Senior Officer, Community Health Workforce F/M

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  • France
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with a network of 191-member National Societies. The overall aim of IFRC is “to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” IFRC works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises.

IFRC is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Movement), together with its member National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The work of the IFRC is guided by the following fundamental principles: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, and universality.

IFRC is led by its Secretary General, and has its Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Headquarters are organized into three main Divisions: (i) National Society Development and Operations Coordination; (ii) Global Relations, Humanitarian Diplomacy and Digitalization; and (iii) Management Policy, Strategy and Corporate Services.

IFRC has five regional offices in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, and the Americas. IFRC also has country cluster delegations and country delegations throughout the world. Together, the Geneva Headquarters and the field structure (regional, cluster and country) comprise the IFRC Secretariat.

IFRC supports people’s health throughout their entire lifetime, in emergency and non-emergency settings. Our work spans health promotion, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care. Along with its 191-member National Societies, IFRC has long been at the forefront of providing health services to people in varied settings around the world. IFRC reaches 160 million people every year through long-term services, development programmes and disater response. The Red Cross Red Crescent network is committed to making the “last mile” its collective “first mile” and has access to underserved and marginalized populations through its 16 million volunteers.


The Senior Officer – Community Health Workforce will be seconded to the Community Health Delivery Partnership and will be a member of the Community Health Delivery Partnership secretariat staff.
The CHDP will be a country focused partnership that will provide technical, coordination, administration and communication support to countries as they work to scale up their community health workforce.
The Senior Officer, Community Health Workforce will coordinate and lead CHDP’s technical support to countries as they scale up community health workers.. The CHDP recognizes the need to strengthen the engagement of community level actors if CHW targets are to be realized.
The position will be based at the French RC HQ in Paris and report administratively to the French RC.The position will be seconded to the Community Health Delivery Partnership with a technically reporting line to the Lead, Health Security and Community Resilience, Health and Care Department

Providing technical support in developing evidence-based training materials and curricula for community health workers.
Work with CHDP secretariat to strengthen the technical support and community focus work through stronger involvement of other community based actors.
Collaborate with the IFRC and NSs to identify the most critical public health issues in the countries where the CHW program will be implemented and support in developing evidence-based strategies to address these issues.
As the technical lead within CHDP support Ministries of Health, the RC/RC network, to establish sustainable micro plans, and strategies for implementation to ensure the long-term impact of the program, including strengthening local capacity and engaging with governments and other stakeholders to ensure ongoing support for the program.
Advise on the development of effective monitoring and evaluation frameworks for the CHW program, to ensure that program outcomes are measured and e valuated effectively, and to provide a robust evidence base for program improvements.

Upon request provide ongoing support and mentoring to community health workers in the CHW program, including clinical guidance, problem-solving support, and regular feedback and evaluation to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively deliver health services.
Support the preparation of documentation on the RC/RC movement in successfully instituting the CHWs program and in extracting lessons that can be used to guide the implementation of the REACH Initiative and other RC/RC regional initiatives to scale up CHWs.

Support RC/RC collaborating with other health providers and experts in the field to ensure that the CHW program is aligned with best practices and emerging trends in community health, and to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration.
For REACH Initiative and other RC/RC regional initiative to scale up CHWscontribute to the development of research studies and publications related to the CHW program, to advance knowledge and understanding of community health interventions in Africa and to contribute to evidence-based practices.
Provide support to develop and adopt tools like blended learning models as needed to replicate the training, and scale up the selection, recruitment, and continuous engagement of CHWs.
Assist in communication efforts regarding the role of CHWs at the global, regional, and national levels.
Contribute to identifying and engaging with potential donors and partners and preparing project proposals and documents focusing on scaling up CHWs pro grams

Date de prise de poste souhaitée
As soon as possible

Informations pratiques liées au poste
The Resilient & Empowered African Community Health (REACH) initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) and the IFRC. Launched in October 2022 and endorsed by African Heads of State and Government, the initiative seeks to leverage the IFRC’s experience in community health.
In October 2023 IFRC along with WHO, UNICEF, USAID, World Bank and Global Fund launched the Community Health Delivery Partnership (CHDP). CHDP builds off the work of the Community Health Roadmap (a global effort to align, coordinate, and increase investments in community health) and will advance the commitments of support to the Monrovia Call to Action (March 2023) and will focused on investing in community health programs as an integral path to universal health coverage.

Master’s degree in public health or another relevant discipline.
Medical or Nur sing qualification
IMPACT / Delegate’s Basic Training Course or equivalent knowledge
At least 5 years experience in managing CHW programs in a humanitarian organization.
Long-term and Conflict settings
Experience in effectively dealing with international staff, donor agencies, and government officials; ability to work with a broad spectrum of people
Red Cross Red Crescent movement experience
Technical competency in health programming issues
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proven representation and advocacy skills
A strong commitment to the capacity building of CHWs with a willingness to adopt a participatory and consultative advisory approach.
Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities
Experience in data management and analysis, including data collection tools design, database design and management, data quality checks
Good interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and negotiate cle arly and effectively at all levels, considering cultural and language difficulties.
Analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills
Skills and knowledge in project monitoring and evaluation
Knowledge and understanding of RCRC principles and values and other principles of humanitarian work.
Fluently spoken and written English
Good command of another IFRC official language (French, Spanish or Arabic)

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