Social Behaviour Change Communication Design and Implementation Consultant at Sightsavers Nigeria



Sightsavers is an international organisation that changes lives for the long term. We work in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Social Behaviour Change Communication Design and Implementation Consultancy

Location: Kogi

Background

  • Sightsavers is supporting the Kogi State government in implementing a Disability-Inclusive Development (DID) programme funded by UK Aid.
  • The two-year project will pilot an inclusive health approach to improve quality and equity in access to eye care services for women and men with disabilities in Kogi State, Nigeria, in line with the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • The project is currently being executed in Kogi State in two eye health centres – Kabba and Ankpa local government areas (LGAs) and two outreach centres – Okene and Idah LGAs.
  • To reach this aim, the project will strengthen health systems to meet the appropriate health needs of people with disabilities, engage communities to provide appropriate interventions that will tackle the problem of stigma and discrimination and will strengthen awareness creation in channels that are appropriate for all groups of persons with disabilities.

Purpose

  • The purpose of this consultancy is to design an appropriate SBCC (Social Behaviour Change Communication) intervention strategy using the findings from the formative research already undertaken to inform the development of the strategy.
  • This strategy will be the action plan that the project can implement to raise awareness on eye health and available services as well as to mitigate stigma and discrimination related to disability at community level.
  • The consultant/agency will oversee the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation including reporting of the SBCC strategy, related to the Inclusive Eye Health and behaviour change interventions.
  • S/he will be responsible for actively sharing and using information derived from the Formative Analysis, for adjustment of interventions, implementation of recommendations, as well as leading on the coordination of SBCC activities.
  • In addition, the consultant/agency is expected to collaborate and consult with Organizations of Persons with disabilities (OPDs) to ensure that all SBCC plans, activities, and materials are accessible, usable, and where possible, meet the preferred means of communication.

Outputs/ Deliverables:

  • The consultant/agency will work closely with the Global Technical Lead – Behaviour Change Communication to draft and finalise the strategy.

The following outputs are expected from the consultant:

  • An inception report detailing the scope of work, methodology and timeline to support the development of the Kogi State Inclusive Eye Health SBCC strategy and action plan.
  • SBCC intervention strategy and action plan: Use of the formative research already undertaken to gain a deeper understanding of the SBCC challenges to be addressed and the social and behavioural drivers that facilitate or act as barriers to uptake of desired behaviour (s). Translate the findings and recommendations of the formative analysis into contextually appropriate interventions.

Communication Strategy:

  • Targeted Messaging (Including infotainment scripts, visuals, radio/jingles scripts etc.)

Implementation:

  • Coordinate, Lead and oversee all SBCC interventions with OPDs.
  • Develop and support the execution of activity plans and budget for SBCC.
  • Work with the programme team and OPDs to ensure that recommendations of the Formative analysis are implemented and documented

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Support monitoring and reporting specific SBC interventions.
  • Report all Safeguarding concerns, including potential violations of Sightsavers’ Safeguarding Policy and/or Code of Conduct

Advocacy:

  • Where necessary, the consultant is expected to lead on appropriate advocacy activities with selected stakeholders.
  • Overall, the consultant/agency is required to share new and creative ideas and perform any emerging role during implementation.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Extensive professional experience designing and implementing SBCC strategies/interventions; experience with campaigns related to health and disability inclusion preferred.
  • Strong participatory, facilitation and interactive skills
  • Experience designing and facilitating workshops and training
  • Experience training and coaching people to acquire new skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English. Fluency in the local language is desirable
  • Strong report writing skills
  • Experience in project and/or programme monitoring and evaluation.
  • Commitment and adaptability to work in a challenging environment, and willingness to travel to selected communities.
  • General knowledge of disability inclusive development would be an advantage.
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience, and flexibility
  • Analytical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to build strong working relationships
  • Ability to think strategically and translate concepts into action

Duration of the Consultancy:

  • This is a full-time task commencing 18th April 2022 to 30th September 2022.

Budget
Sightsavers will pay an agreed fee between which would exclude expenses such as:

  • Economy class airfares (where applicable)
  • In-country transportation
  • Hotel accommodation (bed, breakfast and even meals taken at the place of accommodation) in the circumstance where there would be travels outside state of residence for the consultant.
  • Stationery and supplies
  • Meeting venue hire and associated equipment eg projectors
  • Sightsavers usually cover the above costs, unless otherwise stated or agreed. The consultant is expected to cover all other costs and materials not mentioned above related to this exercise as part of their consultancy fees.

Application Closing Date
4th April, 2022, Midnight (GMT)

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV to: ssinigeria@sightsavers.org using the Job Title as the subject of the email.

Note: We very much regret that, in view of the large number of expressions we receive, we are unable to respond if you are unsuccessful. Should you not hear from Sightsavers within two weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been successful.

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