CONSULTANCY: Social & Behavior Change Communication Consultant
University Research Co
Cotabato City, Philippines
3d ago

University Research Co., LLC (URC)

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With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

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  • Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health;
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    Division & Project Overview : The USAID awarded URC the five-year BARMM Health Capacity Building Activity in the Philippines (2019- 2024).

    This project aims to support BARMM to achieve a self-reliant health system by building commitment and strengthening the capacity of the government, civil society, and communities to develop, implement, and finance solutions to improve health in BARMM.

  • Specifically, the project works towards improved health of the Bangsamoro people by 1) improved social norms and strengthened healthy behaviors among underserved adolescents, youth, women, and men;
  • 2) fortified quality of family planning and FP related-child health services; and 3) bolstered key public health and systems needed to support FP / MCH behaviors and services.

    To maximize sustainability and institutionalization of initiatives, the project employs locally-led, province-specific approaches informed by real-time data and evidence to foster strong linkages between local stakeholders and across sectors.

    It advocates for local ownership of activities and the buy-in of local leaders to ensure sustainability and lasting impact.

    The project engages local organizations and non-traditional partners that have key roles to play in reaching the underserved with unmet needs for FP and adolescent sexual and reproductive health services.

    Through strong relationships and building an evidence base for success, the project pursues local partnerships to expand the reach of the traditional health providers and effectively link non-traditional, workplace, and private providers with the public health sector.

    In collaboration with LGU leadership, the project supports advocates of specific sectors, i.e. religious leaders, men, women, youth, and private sector representatives to ensure community level activities are integrated into local and regional government plans for continuation.

    The increased citizen participation drives both the public and political will to ensure that the health sector meets community needs.

    To achieve the above initiatives, the USAID BARMMHealth project implements a comprehensive demand generation intervention through behavior change communication, community mobilization, and advocacy to motivate potential clients to seek information and access family planning and maternal and child health services towards improving their health outcomes.

    The project aims to improve access to quality family planning products and services, thus contributing to increased contraceptive use among priority populations in BARMM.

    This increase in contraceptive use requires that health-seeking behaviors of individuals and communities, as well as the norms that underpin those behaviors, change.

    BARMMHEAlth’s social and behavior change communication (SBCC) activities are geared toward raising awareness, dispelling myths and misconceptions, improving attitudes, and addressing barriers that prevent people from accepting and using family planning.

    The BARMMHealth project extends technical assistance to the BARMM Ministry of Health and covered provinces Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, and Tawi-Tawi to achieve the organizational and technical capacity to manage SBCC programs themselves through theory-driven and interactive approaches to SBCC, such as :

  • Increasing informed and voluntary demand / use of FP products and services
  • Sustaining desired behaviors that contribute to improved use of FP products and services, by addressing social norms, barriers, and shifting attitudes favorable to FP use
  • Enabling health service providers to develop relationships with clients based on respect and trust, by building their interpersonal communication skills and addressing biases
  • Deliverables General Objective of the STTA : The USAID BARMMHealth is looking for a short-term Social and Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) Consultant to serve as technical lead in the development and successful implementation of the social and behavior change communication (SBCC) plans of the BARMM Ministry of Health and the Integrated Provincial Health Offices in five provinces (Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi).

    Expected Outputs and deliverables : The SBCC Consultant is expected to perform the following tasks :

  • Conduct and analyze SBC needs assessment of provincial / municipal health officers who in general are health education and promotion officers (HEPOs)
  • Assist the BARMMHEalth SBC Director to finalize the SBCC Training Package that will be used during a three-day SBC planning workshop.
  • The SBCC training includes planning workshops. Workshop outputs will identify and describe FP related issues and situations, target audiences, channels of communication, messages, and strategic interventions, and monitoring plans, among others.)

  • Assist the BARMMHEalth SBC Director in preparing the PPT presentation materials, structured exercises, and facilitating the SBC planning sessions, collecting and analyzing SBCC training evaluations
  • Prepare and submit written documentation report of SBC planning online workshops
  • Lead the finalization of SBC plans of every province by working closely with BARMMHealth Provincial officers and SBC Coordinators
  • Join the SBC Director in the conduct of regular monthly meetings with Provincial officers, SBC Coordinators, and trained HEPOs
  • Assist the Provincial SBC Coordinator in writing monthly / quarterly reports on the status of MOH and provincial SBC Plans
  • Support / assist provincial SBC Coordinators in documenting human-interest stories that emanate from the IPHO / municipal health offices SBC interventions
  • This consultancy will be implemented from January 4, 2021, to July 30, 2021, for a maximum of 45 days. Minimum Qualifications :

  • University degree in development communication, journalism, community development, humanities, development management, and / or related field of study.
  • Advanced studies or degrees in a related field would be an advantage

  • At least 8 years of experience in designing social and behavior change communication strategies, developing communication materials and conducting SBC training programs
  • Demonstrable experience of working in the field of health, family planning, and reproductive health
  • Excellent communication and report writing skills
  • Familiarity with the context of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao
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