Rebecca Arnold brings 17 years of diverse social and behavior change communication (SBCC), capacity strengthening and knowledge management experience in a global setting, from grassroots to national levels. She is currently working as the Chief of Party for the Bangladesh Knowledge Management Initiative (BKMI), a field-support program of the USAID-funded global Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3). BKMI supports the Government of Bangladesh, USAID implementing partners and other stakeholders to create consistent, coordinated, effective and evidence-based SBCC for health, population and nutrition to improve the health and well-being of the people of Bangladesh. In addition to tailored, hand-on mentoring of three Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Units, BKMI also facilitates a Community of Practice for SBCC for health, population and nutrition in Bangladesh, has created a series of digital resources for community health workers and SBCC program managers, and has provided substantial technical assistance toward drafting the first-ever National Comprehensive SBCC Strategy for MoHFW.
Throughout her career, Rebecca has demonstrated strong community engagement, participatory research, facilitation, cross-cultural, leadership and management skills. She is an analytical, creative, strategic thinker with a passion for strengthening local capacity and giving a voice to the vulnerable and marginalized. She has worked on communication initiatives that address a broad range of health and social development topics, including sexual and reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, youth, gender, family planning and maternal and child health