Senior Social Behavior Change Advisor – Africa or Asia Based, Kenya 108 views

Pathfinder Overview

Pathfinder International is driven by the conviction that all people, regardless of where they live, have the right to decide whether and when to have children, to exist free from fear and stigma, and to lead the lives they choose. Since 1957, we have partnered with local governments, communities, and health systems in developing countries to remove barriers to critical sexual and reproductive health services. Together, we expand access to contraception, promote healthy pregnancies, save women’s lives, and stop the spread of new HIV infections, wherever the need is most urgent. Our work ensures millions of women, men, and young people are able to choose their own paths forward.

Senior Social Behavior Change Advisor

Worldwide Locations: we are seeking a person based in the continents in which Pathfinder mainly operates, namely Africa and South Asia—with a preference in Francophone countries.


Leads the Pathfinder social behavior change portfolio that spans over 15 countries, covering contraception, comprehensive abortion care, cervical cancer, maternal, newborn health and HIV/AIDs. Sets the direction, and is accountable for, the development of the global SBC strategy, which will be based on theory and global best practice. This role also serves as a senior representative of Pathfinder externally. The role will provide technical support to country teams in the design, implementation and coordination of evidence-based SBC interventions.

Key Job Outcomes:

  • Strategic Leadership : Work with colleagues across Pathfinder to develop a global strategy and model for rights-based SRHR social behavior change that can be applied across our programming.
  • Driving technical excellence: Support country teams to develop, implement, monitor and evaluate, targeted SBC strategies and plans that are solidly grounded on behavioral theory, research and audience insights. This will involve developing tools, products, and guidance; remote and hands-on support to country teams; skills and capacity building; and training, where needed.
  • Thought Leadership: Lead efforts to stay abreast of, as well as influence, the latest global thinking on SBC and health seeking behaviors, capturing best practices that can be applied at country level. Represent Pathfinder externally including giving presentations; organizing and attending technical meetings and consultations; providing direction to Pathfinder’s presence at specific conferences. Support and develop the expertise and capacity of country program technical staff for global representation.
  • Strengthen evidence-based programming: Working with country teams and our Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team to coordinate the implementation of targeted research amongst priority groups to generate behavioral insights to inform SBC interventions. Together design and implement strategies to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of SBC intervention. Together ensure knowledge sharing and learning, and dissemination across Pathfinder of lessons learnt, promoting their utilization.
  • Minimally Required Job-Specific Competencies:

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services: Deep knowledge of sexual and reproductive health and rights.
  • Setting vision and strategy: Proven ability to develop, drive and embed global strategy.
  • Global Health System: Deep knowledge of SRHR ecosystem within the global health context.
  • Change Leadership : Ability to lead change across a broad group of stakeholders in an inclusive manner.
  • Taking risks and innovating: Skilled at identifying and taking forward opportunities to increase scale, impact, quality and sustainability of health interventions.
  • Interpersonal skills: Skilled in developing and working relationships with varied stakeholders, including colleagues, partners, governments and clients.
  • Self- awareness and personnel development : committed to growing as a leader and as a professional.
  • Capacity building: Skilled at empowering other and committed to supporting others to learn and grow their skills.
  • Minimally Required Organizational Competencies:

  • Self-Management and Teamwork: Ability to work independently or as a member of the team, and ability to manage stress effectively in a fast-pace environment.
  • Passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Demonstrated commitment to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health, including safe abortion, gender, maternal, child health services..
  • Languages: Proven writing and speaking skills in English language.
  • Communication and Influencing Skills: Proven ability to influence others through diplomacy and proven oral and written communication skills.
  • Confidentiality: Ability to maintain confidentiality on work-related matters.
  • Required Education, Training and Experience:

  • At least 10 years of experience in developing, implementing, overseeing and evaluating health-related SBC programs in multiple developing countries.
  • Experience developing and embedding a SBC strategy and model within a global organization.
  • SBC technical expert with an advanced degree (M.A., MHS, MPH) in public health, communications, social sciences, anthropology, behavioral economics or a related area with significant public health and/or communication experience in family planning/sexual and reproductive health.
  • Deep understanding and knowledge of SBC and Individual behavior and Social Change theories, including new and evolving theory and practices.
  • Experience of Human-centered design and behavioral economics is desirable.
  • Significant experience working across complex projects.
  • Fluency in French is highly desirable.
  • Other Information:

  • Job location – we are seeking a person based in the continents in which Pathfinder mainly operates, namely Africa and South Asia.
  • Travel required (up to 30%)
  • Successful candidate must have the ability to work at home.
  • There is no relocation benefits attached to this role
  • Pathfinder International is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status. Pathfinder International does not charge candidates Recruitment or Application fees for any position, to which they may apply globally.

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