Employment Opportunity: Community Health Advisor
Why Choose IntraHealth
For almost 40 years in over 100 countries, IntraHealth has partnered with local communities to make sure health workers are present where they’re needed most, ready to do the job, connected to the technology they need, and safe to do their very best work. Our programs are designed with a deep understanding of and appreciation for the context of human rights, gender equality and discrimination, economic empowerment, and changing populations. And the longstanding relationships we’ve built with government agencies, private-sector partners, and members of civil society make our efforts stronger and more effective. Join us and together we can make lasting changes in global health—for all of us.
The Ingobyi Activity is a five-year cooperative agreement to improve the quality of reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) and malaria services, in a sustainable manner with the goal of reducing neonatal, child and maternal mortality in Rwanda. The Ingobyi Activity builds upon the tremendous gains Rwanda has made in the health sector as well as previous USAID investments in the health sector to provide a healthier, more productive future for all Rwandans. Ingobyi improves the availability, quality, and utilization of RMNCH and malaria services with resilience and sustainability. The Activity partners with the Government of Rwanda (GOR) to build on the country’s considerable achievements, guided by national health strategies, goals, objectives, and data.
Summary of role
IntraHealth would like to hire the Community Health Advisor who will provide technical and programmatic oversight and direction in the areas of community health, and act as an integral part of Ingobyi Activity team. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, providing leadership and technical guidance in the development and implementation of Community Health activities under the leadership of the Senior Malaria Specialist. The Community Health Advisor will also work with Ingobyi Activity technical team and MOH/RBC staff to define and implement strategies aiming at improving the provision of quality community health services including Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM), Community Based Provision of Family Planning (CBP/FP), Community Based Maternal and Neonatal Health (CBMNH), and Community based nutrition (CB-N). S/he will guide and oversee technical and training needs, review and adapt training materials, lead training and document/disseminate, and contribute to the evaluation and scale-up of promising practices in facility and community settings.
- Provide technical oversight, strategic direction and ensure appropriate support for the implementation of community health program activities;
- Identify appropriate facility and community-based strategies to address community health service delivery gaps;
- Formulate sustainable solutions to address community health gaps, utilizing cross-cutting capacity building approaches, such as mentorship and targeted quality improvement.
- Adapt/develop evidence-based community health training materials, curricula, counselling cards, and supervisory systems, dashboard, and registers needed for implementation of Ingobyi Activity’s community health interventions to meet the needs and requirements of the Government of Rwanda and USAID.
- Plan and implement capacity-building activities among health care providers and Community Health Workers in collaboration with districts and partner organizations.
- Provide leadership, mentoring and capacity strengthening at the individual and organizational level in specific areas of expertise, including, but not limited to: Integrated Community Case Management (iCCM), Community Based Provision of Family Planning (CBP/FP), Community Based Maternal and Neonatal Health (CBMNH), and Community based nutrition (CB-N);
- Actively participate in all community health technical working groups and represent Ingobyi Activity in other professional forums as needed.
- Work closely with e-learning team to develop, pilot, and scale up the e-learning approach for CHWs.
- Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members, and program team members to identify and address service delivery gaps that impede access to community health services.
- Document and maintain an inventory of successful community health tools, approaches and best practices; and
- Contribute to the development of technical reports and publications related to community health.
- Work closely with Community Health Specialists and zonal coordinators based in various zones.
- Maintain excellent relationships with MOH, USAID and other in-country stakeholders.
- Work with M&E staff to design and implement plans to track data/results related to community health and use data/findings to plan interventions accordingly.
- Provide technical support during program monitoring and development of annual work plans.
- Prepare and share periodic reports and update all technical staff on successes, challenges and lessons learned in implementation of community health activities; and
- Perform any other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
Requirement and qualifications
- Master of Nursing, Master of Public Health, or related relevant field with strong public health experience
- At least 8 years’ experience implementing and/or supporting community health programs
- At least 4 years’ experience in implementing large donor-funded projects with a preference for experience in Community based maternal, newborn, family planning and malaria programs.
- Proven professional experience working or supporting the MoH and RBC as well as community health technical working group
- Qualification as an “advanced trainer”, i.e. a person able to train and mentor other trainers in using competency-based approaches, experience in training health providers on community health packages will be an added value
- Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Rwandan healthcare system
- Familiarity with USAID or other USG administrative, management and reporting procedures
- Ability to coach, mentor and develop technical capacity in national programs and technical staff in community health
- Strong oral and written communication and presentations skills in English; French and Kinyarwanda is preferred
- Strong skills in word processing, PowerPoint and Excel spread sheets
- Ability to travel nationally (frequently)
Managing Performance: Ability to plan and design practices, processes, and procedures that allow for effective management of people, resources, and processes to optimize overall organizational performance. Managing for performance includes the ability to delegate and encourage growth and leadership across the team(s) as part of maximizing performance and productivity.
Strategic Thinking: Applies organizational knowledge to identify and maintain focus on key success factors for IntraHealth while recognizing, anticipating, and resolving organizational challenges. Ability to develop organization- and industry-specific expertise and apply sound decision-making processes to reach productive resolutions that translates strategy into actionable business plans.
Effective Communication (Oral & Written): Understands effective communication concepts, tools, and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, explain complex technical concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience; and receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors
Risk Management: Knowledge of processes, tools, and techniques for assessing and controlling the organization’s exposure to risks of various kinds; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
Innovation: Develops new, better or significantly different ideas, methods, solutions, or initiatives within assigned role that result in improvement of IntraHealth’s performance and meeting objectives, results, and global commitments.
Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for all work activities, research, and personal actions and decisions; follows through on commitments and focuses on those activities that have the greatest impact on meeting measurable high-quality results for IntraHealth’s success. Exercises ethical practices, respectful words and behaviors, and equitable treatment of others in all activities.
Summary of Benefits
IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.
IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. This is also to include inquiry about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.