Social & Behavior Change Officer, (NO-1), Bertoua – Cameroon #128426, TA 364 days

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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.

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For every child, Commitment 

Cameroon is hosting over 353,000 refugees from Central African Republic (CAR), 94 per cent of which live in the country’s eastern regions of East and Adamawa. To these refugees should ‘e added internally displaced person (IDPs) from other regions in humanitarian crisis such as Far-North, SouthWest and NorthM/est.

In this situation, access to livelihoods, food, WASH services and education rem-ins limited for them and host communities. Additionally, refugees and host community members are experiencing in various degrees increasing food insecurity, malnutrition, loss of livelihoods, exposure to human rights violations, family separation, protection risks, and general strain on resources and Infrastructure. As the number of refugees continues to exert significant pressure on natural resources and basic social services in the host areas, this often leads to conflicts between the refugees and host populations over the use of scarce resources, including land. Hence increasing humanitarian needs of both the host and the refugee populations; while the host communities is already suffering from high food insecurity, malnutrition, and poverty rates. 

The Social and Behavior Change Officer will be based in Bertoua and covering both East and Adamawa regions. S/he will report to the Chief of Field Office Bertoua for close supervision, and the SBC Specialist for technical guidance. The SBC Officer will be responsible for the design, management, monitoring and evaluation of evidence-based, inclusive and innovative SBC strategies in support of the country programme.

How can you make a difference? 

The Social and Behavior Change Officer will report to the Chief of Field Office Bertoua for close supervision, and the SBC Specialist for technical guidance and shall be responsible for following key strategic functions, accountabilities and related duties/ tasks.

1. Support the generation and utilization of research, data, and evidence to inform the design, measurement, and monitoring of SBC programs and outcomes in both development and emergency contexts and to build the evidence base for SBC.

2. Support the design, plan and implement SBC activities that are backed by social and behavioural evidence and strong engagement and participation mechanisms in both development and humanitarian contexts.

3. Support the operationalization of SBC by advocating for SBC, mobilizing resources, coordinating across stakeholders, sectors and teams, and partnership building.

if you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: Download File TA Social & Behavior Change Officer NOA.pdf

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

The following minimum requirements:

  • Education: A university degree (bachelor’s or higher) in a social and behavioral science, including sociology, anthropology, communication studies/communication for development, psychology and/or related field is required.
  • Work Experience: A minimum of one year of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, communication for development or social and behaviour change, public advocacy or another related area.

   Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered an asset.

  • Language Requirements: Fluency in French and English is required, Knowledge of a local language is an asset (Fulfulde and/or Pidgin English)

The following desirables:

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency. 

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 

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.


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. For this position, eligible and suitable female and disabled are encouraged to apply.

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. 

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.

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.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.


Advertised: 13 May 2024 W. Central Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 26 May 2024 W. Central Africa Standard Time

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