Social Behaviour Change Officer (SBC)

Social Behaviour Change Officer (SBC)

Company Name Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI
  • Number of Vacancy: 1
  • Category: Social Services / Health / Medical
  • Job Level: Mid Level
  • Working Hours: 0
  • Years of Experience 3
  • Salary Range: $-
  • Job Location: Harare
  • Preferred Age: 0 (years)
  • Required Education: Diploma
  • Vacancy Nature: Fixed Term Contract


REPSSI is the leading African Psychosocial Support organisation and REPSSI’s vision is that all girls, boys and youth enjoy psychosocial and mental wellbeing. The organisation has strong partnerships with governments (particularly the ministries responsible for social services, education and health), development partners, international organisations and NGOs in thirteen countries of East and Southern Africa. REPSSI is registered in Zimbabwe as a Private Voluntary Organisation, PVO No 10/12. For fifteen years, REPSSI has provided technical capacity enhancement to its partners to strengthen communities’ and families’ ability to promote the psychosocial wellbeing of their children and youth. Position summary The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) is inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates to fill the position of Social Behaviour Change Officer (SBC) within the COVID-19 response. The REPSSI COVID-19 intervention focuses on supporting government efforts and WHO guidelines on psychosocial support. The Social Behaviour Change Officer (SBC) will be responsible for implementing and evaluating REPSSI Zimbabwe Social Behaviour Change Communication interventions in line with the REPSSI strategy and its COVID-19 Response. Job description Responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of the COVID-19 project Social Behaviour Change Communication strategy; Plan and implement evidence based behaviour change communication campaigns, ensuring that vulnerable populations including children and Persons with Disability (PWD) are included; Support REPSSI Zimbabwe media/press relations; Develop social media interventions and campaigns on psychosocial support behaviour change for COVID-19 response; Contribute to work plan activities to ensure SBCC is addressed in the overall COVID- 19 intervention; Coordinate and provide technical support (capacity strengthening) to country office and partners on behaviour change communication efforts for improved psychosocial and mental wellbeing; Oversee and maintain online outreach and produce information materials for public outreach; Documenting and sharing impact (or case) stories on psychosocial and mental wellbeing in the context of COVID-19; Design SBCC M&E framework (for reach, coverage and impact), monitor and evaluate the results of Behaviour Change Communication interventions; Represent or ensure appropriate representation of REPSSI in all project related fora; Develop and maintain close relationships with all relevant government departments, especially the department of Environmental Health, UN agencies and NGO counterparts on project related matters.

Work/Educational Requirements

Master’s degree in Journalism and Communications with experience of working in Health Education, Behavioural Sciences and Health Communication; At least 3 years of working experience with similar or related projects; Demonstrated understanding and familiarity with development communications issues and solutions and Health communication models and frameworks; Substantial knowledge, experience and understanding of development issues relevant to vulnerable children, child rights, care and protection in line with the global, regional and national regulatory frameworks and instruments/policies; Strong people skills with the ability to support and motivate a culturally diverse to adopt BCC messages; Good judgement and ability to use initiative and make decisions in complex, challenging and sensitive situations

To Apply

Write to: The Human Resources Manager, REPSSI, 19 Mull Road, Belvedere, Harare or email Cover letter and CV as one document with position applied for clearly written in the subject line to: [email protected] NB. Appointment to this position is contingent upon successful funding from donors

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