Consultant “communication for prevention” via Social Behavioral Change Communication (SBCC)/Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE)

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Humanity & Inclusion / Handicap International


Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.

Humanity & Inclusion / Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial aid and development organization with no religious or political affiliations operating in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. For further information:


Acknowledging the burden of preventable Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs), the importance of non-pharmacological measures against the ongoing pandemic of SARS-CoV2, the role of social norms in shaping access to health services, and the discrimination against persons with disabilities and persons with psychosocial disabilities, HI is actively engaged in health promotion and prevention. In this field Social Behavioral Change Communication is widely used, but often misinterpreted as simple awareness. Recently, many activities of Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) have reignited the interest in Social Behavioral Change Communication to strengthen HI capacity to provide inclusive, adapted and effective prevention interventions in LMICs and humanitarian crisis. This request for consultancy asks for exploring definition, differences, and links of SBCC and RCCE approaches.

Many HI programs on the field are including awareness activities within service delivery routine and some programs have been implemented specific prevention campaigns. However, it is likely that such programs refer to different theoretical backgrounds, heterogeneous practices, and different evaluation of impact. Moreover, despite the availability of many SBCC resources online, it could be difficult to evaluate the quality and the appropriateness of such tools.


This consultancy aims to create a map of SBCC/RCCE key resources and guidelines already available a short theoretical framework, and practical guidelines with training for field staff for supporting HI programs aiming to focus on effective inclusive SBCC/RCCE approaches in LMICs and humanitarian settings. Therefore, those documents should include a conflictive-sensitive approach and, as crosscutting topics, promoting inclusion and participation.

The focus of deliverables is intended broad and different health issues can be used as study-cases (like adoption of safe behaviors for prevention of COVID-19, promotion of vaccine acceptance, promotion of healthy lifestyles, change of social norms in Sexual and Reproductive Health, promotion of access to mental health and psychosocial services, etc.).


  • Conduct a mapping review (details below)
  • Facilitating a workshop with key informants among technical specialists from selected HI programs and HQ health specialists to co-create a shared vision and theoretical framework in line with HI principles, mandate, and approach;
  • Define the theoretical framework as detailed below and submitting according to the schedule;
  • Design guidelines for field programs as detailed below and submitting according to the schedule;
  • Collecting key case-studies;
  • Design the training material for field programs, based on the guidelines as detailed below and submitting according to the schedule;
  • Consulting with selected HI field operations and HI partners among Organizations of Persons with Disabilities to ensure that the approach and the material are inclusive;
  • Ensure regular coordination with the HI referent before and after working on each deliverable and on demand for technical updates;
  • Facilitate one online workshop to present the deliverables to the HI staff.

This consultancy is a home-based position; however, the technical and the final workshops are preferably organized in the HI office in Brussels (Belgium) or Lyon (France)

To complete the proposed tasks, the consultancy is estimated to take up to 30 days spread over a maximum of 3 months period (starting half of September 2021) as outlined below:

  • Briefing / coordination meetings / debriefing – 2 days
  • Mapping review – 5 days
  • Technical workshop (including preparation and follow-up) – 1 days
  • Theoretical Framework – 5 days
  • Guidelines – 10 day
  • Study-cases – 3 days
  • Training – 3 days
  • Dissemination workshop (including preparation and follow-up) – 1 days


  • Briefing and coordination meetings minutes;
  • Annotated bibliography of minimum 20 resources / maximum 30 resources, with key academic articles in English and French (full text needed) + grey literature (i.e. WHO and NGOs reports and guidelines) + websites. The goal is to offer to readers a list of selected relevant documents indicating author/year, main findings, added value for HI RCCE activities, and other criteria to be defined;
  • Organization of internal workshop for consultation with HI technical specialists of different expertise (10 persons maximum) during a half-day workshop to inform the theoretical framework with HI values and principles, experience, and expertise;
  • Theoretical framework (maximum 20 pages) with the following structure (it could be modified in accord with the referent):

o Definition of SBCC, its key elements, and its overall goals;

o Main theoretical frameworks of reference (social marketing; cognitive-behavioral psychology;                        frame theories; etc.) and their strengths/critical implications;

o Relevance of SBCC to health promotion and prevention and its proven effectiveness;

o Inclusion and participation processes within SBCC;

o Summary of and links to international standards;

o Bibliography.

The goal is to offer a vision and a clear understanding of what SBCC is and what is not, its roots and their implication, its potential, and how SBCC could facilitate inclusion, participation, and empowerment.

  • Guidelines (maximum 20+20 pages) with the following structure (it could be modified in accord with the referent):

o Part I: How to design a SBCC plan from designing messages in an inclusive manner, selecting                         the right target and channels, to monitoring and evaluate the activity;

The goal is to indicate to Head of Mission/Technical Unit Referent/Technical Advisors/Project Managers of HI programs clear goals, steps, potential barriers, risks (with potential solutions to overcome such challenges), costs and indicators of SBCC intervention within a HI program

o Part II: How to carry out key SBCC activities (mainly in presence as group communication or                         one-to-one communication within current health services), ensuring cultural adaptations,                               participation and empowerment of the audience. A “Do’s and Don’t” sheet in annex is required;

The goal is to offer to HI staff on the field with no technical background on SBCC a tool for design and carrying the activity.

  • Case-studies (maximum 8 pages) on 4 examples of real implementation of SBCC in LMICs in each of those areas: prevention of NCDs; prevention of COVID-19; SRHR; MHPSS.
  • Training material on PowerPoint (maximum 30 slides) with notes for facilitators on the two parts of the guidelines.

The goal is to train a HI referent on the field on basic understanding of RCCE, using this tool,

  • Dissemination event (duration: 3 hours with Q&A). The event will be based on the PPT and it could be recorded for internal use.

The deliverables should be submitted in academic English. A reasonable use of figures, tables, and other graphic visualization is encouraged. All deliverables should use a Vancouver style referencing with updated links.

All deliverables should demonstrate concrete efforts to decolonizing knowledge, including critical views as well as Global South voices and sources.

PROFILE REQUIRED The consultant should possess relevant experience in undertaking a task of similar nature and magnitude, and shall have the following qualifications and experience: · Advanced university degree in social sciences, or public health; · At least 5 years of health communication experience; · Experience working in humanitarian and development settings, at global and field level; · Previous experience with HI is an asset; · Demonstrable knowledge and previous experience on SBCC and/or RCCE programs are an asset · Proved experience on publish research and/or writing technical guidelines; · Commitment and knowledge of health equity, inclusion, and participation under disability, gender and age lens; · Demonstrate clarity, accuracy and an ability to summarize; · Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills; · At ease with distance work with teams, good communication skills; · Rigorous, organized, pragmatic; · Excellent written English; French is an asset
Applications should be addressed by 01/09/2021 to Davide Ziveri, Environment Health Specialist, , indicating in the subject of the e-mail: “Consultancy for SBCC“ The submission should include: · Financial proposal (in Euros); · Curriculum vitae (CV); · Relevant education certificates; · Two evidence of previous similar work (e.g. policy, technical guidance, manual training, etc..); · Names and contact information of three references; · Request for reasonable accommodations if needed. Only candidates who meet all qualifications and experience will be contacted for further consideration. HI is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behavior at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of men and women with and without disabilities with whom HI engages. HI expects all staff and partners to share this commitment through our code of conduct and other Institutional policies such as the PSEAH and Child Protection Policy. Persons with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.