Senior Social and Behavior Change Advisor\u002FTechnical Advisor

Full Time
Remote
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Job description

Eagle Health is seeking a Senior Social and Behavior Change Advisor/Technical Advisor in support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Global Health (GH) serves as the agency’s primary source of technical expertise, leadership, and donor coordination for the health sector, including HIV and AIDS, infectious diseases, child and maternal health and nutrition, family planning and reproductive health, and health systems strengthening and reform. GH is responsible for advancing field-relevant, state-of-the-art research and the transfer of new technologies and approaches to field programs. Through its staff, programs and country teams, GH provides critical support to USAID missions and field programs in more than 70 countries.

The Global Health Bureau’s COVID-19 Response Team leads the coordination and implementation of USAID’s global health-related technical engagement on COVID-19, including such tasks as strategy and policy development, intra- and interagency coordination, and external engagement and communication with existing GH technical leadership functions.

As of September 2022, over 6.5 million people have died from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has further disrupted access to essential services including immunization and put tens of millions at risk of contracting vaccine-preventable diseases. The Biden Administration has called on the world to collectively end the COVID-19 pandemic as soon as possible, and has introduced ambitious targets in three critical areas for ending this pandemic and preventing and preparing for the next: Vaccinate the World; Save Lives Now; and Build Back Better. Efforts to develop, distribute and deliver COVID-19 vaccines are a top priority globally. These, and other critical response goals, are guided by the U.S. COVID-19 Global Response and Recovery Framework (GRRF).

Responsibilities:

  • The USAID Global Health Bureau’s COVID-19 Response Team is seeking a Senior Social Behavior and Change (SBC) Advisor to provide technical advisory support/recommendations for COVID-19 vaccine introduction and scale-up, with a focus of building vaccine confidence and demand, in approximately 100 countries globally. The Senior SBC Advisor will collaborate across the COVID-19 team and work closely with the Lead Technical Advisor and Deputy Director.
  • Provide high-quality, up-to-date technical assistance to GH COVID-19 team members in the area of vaccine confidence and demand;
  • Stay abreast of new policy recommendations, emerging evidence, best practices, technical and programmatic developments, and data sources, in the area of SBC for COVID-19 vaccines;
  • Review and develop recommendations for areas of SBC programming as well as behavior-related research and evaluation relevant to COVID-19 vaccine demand and acceptance;
  • Facilitate sharing of COVID-19 SBC materials and best practices across US Government and other donor/bilateral programs in countries;
  • Draft briefers, talking points, and information memo on COVID-19 vaccine demand-related issues, programs and results;
  • Participate in inter-agency and global meetings, consultations, working groups, and negotiations related to COVID-19 vaccines, with a focus on social and behavior change, risk communication, community engagement, and demand;
  • Provide programming guidance related to COVID-19 vaccines demand and acceptance, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and project work plans across Global Health bureau projects;
  • Provide technical and program oversight of COVID-19 vaccines demand and acceptance activities supported by USAID/GH cooperating agencies, including flagship programs managed by the MCHN Office;
  • Liaise with the Lead Technical Advisor and other technical, program, and management staff to understand and develop tailored response mechanisms to address bottlenecks encountered in countries with regard to vaccine acceptance and demand;
  • Understand the landscape of partners / mechanisms best suited to deliver technical assistance for SBC, appropriate to country contexts;
  • Provide USAID country health teams and implementing partners with informed input and ongoing technical support to ensure best practices in SBC interventions for COVID-19 vaccine demand and acceptance;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Global Technical Leadership (50%)

  • Stay abreast of new policy recommendations, emerging evidence, best practices, technical and programmatic developments, and data sources, in the area of SBC for COVID-19 vaccine;
  • Review and develop recommendations for areas of SBC programming as well as behavior-related research and evaluation relevant to COVID-19 vaccine demand and acceptance;
  • Facilitate sharing of COVID-19 SBC materials and best practices across US Government and other donor/bilateral programs in countries;
  • Draft briefers, talking points, and information memo on COVID-19 vaccine demand-related issues, programs and results;
  • Participate in inter-agency and global meetings, consultations, working groups, and negotiations related to COVID-19 vaccines, with a focus on social and behavior change, risk communication, community engagement, and demand;
  • Provide programming guidance related to COVID-19 vaccines demand and acceptance, including assisting with the preparation and/or review of strategies and project work plans across Global Health bureau projects;
  • Provide technical and program oversight of COVID-19 vaccines demand and acceptance activities supported by USAID/GH cooperating agencies, including flagship programs managed by the MCHN Office;
  • Facilitate the gathering of COVID-19 vaccines demand and acceptance data for reporting;

Support to Country Programs (40%)

  • Provide state-of-the-art technical and program expertise, assistance and support to the GH COVID-19 team, regional bureaus and USAID field Missions in the development and evaluation of COVID-19 vaccine demand strategies, programs, and policies;
  • Provide high-quality, up-to-date technical assistance to GH COVID-19 team members in the area of vaccine confidence and demand;
  • Liaise with the Lead Technical Advisor and other technical, program, and management staff to understand and develop tailored response mechanisms to address bottlenecks encountered in countries with regard to vaccine acceptance and demand;
  • Understand the landscape of partners / mechanisms best suited to deliver technical assistance for SBC, appropriate to country contexts;
  • Provide USAID country health teams and implementing partners with informed input and ongoing technical support to ensure best practices in SBC interventions for COVID-19 vaccine demand and acceptance;
  • Serve as a resource that provides technical assistance to USAID Missions and Washington staff as well as coordinates strategic priorities and external partner engagement;
  • As requested, support USAID Missions in developing and evaluating initiatives to build in-country capacity to address COVID-19 vaccine SBC issues;

Project Management (10%)

  • The Advisor serves as an activity manager and technical advisor, working under the overall guidance of relevant Contract/Agreement Officer’s Representatives (C/AORs), and more generally serves to advance project management of USAID’s COVID-19 vaccine-related SBC and research and evaluation activities;
  • Review Scopes of work for activities related to COVID-19 vaccine demand and acceptance;
  • Provide support for program development and review of partner work plans and products;
  • Assist in monitoring the project(s)’ technical and financial performance; and
  • Support site visits to monitor the SBC COVID-19 vaccine field activities, as needed.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Requirements:

  • Master's degree
  • Experience working in areas of public health programming, policy, or research, including substantial experience in social and behavior change work, with experience in international or resource-challenged settings;
  • Formal training in and demonstrated understanding of theories and frameworks relating to individual behavior change and broader social responses, the evidence base for social and behavioral/communication interventions and best practices, and familiarity with the current SBC and research and evaluation literature;
  • Hands-on experience designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating behavioral interventions is highly desirable;
  • Experience in vaccine demand-related programming highly desirable;
  • Excellent analytical, written, and oral communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team, including cross-cultural teams;
  • Ability to work in a high pressure, fast turn around environment.
  • Experience with USAID programming, budgeting, and evaluation functions and procedures both in USAID/Washington and in USAID missions desirable;
  • Ability to travel internationally up to 20% time; and
  • US citizenship or US permanent residency with the ability to obtain and maintain Facility Access required.

#HP

Job Type: Full-time

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift

Education:

  • Master's (Required)

Experience:

  • International: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Public Health Programming: 3 years (Preferred)
  • Social and Behavior Change: 3 years (Preferred)

Work Location: Remote

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