Chief Social & Behavior Change

United Nations Children's Fund

Cairo, Egypt

Under the general guidance of the Deputy Representative and in close coordination with Sectoral and Cross-Sectoral Sections, responsible for the design, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of strategies related to Social and Behavior Change (SBC) and providing technical support to the Egypt CO in delivering SBC initiatives that advance human rights based approaches and community engagement to promote sustainable results for children in Egypt in both development and humanitarian contexts. Support UNICEF office and partners in applying the latest evidence-backed approaches in the social and behavioral sciences to programming by identifying and addressing the social determinants of behavior and empowering communities in change processes.
The SBC, Adolescents and Youth Chief supports country office programming processes by providing expert technical advice and operational support to country office colleagues and internal and external partners and stakeholders to ensure that adolescent development and participation established under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, international treaties/framework, and UN intergovernmental bodies, are integrated in UNICEF’s advocacy, policies, programmes and humanitarian work. S/he contributes to the achievement of sustainable and scalable results on adolescent related programmes/projects according to plans, allocation, results based-management approaches and methodology (RBM) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plans, standards of performance and accountability framework.
S/he also performs the role of Gender Focal Point for the Office. As such, the SBC/Adolescents and Youth Chief provides authoritative technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of results contributing to gender equality in alignment with the UNICEF Gender Action Plan (2022-2025). S/he supports the development, implementation, and monitoring of high-quality gender programming/projects across sectors in alignment with the Gender Action Plan.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
  • Generate & Use Evidence: Generate and utilize research, data, and evidence to inform the design, measurement, and monitoring of SBC, Adolescents & Youth and gender transformative programs and outcomes in both development and emergency contexts and to build the evidence base for SBC.
  • Design, plan and implement: Design, plan and implement SBC, Adolescents & Youth and gender transformative activities that are backed by evidence and strong engagement and participation mechanisms in both development and humanitarian contexts.
  • Advocate & Build Partnerships: Support operationalization of SBC, Adolescents & Youth, and gender transformative programs by advocating, mobilizing resources, coordinating across stakeholders, sectors and teams, and partnership building.
  • Build Capacities Promote continuous learning, strengthening, and scaling up in SBC, Adolescents & Youth, and gender transformative programs for both development and humanitarian contexts through capacity building for UNICEF staff and partners.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have the below requirement:

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in a social and behavioral science, including sociology, anthropology, communication studies/communication for development, psychology, international development, gender and/or related field is required.
Work Experience:
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant progressively responsible professional experience at the national and international levels in developing, implementing, evaluating, and managing social and behavioral change strategies, in social and policy program development planning and management, operational support and humanitarian settings in youth and adolescent development related areas including non-formal skills development opportunities preferably in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in program/project development and management in related areas in a UN system agency or organization is highly desirable.
  • Experience in the application of social and behavior change science, theories, research, and analysis, to all stages of the programmes cycle will be a strong asset.
  • Experience in social research, including quantitative, qualitative, and participatory methods for formative assessments, identifying behavioral drivers, and tracking, measurement and evaluation of social change is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to stay current with new developments in the SBC, Adolescents and Youth and Gender fields is required. Familiarity with new and emerging approaches such as behavioral insights, human cantered design, social listening, among others is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in the execution of complex priorities, processes, and projects in office work-plans.
  • At least four years country programme experience in with a multilateral development agency or national NGO in a low- or middle-income setting is an asset.
  • Experience in working with internal and external stakeholders at multiple levels, including providing technical support and capacity building and establishing/managing external partnerships.
Language Proficiency:
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language and/or Arabic language is an asset.