Social Behavior Communication Change Officer – Nutrition – GOAL Ethiopia

Health Care, Social Sciences and Community

GOAL Ethiopia

GOAL’s purpose is to save lives and empower communities to develop resilience and greater control over their lives and livelihoods. GOAL aims to increase the resilient wellbeing of the world’s poorest people and focuses on those who are excluded or marginalized, particularly those who are vulnerable due to socio-economic status, gender or age.

John O’Shea founded GOAL in 1977, and throughout the 42 years since its foundation, GOAL has responded to almost all of the world’s major humanitarian crises since, working with vulnerable communities in more than 60 countries.

While GOAL continues to be an agile first-responder to humanitarian crises, it is also committed to working with vulnerable communities to help them survive crises and support them on the road to recovery.


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Social Behavior Communication Change Officer – Nutrition


Oromia Borena_Yabello & Moyale 

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Senior Social Behavior Communication Change Officer – Nutrition

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November 05,2023

GOAL: is an Irish international humanitarian organization founded in 1977 and currently operational in 13countries [1]; in both protracted crisis & long-term development contexts. GOAL has four programmatic foci: people survive crisis; people have resilient health; people have food and nutrition security; and people have sustainable livelihoods.

GOAL’s mission is to work with the most vulnerable communities to help them respond to and recover from humanitarian crises, and to assist them to build transcendent solutions to mitigate poverty and vulnerability.

GOAL is a non-for-profit organization that has been working in Ethiopia for over 30 years, towards ensuring the poorest and most vulnerable in our world and those affected by humanitarian crises have access to the fundamental rights of life, including but not limited to adequate shelter, food and livelihoods, water and sanitation, nutrition, healthcare and education. GOAL implements a range of multi-sectoral development, resilience, recovery and humanitarian responses programmes by being sensitive to cross-cutting issues including gender, accountably, child protection, HIV/AIDS. Currently, we work with pastoralist, agropastoral, pastoral dropouts, rural small holder farmers, rural/urban youth and street children to respond to humanitarian crises and build resilience in Ethiopia working closely with local communities, local government, donors and other key actors. GOAL E Humanitarian Response is centered on nutrition, WASH, livelihoods, multipurpose cash, NFIs and protection interventions in country wide while the recovery and development focus on livelihoods, economic opportunities, health, health and nutrition system strengthening and WASH with solid emphasis on integrated programming and community-based approach in Oromiya regional state. The Street Children programme is implemented with local partners in Addis Ababa and Hawassa.

We envision a world where poverty no longer exist, where vulnerable communities are resilient, where barriers to wellbeing are removed and where everyone has equal rights and opportunities. GOAL Ethiopia’s main donors Irish Aid, USAID/OFDA, EHF, ECHO and other private donors.

Description of the Role:

The SBCC Officer (Nutrition) will be responsible in the implementation of the nutrition component “Improved and Sustained Nutritional Status of Women and Children” in the assigned Woredas. The position holder will participate in SBCC program design, implementation, adaptation, and monitoring in line with the project strategic plan. Provides technical assistance, direction and support to the community development worker who will be assigned at woreda level. Work closely with local health authority and schools and community in the establishment of care groups and nutrition school clubs.

The post holder is required to have in-depth knowledge of nutrition, SBCC and care group approach. She/ He will directly supervise the community development workers.

 Key responsibilities:

 ·         Engage with community and local government stakeholders at woreda level to improve nutrition and hygiene practices at household level through care group approach and blanket nutrition and hygiene messaging,

·         Establish care groups in consultation with the HEWs and local health authorities

·         Participate in context specific nutrition researches and barrier analysis to identify triggers for healthy nutrition and hygiene behaviors,

·         Plan and conduct care group approach trainings for HEWs, local authorities and community,

·         Organize quarterly and annual care group review meetings at woreda level in discussion with woreda health authorities to discuss on program implementation, lesson learnt and plan for future activities.

Work closely with school clubs, provide technical assistance on nutrition messaging and SBCC tools,

·         Mobilize school clubs, key stakeholders and community leaders on nutrition and hygiene promotion and for a better implementation,

·         Work closely with local authorities, community and HEWs to increase demand for pro nutrition and hygiene products. 

·         Work closely with market and production officers on increasing supply for pro nutrition and hygiene products,

·         Use already established groups under the government or other P2R components to leverage healthy nutrition and hygiene behavior.

·         Monitor the activities of care group and school clubs closely,

·         Responsible in documenting woreda level project results and impacts in various forms, lessons learned, case studies and other areas, and share to line manager,

·         Responsible in implementing and assessing innovative approaches in demand generation for pro nutrition and hygiene products,


Directly supervise woreda level community development workers.

·         Recruit and induct community development workers.

·         Provide strong and professional leadership to the team

·         Develop strong and professional relationships across the consortium. 


Do you want to join an exciting organization that brings high level impact to the community and add value to your professional advancement?  Then join us if you have:

 ·         Three years previous experience in nutrition program and SBCC,

·         Diploma and above in nutrition/public health or social science,

·         Good communication, facilitation and negotiation skills.

·         Extensive knowledge of nutrition and SBCC

·         Good computer skills with ability to use Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.

·         Good English language skills, ability to speak, read and write local language is a must.

 Desirable Requirements:

Qualified and experienced candidates from the targeted locations. 

Women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply

Note: This description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.


 ·         GOAL will pay a competitive basic salary based on the salary grading with addition benefits.

·         A chance to develop tangible experience.

·         Being part of a team who continue to make a real difference to the lives of the most vulnerable people.  


GOAL’s recruitment procedure is fair and transparent which is also in line with the organization’s commitment to its integrity, honesty and culture. GOAL is committed to ensure that, its performance complies with the terms and conditions of relevant agreements, applicable laws & regulations. Hence, pre-employment background checks will be conducted, and employees are required to read, understand, sign and implement different polices including safeguarding and child protection policy, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and abuse policy, sexual harassment policy, code of conducts and any other policy, rules and regulation of the organization. GOAL Ethiopia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety of people who involves in its work and demands all staff exhibit the highest commitment. GOAL Ethiopia will verify skills and commitment of the candidate in the assessment process and perform Background reference check.