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Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Coordinator Job in Mogadishu, Somalia

Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Coordinator

Location: Mogadishu, Somalia

Duration of the Contract: Twelve (12) months, with the possibility of extension

International Medical Corps (IMC) is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization.

Its mission is to improve quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide.

By offering training and health care to local populations and medical and nutrition assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Description of the Position:

The SBC Coordinator, based in Mogadishu, will provide support to International Medical Corps’ nutrition programs in south-central Somalia and Somaliland. 

Specifically, the SBC Coordinator will be responsible for ensuring the smooth implementation of activities designed to promote behavior change for improved maternal and child nutrition.

He/She will train and provide ongoing supportive supervision to local implementing partners and International Medical Corps’ field-based national staff.

Specific Responsibilities and Tasks:

1. General knowledge of International Medical Corps code of conduct and ethics
  • Maintain and promote positive relationships colleagues and beneficiaries
  • Respect all rules and procedures
  • Comply with health and safety rules
  • Respect medical ethics
2. Implement and Monitor Social and Behavior Change Activities
  • Train and provide ongoing supportive supervision to national implementing partners and International Medical Corps’ field-based national staff in promoting improved maternal and child nutrition through the Care Group model, home micronutrient fortification, and other community-based SBC activities.
  • Develop and operationalize a plan for building the capacity of national implementing partners to promote SBC for IYCF through the Care Group model.
  • Liaise with Directorate of Health, local authorities, and other key stakeholders to build national capacity to promote improved nutrition levels through the Care Group model.
  • Coordinate with IMAM programs and health facilities to encourage cross-referrals.
3. Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Prepare an M&E plan for all SBC-related activities
  • Responsible for timely and accurate collection of data against indicators, in line with donor reporting requirements; ensure experiences and lessons are well-documented; prepare weekly progress reports for submission to International Medical Corps Program Coordinator
  • Work with the Nutrition Coordinator to prepare regular narrative reports, in line with donor reporting requirements, for submission to donor.
  • Work with International Medical Corps technical staff to develop and conduct surveys and evaluations as needed (e.g. KAP, SMART, Barrier analysis, etc.)
Additional Tasks:
  • Other duties as determined in consultation with International Medical Corps technical and program management staff.
  • Master’s degree in nutrition or public health, with focus in nutrition/medical anthropology/behavior change, AND 5+ years of relevant work experience (minimum 3 years in developing country); OR
  • Bachelor’s degree in nutrition and 7+ years of relevant work experience (minimum 5 years in developing country)
  • Experience:
  • Previous SBC experience; promotion of IYCF through Care Group model highly preferred;
  • Experience working in settings where both acute malnutrition and stunting are significant public health issues
Personal Qualities:
  • Knowledge of the latest best-practices and standards related to nutrition
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively
  • Ability to work in hardship conditions and in conflict settings
  • Demonstrated strengths in writing and critical thinking; strong computer skills
  • Knowledge of/experience with the Somalia context is a plus
Languages: Fluent in English and Somali – written and spoken

How to Apply:

Send cover letter and CV top the following email address: 

Please indicate the job title in the email subject line clearly.

Deadline for applications: 4th July 2013. 

Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interview.

International Medical Corps is an equal opportunities employer

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