Management Systems International (MSI)

Social and Behavior Change and Communications Specialist (USAID/Colombia Venezuela Response and Integration)

Management Systems International (MSI)

Job Description

Social and Behavior Change and Communications Specialist, USAID/Colombia Venezuela Response and Integration (VRI), Bogotá, Colombia Company Profile: MSI, a Tetra Tech Company, is a Washington, D.C. metro area international development firm with a 35-year history of delivering development results across the world. Our core expertise is in the fields of monitoring and evaluation (M&E), institutional development, public sector management, governance and anti-corruption. MSI has implemented projects in 90 countries around the world such as Jordan, Kenya, Indonesia, Syria, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Colombia and Mexico. As one of the leading companies in our field, MSI has partnered with organizations across all sectors of international development to support clients ranging from large bilateral and multilateral donors such as USAID, the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program to national and local governments, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), think tanks, foundations and universities. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at Proposal Summary: ** The purpose of this expected five-year Activity is to build the Colombian Government's Migration Management capacity to (1) document and track migrants, (2) refer migrants to municipal level services, and (3) promote social integration and acceptance of migrants. This Activity requires developing plans, policies, and processes related to Border Management at the national level—particularly Migración Colombia, Cancillería de la República de Colombia, and Gerencia de Fronteras—and those related to service delivery at the subnational and municipal levels. This Activity will help create the legislative and administrative framework to carry out subsequent activities that strengthen economic opportunities and social services, but will focus primarily on improving governance and service delivery. To ensure a holistic and comprehensive response to the migration crisis, this Activity will promote the social and economic integration of migrants, as well as reduced xenophobia in receptor communities. Position Summary: MSI seeks qualified candidates with experience developing social behavior change communication efforts, particularly those with experience on sensitivity campaigns or initiatives related to migration and improving social cohesion. The successful candidate will have sound knowledge of Colombian social and cultural dynamics, as well as experience strengthening behavior change communications capacity within Colombian public sector institutions and Civil Society Organizations. They will be familiar with social behavior change communications methodologies and will have experience leveraging social Media Platforms to promote inclusion. Please note this position is contingent upon funding and USAID approval. Responsibilities:
  • With direction from the Chief of Party (COP), provide programmatic direction and oversight during the Design and implementation of social behavior change and communications activities to ensure VRI objectives are achieved.

  • Launch sensitivity campaigns and other social behavior change campaigns aimed at reducing xenophobia in migrant receptor communities.

  • Provide technical expertise and operational support in the design and implementation of specific technical interventions. This requires the ability both to support current activities and to quickly adapt to changing contextual, Government of Colombia or USAID requirements.

  • Support the strengthening of social behavior change communications capacity within select public institutions and partner civil society organizations.

  • Supervise programmatic staff.

  • A bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the program; master's degree preferred.

  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience developing social behavior change communication initiatives, with preference given to those with experience on complex, donor-funded programs.

  • Sound knowledge of Colombian political dynamics and social cohesion required; experience working directly with migrant populations along the border or in urban areas preferred.

  • Demonstrated capability to work with a broad range of government and civil society stakeholders and partners.

  • Spoken and written fluency in Spanish and English.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please. MSI is an EEO/AA/ADA Veterans Employer. MSI is dedicated to hiring an inclusive workforce. If you would like to request reasonable accommodations during the application process, please email with Reasonable Accommodations in the title. Our recruitment team looks forward to engaging in an interactive process to provide reasonable accommodations for candidates.
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