International Rescue Committee – Social & Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Technical Advisor, Environmental Health (Nairobi).

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Requisition ID: req13967

Job Title: Social & Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Technical Advisor, Environmental Health

Sector: Environmental Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Yes

Location: New York, NY HQ USA

Job Description

This opportunity can be based in New York, NY, Washington, DC or Nairobi, Kenya.

The IRC’s vision is to lead the humanitarian field by implementing high-impact, cost-effective programs for people affected by crisis and by using our learning and experience to shape policy and practice. To achieve that vision, the IRC’s Technical Excellence (TE) provides technical assistance to IRC’s country program staff and shares what we learn to influence policy and practice.

The TE has three central objectives that we work towards:

• Guide program design to achieve outcomes by incorporating the best available evidence

 • Build technical capacity of country program staff to implement, measure and continuously improve programs

 • Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence to achieve change in peoples’ lives

TE is comprised of seven Technical Units, all of which have deep expertise in their respective sectors: Education, Economic Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Governance, Health, Violence Prevention and Response, and Research and Innovation (R&I).

Environmental Health field programs are supported by a headquarters team of six Technical Advisors supervised by the Senior Technical Advisor Environmental Health, ensuring quality programming related to water supply, sanitation, hygiene promotion and infection prevention and control (IPC). The EH team is situated institutionally within the Health Unit of IRC alongside Health (primary health care/reproductive health, mental health) and Nutrition.

 Location: New York; Washington, DC; Nairobi, Kenya

Major Responsibilities 

The SBCC Technical Advisor (TA) will spend at least 80% of their time delivering technical assistance in-person and remotely to country EH program colleagues in selected priority countries (4-5) across Africa and Asia. This is a primarily field facing position with the central responsibility focused on program quality and building capacity of field teams. Priority country support will be determined in conjunction with the STA and country leadership, based on scale of programming, ambition, introduction of new approaches and existing field capacity and will be reviewed biannually. The remaining 20% of their time is spent in support of other EH TAs and Health & Nutrition Teams in developing policy, supporting research and influencing best practice in delivery of Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) programming across our global health programming. This includes leading a Health Unit SBCC task team and supporting SBCC capacity building efforts across the Unit. 

The SBCC Technical Advisor’s specific responsibilities are as follows:

1. Guiding program design. 

In coordination with the country specific EH TA:

• Support country program staff to design sanitation and hygiene elements of programs and projects, ensuring that they are:

-Aligned with the IRC’s strategy, which includes supporting country program staff with contextualizing outcomes and the theories of change, and selecting interventions based on the best available evidence and the local context;

-Responsive to client needs and preferences

-Based on sound context and gender analysis

• Help define approach to teaming / partnering with other organizations

• Support selection of indicators for country programs

2. Engaging in business development.

In coordination with the country specific EH TA:

• Review technical quality of sanitation and hygiene components of proposals, including review of technical activities and ensuring alignment to IRC’s outcomes

• Input into go / no go decisions on proposals

• Provide input on budgets required for project delivery

3. Building technical capacity of country program staff to ensure ongoing program quality and innovation:

• Work with country program colleagues to help analyze data that inform periodic review and course correction as-needed

• Support documentation of lessons learnt and facilitate cross-context learning with country program staff across the regions

• Conduct technical training and ongoing technical coaching for country program staff, including on IRC outcomes, theories of change, evidence and indicators

• Support senior country program staff recruitment and onboarding of sanitation and hygiene staff

4. Influence the IRC, peer agencies and donors to use proven interventions and generate new evidence:

• Lead Health Unit SBCC task team to advance coordinated strategy and delivery of SBCC across health (sub)sectors and ensure approaches are aligned with current best practices

• Support capacity building of Health Unit colleagues in proven SBCC approaches

• Review and share tools / resources / curricula and work with select EH team colleagues and other Health Unit Technical Advisors, to contextualize, adapt and roll-out global and country-specific materials

• Represent the Health Unit for SBCC-related IRC global workstreams and initiatives

• Engage with and influence the EH team research agenda and present any research findings across contexts and relevant conferences 



 Education: University degree in community development, public health, communication or related subject, preferably at Masters’ level, or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 

Work Experience: A minimum of 5 to 8 years in implementing and/or managing SBCC/Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion programs in humanitarian or international development settings. Solid understanding of the principles and key elements of social & behaviour change communication across health, nutrition and WASH programming. Experience in technical tools and materials development and research in relation to sanitation and hygiene is highly desired. Experience in strategy development and working across sectors or disciplines is highly desired. Demonstrated expertise in transforming harmful gender norms through SBCC and commitment to achieving gender equality.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies: Demonstrated expertise in program design, monitoring and evaluation, with the ability to turn concepts and strategy into measurable action. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Demonstrated commitment to renewing and maintaining currency with best practices.

Language Skills: Fluency in English essential, French highly desirable.

Working Environment: Up to 40% travel may be required. This position will be based in New York, Washington DC, London or Nairobi.


The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.




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