Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters and exclusion from healthcare in more than 65 countries. MSF offers assistance to people based on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.
MSF has worked in India since 1999, providing free-of-charge essential healthcare to people in remote areas, and specialist care for people affected by HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, hepatitis C, antibiotic resistance, tuberculosis, kala azar and sexual and gender-based violence. We also respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, provide mental healthcare and advocate for the development of more effective and affordable medicines to improve access to treatment for people everywhere.
We currently run projects in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Manipur, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
MSF was awarded the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development in 1996 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.
MSF OCBA in India:
In Asansol, West Bengal, the project is focussed on improving the community management of respiratory tract infections by incorporating elements of antibiotic stewardship. It is also looking to gain a better understanding on the drivers of antibiotic use in the community and the validation of innovative diagnostic tools.
In West Singhbum district of Jharkhand, MSF runs a project for the community based management of acute malnutrition
In Patna, Bihar, MSF is focussed on the treatment of Kala Azar – HIV co-infections including generating evidence for better treatment protocols so as to aid Kala Azar elimination efforts and provide care to a neglected population.
Estimates by the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) in 2006 show that 48 per cent, or 61 million, under-five children in the country are stunted (they have low height for their age); 43 per cent, or 53 million, are underweight; and nearly 20 per cent, or 25 million, are wasted (low weight for height). Jharkhand, is one of the most vulnerable and high burden states in India.
MSF has been working in India in the field of nutrition since 2008 running one of the first com-munity based management of nutrition (CMAM) projects and treating more than 17,000 children with SAM. This project was handed over to government authorities in 2015.
However, a lot of work still remains to be done in India in providing access to treatment for malnutrition drawing on our experience and lessons learnt from Bihar. The Jharkhand project aims to contribute to the establishment and scale-up of nutrition interventions for community-based treatment of severe acute malnutrition for children 6 to 59 months in rural India.
The project is focused on bringing about a change in the way that treatment for SAM (complicated and uncomplicated) is viewed and managed in India, and to enable and initiate the sustainable scale up of SAM community-based management programs throughout the country.
A strong advocacy component will accompany the project throughout its duration to ensure that evidence and lessons learned are translated into concrete actions through a gradual involvement of governing bodies at national and state level, and with the support of other nutrition stakeholders and partners.
The project implementation has begun since June 2017 in collaboration with and integrated into the government system (Ministry of Health and Jharkhand State Nutrition Mission) and is being expanded in a stepwise manner to cover the whole block of Chakradharpur (31 ATFCs) through community-based interventions. Severely malnourished children with medical complications are managed as inpatients before being referred back to the community component for continued care. Prevention and follow up of children at risk is also an important part of the program.
Number of posts available: 01
Location: Charkradharpur Block, West Singhbum District of Jharkhand
Project: Malnutrition Project
Purpose of Post
Assess, define, implement and supervise all the Health Promotion and Community Engagament activities in the project area, by assessing knowledge of the target group on a health risk, promoting MSF services, increasing knowledge of the target population around their health, support of preventive activities and collaboration to improve the services, and managing the Community Health Educators (CHE) and Community Link Workers involved in health education and promotion, detection, referral and follow up of malnourished children.
Functional and Hierarchical Lines
Hierarchically accountable to Field Coordinator and functionally accountable to Project Medical Referent.
Main responsibilities and tasks
- Analysis of the context (local culture, traditions, habits, health perception) to adapt health activities and support the social mapping (villages, populations, actors) ;
- Define and update the HP/ Community engagement (CE) strategy and related activities through annual project and budget plan (objectives, target population, campaigns, messages, activities, specific actions, etc.)
- Identify indicators in order to monitor HP/CE activities results, achievement and use the concrete tools to measure and follow up those activities;
- Supervise and support the HP/ CE team and community link workers and their activities, in and outside health facilities, reporting difficulties and progress as well as adapting format and content when necessary ;
- Assess, develop and adapt HP/ CE materials according to the needs of the project. Ensure content and format have been pre-tested with target groups in order to ensure the adequacy, relevance, full understanding of the messages;
- Liaise with other relevant actors (national and International NGO’s , authorities) also involved in prevention activities, analyzing interventions and building cooperative relationships and advocacy, in order to enhance the influence of the campaigns and messages and to improve awareness among the targeted population; these include Sahiyas and Sevikas working at the village level in Anganwadis and the community.
- Plan and supervise the HR associated processes (recruitment, training, evaluation, development and internal communication) of the CE / HP staff of the project. This will be done in close coordination with the HR department, the administration manager and project coordinator and according to MSF vision, values and procedures;
- Ensure regular collaboration and coordination with the MSF clinical team, to guarantee that the HP is part of medical activities and contributes to the medical objectives of the project.
- Lead focus-group discussions with target groups in order to ensure the adequacy, relevance, broadcasting and full awareness of the messages ensuring they are worded in a pedagogic manner.
- Participates in the the project monthly reports writing according to guidelines (SitReps, MMR, statistical reports, etc.)
HR & Benefits
- SALARY: Rupees 55,330 gross/month.
- Benefit of 13th Month Salary.
- PF and Gratuity are applicable as per law.
- TOTAL LEAVES: 27 leaves + 12 public holidays per year.
- Wide Medical coverage (Employee + Direct Relatives), as per organization policy.
To apply please email your CV and a motivational letter mentioning why you would be interested to apply for the position with the subject Ref: IECHP Activity Manager to firstname.lastname@example.org & email@example.com on or before 20th August 2017.
C.V´s without motivational letter will not be considered for further stages.
ONLY SHORT-LISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED AND INVITED FOR INTERVIEW.
Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders India is an equal opportunity employer. Women candidates are encouraged to apply.
Charkradharpur Block, West Singhbum District of Jharkhand