Social Behavior Change and Communication (SBCC) Specialist (SC7)

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: Tajikistan
Organization: World Food Programme
Closing date: 28 Feb 2021

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


WFP Tajikistan Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2024 supports national social protection and safety nets, nutrition, resilience-building and disaster risk reduction, aligns WFP’s support to national priorities and creates synergy with the action of other partners. By means of the CSP, WFP is undertaking a strategic shift from direct implementation to enabling and strengthening capacities of national and sub-national institutions to deliver on their food security and nutrition priorities. WFP activities support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

WFP’s nutrition interventions are under Strategic Outcome 2 of the CSP and include activities for the treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition in five districts of Khatlon and Sughd region. Under both Strategic Outcomes 2 and 4 (the latter of which is linked to innovative school feeding programming nation-wide), WFP implements social behaviour change communication (SBCC), which is based on formative research and a subsequently developed strategy designed to improve upon the nutritional habits and behaviour of the population. Through Strategic Outcome 2, SBCC is a part of the malnutrition prevention interventions implemented in primary healthcare centres while under Strategic Outcome 4, it brings together nutrition, health, and school feeding. Initiatives to ensure basic health and nutrition messaging is also included in other WFP activities.


To implement the above described initiatives would require enhanced capacity at the country office level and strong coordination with internal and external stakeholders. The Social Behavior Change and Communication (SBCC) Specialist (SC7) will lead the design, initiation and management of SBCC activities as relates to schools; oversee the continuation of and possible scale-up of SBCC activities linked to primary healthcare centres; and ensure nutrition-sensitive approaches are considered in all other WFP programming, as relevant.


Under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Officer, the incumbent is expected to perform the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Provide specialized expertise and contribute towards the development of SBCC activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Manage the implementation of the SBCC strategy within different WFP Tajikistan activities in an effective and timely manner, ensuring optimal budget utilisation in implementation, and ensure various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures through close monitoring and troubleshooting.
  • Manage the development of local SBCC campaign materials and plans through close collaboration with international consultants and government specialists, including working with designers, carefully proofing and pre-testing all materials, and supporting in the procurement of any SBCC materials or products.
  • In coordination with the Communication focal points, negotiate airtime (online, broadcast and print) for media-based SBCC messaging to reach the highest number of people in the target audience at the lowest possible cost and monitor activities to ensure that the adverts run accurately.
  • In coordination with monitoring focal points, ensure timely data collection, including pre- and post- implementation surveys, in-depth interviews with frontline staff and key stakeholders, and case studies.
  • Prepare a variety of reports and data analysis (e.g., resource utilization, programme status, performance) to provide evidence that deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control, to support in programmatic decision making and to provide information for public awareness and advocacy.

  • In coordination with communication focal points, prepare press kits for sharing with external stakeholders, including donors, government agencies and other UN agencies.

  • Foster relationships and support partnership-building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform SBCC related analyses and to ensure efficient implementation of the activities.

  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners, and national government by providing advice, guidance and training to ensure individual and team objectives are delivered to agreed standards.

  • Support in the development of concept notes and proposals to broaden the funding portfolio of nutrition activities for WFP Tajikistan.

  • Support the implementation of the WFP Tajikistan CSP through ensuring nutrition-sensitivity and other cross-cutting efforts such as gender and diversity inclusion, protection and accountability, and capacity development, are integrated throughout the portfolio and to ensure equal participation and consideration of women and men, boys and girls, and people living with specific needs and/or disabilities.

  • All other duties, including supporting nutrition-specific activities, as needed.


Desired experiences for entry into the role:

  • Four years of relevant work experience with UN agencies, government entities, corporate environment or civil society showing progressive level of responsibility (three years with advanced degree);
  • Demonstrated experience of project coordination and management in communication, social marketing, nutrition and/or health sectors;
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders, including government counterparts;
  • Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and graphic design and data visualization software (Photoshop, In-Design, Tableau, etc.);
  • Behavioural competencies such as excellent planning and organization, strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate complex ideas, ability to work under pressure with competing deadlines; experience handling press/media events; political awareness; diplomacy and collaborate approach.


  • First university degree in Communications, Social Science, Nutrition, Public Health, or another relevant field.


  • Required fluency (level C) in oral and written English, Tajik and Russian


Type of Contract: Service Contract (SC) for Tajik nationals or residents with a legal work permit

Duration of Contract: 12 months (with possible extension)

Duty Station: Dushanbe, Tajikistan

WFP offers an attractive compensation package: 16 weeks of maternity leave is part of the package, a staff member may also avail of special leave with full pay up to 8 weeks following maternity leave. Also 28 calendar days of paternity leave. For more details please visit International Civil Service Commission website:

Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should complete their applications on-line on WFP website on the following link:

Applicants will have to register and create on-line CVs to be able to apply. Hard copies of CVs or applications through e-mail will not be accepted. Please ensure that your application contains accurate and complete information.

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