Management Sciences for Health

  • Communication and Integration Technical Advisor

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    A516 - Malawi ONSE
    Application Due Date
    Reports To
    Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director
  • Overview

    The Organized Network of Services for Everyone’s Health (ONSE Health) Activity is a five-year, USAID-funded program to improve maternal, newborn, and child survival and wellbeing in Malawi. It began in 2017 and will end in 2022. The ONSE Health Activity is working toward four main objectives: (1) increasing access to priority health services; (2) improving quality of priority health services; (3) strengthening performance of health systems; and (4) increasing demand for priority health services. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are core components of health services and is therefore a critical and cross-cutting part of the Activity. WASH activities aim to improve water supply, sanitation, and hygiene services in communities, as well as in health facilities, in order to reduce the prevalence of diarrheal diseases and prevent infections of health care providers, their patients, and women of childbearing age. Therefore, it is critical that WASH activities are actively and fully integrated across the other aspects of the Activity that include maternal and newborn health (MNH), Family Planning, Community Mobilization and Exchange, Gender and Youth, Nutrition, and Child Health.

    Specific Responsibilities

    The Communication and Integration Advisor will undertake the following tasks:

    • Lead the collaborative development of the materials and activities that will promote key hygiene behaviors and household purchase of water treatment, sanitation improvement, and personal hygiene products promoted by the ONSE Activity
    • Build relationships with and collaborate closely with staff of USAID’s H4CL project who are responsible for formative research, message development, and material creation to support ONSE Activity behavior change activities
    • Work closely with ONSE Activity Technical Advisors to harmonize messages, materials, and methodologies to facilitate hygiene and purchasing behavior change
    • Provide technical support, and training as necessary, to WASH District Officers to position them to monitor behavior change activities that promote hygiene improvement and purchase of related products and services available in local markets
    • Ensure effective monitoring and reporting of all DIPr behavior change activities and the timely reporting of results, as well as documentation of successes and lessons learned
    • Collaborate with district government to support its ability to use materials and messages independent of ONSE Activity support

    Qualifications and Experience


    • Graduate training in public health communication, behavior change communication, marketing or other relevant field or three years of experience developing and implementing health sector SBCC programs in Malawi


    • Track record of developing and measuring behavior change initiatives in Malawi
    • Experience developing behavior change materials in at least one of the ONSE Activity technical sectors
    • Previous experience supporting social marketing of health products and/or services at the community level
    • Demonstrated ability to facilitate multi-sectoral collaboration


    • Experience with USAID-funded projects strongly preferred
    • Understanding of the principles of behavior change communication including hygiene promotion and social marketing
    • Previous experience collaborating with health sector professionals
    • Experience in use of technology and creative media for communication strongly preferred

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Diarrhea and Infection Prevention Unit Director
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