Technical Advisor, Social Behavior Change (SBC) USAID Advancing Nutrition

Helen Keller International
May 21, 2020
Arlington, Virginia
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Helen Keller Intl

Technical Advisor, Social Behavior Change (SBC)
USAID Advancing Nutrition
(Arlington, VA)

Helen Keller Intl is a global health organization dedicated to eliminating preventable vision loss, malnutrition and diseases of poverty. Cofounded by Helen Keller – and guided by her fierce optimism and belief in human potential – the organization delivers life-changing health solutions to vulnerable families where the need is great but access to care is limited. In the U.S., Africa, and Asia, Helen Keller’s proven, science-based programs empower people to create opportunities in their own lives and build lasting change.

Helen Keller is a partner in USAID Advancing Nutrition, USAID’s flagship nutrition project, led by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI), and a diverse group of experienced partners.
Launched in September 2018, USAID Advancing Nutrition implements and provides technical
support to nutrition interventions across sectors and disciplines for USAID and its partners. The
project’s multi-sectoral approach draws together global nutrition experience to design,
implement and evaluate programs that address the root causes of malnutrition. Committed to
using a systems approach, USAID Advancing Nutrition strives to sustain positive outcomes by
building local capacity, supporting behavior change and strengthening the enabling environment
to save lives, improve health, build resilience, increase economic productivity and advance

The Technical Advisor will support the design and implementation of evidence-based social and behavior change (SBC) across multi-sectoral activities to improve nutrition. Particular focus will be on nutrition-sensitive agriculture and food security approaches in development and/or humanitarian contexts aimed at reducing malnutrition.

The Technical Advisor will have a strong foundation in SBC and working knowledge of food systems and/or private sector marketing approaches. The ideal candidate will also have an interest in working across complementary technical sectors, such as food security, capacity strengthening, early childhood development, and gender transformative programing. S/he will be an independent worker, motivated to take initiative and capable of quickly coming up to speed in new technical areas. The Technical Adviser will collaborate with USAID, project staff, host country counterparts, implementing partners and other global stakeholders to ensure expert implementation of project activities. The Technical Advisor will also provide leadership and quality assurance to their portfolio of activities, which will contribute to USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work plan goals and objectives. The Technical Advisor reports to the SBC Director and is based in Arlington, VA.


This position is advertised through multiple USAID Advancing Nutrition consortium partners and is fully seconded to the project. Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply through the single (1) organization they are most interested in working for. Submitting applications through more than one (1) consortium partner is prohibited and could result in disqualification.

Specific Responsibilities
The Technical Advisor will
• Identify promising innovative SBC and marketing strategies, develop program guidance, and provide technical assistance to priority countries in support of nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming.
• Design and oversee evidence-based SBC strategies and high-quality technical assistance to core and country programs in support of effective programming across SBC, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, and/or market-based activities.
• Design or contribute to research and analysis to develop SBC strategies, including psychographic and consumer research and market assessments.
• Actively contribute to the project’s technical direction by developing strategies and partnerships to increase program coverage, visibility, and resource availability.
• Participate in global nutrition networks to represent USAID Advancing Nutrition’s work and advocate for increased commitments to global nutrition.
• Facilitate global and regional linkages to ensure development of quality, evidence-based technical tools and guides used to increase capacity of and support to USAID’s multisectoral nutrition priorities.
• Collaborate with the project’s monitoring and evaluation staff to carry out operations research related to program delivery and contribute to other research efforts as needed.
• Provide up-to-date, evidence based technical and policy briefs, and develop or manage the creation of evidence-based program standards with key stakeholders.
• Participate in program design and development of implementation activities (strategic planning, program presentation, advocacy and policy meetings), as appropriate.
• Contribute to the development of team (both global and country) work plans and budgets, ensuring consistency with project direction and strategy.
• Supervise consultants, and mentor Technical Specialists and/or Program Officers to facilitate professional growth and development.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Competencies
• Experience overseeing technical quality of SBC activities integrating nutrition into food systems, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, or food security.
• Broad capacity building and training experience.
• In-depth experience undertaking and supporting research, data collection, analysis and report and article writing.
• Ability to develop and apply monitoring and evaluation plans to determine activity results and monitor impact.
• Knowledge of USAID and other donor policies, strategies, and program priorities.
• Strong interpersonal skills and experience working in teams and cross-cultural settings.
• Ability to direct multiple long and short-term activities simultaneously with minimal supervision.
• Demonstrated success in working with local government and NGO stakeholders.
• Strong record of fostering new and effective partnerships on an international level including participation in technical advisory groups, international consultations, boards, etc.
• Demonstrated ability and affinity for delivering technical assistance in developing countries.

• Education: Master’s degree or advanced degree in nutrition, food security, public health, policy or related field.
• Required Experience: 7-10 years of experience in international public health programming with an emphasis on SBC and food systems (including marketing for nutrition, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, or a related field).
• Preferred Experience: Gender analysis and gender transformative programing, food security, or early childhood development
• Travel: Ability to undertake field travel (approximately 10%).
• Languages: Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; Fluency in French or Portuguese desirable.

To Apply
Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to
noting the job title in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through midnight on Friday, June 5, 2020.

Helen Keller is dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is fully valued.
Helen Keller is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.
If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need to request an accommodation during the application or interview process, please contact us at the email above or:
Tel: 646-356-1789; Fax: (212) 532-6014

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