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Position Details: Community Engagement Specialist

Location: Juba, Southsudan
Openings: 1

Description:

Health Pooled Fund (HPF2) is a two-year multi-donor funded programme in the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) and the British Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) will play the role of Lead Donor for the programme. The objectives of the programme are:

 

1.    To increase the utilisation and quality of health services, with emphasis on maternal and child health: Development Partners (DPs) are to contribute to the improvement of access, use, and quality of Primary Health Care (PHC) services and Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) services.

2.    To scale up health promotion and protection interventions so as to empower communities to take charge of their health: DPs were to contribute to increased accountability and effectiveness by working with community mechanisms for improving health and health education.

3.    To strengthen institutional functioning, including governance and health system   effectiveness, efficiency and equity: DPs will support strengthening key stewardship functions of the MOH including: planning, management, coordination, supervision and monitoring at all levels, in accordance with MOH guidelines and tools that were to be developed.

Background

There have been various community health interventions taking place in South Sudan. Many of these have been at the initiative of the local CHDs and the Implementing Partners (IPs) as is evidenced by the Technical Reports submitted to HPF. This was further confirmed by a study commissioned by the HPF in the July 2014 report “HPF Community Strategy and Operational Plan”. However, the study also revealed challenges in the implementation of community empowerment strategies. These challenges were at both national and local levels. For example, while MOH guidance exists, it is either unfinished, outdated or lacks coherent information on community activities. There is also absence of a monitoring mechanism of community activities. At local level there are no clear roles for the health facilities and therefore they are not involved as much as expected. Although the majority of Health Facilities had committees the role of these committees did not involve participation of local health planning.

Specific Tasks

The Community engagement specialist will in particular

·         Work in liaison with the NMOH in developing Community Engagement Strategies

·         Support States in developing a uniform approach to community empowerment

·         Improve community participation and input, in health planning and implementation-at State and county Levels

·         Strengthen institutional capacity of relevant departments at State and County levels to support Community Empowerment

·         Support Implementing Partners (IPs) to establish a community friendly health service

·         Strengthen Health Promotion and Communication for Social Change

·         Support the expansion and institutionalisation of the Community Health Committees strengthening initiative

·         Support IPs and CHon CEmONC roll roll-out activities at community level, in collaboration with the HPF fields

·         Liaise with iCCM programme to achieve the results of the programme

·         Monitor and quality control the community level IP training courses.

·         Facilitate regular sharing and document of good practices across IPs and other Development Partners

The specialist will be part of HPF2’s national health systems strengthening team. He or she will work from the operational base of the programme in Juba, near (or within) the Ministry of Health headquarters. The Community Engagement Specialist should be available to carry out field trips throughout the HPF supported states in the country as required by program activities.

 

Qualifications and Essential Experience:

·         At least a postgraduate degree in Social Studies or in any other relevant discipline;

·         Minimum of 10 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

 

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 and Faith Based Organisations

·         Knowledge of the aid effectiveness agenda and donor harmonisation

·         Women are encouraged to apply

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