WASH, Gender Equality & Behavior Change Consultant

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

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The scale of humanitarian needs in South Sudan is unprecedented with approximately 2 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). The conflict has significantly worsened the already dire water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) needs in the country. The health effects resulting from the lack of adequate, sustainable water and sanitation services is compounded by the collapse of the health care system in many areas. This has left populations, particularly those in remote areas or overcrowded displacement sites, at heightened risk of water-related diseases. Women, and children, are disproportionately affected by unsafe and insufficient access to safe water and lack of adequate means to address proper hygiene and sanitation, including safe menstrual hygiene. In this context, women and girls, in particular, are at high risk of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The “Integrated Emergency WASH and Response and Prevention of GBV” program is working to save lives and preserve the dignity of vulnerable populations of displaced people and host communities living in cholera hotspots areas, through increased access to safe, equitable and adequate WASH services, and through prevention and response to GBV. IOM requires consultancy services (firm or team) to develop a Behavior Change strategy, curriculum and toolkit to strengthen social norms, values and existing capacities that support positive health outcomes, violence prevention and gender equality and to transform harmful social norms which perpetuate high rates of morbidity and mortality, perpetuate violence against women and girls and undermine gender equality in the context.

IOM anticipates that the Behavior Change strategy, curriculum and toolkit will be based on the following:

  • Formative research to identify social norms, values, attitudes, practices and beliefs of girls, boys, women and men for particular behaviors that inhibit or facilitate health outcomes, violence reduction and gender equality in the local context.
    • Target behaviours include: handwashing, water treatment and storage at the household level, taboos around defecation especially for women and adolescent girls, menstrual hygiene management, women’s leadership and non-traditional roles in water and sanitation management, stigma around sexual and intimate partner violence, harmful masculinities and male sexual entitlement.
  • Participatory ensuring effective engagement with various stakeholders. Approach to ensure persons affected by the crisis are all the centre of the design, including school age children including adolescents, their parents and other community members.
  • Identification and use of existing evidence-based approaches of “what works” for behaviour change for health outcomes for WASH and GBV from South Sudan and other similar contexts, including use of ecological model and flexible multi-layered approaches.
  • Understand and incorporate in the design the different aspects of power, identifying gender and social inclusion dimensions, and ensure that each step is used as an opportunity to promote gender equity.
  • Collaborate closely at all stages with the IOM WASH and GBV program team.
  • Promote wider benefit and impact for the people of South Sudan by collaborating with relevant stakeholders. 


  1. Formative research methodology, tools and final report, with defined behaviour change inhibitors, facilitators and target groups;
  2. WASH behaviour change and GBV behaviour change strategy outlining the theory of change and utilising evidence-based approached from tested social norms change approaches.
  3. Behaviour change curriculum and approaches for working with target groups developed, piloted and assessed for effectiveness.
  4. Training conducted for IOM key staff on the behaviour change strategic approach, curriculum and toolkit use.
  5. Monitoring and evaluation approach and tools developed for measurement of changes in target attitudes and behaviours.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Completed advanced university degree in Behavioral Psychology, Behavioral Science or Psychology, Social Science/ Anthropology, Marketing or related discipline;
  • Proven track record in developing behavior change products for social programming, specifically for WASH, gender equality and GBV programming;
  • Demonstrated pedagogical expertise to design curriculums for using child and adult learning approaches;
  • Experience designing and conducting barrier analysis including analysis and utilizing findings to design social norms change approaches;
  • Availability to travel and work in country; Languages Fluency in English is required. Working knoweledge of Arabic is an advantage.


Duty Station: This position is home based with field travel to Juba, South Sudan