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University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global company dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS), URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.

Established in 1965, URC offers a range of technical assistance to strengthen health and social systems and service quality by empowering communities and health workers to identify and scale up locally appropriate solutions to critical problems. Internationally, we expand access to and improve the quality of services addressing maternal, newborn, and child health; infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria; reproductive health and family planning; food and nutrition; and vulnerable children and families. In the US, we focus on improving communication related to issues like substance abuse, with a particular focus on reaching underserved populations.

URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. Please join us in carrying out our mission ( ).


Resilience and Economic Growth in the Sahel - Enhanced Resilience (REGIS-ER) is a 5-year project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the National Cooperative Business Association’s (NCBA) CLUSA International Program in Niger and Burkina Faso. The project, awarded on November 15, 2013, is designed to increase the resilience of chronically vulnerable populations in agro-pastoral and marginal agriculture zones in Niger and Burkina Faso. USAID defines resilience as the ability of people, households, communities, countries, and systems to mitigate, adapt to, and recover from shocks and stresses in a manner that reduces chronic vulnerability and facilitates inclusive growth. In the broader context, USAID investments in resilience seek to address root causes of chronic vulnerability through nutrition-led agriculture and livestock rearing, better health and hygiene, stronger governance and natural resource management, and awareness of climate change impacts and mitigating actions.

University Research Co., LLC (URC) is a sub-recipient to NCBA on the REGIS-ER project, providing support for the health and nutrition component. With the goal to rectify serious issues of health, malnutrition, water, and hygiene – particularly among the most vulnerable populations -- the Health and Nutrition component of REGIS-ER will integrate an array of innovative activities to improve public knowledge about health, nutrition and WASH; link to Nutrition-led Agricultural activities; and change men’s and women’s knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors regarding health, nutrition, and WASH practices.

The project will promote rational use of food, dietary diversification, access to new fortified foods, better access to health and nutrition services, and improved water sources and sanitation by strengthening communities to manage their own health needs and through strong community links formed with the governments of Niger and Burkina Faso and with NGOs and other projects. Social and behavior change communication (SBCC) and a quality improvement- focused strategy will significantly impact the health and nutritional outcomes of the focus population: children under five years of age, pregnant and lactating women, and women and girls more generally.

Purpose of Assignment:
The consultant will provide technical assistance in developing the overall SBCC strategy for the REGIS-ER project, with more focused attention to the development of the nutrition, health, and WASH SBCC strategy. The consultant will support the REGIS-ER health and nutrition team at various stages in the development and roll-out of the SBCC strategy for health, nutrition and WASH, including the development of communication materials and tools. The consultant will work closely with the in-country team leaders, the in-country SBCC specialists, REGIS-ER’s communication advisor, and the SPRING project’s SBCC specialist. The consultant will be under the supervision of Cheryl Combest, Sr. Technical Advisor for REGIS-ER.

Objective 1: Assist the in-country REGIS-ER team to develop an overarching SBCC strategy, with focused attention to the development of a detailed SBCC strategy for health, nutrition and WASH (HNW). The HNW SBCC strategy is to include identification of targeted messaging and needed communication and training materials to bring about an increase in the adoption of key MIYCN/health/WASH practices and uptake of select health and nutrition services in the REGIS-ER target zones.
  • Work with REGIS-ER’s communications director, SBCC specialists, Team Leads, Health and Nutrition Specialists, and the SPRING project to plan the first series of events related to the development of the project’s HNW SBCC strategy.
  • Participate in the development of plans for the overarching SBCC strategy for the REGIS-ER project.
  • Guide and facilitate the development of a comprehensive HNW SBCC strategy, including regional SBCC plans for those regions that have started implementation.
  • Assist in planning for revising, adapting, or development of needed tools and materials for health, nutrition, and WASH.

Objective 2: Define HNW SBCC-related training needs and develop a training plan for selected project staff, implementing partners, health workers (facility based and CHWs), and other key community partners.
  • Work with REGIS-ER staff and SPRING to determine training needs of staff and project partners, including community health workers, facility-based health workers and other community-level partners.
  • Based on the training needs, develop a one-year SBCC training plan.

Objective 3: Provide on-going technical support to HNW SBCC strategy and action plan activities as they roll-out.
  • Work with REGIS-ER Health and Nutrition Team Leaders and SBCC Specialists and provide technical advice for the finalization and implementation of HNW SBCC strategy to ensure that activities are implemented smoothly.

Key Qualifications:
  • Masters of Public Health or related degree
  • At least 15 years of experience implementing and managing USAID-funded programs with focus on social and behavior change communications for health in francophone Africa
  • French fluency
  • Significant experience in West Africa preferred
  • Availability to travel up to 30% time
To Apply:
For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at .

You must attach resume and cover letter and also upload your CV where indicated . Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well.

Due to the large number of inquiries we receive, only candidates who have met the required experience & qualifications for this position will be contacted. No phone calls please. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise. Thank you very much for your interest

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