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Public Health Specialist, Equatorial Guinea

Montrose is undertaking a large five-year primary health care and water and sanitation project in Equatorial Guinea; Project ProSalud. The primary objective of Project ProSalud is to improve under-five and maternal health in the province of Centro-Sur on the mainland of Equatorial Guinea. Key project elements include: ensuring quality primary health care services; behavioural change at community level; improved access to safe water in health centres and communities; improved sanitation in health centres and communities, and a small grants scheme.
The Project ProSalud team working in country will comprise the following positions: Project Coordinator, Public Health Specialist, Water and Sanitation Specialist, Deputy Project Coordinator, Finance and Operations Manager and support staff. The Project ProSalud team will be based in the project office in Evinayong district, Centro Sur Province, mainland Equatorial Guinea.

The Public Health Specialist will work closely with the Project Coordinator and the ProSalud team to ensure high quality and timely implementation of Project ProSalud's work.
Public Health Specialist's Roles and Responsibilities

With support from the Project Coordinator and Deputy Project Coordinator, the Public Health Specialist will be responsible for coordinating all non-clinical components of the ProSalud health programme, including community mobilisation and behaviour change communication (BCC) activities and non-clinical training for health workers. The Public Health Specialist will be supervised by the Deputy Project Coordinator.
Responsibilities of the Public Health Specialist include:
Build capacities of health workers

* Lead training for health personnel on non-clinical topics, including but not limited to:
o Infection prevention and waste management
o Stock and supply-chain management
o Community education and mobilisation
* Post-training, provide supportive supervision for health workers focusing on areas including, but not limited to, those mentioned above
* With support from the Project Coordinator, Deputy Project Coordinator and Senior Public Health Specialist, develop or adapt tools to facilitate supportive supervision
* With Deputy Project Coordinator, identify and address training needs among health workers through both formal and on-the-job training
* Develop or adapt relevant tools or job aides to facilitate high quality health service provision

Behaviour change communication and community mobilisation

* Coordinate the development of a detailed plan for behaviour change communication with the support of Deputy Project Coordinator, Senior Public Health Specialist and external experts, if appropriate
* Support the Behaviour Change Communication Officer to conduct health education and behaviour change communication activities at the community level
* With support of Deputy Project Coordinator and Senior Public Health Specialist, develop or adapt materials to facilitate community health education and behaviour change communication activities
* Support health facility staff to introduce or expand community education activities


* Act as line supervisor for Behaviour Change Communication Officer

Logistics and procurement

* Organise and coordinate all health worker trainings (both clinical and non-clinical), to ensure smooth implementation, in coordination with Operations and Finance Manager
* With support from the Deputy Project Coordinator, Operations and Finance Manager and the Kampala-based technical team, coordinate procurement of drugs, equipment and supplies required for implementation of the health programme.

Health facility improvements

* Coordinate regularly with Water and Sanitation Specialist, to ensure that infrastructure renovations at the health facilities address health care needs adequately and appropriately.
* With Deputy Project Coordinator, work to orient health workers to the "Gold Star Health Facility" initiative and support them in process towards achieving and maintaining Gold Star status.

Monitoring and evaluation

* Ensure sound monitoring and evaluation of BCC and community mobilisation activities and comply with reporting timelines
* Participate in other project monitoring and evaluation activities such annual health centre assessments, focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and community surveys.

Support to Coordination of Health Activities

* Organise and coordinate Child Health Days and support the Deputy Project Coordinator in the implementation of Child Health Days and other health-related activities as required.
* Support HSSE, ECMP and anti-corruption compliance as it relates to health component of the project, including undertaking risk assessments for all new project initiatives

Representation and liaison

* With the Project Coordinator, work closely with, and maintain good relationships with local and regional stakeholders and government authorities supporting community-level health projects, including MINSA, health workers, other NGOs, community leaders and community members
* Act as a positive representative of Montrose and Project ProSalud at all times, promptly reporting to the Project Coordinator any potential issues of concern arising with communities or other stakeholders.
* Work closely with and support fully any visits from BG, Montrose or external consultants to the project

Other non-clinical responsibilities, as determined by the Deputy Project Coordinator.

The Public Health Specialist must be fluent in Spanish. The project office will be based in Evinayong.

* Master's degree in public health (MPH) minimum requirement
* Minimum 3 years of relevant experience, including experience in developing countries
* Experience implementing behavioural change communication (BCC) programmes; experience in the design of BCC programmes preferred
* Excellent communication skills
* Flexibility, adaptability, ability to work as part of a team
* Willingness to live and work in a relatively remote environment
* Fluency in Spanish essential; fluency in English a strong asset

Application procedure

Candidates who fully meet the above requirements should submit a detailed CV together with a covering letter explaining how you are suited for the position. Documents must include a daytime telephone contact and three referees (with telephone and email contacts). Applications should be emailed to hreg@montroseafrica.com.

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