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10 Jun 2020

Community Engagement Specialist for the Health Pooled Fund 3 in South Sudan

Job Description

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MONTROSE is an international development project management and consultancy company providing support to clients operating in the developing world. Specialised in the sectors of health, Education, rural livelihoods and private sector development, our clients include bilateral and multilateral development agencies, the private sector, Non-Governmental Organisations and other development stakeholders.

Background

The Health Pooled Fund began its third phase (HPF3) in July 2018 and is supported to run until 2023 by the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Government of Canada, the Swedish International Development and Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). A consortium led by Crown Agents and including Montrose is responsible for managing and implementing HPF.

HPF3 merges two previous health programmes – Health Pooled Fund 2 (HPF2), which provides healthcare at health facility level, and the Integrated Community Case Management 2 (ICCM2) programme, which provides healthcare to children under-five within more remote communities. HPF3 supports delivery of community level, essential primary health care, secondary health care and referral health services, stabilisation of local health systems, and procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities. HPF supports services in eight state hubs of South Sudan formerly known as: Eastern Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Western Equatoria, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity and Lakes.

The programme impact will be an improved health and nutrition status for the population that saves lives and reduces morbidity (including maternal, infant and under-5 mortality), and has the following three principal outcomes:

  • Improved health and nutrition services for the population, especially women and children;
  • Improved community engagement and accountability of health services;
  • Stabilisation of local health systems.

To attain these outcomes, the HPF3 team is responsible for:

  • Effective programme management, including robust risk management;
  • Ensuring continuity of and support to service delivery, with a focus on improving quality;
  • Specialist technical assistance covering health service delivery, community engagement, nutrition, health planning, information and HRH.
  • Procurement and supply chain management of essential medical commodities
  • Management of the Implementing Partner fund
  • Management of fiduciary risk associated with use of donor funds;

Duties and Responsibilities

Specific roles of the Community Engagement Specialist will include;

  • Participate in BHI technical working group meetings at national level.
  • Develop and review Boma Health Initiative documents with MoH, implementing partners and the UN.
  • Collaboratively strengthen institutional capacity at national, State and County to plan, coordinate implement, and monitor BHI activities.
  • Support formation of BHI TWG at the State level and collaboration with SMoH BHI Secretariat technical working group for implementation of a standardised package of services across the country.
  • Support the expansion and institutionalisation of the Boma Health initiative (BHI) through review of workplans, budgets, training reports and holding experience sharing meetings.
  • Work with IPs, State officials and CHDs in sensitising stakeholders, setting up coordination structures, selection and training of BHWs
  • Facilitate the collection and sharing of community health good practices and success stories across IPs through program reviews, field visits and reports.
  • Provide technical guidance to IPs in implementing a uniform BHI across the Lots.

o Provide guidance to IPs on HPF BHI approach in the linked health facilities and how to merge the roles of facility and Boma Health Committees.

o Ensure that IPs are using the right BHI equipment, registers, training curriculums and IEC materials.

  • Build the capacity of IPs as may be required
  • Participate and contribute to BHI related workshops, trainings and learning events
  • Monitor data collection processes with IPs, ensuring the DHIS data is collected in a timely manner, inputted correctly into the CHMIS.

o Track ITT and DHIS data quality, ensuring that BHW verification data verification visits are conducted on quarterly basis and evaluation of BHI data for decision making.

  • Compile and share data bases of BHW information as and when required.
  • Work with IPs to increase health promotion and awareness
  • Coordination with HSSD department, MEL, operation research, GAVI to optimize resources, technical input into the BHI.
  • Monitor and forecast BHI drugs, registers, MUAC tapes, RDTs, ARI timers.

o Inform IPs about dispatched BHI drugs in every consignment.

  • Support integration of HPF supported community health interventions with GESI, MNCH, FP, EPI, Nutrition, and behavior change communication initiatives.
  • Review of BHI sections in IP report and providing feedback.
  • Routine internal technical reporting at HPF.
  • Any other relevant duties commensurate with experience as designated by the Line Manager

Requirements

  • At least a postgraduate degree in Social Studies or in any other relevant discipline;
  • Minimum of 8 years’ experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of gender-sensitive community engagement interventions to address social exclusion including gender in the region, and including at least five years in development cooperation projects;
  • Demonstrable technical expertise and working knowledge of health sector and community engagement preferably in a conflict or post-conflict environment in Africa
  • Proven track record of technical input in the area of gender mainstreaming in health, community development programs including participatory and innovative methodologies.
  • Ability to lead but also work well with diverse team members, NGOs and government and other stakeholders
  • Willingness to work in hard to reach areas and travel to health facilities
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English

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Desirable:

  • Previous working experience in Community engagement in South Sudan or other fragile states
  • Understanding of gender and social inclusion issues in the South Sudan context and innovative approaches to community participation and facilitation
  • Experience working with Non-Governmental Organizations
  • Women are encouraged to apply

How to apply

If you meet the above qualifications and are interested in this opportunity, please submit your application Here by 19 June 2020. Given the current COVID-19 restriction, the candidate should be based in South Sudan. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until a suitable candidate is identified.

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