitative research skills.

 Required Skills &  Abilities:     

  • Proven track record in utilizing participatory approaches and community engagement techniques for improved health services utilization.
  • Familiarity with the Ethiopian community health /primary health care platform and maternal, newborn and child health programming.
  • Proven ability to analyze data and write reports that are of high quality
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including communication, working in a multi-disciplinary team; ability to establish and maintain relationships.
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, team building, negotiation and coordination skills.
  • Fluency in Speaking/Reading/Writing English and Amharic.  Knowledge of additional local language of project target regions is an asset.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills with demonstrated ability to write briefing papers (ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner) and targeted advocacy messages.
  • Computer literacy: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel & PowerPoint).
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind sets.
  • Proven ability to manage a complex and demanding workload.

How to Apply

Applicant are expected to STRICTLY follow the below listed application procedures:

  1. A well written motivation letter outlining clearly your visions in pursuing this specific role, with your updated resume suffice.
  2. Please use E-mail [email protected]to submit your applications.

 Equal Opportunity Employer.

 Jhpiego offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive employee benefits package. The winning candidate is expected to start within short period after finalization of the recruitment process.


The deadline for applications is December 22, 2019.

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