Social and Behavioral Change and WASH expert for NTDs at LonAdd
LonAdd HR Consultancy Plc - Ethiopia
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Healthcare Jobs in Ethiopia
LonAdd HR Consultancy Plc (www.lonadd.com), Recruitment & Outsourcing Company will be working on behalf of our Client American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee in the recruitment process of suitable & knowledgeable candidate, as per our Clients specific requirements.
Report to: Federal Ministry of Health, Disease Prevention and Control Directorate, Neglected Tropical Diseases Team Leader
Duration: 1.5 years with an option of extension, and a 45 day trial period
Terms: Full time position
Location: Based in the Federal Ministry of Health, NTD Team, Addis Ababa, requiring travel to field.
About the Organizations
This position is to assist a joint technical assistance project by the JDC and NALA. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) is an international non-governmental organization impacting millions of lives in more than 70 countries, leveraging a century’s experience confronting poverty and crisis around the world. JDC began working in Ethiopia in 1983, striving to improve the health and wellbeing of those living in the Gondar region. Today in Ethiopia, JDC is:
Digging potable water wells, building primary schools, and providing vocational training and university scholarships for women.
JDC’s medical program continues to provide life-altering treatment to young people, particularly patients suffering from spinal deformities and those who need heart surgery or treatment for Hodgkin’s disease.
NALA aims to break the poverty cycle by eradicating NTDs and other diseases of poverty. The NALA holistic approach eliminates the root causes of those diseases, leading to sustainable poverty reduction. We aim to achieve our mission by:
Assisting regional, national and international actors in designing and implementing programs for controlling Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and other diseases of poverty using community engagement and health education for behavioral change.
Researching, developing and testing new NTD control modalities and tools.
Advocating for holistic NTD control models with stakeholders and decision makers that promote behavioral change.
The JDC/NALA partnership is looking for an experienced Public Health Professional and would like to invite qualified and interested persons to apply for the post.
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of communicable diseases that affect more than one billion people, costing billions of dollars every year. They mainly affect populations living in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic animals and livestock. NTDs deepen marginalization, stigmatization and social and economic burden or rural and economically disadvantaged populations.
The FMoH has launched its first national NTD Master Plan in 2013. The 2013-2015 master plan put in place a structure at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) to coordinate NTD control and elimination interventions and intensified country-wide disease mapping, so as to enhance evidence-based program management. The FMoH Strategic plan for 2016-2020 widens the NTD control efforts, and proposes a holistic approach that includes investment in social and behavioral change, and water, sanitation and hygiene improvements. Nine NTDs are prioritized for intervention: Trachoma, Onchocerciasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Podoconiosis, Leishmaniasis, Dracunculiasis (Guinea-Worm Disease) and Scabies. The strategy positions community empowerment and mobilization as central elements to NTD prevention and control, and stipulates that success in achieving the health related sustainable development goals (SDGs) requires active and meaningful participation and ownership by communities and strong partnerships between households and health workers. The strategy aims to utilize the Health Extension Program and Health development army structures as the main driving force for community mobilization.
NALA has been working in Ethiopia to eradicate NTDs since 2008. Throughout these years, a comprehensive learning process has evolved into the formulation of an approach, the NALA model (figure), that enables the community to take charge of sanitation and hygiene improvements targeted towards behavioral change and that result in a measurable reduction in the prevalence of NTDs.
ABOUT THE PROJECT
In light of NALA’s success in creating an effective model for community engagement, the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) and Sightsavers UK has requested NALA to provide technical assistance in developing and coordinating behavioral change and WASH interventions for NTDs, focusing on the F&E elements for Trachoma elimination. Sightsavers UK is a non-profit organization appointed to manage the implementation of the DFID funded Trachoma project in four countries including Ethiopia.
The technical assistance aims to support the Ethiopian FMoH in intensifying the behavioral change approach, and in creating and rolling out a set of tools to support inter sectorial coordination of WASH and NTD, community engagement and mobilization for behavioral change interventions targeting the NTD program. In addition, special attention and implementation support will be given to disease hotspots/woredas in which the NTD burden is especially high.
In addition, support will also be emphasized for behavioral change and WASH elements (the F&E elements of the SAFE strategy) in Trachoma elimination programs implemented in 70, DFID-SAFE project, supported woredas. Trachoma is a neglected tropical disease and also the world’s leading infectious cause of preventable blindness. Ethiopia has the highest prevalence of active trachoma globally (30% of the sub-Saharan trachoma burden). Currently, efforts like ONE WASH program and implementation of SAFE strategy are being invested aiming to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem by 2020. The SAFE Strategy includes: Surgery services to prevent blindness; Antibiotic treatment to reduce the incidence of infection; and behavior change interventions to promote Facial Cleanliness and Environmental Improvement to sustain the effects of the interventions. These programs are implemented by NGOs that are supported by Sightsavers in four regions in Ethiopia (Orbis in SNNPR, Carter Center in Amhara, FHF in Oromiya, and Light for the World in Tigray).
The behavioral change approach aims to:
Intensify awareness raising within communities regarding symptoms, treatment and ways of reducing risks as individuals and as a community on neglected tropical diseases that are endemic in their locations;
Mobilize community stakeholders to identify barriers for NTDs prevention and to initiate steps to overcome those barriers;
Influence sustained behavioral change that leads to disease control and elimination in NTD affected communities.
Improve WASH conditions, creating a community process that leads to finding locally based solutions that can be created and maintained by the community itself.
The post holder will serve as a WASH and SBCC expert and a resource within the FMoH NTD Team. This includes few key areas of responsibility:
Promote integration of behavioral change and WASH intervention in government NTD control programs;
Promote inter-sectorial coordination (WASH, NTDs, Health Promotion, etc.) on the federal level, and support regions in cascading similar approaches;
Serve as a technical liaison of programs led by different structures within the FMOH which pertain to NTDs, including hygiene and environmental health, health promotion and communication, primary health care and the health extension program
Lead and support National, Regional and ground level WASH and NTD coordination and integration platforms, and develop supporting guidelines and tools to facilitate them
Closely work with government sector offices such as Ministry of Education, Ministry of Water, ONEWASH coordination office, bilateral organizations such as UNICEF, WHO and other WASH and NTD implementing partners
Closely work with NTD teams (on federal and regional level) to incorporate SBCC interventions in their ongoing NTD intervention strategies
Support the design of monitoring and evaluation methods and tools for measuring effectiveness of community engagement and WASH interventions for control of NTDs
Support efforts to test and roll out key trachoma, face washing, and healthy hygiene and sanitation behavioral change interventions by the Trachoma partners in the 4 priority regions.
Has strong leadership and coordination skills. Able to mentor, problem solve and lead processes;
Communicates clearly and works effectively with a wide range of people including high profile decision makers to reach common understanding
Has strong analytical skills .Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that activities are prioritized and aligned within an agreed strategy.
Has good writing skills
Is fluent in both English and Amharic, and is able to communicate freely in both (written and orally)
Able to engage in multiple activities at the same time.
Qualification & Experience
University bachelor degree in public health or nursing or environmental health AND master’s degree, preferably in a relevant subject matter such as public health, environmental health, behavioral sciences, international development, management, or communications.
At least 5 years’ experience in coordinating and managing community-based health programs, of which at least two years are at National level
Good understanding of the Ethiopian Health System and structures
Working experience with higher government and NGO officials is an advantage
Knowledge about NTDs and SAFE strategy is an advantage
Publications in relevant areas is an advantage
Experience working with Ministry of Education, Ministry of Water or other WASH initiatives is an advantage
Experience communicating with remote and international teams including using file sharing (dropbox/google drive/jumbo mail etc.), voice over IP applications (WhatsApp, Viber, skype etc.)
FEMALE CANDIDATES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY
How To Apply:
Interested applicants with the appropriate qualifications and experience should submit their most recent and detailed CV with daytime telephone number and /or an e-mail address, a cover letter, & Names and addresses of three references, via email to “email@example.com”, by putting ‘Social and Behavioural Change and WASH expert for NTDs’ in the subject box.
Application Deadline: March 9, 2018. ONLY SHORTLISTED APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED