Democratic Republic of the Congo: Community Officer

Organization: Jhpiego
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Closing date: 28 Feb 2017

Community Officer needed to build capacity of facility-based personnel at district level for an upcoming UNITAID project to expand access to preventive chemotherapy for pregnant women in Democratic Republic of the Congo. This project aims to scale up an innovative, community-based approach to expand coverage of intermittent preventive treatment in pregnancy (IPTp), with quality assured sulfadoxine-pyrimithimine (SP), for pregnant women. The Community Officer will mentor and build capacity of Community Health Workers (CHWs) in IPTp at district level as well as supporting ANC providers on the most up to date guidance in IPTp. S/he will ensure adherence to antenatal care protocols for malaria case management and malaria in pregnancy (MIP).

Required Qualifications:

  1. A medical degree (doctor or nursing) or Master’s in Public Health

  2. At least 5 years’ experience applying malaria in pregnancy programs

  3. At least 5 years’ experience in implementing $10M per year in donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of overseas health projects; preferably in the East and Southern Africa

  4. Qualification as a “master trainer”; experience training health workers on clinical aspects related to malaria case management

  5. Experience building capacity at individual and organizational levels

  6. Skill in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery programs, training, performance and quality improvement

  7. Experience with a mix of practical technical skills in malaria necessary for strengthening malaria service delivery at the provincial, clinic and community-level

  8. The ability to liaise with senior MOH officials and dignitaries, executives of NGOs, FBOs, CBOs, the for-profit business community, and senior members of the donor community;

  9. Demonstrated in-depth understanding of Democratic Republic of the Congo healthcare system, particularly the public health system, experience living and working in Democratic Republic of the Congo preferred

  10. Strong presentations skills in French; presentation skills in English preferred

  11. Familiarity with UNITAID, management and reporting procedures and systems

  12. Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple projects/tasks, short deadlines, competing deadlines and intense pressure to perform

  13. Appreciation for socio-cultural differences in countries, preferably having lived and worked in one or more low resource settings

  14. Awareness of, sensitivity to, and experience in working in multiple socio-economic settings and with multi-cultural staff and groups

  15. Ability to develop productive working relationships with counterparts in other agencies and organizations worldwide

  16. Ability to work effectively with diverse international teams

  17. Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office

  18. Fluent in written and spoken French; English fluency preferred

  19. Excellent facilitation, oral and written communications skills

  20. Ability to travel nationally

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