Breakthrough ACTION (BA) is a five-year cooperative agreement, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to lead USAID’s social and behavior change programming around the world. Primed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP), BA partners include Save the Children, Ideas42, ThinkAction, and Camber Collective.
The vision of the project is to ignite collective action using next generation behavior change approaches to empower households and communities to become healthier and more prosperous. While the work will harness the power of communication – from mass media campaigns to community outreach – to inspire long-lasting change, the project will also take advantage of other innovative approaches such as market science, behavioral economics and human-centered design to drive progress. Using these state-of-the-art, evidence-based tools, Breakthrough ACTION will have a global reach and will work in partnership with host governments to encourage people in developing countries to adopt healthy behaviors, from using modern contraceptive methods and sleeping under bed nets to being tested for HIV, and preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases.
Based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the DCOP will provide strategic leadership, general oversight and guidance on the implementation of the BA projects in Burkina Faso. In addition, the DCOP will play a regional advisory role for BA activities in Niger, Guinea, and any other West African country in coordination with the staff from each BA project.
In Burkina Faso and Niger, BA is implementing the Sahel RISE II project over four years to achieve improved health, family planning, and nutrition outcomes among populations in select regions of these countries. The resulting program will comprise an important element of RISE II, a new suite of USAID development and humanitarian assistance projects and activities to be managed collectively by USAID/Sahel, USAID/Food for Peace, USAID/West Africa, and the USAID field offices in Burkina Faso and Niger. RISE II will also include forthcoming health service delivery and development food security (DFSA) activities managed by USAID/Sahel and USAID/Food for Peace, respectively.
USAID/West Africa Regional seeks to invest in BA (referred to herein as West Africa Breakthrough ACTION, or WABA) over the next three years to support increased adoption of positive behaviors pertaining to family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) among individuals in Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger and Togo. Breakthrough ACTION Guinea has a one year Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and a two-year Integrated Health (malaria, family planning, maternal and child health) projects, which aim to foster a culture of positive attitudes toward the health system and increase health-seeking behavior. The DCOP will also provide SBC technical support to this project in coordination with WABA staff in Burkina Faso and Niger and other BA staff in Guinea.
What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
Strategic Project Management (25%)
Oversight of Project Management (15%)
Human Resources (10%)
Reporting and learning (5%)
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