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Programme Policy Officer- Social and Behaviour Change Specialist level II

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Vientiane, Laos
Posted on Friday, September 1, 2023


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The SBC specialist will be a part of the nutrition team within Strategic Outcome 2 of the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP, 2022-2026). He/She will provide technical and strategic leadership for the strategic framework, design, implementation, and integration of SBC across WFP strategic outcomes and monitoring and evaluation of the SBC components of the SCP to ensure quality standards are met and expected results are generated and used .


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Lead the technical and strategic framework, design, implementation, and integration of SBC across WFP Lao PDR strategic outcomes.
*Lead the formative research:

  • Conduct secondary data assessment and desk review, consultation with the local stakeholders and the country office team to prioritize the thematic areas for formative research.
  • Develop the concept note and ToR for the formative research along with the implementation plan including timeline, sample size and other technical aspects. Develop the tools/topic guides on the formative research based on the concept note.
  • Lead the data collection process, including the development documents and plan of analysis, training and supervising the data collection team, and providing overall guidance for the process.
  • Analyse the research data and provide the formative research final report with the clear findings and outlining recommendations for the development of SBC strategy.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of the results of the formative research to internal and external stakeholders of WFP Lao PDR

*Development of the SBC strategy:

  • Work with the WFP country office team and cooperating partners on the development of the evidence-based SBC strategy based on the finding of the formative research. SBC strategy must include context specific interventions and modality of the delivery.
  • Develop the key messages and tools for the implementation of the SBC strategy in coordination with the local staff, design company and cooperating partners.
  • Conduct thorough processes for hiring and onboarding creative partners for SBC intervention design as needed.

*Implementation of SBC strategy

  • Create appropriate and detailed implementation plans, supervision tools, and monitoring & evaluation plans and support and supervise on ground implementation of SBC interventions.
  • Work closely with all units in WFP country office including school feeding, emergency, resilience supply chain, communication and others to ensure the activities are implemented with high quality and in timely manner.

*Strengthen SBC competencies and skills in the country to achieve quality and sustainable results.

  • Constantly support and mentor the national staff & SBC focal point and support the capacity building of the other WFP staff, partners and national government on SBC
  • Explore possibility of joint webinars, capacity building session with regional bureau, agencies, NGOs working in the space of SBC in CO.
  • Organize SBC workshops for stakeholders and other partners to promote learning and sharing experience.
  • Raise awareness and understanding of SBC concepts and its relevance/importance for WFP programming among CO and other agencies working on SBC in country.



Advanced University Degree in Behavioural Science, Public Health, Nutrition, Communication for development, Social Sciences, Journalism or First University degree with additional years of relevant professional experience or training/courses.
Language: English (level C)



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


  • At least 5 years of SBC Strategy design, planning, implementation of large scale programs
  • Experience in qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation designs and methods in the field of behaviour change and nutrition.
  • Experience in designing SBCC strategies and interventions that target malnutrition and poor dietary diversity in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural , multi-ethnic environment.
  • Experience working in the UN or other international organizations is an asset
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of SBC programs and their documentation


  • Full knowledge of computer applications, such as MS Office ; Knowledge of key digital communication platforms.
  • Strong academic and creative writing skills.
  • Strong project management skills and budget management skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work as part of a larger team, but also to work independently
  • Ability to travel to districts as needed.


Contract type: International Consultant - regularly , Level: II

Duty station: Vientiane

Duration: 8 months - renewal


Opening date: 1 September 2023

Closing date: 14 September 2023


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.