Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Manager, NOD, TA (5 months), #129128, Dhaka, Bangladesh # 573040 (For Bangladeshi Nationals only)

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Under the general guidance of the Chief, SBC Section and in close coordination with Sectoral and Cross-Sectoral Specialists and Officers in Dhaka and Field offices, responsible for the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based, inclusive, and innovative SBC strategies in support of the country programme.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, an advocate 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does – in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life – in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions – her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, nutrition, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens – addressing inequity – not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. Aligning with the mission of UNICEF, United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) and 8th Five Year Plan, UNICEF Bangladesh Country Programme (CP) 2022-2026 is developed and being Implemented partnering with different Ministries, Departments, Institutions and Civil Society Organizations.

Social and Behaviour Change (SBC) in UNICEF Bangladesh Country Programme (CP) 2022-2026 is positioned as a change strategy and a cross-cutting component that involves understanding people, their beliefs, values, and the socio-cultural· norms that shape their lives, ultimately with the aim of engaging them to identify problems, propose solutions and act upon them for sustainable behavior and social change. SBC component of the CP is being implemented and coordinated across the sector programmes to achieve behaviour and social change results of the health, nutrition, protection, education, WASH, and social protection programme. It also contributes to the realization of UNSDCF strategic results, SDGs, and UNICEF Strategic results that the different UNICEF section programme would contribute to. UNICEF SBC employs a mix of social mobilization, advocacy, community engagement and behaviour and social change strategies on issues related to child rights and survival in the context of development and humanitarian situation.

In the current CP SBC had initiated action and completed the conduct of a KABP and capacity building strategy informed by a capacity gap assessment. There is a need to sustain the momentum that has been created and to move ahead the implementation of activities and interventions in line with the KABP and the capacity building implementation plan. In addition, the development of comprehensive SBC Monitoring and evaluation framework and tools that is in its advanced stage and there is a need to move this agenda forward without a break.

How can you make a difference? 

Under the general guidance of the Chief, SBC Section and in close coordination with Sectoral and Cross-Sectoral Specialists and Officers in Dhaka and Field offices, responsible for the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based, inclusive, and innovative SBC strategies in support of the country programme.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. SBC Strategy Design, Programme Development & Implementation
  2. Behavioural Research, and ·Knowledge Management
  3. Technical Support and Social and Behaviour Change capacity building
  4. Advocacy, Networking and Partnership Building
  5. Management and Operational Support

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: Download File ToR _Social and Behavior Change (SBC) Manager_TA.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Minimum requirements:

Education: An Advanced University Degree in social and behavioral science, sociology, anthropology, public health, communication, or other relevant disciplines.

Work Experience:  

  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in the field of social development programme planning, behaviour change communication and advocacy.
  • Sound knowledge on different social issues preferably Behavioural. and Social Norms related issues, behavioural research, capacity development, and multi-stakeholder partnership issues in the Bangladesh context.
  • Relevant experience in related areas in a UN system agency or organization.  
  • Proven experience in designing and implementing behavioural. change communication strategies and interventions in development and humanitarian context.
  • Experience of previous work in any other country is considered as an asset.

 Language Requirements: Fluency in English and very good working knowledge of Bangla.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others 

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes[KR5] , and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.

Remarks:

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information. The genuine and complete vacancy announcements are published on UNICEF Careers website at https://jobs.unicef.org/en-us/listing/ 

As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children.

Internal candidates may be given preference over external candidates. The term “Internal” refers to all staff members with fixed term, continuing or permanent appointments. Internal candidates who are legally permitted to work for UNICEF in Bangladesh, independently of UNICEF appointment, will also be considered.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their candidate profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in the Applicant system in order to be considered.  The information submitted will be used for administrative purposes, salary/step determination and conditions of employment. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be accepted for applications that have already been submitted for this position.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

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