Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening job at The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)

The Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP)

Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening


Job Title:       Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening

Report to:         Deputy Chief of Party

Location:          Dar es Salaam, Tanzania



Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania is a new, three-year (2022-2025) cooperative agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Program (CCP). The social and behavior change (SBC) activity aims to catalyze opportunities for Tanzanians to improve their health status by transforming socio-cultural norms and supporting the adoption of healthier behaviors. The activity will provide technical assistance to the Government of Tanzania (GoT) to improve the policy and implementation framework around SBC activities, and design, implement and monitor specific SBC interventions at the sub-national level as required. Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania will promote integrated SBC approaches to support family planning/ reproductive health, maternal, neonatal, and child health (including nutrition), HIV, malaria, TB, risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) and other infectious diseases as needed.


Job Summary: 

The Director of SBC Coordination and Capacity Strengthening will be responsible for driving the project’s first two intermediate results (IR): (IR1) Improve systems for coordination and implementation of behavior change interventions among GOT, PO-RALG and other stakeholders, and (IR2) Strengthen central level support (MOH, programs, regions and districts) for health behaviors. The Director will oversee a Technical Advisor who specializes in coordination and capacity strengthening and Program Officers focusing on health-specific areas. The Director will be required to travel in Tanzania, and internationally, as needed.


Primary duties and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Provide SBC technical assistance to national entities, including the MOH and PO-RALG, as well as local government health authorities, such as Regional and Council Health Management Teams (R/CHMT).
  • Support the GOT through the MOH Health Promotion Section (HPS) to address leadership and coordination of evidence-based and sustainable SBC strategies.
  • Support the GoT and other partners to assess the effectiveness of different SBC coordination structures at national and sub-national levels and develop plans to strengthen them.
  • Support Breakthrough ACTION Tanzania to create and strengthen strategic partnerships and alliances with key stakeholders including Government Ministries, USG and non-USG Implementing Partners at national and sub national levels.


  • Advocate for the critical role of SBC in achieving positive and sustainable health outcomes and promote greater investment in SBC by GoT and development partners.
  • Support the MOH to develop, update and operationalize SBC policy documents, strategies and guidelines that are critical to ensuring the availability of quality integrated SBC approaches.
  • Support the MOH to develop capacity strengthening resources for GoT and other SBC partners.
  • Actively participate in SBC national and sub-national technical working groups to ensure partners have a coordinated and harmonized approach to implementation of SBC initiatives.
  • Together with the Director of SBC Design and Implementation, support the MOH to develop or adapt and manage integrated SBC platforms for priority populations.
  • Together with the Director of MERL, support the MOH to develop and implement a framework and system to monitor and evaluate SBC interventions’ results, and increase the capacity of MOH/HPS to manage and use SBC data for decision making.
  • Strengthen the capacity of programs at the central level (e.g., NACP, NTLP, RCHS, ZAMEP and NMCP) to design communication strategies.
  • Strengthen local capacity to manage multi-level and integrated SBC programs.
  • Support the coordination and integration of SBC activities at national and subnational level.
  • Establish mechanisms for sustained exchange, learning and growth among SBC professionals and institutions.
  • Ensure interventions are guided by the Tanzania Vision 2025, Health Sector Strategic Plan V: 2020-2025, Zanzibar Health Sector Strategic Plan III and HSSP IV, and Health Communication Strategy 2019-2024.
  • Liaise with the Director of SBC Design and Implementation, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning and the Director of Finance & Operations to ensure harmonized, coordinated efforts across the project.
  • Provide day to day technical and programmatic support for supervisees. Conduct regular (at least quarterly) check ins and annual performance reviews with all supervisees, and identify and recommend appropriate professional development opportunities.
  • Oversee and ensure the quality of work produced by the coordination and capacity strengthening team. Develop processes, tools, and routines that ensure the quality of work.
  • Provide strategic and technical input and direction on work plans, reports, documents, presentations and budgets.


  • Oversee and work closely with finance and administrative staff to ensure timely and compliant spending.
  • Oversee consultant activities and procurements, ensuring statement of work, contract and deliverables are in place.
  • Contribute to SBC global technical knowledge.
  • Supervise, coach, and mentor staff independently



  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ professional experience in delivering Social Behavior Change programs with progressively increased responsibility working for health technical assistance programs or other health related services.
  • A Master’s degree in Medicine, Social Sciences, Public Health, Communications or other relevant degree or a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field with a minimum of ten (10) years of professional experience in delivering SBC and professional experience working in mid to senior management positions.
  • Excellent past performance references.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Demonstrated experience building partnerships and alliances with Government Ministries, USG and non-USG implementing partners.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities, depth and breadth of management expertise and technical experience.
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills.
  • High level of interpersonal, technical, and analytical skills including a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collaboratively with a broad range of public and private sector counterparts and other key stakeholders.
  • Excellent skills and experience in collaborative working relationships with senior level government leadership.
  • Experience with SBC for at least two priority health areas (reproductive health, MNCH including nutrition, HIV, malaria, TB, RCCE), with preference for experience within the context of integrated health programs.
  • Experience with integration of gender and youth into health projects and services.
  • Required oral and written fluency in English; oral and written fluency in Kiswahili desired.
  • Tanzania national preferred.


How to Apply:

All candidates are encouraged to submit e-mail applications to  with copies of current CV, cover letter and three professional referees. Please indicate which position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

The deadline for submitting the application is 04 May 2022.