Director of Social and Behavior Change Design and Implementation at Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs

The Director of SBC Design and Implementation will be responsible for leading the project’s third intermediate result (IR3): Evidence-based SBC interventions designed, implemented and monitored at the national and sub-national level, as required and funded. S/he will lead the strategic and creative direction for the adaptation of existing and/or development of new SBC interventions at all levels. The Director will coordinate with a team of SBC and technical health area specialists. This position will be responsible for executing high quality SBC that is integrated across health areas, SBC approaches, and partner methodologies. The Director of SBC Design and Implementation will work closely with the other members of the Senior Management Team to ensure coordination, capacity strengthening, execution, and monitoring, evaluation, research and learning are happening in concert. The Director will be required to travel in Tanzania, and internationally, as needed.

Primary duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

Lead a behavioral prioritization process together with the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDEC), implementing partners and other relevant stakeholders to re-align with current messaging priorities. Use results of the process to ensure key objectives are meaningfully and purposefully addressed.

Work together with USAID Tulonge Afya to determine which existing SBC interventions should be continued and/or adapted under Breakthrough ACTION, and ensure a smooth transition in implementation between the two projects.
Together with the Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening, support the MoHCDEC to develop or adapt and manage integrated SBC platforms for priority populations.
Lead the design and/or adaptation of quality, evidence-based SBC resources for use by service delivery partners in fixed and mobile sites, community partners, and civil service partners. Materials should reflect priorities outlined in SBC strategies and guidelines, meet the standards of National Programs, and emerge from a participatory process.
Work with the Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening to strengthen the capacity of government and partners to produce, disseminate, use and monitor the materials co-developed with Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania.
Support Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania to create and strengthen strategic partnerships and alliances with key stakeholders including Government Ministries, USG and non-USG Implementing Partners at national and sub national levels.
Actively participate in SBC national and sub-national technical working groups to ensure partners have a coordinated and harmonized approach to implementation of SBC initiatives.
Scale up high-quality SBC programs promoting specific health areas, such as access and use of insecticide-treated nets (ITNs), as necessary. Ensure linkages to services and commodities.
Lead provider behavior change initiatives that address identified barriers to service uptake, such as provider motivation, biases and/or client-provider interactions.
Together with the Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Manager, support the MoHCDEC to develop and implement a framework and system to monitor and evaluate SBC interventions’ results, and increase the capacity of the MoHCDEC Health Promotion Section to manage and use SBC data for decision making.
Ensure interventions are guided by the Tanzania Vision 2025, Health Sector Strategic Plan V: 2020-2025, Zanzibar Health Sector Strategic Plan III and HSSP IV, and Health Communication Strategy 2019-2024.
Liaise with the Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening , MERL Manager and the Finance Manager to ensure harmonized, coordinated efforts across the project.
Provide day to day technical and programmatic support for supervisees. Conduct regular (at least quarterly) check ins and annual performance reviews with all supervisees, and identify and recommend appropriate professional development opportunities.
Oversee and ensure the quality of work produced by the SBC design and implementation team. Develop processes, tools, and routines that ensure the quality of work.
Provide strategic and technical input and direction on work plans, reports, documents, presentations and budgets.
Oversee and work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending.
Oversee consultant activities and procurements, ensuring statements of work, contract and deliverables are in place.
Contribute to SBC global technical knowledge.


A minimum of ten (10) years’ professional experience in delivering Social Behavior Change programs with progressively increased responsibility working for health technical assistance programs or other health related services.
A Master’s degree in Medicine, Social Sciences, Public Health, Communications or other relevant degree or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of seven (7) years of professional experience in delivering SBC and professional experience working in mid to senior management positions.
Tanzania national preferred.
Excellent past performance references.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Demonstrated experience building partnerships and alliances with Government Ministries, USG and non-USG implementing partners.
Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of management expertise and technical experience.
Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
High level of interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders.
Excellent skills and experience in collaborative working relationships with senior level government leadership.
Experience with SBC for at least two priority health areas (reproductive health, MNCH including nutrition, HIV, malaria, TB, RCCE), with preference for experience within the context of integrated health programs.
Experience with integration of gender and youth into health projects and services.
Required oral and written fluency in English; oral and written fluency in Kiswahili desired.

All candidates are encouraged to submit e-mail applications to with copies of current CV, cover letter and three professional referees. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

Deadline: 12:00pm EAT on May 13, 2022

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