Do you want to make a difference ? Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society (CRCS), a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world. CRCS is currently seeking an experienced Health Advisor Delegate for its Partnership for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PSMNCH) Program which will be implemented in Mali from 2016 to 2020.
The role of the Health Delegate is to provide technical assistance and support for the implementation of the PSMNCH Program in Mali. The Health Delegate will be responsible for quality assurance and technical oversight of the implementation of the PSMNCH Program.
Capacity building and training
- Ensure the health technical components of the PSMNCH program are implemented according to the program logic model and the Program Implementation Plan (PIP).
- Identify challenges to the PIP that surface and recommend solutions and remedial actions.
- Provide technical support and mentoring to the Malian PSMNCH National Manager.
- Provides technical support and advice to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Malian Red Cross/Croix-Rouge Malienne (CRC) during the planning and implementation of the PSMNCH.
- Facilitate continuous and constructive communication among key stakeholders, especially the MoH and the CRM.
- Ensure program implementation adheres to the MoH Essential Services Package and identifies any policy changes that may effect this.
- Support CRM and MoH staff at regional and district levels to identify how program outcomes and activities relate directly to the MoH Essential Services Package, the World Health Organization’s global standards and the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Support changes to the program implementation as required if program context should change from a stable one to that of emergency.
- Support the procurement and/or distribution of program commodities as required by the logic model.
- Support and advise on the effective application of the CRM Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) team and ensure that the design and roll-out of community level trainings will optimize behavioural change.
- Support the CRM in volunteer management as it relates to program activities and promote robust and consistent supervision .
- Facilitate continuous and constructive communication among key stakeholders, especially the MoH, the CRM and the Associations de Santé Communautaire (ASACOs) to ensure sustainable financing of the Community Health Care Workers (CHWs) and the delivery of quality health services to mothers and children.
- Assist in the implementation of program related water and sanitation activities as required by the logic model.
- Support the program’s anticipated operational research as required.
- Provide oversight to ensure appropriate and relevant gender mainstreaming in program activities, specifically in relation to gender based violence.
Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation
The Health Delegate will work closely and cross-functionally with the Country Representative, the PMER Delegate, CRC’s program partners and technical advisors based in Canada to support effective monitoring, evaluation and anticipated research activities related to PSMNCH with the aim of improving quality and service provision and providing the evidence behind the achieved results . Areas of responsibility include working with the PMER Delegate to :
- Prepare narrative progress reports for the Country Representative.
- Support the design and implementation of baseline and end-line surveys.
- Support the design and implementation of the mid-term review and summative evaluation.
- Support the integration of existing lessons learned from Program evaluations and reviews to further improve the implementation of Programs
- Contribute to the design and implementation of studies and research.
Education and Experience
- Extensive Health Program Management implementation experience and skill.
- Postgraduate degree in Public Health with technical expertise in ICCM or Health System Strengthening.
- Minimum 3 years of experience in an international humanitarian organization, preferably in both development and humanitarian settings. Demonstrated experience (at least 3 years) in management of public health programs.
- Minimum of 5 years field experience working in the area of community-based public health, preferably in mother, newborn and child health.
- Demonstrated experience (at least 3 years) in overseeing health programs with a significant community-level component (knowledge of Behavioural Communication and Change an asset).
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building and training development.
- Demonstrated experience working in conflict situations, post disaster or working in health emergencies.
- Demonstrated experience in programs working with community health workers or volunteers or both to implement programming.
Skills and Abilities
- Demonstrated capacity to work in a dynamic team setting and in cross-cultural contexts.
- Strong familiarity with Results Based Management approaches.
- Strong familiarity with participatory research and learning methodologies.
- Good knowledge of DFATD requirements and results based management.
- Strong track record in fostering effective working relationships with health stakeholders at various levels.
- Team player with strong interpersonal, communications (oral and written) and facilitation skills.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and French is mandatory. Candidates will be tested on their skills.
- Demonstrated commitment to the principles of the Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement.
This is an unaccompanied position based in Bamako, Mali. Mali suffers from lack of basic infrastructure and social services and more than half of the population lives in poverty. Legal frameworks and institutions to enforce the rule of law are largely undeveloped. Political conflicts, terrorism, kidnapping in different parts of the country especially in the North are a threat to foreigners and some travel restrictions apply. Delegates are obligated to follow the Red Cross Movement security regulations. CRCS supports a safe working environment and comfortable accommodation ; however, as in all contexts, delegates must be aware and responsible for their personal safety and that of employees under their supervision.
This position requires a successful Canadian criminal record, reference check, valid provincial driver’s license, valid passport and First Aid certification. The Canadian Red Cross Society is an equal opportunity employer.
HOW TO APPLY
Interested parties may submit their application by applying on the Canadian Red Cross Online Career Website by midnight EST on January 21st 2016.