Community Health Specialists at IntraHealth

By | July 22, 2020

Employment Opportunity: Community Health Specialists (3)

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 three (3) Community Health Specialists to be based in various locations (Rwamagana, Nyanza, and Rubavu), who will provide technical and program support in planning and implementation of 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) for the USAID-funded Ingobyi Activity. Each community health specialist will be responsible for about 3 districts where s/he will coordinate all community health activities. The position will report directly to the Zonal Coordinator.

 Responsibilities include but not limited to:

Planning and integration of maternal newborn and malaria support

  • Work closely with the technical team – particularly the Malaria, Maternal and FP, Newborn and Child health specialists, as well as the Zonal Coordinator, to plan, implement and scale-up strategies for high impact interventions at the community level.
  • Monitor the implementation of Ingobyi’s Workplan related to community-level interventions such as ICCM, maternal, and newborn health activities and ensure that all activities are executed according to plan and in an integrated manner.
  • Work collaboratively with other Ingobyi Activity team members and MOH/RBC to ensure good coordination and efficient programming and management of community health interventions.

Implementation and Operations

  • Lead iCCM, HBM, CBP, CBMNH, and CBN related interventions in the assigned zone, including the adaptation of best practices and evidence-based approaches into the local context.
  • Plan implementation of activities in close collaboration with the respective zone-based technical specialists and RBC/MCCH counterparts.
  • Support development of community health technical documents and reports.
  • Conduct training on community health packages.
  • Contribute to the roll-out of e-learning for community health workers.
  • Conduct supportive supervision for CHW supervisors and CHWs.
  • Support mentorship and supportive supervision for iCCM, HBM, CBPFP, CBMNH, and CBN activities and ensure that CHWs have updated learning tools, job aides, and reporting tools.
  • Assist finance staff to prepare finance forms to advance/reimburse funds for on-going activities.
  • Prepare and avail job-aides and training materials in coordination with Ingobyi and MOH/RBC technical teams and ensure that materials and supplies reach targeted sites in a timely manner.
  • Prepare and submit reports on community health interventions in a timely manner.
  • Assist with organization of technical meetings, training, field visits, events, and other activities.
  • Assist with other programmatic and administrative duties as required.
  • Prepare and submit reports to the supervisor in a timely manner;

Learning, documentation, and sharing of lessons learned

  • Contribute/coordinate with Ingobyi Activity’s MEL team to ensure that the project meets deliverables in accordance with the MEL framework.
  • Collaborate with the MEL team, and other project personnel, to support ongoing monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
  • Ensure that iCCM, HBM, CBP-FP, CBMNH, and CB-N related activities are properly documented, and that program data are systematically collected, analyzed, submitted and properly archived as well as shared across the project to inform learning.
  • Share experiences related to community-based maternal, newborn, family planning, and malaria activities to inform the design of Ingobyi Activity’s subsequent work plans.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in general nursing, public health, or other related fields. Candidates with master’s degree in public health will be preferred.
  • Valid license issued by Rwanda National Council of Nurses and Midwives, Rwanda Allied Health Professions Council, or Rwanda Medical and Dental Council.
  • At least five (5) years of professional experience working in maternal, newborn, family planning, and malaria programs at the community level.
  • Fluency in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Experience in capacity building skills, including training and mentoring skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including report-writing and formal communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills, including proficiency in MS Office programs including MS Excel, MS Word, and MS PowerPoint.
  • Solid skills in documentation and report writing.
  • Ability to travel nationally frequently.

COMPETENCIES:

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.

Only applicants fulfilling the above requirements will be contacted. If you don’t hear from us within two weeks from the submission deadline, consider your application unsuccessful.

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