Health Communications & Gender Officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

IntraHealth International Vacancy: Health Communications & Gender Officer, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Why Choose IntraHealth

Would you like to be a part of purposeful work that saves lives?

For 35 years, in 100 countries, IntraHealth International has empowered health workers to better serve communities in need. IntraHealth fosters local solutions to health care challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology, and leveraging partnerships.

As a global champion for health workers, IntraHealth International advocates for the role of the health worker as critical in saving lives and helping the world to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. We partner with governments, NGOs, the private sector, and other organizations to foster policies that empower health workers to better serve communities in need.

IntraHealth International, Inc. is currently accepting applications from potential candidates interested in serving as the Health Communication and Gender Officer as part of IntraHealth’s implementation of a USAID-funded TRANSFORM- Health in Developing Regional (HDR) project as a partner to Amref Health Africa in Ethiopia. The project aims to achieve increased utilization of quality High-Impact MNCH/FP services in Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Somali regions of Ethiopia through increased access to integrated quality High-Impact MNCH/FP services at health facility and community levels, strengthened health systems to provide quality MNCH/FP services, increased demand for High-Impact MNCH/FP services and improved strategic information for evidence based decision making and program learning.

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SUMMARY OF ROLE

The Health Communication and Gender Officer will be responsible to provide technical support and coordinate all activities related to Gender and Health Communication activities. S/he will provide support for assigned woreda’s health offices and health facilities in planning, coordination, implementation, monitoring of health communication and gender work of the Transform: HDR project. S/he will work under the direct supervision of the Regional Manager. This position will be based in Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella and Somali regional states with frequent travel to facilities and health posts within the assigned woredas to monitor program implementation and oversee the quality of activities and services.

SPECIFIC FUNCTIONS/RESPONSIBILITIES

Assist Regional Manager and the RMNCH officers in organizing regional reviews meetings, developing and monitoring gender sensitive annual work plans and budgets as well as associated deliverables and results/outputs
Participate in the regional level gender and women, health communication specific partner and stakeholder meetings, workshops and technical working groups as necessary
Support the implementation of gender integration and Health Communication activities to promote RMNCH/FP service utilization in all facilities under the assigned woredas;
Assist in developing and or adapting gender sensitive communication materials and targeted health communication materials including training materials, job aids and BCC materials
Coordinate health communication and gender related trainings at regional, zonal, woreda and facility levels
Oversee and support utilization of IEC/BC materials and job aids by health facilities
Provide technical assistance to the Zonal Health Office, Woreda Health Offices, health centres, health posts and communities in addressing gender and demand side barriers to RMNCH/FP program interventions
Engage and coordinate in the capacity building efforts that include assessment of barriers to RMNCH/FP service, training needs of health workers;
Support gender integration in service delivery at the facility level addressing barriers for service uptake
Support mainstreaming of gender in day to day implementation of Transform HDR project
Coordinate and conduct regular field visits to provide post training follow up and onsite mentorship
Coordinate and conduct integrated/joint supportive supervision to HC, HP and communities and document findings and recommendations of field visits for follow-up action.
Ensure that feedback from supportive supervision visits, review meetings and related forums are applied in the facilities for continuous improvement in gender and health communication interventions
Support the linkage of HEWs with HDA as well as community mobilization and sensitization through HDA for activities related to gender and health communication and ensure that key messages of the program reach the community.
Participate in the development of Woreda operational plans for RMNCH/FP programs and support the RMNCH/FP team in executing the annual plans.
Produce, document and share program implementation reports, supportive supervision as well as mentoring reports as per the standard format.
Identify areas of best practices and success stories and collaborate with Regional Manager and communication team to produce the practice report and stories.
Assist the Country Office program advisors in preparing programme/project status reports as well as documenting lessons learned in specific technical areas for wider dissemination/use.
Closely work with the regional and Country Office Monitoring and Evaluation team to document performance, develop data base and update it regularly.
Performs other functions assigned by the project within the areas of expertise.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

BA degree in women studies, sociology and social administration, social work, Health promotion, public health or related fields
Minimum of 5 years of experience and knowledge on gender mainstreaming in the health sector, behavior change communication, GBV, HTPs
Demonstrated experience in gender sensitive programmatic
Demonstrated experience in demand creation and community mobilization for community and facility-based health services
Knowledge of context and RMNCH/FP situation in the Developing regions
Experience in organizing standard gender sensitive maternal and development trainings
Has received training on gender mainstreaming in the health, GBV and VAW, HTP. BCC, community mobilization and related topics
Experience in working in the developing regional states or pastoralist communities and knowledge of local language is an advantage.

Additional Skills Desired

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including influencing, negotiation cultural awareness and ability to work well in a multi-cultural environment
Ability to manage demanding workload, multi-task, accept challenges, take initiative and solve problem
Excellent spoken and written English
Women are encouraged to apply
Good computer skills (particularly Excel, Word and database)
Ability to meet deadline without compromising quality
Flexibility to adjust to different situations and contexts.
No. of candidates required
One for each region (Afar, Benishangul-Gumuz, Gambella, and Somali)

COMPETENCIES:

Innovation – Develops new, better or significantly different ideas, methods, solutions or initiatives that result in improvement of IntraHealth’s performance and meeting objectives, results and global commitments.
Accountability – Holds self and others accountable for all work activities, research and personal actions and decisions; follows through on commitments and focuses on those activities that have the greatest impact on meeting measurable high quality results for IntraHealth’s success. Exercises ethical practices, respectful words and behaviors, and equitable treatment of others in all activities.
Service Excellence – Knowledge of and ability to put into action customer service concepts, processes and techniques to access internal and/or external client needs and expectations and meet or exceed those needs and expectations through providing excellent service directly or indirectly.
Effective Communication (Oral and Written) – Understands effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, explain complex technical concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience; and receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors.
Planning and Organizing – Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed upon strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; and monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary.
Interpersonal Relationships – Knowledge of and the ability to effectively interact within and across Divisions, Departments/Country Offices in a constructive and collaborative manner.


Summary of Benefits

IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.

IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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