Community Engagement Specialist

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.

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 For example, while MOH guidance exists, it is either unfinished, outdated or lacks coherent information on community activities.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.

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.

This role will be full time from January 2017 to March 2018. Please send a brief cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) detailing why you think you would be suited to this role and include your annual salary expectation in GBP. Please also send tailored and maximum two-page CV to bdrecruitment@healthpartners-int.co.uk  by 1st December 2016.

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