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Equatorial Guinea Public Health Specialist

Montrose (www.montroseafrica.com) is an international development services company providing support to clients in the developing world. Specialized in the sectors of health, education, rural livelihoods and water and sanitation, we provide technical advisory services as well as comprehensive project development and management services. Our clients include bilateral and multilateral organizations, the private sector, non-governmental organizations and other development stakeholders.

Montrose is undertaking a large five-year primary health care and water and sanitation project in Equatorial Guinea; Project ProSalud. The primary objective of Project ProSalud is to improve under-five and maternal health in the province of Centro-Sur on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Key project elements include: ensuring quality primary health care services; behavioural change at community level; improved access to safe water in health centres and communities; improved sanitation in health centres and communities, and a small grants scheme.

The Project ProSalud team working in country will comprise the following positions: Project Coordinator, Public Health Specialist, Water and Sanitation Specialist, Deputy Project Coordinator, Finance and Operations Manager and support staff. The Project ProSalud team will be based in the project office in Evinayong district, Centro Sur Province, mainland Equatorial Guinea.

The Public Health Specialist will work closely with the Project Coordinator and the ProSalud team to ensure high quality and timely implementation of Project ProSalud’s work.

Public Health Specialist’s Roles and Responsibilities

With support from the Project Coordinator and Deputy Project Coordinator, the Public Health Specialist will be responsible for coordinating all non-clinical components of the ProSalud health programme, including community mobilisation and behaviour change communication (BCC) activities and non-clinical training for health workers. The Public Health Specialist will be supervised by the Deputy Project Coordinator.

Responsibilities of the Public Health Specialist include:

  1. Build capacities of health workers • Lead training for health personnel on non-clinical topics • Post-training, provide supportive supervision for health workers • Develop or adapt tools to facilitate supportive supervision • Identify and address training needs among health workers through both formal and on-the-job training • Develop or adapt relevant tools or job aides to facilitate high quality health service provision

  2. Behaviour change communication and community mobilisation • Manage the implementation of BCC strategy • Support the Behaviour Change Communication Officer to conduct health education and behaviour change communication activities at the community level • Develop or adapt materials to facilitate community health education and behaviour change communication activities • Support health facility staff to introduce or expand community education activities • Review on a regular basis the BCC strategy and implementation plan and provide recommendations on improvements as appropriate

  3. Monitoring and evaluation • Manage the M&E component of the project • Ensure the M&E framework is properly implemented • Ensure data for all indicators are collected and complied /reported on appropriately • Participate in other project monitoring and evaluation activities such annual health centre assessments, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and community surveys. • Organise any M&E activities planned including formative research, mid-term evaluation etc.

  4. Support to Coordination of Health Activities • Organise and coordinate implementation of Child Health Days and other health-related activities as required. • Support HSSE, ECMP and anti-corruption compliance as it relates to health component of the project, including undertaking risk assessments for all new project initiatives

  5. Reporting • Prepare and coordinate in-country deliverables (reports and documentation)

  6. Budget Management • Manage the BCC and M&E budget components, monitor and report regularly on these to the finance team

Other non-clinical responsibilities, as determined by the project management team.

The Public Health Specialist must be fluent in Spanish and English. The project office is based in Evinayong, Centro Sur Province, Equatorial Guinea.

Requirements • Master's degree in public health (MPH) minimum requirement • Minimum 3 years of relevant experience • Relevant experience working in remote environments in developing countries • Experience implementing behavioural change communication (BCC) programmes; experience in the design of BCC programmes preferred • Experience in implementing M&E plans • Excellent communication (written and oral) skills required • Flexibility, adaptability, ability to work as part of a team • Willingness to live and work in a relatively remote environment • Fluency in Spanish and English essential

How to apply:

Application procedure

Candidates who fully meet the above requirements should submit a detailed CV together with a covering letter explaining how you are suited for the position. Documents must include a daytime telephone contact and three referees (with telephone and email contacts). Applications should be emailed to hreg@montroseafrica.com by Friday 10 February 2012

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