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Join the world’s largest humanitarian network. The Canadian Red Cross Society, a not for profit, humanitarian organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable in Canada and throughout the world, is currently seeking a Health Delegate, Maternal Child Health Project in Mali (2016-2020).
Reporting to the Mali CRC Country Representative (with technical line to Global Health Unit/GHU in Ottawa), the delegate will be responsible for supporting the implementation of the project health activities, including Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM), health promotion and strengthening the health management information system at community and district levels in the project areas in Mali. The delegate will provide technical assistance and work in close collaboration with the Mali Red Cross, the Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders in the country.
The Health Delegate will ensure that CRC programs are implemented efficiently and effectively and framed by IO Strategy 2020 (S2020) to deliver in the Last Mile. The Delegate contributes towards the mandate of the Global Programs: Oversee the delivery of programs and services to people and communities within the context of S2020 in Africa.
The role of the Health Delegate is to provide technical assistance, support and oversight for the implementation of the MNCH Project in Mali. The Health Delegate will be responsible for quality assurance and technical oversight of the implementation of the project in two regions of Mali (Koulikoro and Sikasso), in close collaboration with the Mali Red Cross and the MoH.
Technical support, capacity building and training (80%):
- Ensure the health technical components of the MNCH project are implemented according to the project logic model, the Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and annual workplans.
- Identify challenges to project implementation and recommend solutions and remedial actions.
- Provide technical support and mentoring to the National MNCH Project Manager and team.
- Provides technical support and advice to the MoH and Red Cross during the planning and implementation of the MNCH, particularly the National MNCH Project Manager.
- Facilitate continuous and constructive communication among key stakeholders to ensure optimal implementation of the MoH Essential Services Package through the project.
- Ensure project implementation adheres to the MoH Essential Services Package and identifies any policy changes that may affect this.
- Support Red Cross and MoH staff at regional and district levels to identify how project outcomes and activities relate directly to the MoH Essential Services Package, the World Health Organization’s global standards and the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Support changes to project implementation as required if context should change from a stable one to that of emergency.
- Support the procurement and/or distribution of project commodities as per the PIP and annual workplans.
- Support and advise on the effective involvement of the Red Cross Community Based Health and First Aid (CBHFA) team and ensure that the design and roll-out of community level trainings will optimize behaviour change.
- Support the Red Cross in volunteer management as it relates to program activities and promote robust and consistent supervision.
- Facilitate continuous and constructive communication among key stakeholders, especially the MoH, the Red Cross and the Associations de santé communautaire (ASACOs) to ensure sustainable financing of Community Health Workers (CHWs) and the delivery of quality health services to mothers and children.
- Support the implementation of program related water and sanitation activities as required.
- Support the project’s anticipated operational research as required.
- Provide oversight to ensure appropriate and relevant gender mainstreaming in project activities, specifically in relation to gender-based violence.
- Support the Country Representative and the Finance Delegate in ensuring sound financial management through forecasting of activity costs, ensuring sufficient funds are budgeted before implementing planned activities and providing information to ensure the correct coding of project activity expenses.
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) (20%):
The Health Delegate will work closely and cross-functionally with the Country Representative, the PMER Delegate, and project partners (Sick Kids) and technical advisors based in Canada to support effective monitoring, evaluation and operational research activities related to PSMNCH with the aim of improving quality and service provision and providing the evidence behind the achieved results. Areas of responsibility include:
- Contribute to the preparation of annual workplans, annual and final reports.
- Contribute to supporting the design and implementation of the end-line survey.
- Support and participate in regular monitoring visits to project sites.
- Support the integration of existing lessons learned from project evaluations and reviews to further improve the implementation of the project.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of studies and operational research.
Education and Experience
- Graduate degree in Community Health, Public Health or another Health-related discipline. Post graduate degree in public health / global health is an asset
- Demonstrated experience (minimum 3 years) in health project management, specifically planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Minimum 3 years of experience in an international humanitarian organization, preferably in both development and post-conflict or post-disaster setting.
- Minimum of 5 years relevant working experience in community-based public health, preferably in maternal, newborn and child health; health promotion and experience with ICCM an asset.
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building, managing, training and development of staff.
- Experience in project design, sustainability planning, supporting evaluation an asset
- Strong track record in fostering effective working relationships with health stakeholders at various levels.
- Demonstrated commitment to the principles of the RCRC Movement; previous RCRC Movement experience a strong asset.
- Knowledge of health systems strengthening in a developing country context.
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, in English and French mandatory.
- Knowledge of requirements and obligations under GAC funded projects is considered an advantage as well as familiarity with Results Based Management.
- Strong organizational skills, with attention to detail and a proven ability to prioritize and effectively multi-task.
- Team player with strong interpersonal, communication, presentation and facilitation skills; capacity to work in cross-cultural contexts.
- Strong familiarity with participatory research and learning methodologies.
This is an unaccompanied position based primarily in Bamako with regular travel to the project sites, in Sikasso and Koulikoro (approx. 30 % of the time).
Working in country can be demanding, both physically and psychologically. Difficult working conditions are expected, including the following:
- Long hours of work in a demanding context with limited resources
- The ability to work in a high risk, fluid and evolving situation may be required, as is the ability to work in stressful and often ambiguous conditions.
- Basic living conditions that may include intermittent electricity, Internet and other basic services
- CRC supports a safe working environment and comfortable accommodation however, as in all contexts, delegates must be aware and responsible for their personal safety and that of employees under their supervision.
- In some contexts, legal frameworks and institutions to enforce the rule of law are largely undeveloped.
- In some remote areas access to health care could be limited or non-existent
- All CRC delegates must be cleared by the Travel Health Team with full medical and vaccination clearance.
The Canadian Red Cross is committed to diversity and inclusion in our workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We welcome applications from all applicants particularly Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification and share our values.
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