Humanitarian Behaviour Change Coordinator

Title: Humanitarian Behaviour Change Coordinator

Location: Killis, Turkey

Reports To: Country Director and Programme Manager

Duration: Contract for 1year

Background and organisational context:

The MENTOR Initiative is a charitable “Not for Profit” organisation registered in the UK, with headquarters based in Crawley, West Sussex, and works in over 8 countries in Africa and the Middle East. We have been providing assistance to national and international partners, working in humanitarian crises in delivering effective vector borne disease control interventions since 2006. The goal of MENTOR is ultimately to reduce the burden of vector borne disease on emergency affected populations. Our work in Syria is in response to the increasing numbers and widespread transmission of leishmaniasis in the northern parts of the country, since the beginning of the civil war in 2011. What was already an endemic disease, leishmaniasis has now become one of the most pertinent and prevalent communicable diseases within the country.

Our response is a three-pronged approach to tackling this disease through prevention, medical and IEC activities. In so doing we have reached over 2million beneficiaries and treated more than 100,000 cases from 2014-2015. Due to the present security situation and border closures between Syria and Turkey, this process is remotely managed from our office in Killis, Turkey.

MENTOR seeks a Humanitarian Behaviour Change Coordinator with experience of working within an Arabic context.  Strong skills in formative research related to the development and testing of innovations that improve public health outcomes are required.  The right candidate will have experience applying state-of-the-art theories and models of BCC, preferably in the health field. This position requires the ability to work with multiple teams centrally in southern Turkey, whilst remotely training and managing a team within Syria. The disease focus is leishmaniasis and through a comprehensive programme of Integrated Vector Management (IVM), MENTOR reaches in excess of 3 million persons in the north of Syria.

Position Summary:

MENTOR seeks a Humanitarian Behaviour Change Coordinator with experience of working within an Arabic context.  Strong skills in formative research related to the development and testing of innovations that improve public health outcomes are required.  The right candidate will have experience applying state-of-the-art theories and models of BCC, preferably in the health field. This position requires the ability to work with multiple teams centrally in southern Turkey, whilst remotely training and managing a team within Syria. The disease focus is leishmaniasis and through a comprehensive programme of Integrated Vector Management (IVM), MENTOR reaches in excess of 3 million persons in the north of Syria.

The Humanitarian Behaviour Change Coordinator will lead on the strategy design, training and subsequent roll-out of MENTORs BCC and IEC strategy across the northern parts of Syria. The candidate for this position would have a strong interest in providing technical support to staff and partners involved in the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions that rely on beneficiaries adopting practices lisinopril that protect them from transmitting leishamaniasis.

The Humanitarian Behaviour Change Coordinator will support conceptualization of formative research to guide solution development and implementation and contribute to all aspects of the research continuum, from concept to dissemination. The Humanitarian Behaviour Change Coordinator will have experience developing tools and approaches in different cultural settings and designing linguistically and culturally appropriate interventions. This is a 1 year post based in Kilis Turkey.

Essential Functions:

Design appropriate formative research to be rolled-out in MENTOR supported northern parts of Syria and work with partners to conduct research (e.g. desk reviews, situation assessments, stakeholder interviews, FGDs-when possible; in-depth interviews etc).

Develop and pilot test approaches, materials and tools
Work collaboratively with other project team members to ensure necessary program planning, development, resource availability and management activities function smoothly and efficiently.
Contribute to timely and appropriate reporting.
Training, supervising and supporting the national IEC/BCC Officers in implementing the IEC/BCC activities within Syria, to include: daily staff direction; task delegation; programme scheduling; training and development; evaluation and incident reporting
Developing targeted tools/materials with beneficiaries to optimise roll out
Developing the IEC/BCC strategy for the forthcoming year, with support from HQ and the Coordinators, to reflect the situation in Syria, paying particular attention to cultural practices as well as security limitations. All strategies to first be cleared by the technical teams, the CD, and HQ.
Formation, and periodic revision, of IEC materials necessary for the campaigns, to include: fliers/posters, radio transmissions; television broadcasts; lecture notes etc. (with technical support from fellow Coordinators)
Collating and analysing all data coming in from the field; separating by location and grant
Writing the IEC/BCC section of all donor reports and contributing to any new proposals
Be responsible for designing appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools to capture IEC/BCC activties
Ensuring the efficient management of stock and assets related to the IEC/BCC campaigns, to include: realistic estimations of necessary IEC/BCC materials; timely replenishment of stock per location; scheduling of asset use by location; weekly reporting of stock management to the logistics department
Coordination with other actors relevant to the field, to include: participation in meetings; actively engaging with other INGOs/NGOs, Local Authorities, and UN bodies to maximise resources and
Ensuring the safety of all MENTOR staff and supported facilities by upholding our policy of no branding and no disclosure of sensitive information due to security concerns within Syria
Other

Any other duties as may be assigned by the CD, HQ Programme Manager or the Director
Potential transfer to a similar role in another MENTOR team/programme, by mutual consent.
Qualifications and Experience

Bachelors degree
Post graduate degree in Communications, Marketing, Behavior Change Communication or Health Communication would be an asset
A minimum of five (5) years experience in related fields in a competitive environment, with experience in a senior position providing technical leadership
Equivalent combinations of experience and training will be considered
Arabic speaking and work experience in the Middle east is a bonus
Exceptional written and oral communications skills in English

Please send CV and letter of motivation to recruitment@mentor-initiative.net