World Food Programme
Closing date: June 14, 2021
A healthy diet is a pre-requisite to prevent and address all forms of malnutrition. Factors influencing healthy diets are multi-dimensional. Beyond the issues of access and availability of nutritious foods that are safe, appropriate and acceptable, behaviour, attitudes, cultural norms and practices of multiple stakeholders across the food system have a strong bearing as well. When properly implemented, social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) is an important component in addressing malnutrition and suboptimal diets for improved nutrition outcomes. SBCC is underpinned in the World Food Programme Regional Bureau for Southern Africa’s (WFP RBJ) Regional Nutrition Strategy (2020-2022) as one of three main interventions that will drive the nutrition agenda in the region forward. To this end, the RB Nutrition Unit seeks the services of a SBCC Specialist to provide support to the 12 Country Offices (COs) in the region. This consultancy focuses on supporting roll-out and strengthening of SBCC components in multi-year Country Strategic Plans (CSPs), in line with available SBCC guidance. The RBJ countries are at various stages of implementing SBCC activities with some countries requiring technical support to enhance quality. The consultant will offer strategic and technical guidance to countries in the implementation of SBCC actions; strengthen country capacities; and facilitate the gathering and sharing of experiences across countries.
The main objective of the consultancy is to strengthen the quality and coherence of SBCC on nutrition and sustainable consumption and production across food systems, with a focus on specific programmes including but not limited to resilience (smallholder farmers, food assistance for assets etc.) and social protection (general food assistance/in-kind, cash, school feeding), in a way that yields positive gains on nutrition. The second objective is linked to the increased use of cash in the region boosting the food systems, specifically to contribute to reshaping food choices through partnering with retailers and communities to positively influence the use of cash-based transfers (CBT) at household level for diversified diets.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Using available data to help countries better define problem statements, set SMART project objectives, and select/prioritize primary and secondary target audiences.
- Supporting CO Nutrition teams to effectively engage these other programme areas/sectors for inclusion of SBCC as one of the entry points for nutrition-sensitive programming.
- Advising countries on the design and implementation of formative research to develop a comprehensive understanding of the socio-cultural context, the target audiences, the barriers and facilitating factors to change key nutrition behaviour.
- Critically reviewing and offering guidance to existing country SBCC strategies, plans, tools and materials as well as institutional arrangements at national or subnational levels.
- Supporting country initiatives to develop effective, integrated nutrition SBCC strategies and plans that are evidence-based and tailored to address local needs and context.
- Addressing specific SBCC technical gaps identified hindering implementation of SBCC in CBT/retail, through distant or, where feasible or required, in-country coaching, advise and sharing of guidelines and tools that optimize food system’s contribution to nutrition.
- Working with CO to develop a creative concept for integrating nutrition SBCC in CBT modalities for a holistic approach to improve current nutrition-related practices and promote positive nutrition behaviour at household level.
- Identifying opportunities and partnerships to effectively engage different stakeholders.
As a result of the consultancy, it is expected that by the end of 2021, RBJ will have:
- Supported COs to translate the different SBCC elements linked to resilience and/or social protection, as reflected in their CSPs, from ‘ambitious to-do lists’ to well-articulated SBCC programme pathways.
- Identified a ‘few big things’ under foods systems, that will make the biggest difference to the future of nutrition SBCC with a focus on improving diets through resilience and social protection programmes.
- Equipped COs with key content and resources to support SBCC integration in resilience and social protection.
- Laid the building blocks to enable implementation and scale-up of SBCC in CBT/retail in selected COs.
- A detailed workplan to be prepared and presented at the beginning of the assignment outlining priorities, activities, key milestones and timelines.
- Monthly reports shared detailing accomplishments in terms of support or progress made with countries, and recommendations for country and/or regional level for strengthening SBCC in resilience and social protection.
- Different products and tools developed or revised to suit CO contexts to enhance nutrition SBCC programmes through food systems.
- Where appropriate and feasible, country missions undertaken to provide in-person capacity strengthening support on SBCC or focused thematic support for example, SBCC in CBT/retail and guide field level activity implementation.
- Detailed concept outlining the approach for integration of SBCC in CBT/retail developed for at least two countries in the region covering the key areas as articulated under the sub-heading ‘Accountabilities/Responsibilities’.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE
• Advanced degree (Masters) in Social and Behavioral Sciences coupled with training in Public Health Nutrition, Communications, Social Sciences or first degree with additional years of experience in a related field.
• Six years of progressive professional experience implementing or advising social and behavioural change interventions related to health and nutrition.
• Experience implementing large-scale SBCC programmes in public health nutrition.
• Experience designing and conducting formative research and monitoring and evaluation related to social and behaviour change.
• Previous experience in WFP or other UN agencies is an asset.
• Fluency in written and spoken English. Intermediate (level B) French and/or Portuguese is an advantage.
OTHER SPECIFIC KNOWLDGE & SKILLS
- Excellent interpersonal skills required
- Excellent communication skills.
- Advocacy and networking skills with a broad range of stakeholders including government, private sector, civil society, academia, NGO and international cooperation
- Expertise in formative research methods with familiarity in qualitative methods.
- Excellent planning and time management skills.
- Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse team of multi-sectoral experts (nutrition and beyond).
- Tact and diplomacy.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
- Note: The candidate must be willing to undertake country (field) technical support missions when required to do so to achieve the objectives of the assignment.
- The candidate must be willing to undertake country (field) technical support missions when required to do so to achieve the objectives of the assignment.
This vacancy announcement will close on Monday, 14 June 2021 at 11:59pm, Johannesburg time.
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