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Social and Behaviour Change Communication Consultants (Routine Immunization and Child Health)

International Development Agency

(Two Vacancies), North East States

1. POSITION (S) VACANT: Social and Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) Consultants (Routine Immunization and Child Health), International Development Agency, (Two Vacancies) (One Vacancy: Arunachal Pradesh and (One Vacancy: Nagaland and Manipur


Our client is a respected, International Development Agency (IDA), that works across the globe to promote children's survival, protection and development.



Routine Immunization and new vaccine introduction in India have received special attention from the highest political level, with the country using every opportunity to reach out and achieve the desired 90% plus Full Immunization Coverage (FIC). Special immunization campaigns such as Mission Indradhanush, Intensified Mission Indradhanush and introduction of four new vaccines into the immunization schedule, with elimination target for Measles by 2020 have put tremendous demand on the health system including development partners to introduce interventions that achieve results.


Vacancies for SBCC Consultants have arisen in Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur states. The developmental needs in the context of the Communication for Development (C4D) programme in each of the above-mentioned states are outlined below:   


Among the North Eastern (NE) states of India, which already have some of the lowest health indicators, Arunachal Pradesh Nagaland and Manipur are receiving GAVI support to strengthen RI demand generation systems that will enable to raise the FIC from the present rate of 38.2 7% (Arunachal Pradesh), 35.7% (Nagaland) and 65.9% (Manipur) to 90% FIC. The GAVI HSS2 catalytic funding to C4D 2018-22 is also specifically designed to achieve the objective of strengthening the system for demand generation to enable effective communication in routine Immunization as community demand for immunization is low because parents and families do not know about the vaccines, hilly terrains make the NE states as hard-to-reach, dropouts between one vaccine to next in the schedule are high and fear of adverse events following immunization (AEFI) reduces confidence in vaccines.


The NE states are additionally struggling with improving overall health indicators, including IMR and MMR, calling for comprehensive support including other maternal and child health behaviours. These states are constrained by human, technical and financial resources, including the necessary capacities that can enable them to improve vaccine confidence and demand for immunization, including improved health seeking behaviours. These three NE states are also listed in the Aspirational District States identified by the Government of India for focused attention. IDA-C4D will continue their support to NE states with Technical Assistance in health system strengthening for demand generation. This support will be of varying degree, and based on resource availability.


RI is one of the key behaviours under child health in the RMNCH+A strategy, and hence calls for integrated implementation and focus, for this year, especially in the Aspirational Districts for results. Similarly, RI is also the only key public health service to be provided under the Gram Swaraaj Abhiyaan package of services in more than 50,000 villages of the country. These ambitious schemes have motivated multiple ministries and departments in the government to integrate and provide convergent planning and rollout. Other stakeholders have included all major development partners, CSO organizations, community-based institutions and even private sector, calling for states to strengthen partnerships and develop the necessary capacity to plan and work together to achieve the set results. 



The SBCC Consultants will coordinate with the State Immunization/ Child Health Officers of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur in articulating the inputs required at the state, district and block village levels to strengthen SBCC capacities especially in Routine Immunization and RMNCH+A, including designing of strategic interventions, developing networks and/ or partnerships for enhancing progress for results, building capacities of networks of the health system, contributing to monitoring progress, documenting processes, outputs and results of the interventions implemented to contribute to lessons learned.


In Arunachal Pradesh, the SBCC Consultant will spend 10-12 days in districts and will support the state in the remaining, especially to the departments of child health and immunization.


In Nagaland and Manipur, The SBCC Consultant will spend at least one week every month in Manipur and with the remaining period in Nagaland and will directly support to the governments in the states of Nagaland and Manipur, especially to the departments of child health and immunization.


The incumbent shall be responsible for providing high-end technical support to the NHM Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur to strengthen demand generation for Routine Immunization and services under RMNCH+A and in intensification of routine immunization with specific focus on Communication. S/he shall also be providing technical support to states for capacity building of front line works in BRIDGE (Boosting Routine Immunization Demand Generation).

Key Deliverables:


(A) Communication Strategy for Routine Immunization and Mission Indradhanush - Planning, Implementation & Monitoring:

(1) Monitor and support in implementing Mission Indradhanush/ National flagship programmes;

(2) Develop strategic plan for Mission Indradhanush (SMI) under Gram Swaraj Abhiyan (GSA) based on RI communication planning formats at state/ district/ block and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in consultation and multiple review meetings with officials in their respective states;
(3) Approve Program Implementation Plan (PIP) with strategic communications for RI and Child Health was approved for FY 2019-20 (supported PIP discussions, planning and budgeting);
(4) Provide support to the state with development and review of district communication strategies for Routine Immunization;


(B) Advocacy, Coordination, Reporting, IEC material Development and Advocacy tools:
(1) Designate Nodal person from state for partners support for any campaign launched by Govt. of India to strengthen routine immunization;
(2) Participant in the STF/DTF/BTF/ review meetings, and communication core group meetings for routine Immunization/ MI planning and SOPs;
(3) Key facilitator for coordination meetings of communication core group with agenda and invites, and PPTs;
(4) Prepare communication presentations for Health Melas, line department, coordination, etc.;
(5) Identification and listing of CSO and coordinating meetings between line departments, CSO (especially Church, Rotary and Lions Club), development partners;
(6) Coordinate and review locally translated IEC materials;
(7) Map IEC/ BCC officials (NHM & State) for advocacy and planning;


(C) Build Capacity of State and District Officials:
(1) Build capacity of states on RI strategic communication planning forms and standard operating procedures (SOPs) at districts/ blocks for MI through orientation meetings and planning workshops;
(2) Build capacity of states on strategic communication planning for districts/ blocks for Routine Immunization and MI through orientation meetings and planning workshops;
(3) Build capacity of state/ district/ block officials on development, dissemination and use of various IEC/ BCC material for Routine Immunization and MI;
(4) Build capacity of CSO on planning and support on various IEC and mid-media activities during Routine Immunization and MI, including continued support for RI and Child Health programs;
(5) Build capacity of State Social Welfare Department (CDPOs, DPOs and supervisors) on Routine Immunization and MI.


(D) BRIDGE/ IPC Training Reports, Supportive Supervision and Advocacy:
(1) Map training institutions at state, district, and block level for Health (e.g. ANM training centre, ASHA Resource Centre, Health Training Dept., SIHFW, Public Health Institute), along with latest updated communication training curriculum, annual training calendar, number of trainers and qualifications, training methodology, and post-training assessment; (2) Approve plan for capacity strengthening for one training institute endorsed by Departments of Health (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur);
(3) Institutionalized BRIDGE course as part of training curriculum in frontline training institution;
(4) Assess post-training impact of BRIDGE in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur.





Postgraduate degree in social and behavioral science, social work, sociology, anthropology, psychology, political science/ international development, public policy, education, communication, public relations or other related social science field is required.

(1) Minimum two years of professional experience in the areas of social development program planning, social & behavior change communications and public advocacy and/or related areas;

(2) Experience of working in North East Region will be given preference;

(3) Experience in Bilateral/ International/ UN agencies will be preferable


Skills and Competencies:
(1) Candidate should be well proficient and believe that social and behavior change communication can be an important key intervention for achieving programmatic results;

(2) Should have basic knowledge of research, monitoring and evaluation; Should be sensitive and respectful to local cultures and practices and well versed in English language. (3) Should be respectful to the values of IDA and demonstrate the necessary ethics and integrity;

(4) Should possess good negotiation and influencing skills supported by excellent communication skills;

(5) Should have high level of computer proficiency with specific familiarity with commonly used Windows and MS Office software and database software;
(6) Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills in English. Knowledge of local language would be an added advantage;

(7) Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with strong facilitation skills, ability to analyse reports, plan and monitor projects.


(a) Arunachal Pradesh: Approximately 10-12 days in a month to the districts of Arunachal Pradesh for achievement of the listed deliverables;

(b) Nagaland and Manipur: Approximately 16 days in a month to the districts of Nagaland and Manipur for achievement of the listed deliverables;




The SBCC shall be hired on a consultancy contract through Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd. (SAMS), a respected HR Agency.




Remuneration payable to the selected candidate in the form of professional fees shall be attractive and in alignment with market norms.


Applicants are required to provide details of salary history, as well as expected remuneration for the position, in the online application form, comprising:


(a) Monthly Professional Fees and

(b) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for field travel outside the duty station.



(1) The above elements shall be a key input into the selection and negotiation process;
(2) Candidates are expected to have their own laptops and be internet connected and these items shall not be provided.


8. No of Vacancies: Two  


9. LOCATION: 1) Arunachal Pradesh: Naharlagun; 2) Nagaland and Manipur: Kohima


10. DURATION: The successful candidate shall be issued a consultancy contract from the date of joining till December 31, 2019.






Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar 
New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025
Phone Nos.: 011- 2684 2162; 4165 3612 



Eligible candidates interested in the position are requested to apply using the link by or before February 19, 2019.