Social and Behavior Change Communication Media & Materials Development Specialist


Save the Children is an exciting and dynamic organization that follows a holistic approach to achieve more for children and use its resources in an efficient and sustainable way. In every programming we aim to achieve results at scale, build partnership to influence others and increase our impact; look for innovate solutions to the problems children faces, campaign for better practice and ensure that Children’s voices are heard. 

Save the Children is an organization for talented people with different backgrounds and perspectives. We are proud that our people are representative of the children we work with and we thrive on our diversity. We are an equal opportunity organization dedicated to our core values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration, Creativity and Integrity. Our culture is embedded in these values, along with a strong commitment to our Child Safeguarding Protocol, ensuring that all representatives of Save the Children demonstrate the highest standards of behavior towards children both in their private and professional lives. 

Save the Children offers sound employment conditions with opportunities for personal growth and development. If you are interested to work in an organization that is determined to achieve dramatic change for the most vulnerable children, we encourage you to look through the job profile below. 

ROLE PURPOSE: The Social and Behaviour Change Communication Media & Materials Specialist will be responsible for the in-house design and development of selected media and materials in support of Growth through Nutrition’s social and behaviour change communication (SBCC) programming. The SBCC M&M Specialist will also support the identification of creative design consultants, creative agencies, performance artists, radio stations, recording studios, event organizers and other creative and technical assistance contracted by the project, and help oversee their work.  

An expert in using graphic design and audio-visual software, s/he will work in close collaboration with other SBCC team members, and will be responsible for either directly developing- or substantially supporting the development of-- quality state-of-the-art media and materials designed to promote social and behaviour change in the areas of adolescent nutrition, maternal and child nutrition, and agriculture-nutrition in line with Growth through Nutrition’s SBCC Strategy and the Government of Ethiopia’s National Nutrition Program. 

This position is based in Addis with frequent travel to regions/districts for training, supervision and coordination.

Reports to:  SBCC Specialist 


Media & Materials Design: 

·         Responsible for in-house development and adaptation of SBCC multi-media and materials, including print, audio, video, digital, radio, cell phone technologies (video, SMS), and potentially social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

·         Support the timely design and development of SBCC media and materials in support of Growth through Nutrition’s SBCC strategy and program work plans.

·         Support the identification, engagement and oversight of local consultants, radio stations, recording studios, creative agencies, performance artists, print agencies or others as required for the successful design, development and dissemination of SBCC media and materials.

·         As requested, serve as a resource person for, or co-facilitate, relevant sessions in the project’s SBCC media and materials design and development meetings, workshops or trainings with local NGO/CSO partners and stakeholders.

·         As necessary, support Growth through Nutrition staff to explore and utilize web-and media-based platforms to support the project’s SBCC activities and other communication needs;

·         Champion the sharing and application of SBCC innovations, lessons learned, best practices and success stories in ongoing SBCC program activities in the region

·         Providing strategic SBCC technical and program guidance to the SPIR Program          

Collaboration and Teamwork

·         Work collaboratively with the project’s SBCC team and other staff and partners in support of quality media and materials that are responsive, culturally appropriate, and effective in promoting desired social and behaviour change

·         Participate in regular project staff meetings, planning meetings, and review meetings as required

·         Collaborate with other GOE and USAID partners on material harmonization efforts 

Program Support

·         Contribute to the planning, budgeting, and management of the project’s SBCC media and materials development activities

·         As requested, provide inputs to the design of appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools for SBCC media and materials in collaboration with other project staff, partners and stakeholders

·         As requested, support formative /qualitative research, creative concept testing and pretesting activities that help inform the development and use of quality SBCC media and materials. 

Contribute to Growth through Nutrition’s documentation, dissemination and sharing of lessons learned, research findings, best practices and success stories in SBCC media and materials development

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)


·         Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values


·         Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages others to do the same

·         Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others

·         Future orientated, thinks strategically


·         Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, members and external partners and supporters

·         Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength

·         Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to


·         Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions

·         Willing to take disciplined risks


·         Honest, encourages openness and transparency  



·         Bachelors degree or equivalent in public health, journalism & communication, social sciences, and related fields; post graduate degree is desirablebut not required;

·         Eight years’ experience; preferably in SBCC program implementation, content development, material design, and pretesting;

·         Familiarity with a variety of SBCC media formats: including low-literacy print materials, audio materials, audio-visual materials, music/dance/drama and other traditional and performance arts, social media, radio, television, video and promotional materials. Familiarity with/exposure to cell phone videos, SMS text messages, and social media (Facebook, twitter, etc.) desired but not required;

·         Demonstrated understanding of the media and materials design and development process, particularly within the context of SBCC and/or strategic communication

·         Demonstrated ability to follow a creative brief, work efficiently and effectively, and deliver quality products on time with a demanding workload

·         Independent and able to take initiative without direct supervision. Creative, professional, industrious and able to work collaboratively with others

·         Ability to model and champion innovative, out-of-the-box thinking within a strong orientation for results

·         Excellent computer skills with PCs and Macs, including ability to use a wide variety of software programs and applications)

·         Working knowledge of use of social media for communications (Facebook, Tweeter, etc.)

·         Independent and able to take initiative without direct supervision. Creative, professional, industrious and able to work collaboratively with colleagues

·         Prior experience working in SBCC programming, in the areas of nutrition, health, agriculture, gender, WASH, hygiene or HIV/AIDS an added advantage

·         Good spoken and written Amharic and English, additional local languages are an asset

·         Understanding and commitment to Save the Children values 

Willingness to occasionally travel and work with local NGO/CSOs in rural areas 


Interested applicants who meet the MINIMUM requirements should send the following through or on January 18, 2019. 

a.     A CV (not more than 3 pages)


b.     A cover letter (not more than one page)

c.     A one-page table summarizing your educational background, work experience, technical skills and competencies to facilitate the screening process. Refer the vacancy announcement while doing this. 

Please DO NOT SUBMIT copies of transcripts, academic degrees or recommendation letters with the application. You will provide them upon request. 


Save the Children is committed to ensuring that all our personnel and programmes are absolutely safe for children. We undertake rigorous procedures during the recruitment process including background checks to ensure that only people suitable to work with children are allowed to join our organisation and all candidates will therefore be subject to this scrutiny. 

In the selection of its staff, Save the Children is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities. 

Note: All travel costs should be covered by the applicant if invited for written exam or interview.

Location: Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Contract - Full-Time

Closing date: Friday 18 January 2019

All jobs close at midnight UK time on the date specified

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