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Regional Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Coordinator
Plan International Ethiopia
Category: Environment and Natural Resource, Water and Sanitation, Communications, PR and Journalism

Location: Jijiga, Somali

Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Employment Type: Full time

Job Description

Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s well-being and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 75 years and present in 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners. Plan International Ethiopia is looking for Regional SBCC Coordinator for Somali who will be reporting to the Project Manager for Social Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC)/Demand Creation.

Dimensions of the Role

Work closely with the Project Manager on formative research to include a community situational analysis of the communities we will be working with to identify the barriers, enablers, influencers, channels and opportunities for behavior change for Somali Region and Diredawa city administration.
Work closely with the Project Manager on the development of an evidenced-based SBCC strategy based on the situational analysis
Lead the implementation of the SBCC strategy and monitor and refine the strategy based on feedback in his/her respective Regions.
Coordinate and lead the planning, implementation and reporting of the Transform WASH Project – increasing demand for improved WASH product and service in Somali Region and Diredawa city administration.
Utilize Plan International Ethiopia’s well established and documented working relationship with the GOE and HEWs, and strong reputation leading CLTSH, to design and implement targeted interventions to change behavior, increase uptake and sustain use of improved WASH products and services.
Build the technical Capacity of district office, Kebele  Administrators, HEWs, and other local level actors using proven approaches, according the national strategy, to promote demand creation for improved sanitation and health hygienic behavior
The post holder will be responsible to oversee the Transform WASH project implementation and budget managed by Plan International Ethiopia, particularly in Somali Region and Diredawa city administration Budget and will report to the Project Manager of Plan International Ethiopia
The post holder is responsible to manage project design, planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation for his/her respective Region.
She/he will ensure a smooth working environment and teamwork within Plan International Ethiopia Country Office and the respective field staff, and across the Transform WASH partners
Key components of the position include operationalization of the project activities under Plan International Ethiopia’s role, advocacy and networking, developing and strengthening partnerships, resource mobilization and team management.
In consultation with National Economic empowerment Coordinator, make sure that for the initiation, formation and functioning of VSLA groups that can lead the project to improved sanitation financing;
As the team take active role on providing technical and administrative support to VSLA agents, VSLAs, during training, review and reflection meetings and preparation of reports. With the close advice from the Roving WASH/ Construction engineer, support on identification of WASH facilities sites, communication and mobilize the  concerned government stakeholders for supervision and quality control, hand over process to the contractor/s and  smooth implementation of the project;
The job holder is mainly responsible to link the SBCC, VSLAs as pillar for sanitation marketing improvement  and the construction sites as demonstration site
Shall perform any other duties as assigned by his line manager, the sponsorship and Communication Manager and/or the CD.
The post holder will be based at Jigjiga town, Somali Region, Project Cluster Office established by PSI.

Project design, planning, implementation and reporting

In charge of overseeing behavior change/demand creation activities related to expanding key hygiene behaviors at home, school, and health facilities in Somali Region.
Provide strategic, technical, and managerial guidance to the Project in collaboration with the Project Manager.
Build local capacity of selected entities in the design, implementation and evaluation of SBCC programming
Ensure quality project delivery at all levels of the project cycle management in line with the child centered community development approach.
Prepare annual and quarterly implementation work plans and budgets for the project
Lead the technical design of project interventions and development of technical guidance and tools for program area and partner staff.
Ensure optimum community involvement in the conceptualization, development, management, monitoring and evaluation of projects.
Comply with USAID requirements, PQP implementation, fund & grant management guideline
Monitoring and evaluation

Monitor project implementation processes, coordinate evaluations, share learning’s and document best practices; ensure project learning and achievements are documented and disseminated widely
Prepare and submit periodic narrative and financial reports in a timely manner according to Plan International and donor requirements
In collaboration with the other Consortium partners, prepare and document case studies and lessons learnt on best practices and project achievements.
Monitor and evaluate project implementation with leadership from other project partners
Ensure all project documentation is filed and organised for accountability purposes
Program integration and mainstreaming
Mainstream inclusion and gender in relevant program designs and implementation as appropriate.
Ensure that Plan’s Child Protection Policy is adhered to within the project and any child protection concerns are appropriately reported.
Mainstream child centered community development approach in the project cycle to achieve appropriate participation of stakeholders and help them play a leading rolls.
Foster collaboration and support at program area level to develop plans for integrating project with other thematic areas.
Partner development and strengthening

Provide technical assistance and build the capacities of local partners in project management.
Provide high level guidance to field staff on smooth partnership management for enhanced project implementation.
Ensure that appropriate partner assessment is done on time and communicated to relevant staff.
Ensure adequate stakeholder consultation and participation at all stages of the project implementation.
Manage and monitor partnerships with implementing organisations, including their efficient utilization and timely accountability of funds allocated as appropriate.
Networking and representation

Establish partnerships and networks with NGOs, Government bodies, forums and CBOs for cross learning, identification of lessons learned, best practices, resources mobilization and scaling-up to enhance project initiatives
Network effectively with others to draw information and knowledge for the development of project inputs and strategy development.
Staff Development and Management

Actively participate in country programme team and project meetings in an open, cooperative and proactive manner and contribute towards ensuring smooth collaboration and coordination.
Ensure equal and fair opportunities and representation of both sexes and persons with disabilities in the program area.
Build the technical capacity of Plan International staff and community volunteers and also ensure optimum community involvement in the conceptualization, development, management, monitoring and evaluation of the program.

Job Requirements

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge


BSc Degree or Above in Psychology, Communication, Marketing, Environmental Health, Health Promotion & Communications, Development studies or a related field and with at least 5 years relevant experience in WASH, out of which a minimum of 2 years of NGO experience.
A minimum of two years of demonstrated success in managing SBCC projects, generating innovative and effective behaviour change or marketing solutions.  Experience in managing WASH projects with a focus on sanitation and hygiene, demand creation through CLTSH approach is preferred.
Previous experience of managing and developing a multi-disciplinary team.
Demonstrated experience of working with Environmental Health and Hygiene task force, National WASH cluster, and WASH networks and forums.
Knowledge and implementation of behaviour change theory
Extensive knowledge on WASH and the sector environment, including knowledge of WASH Sector Policies and guidelines
Understand organisational principles, systems and have the ability to provide leadership and support to staff working at community level.
Understanding of integrated development issues, participatory approaches to development, child-rights programming, participatory Monitoring, Evaluation and Research systems and processes preferred
Working experience with USAID funded WASH projects advantageous

Conceptual and strategic thinking skills.
Interpersonal skills, including the ability to build relationships with colleagues
Have good writing and oral communication skills, including presentation.
Understands budgetary processes including planning, monitoring and reporting.
Ability to provide team leadership and communicate effectively.
Ability to analyze information, evaluate options and to think and plan strategically
Proficient in computer skills and use of relevant software and other applications
Able to perform under stress,  innovativeness, build relationships, communicate effectively, coach and mentor, facilitate change, develop teams, initiate action, strategic decision making, planning and organizing and a personal commitment to children’s development and protection.
Knowledge of local language (Somalia)
How to Apply

The closing date for the application is August 10, 2019. Qualified candidates should submit their application with the below link.


This position is only open to Ethiopian Nationals, who must be eligible to live and work in Ethiopia.

Please note that:

Applications and CVs written in English will be accepted and
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Please note that we are not accepting CVs that are not sent through the indicated link.
Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

More information about Plan International can be found on http:// plan-international.org

References will be taken and background and anti-terrorism checks will be carried out in conformity with Plans Child Protection Policy. Plan operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all persons meeting the skills and experience required.

As an international child centered community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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