|SKILLED VOLUNTEER POSITION||Skilled Professional Public Health Volunteer|
VIN aims to contribute to the creation of healthy communities in rural Nepal. Currently VIN works with 5 marginalised communities, and has already successfully implemented a Public Health and Medical Care [hereinafter – PHMC] program in one of the communities. Work continues in 3 other communities, where full PHMC program is being run in one of the communities, and awareness campaigns are being run in 2 other communities.
Skilled Professional Public Health Volunteer is to contribute to the development of VIN’s Public Health program and its implementation guidelines and action plans for each community.
In 2009 VIN has developed a PHMC program for Jitpurphedi community. A modified version of the same program is currently being used for all VIN’s project sites (including, Okhaldhunga and Kavresthali communities). As the aforementioned program is not very well-fitting to other communities, it should be revised, updated and improved, adapting it to particular needs of each community.
To this end, we are looking for a skilled professional volunteer who could help us to develop an evidence-based strategic PHMC program and its implementation plan for each of the communities; to contribute to capacity building, orientation and support of the local staff and volunteers, as well as monitoring and evaluation of progress of the PHMC activities. The Volunteer will also be invited to contribute to the development of fundraising proposals for the program area.
This is a great opportunity for those public health professionals who look to gain experience in community needs-based organisation and delivery of public health and medical care services and work in an NGO sector in developing countries.
ASSIGNMENT / TASKS:
To this end, the volunteer will carry out the following activities:The Volunteer will be working together with VIN’s PHMC program coordinator to develop Public Health strategy and its implementation guidelines, to improve monitoring and evaluation of the program, as well fundraising efforts in this area.
- Review current PHMC program and related documents (desk research);
- Carry out field visits to local communities (Okhaldungha (Taluwa, Thulachap, Bhadaure) and Okharpauwa) and conduct quantitative and qualitative research to identify current needs, resources and capacities of the stakeholders;
- Carry out an analysis of good practices in other developing countries (desk research), to identify what measures other countries are adopting in PHMC to meet community needs identified, and propose what actions could be implemented by VIN;
- Develop a new evidence-based strategic PHMC program including its implementation guidelines, relevant long-term and short-term action plans, expected results, outputs, outcomes and relevant indicators;
- Develop other relevant process documents, workshop and training plans, methodologies and tools, as needed for the successful implementation of the PHMC program, and agreed with the organisation;
- Build capacity, orient and support staff and volunteers in PHMC program implementation;
- Monitor and evaluate progress of PHMC program implementation;
- Run networking activities to link VIN with like-minded stakeholders;
- Develop PHMC program related fundraising proposals for priority projects agreed with the organisation.
DURATION OF PLACEMENT LOCATION:
Starting date is foreseen for September 2019, and may be negotiated depending on the availability of the volunteer.Ideally, we are looking for a volunteer who could join us for 9 months. Shorter placement is also negotiable, depending on individual case.
Volunteer will be working 5 days per week, 10:00 – 17:00hr (with 1hr lunch break).
All VIN staff enjoy 26 days of holidays, including festivals, in a calendar year.
Volunteer will spend approximately half of time in Okhaldhunga, and half of time in Kathmandu, with frequent travel to project areas.
WHAT WE HAVE:
Annual reports, general baseline reports from some communities, as well as some PHMC manuals and research papers developed by VIN volunteers are available and will be provided upon arrival.Existing PHMC strategy and action plan will be provided in English.
Local volunteers will be made available for translation and interpretation services as needed.
Stationeries, printing facilities will be provided by VIN.
The volunteer is encouraged to bring his/her own laptop.
REQUIRED SKILLS AND COMPETENCES
- Bachelor in Public health with 4 years’ experience in public health is mandatory. Master in public health with 2 years’ experience is preferential.
- Experience working with community health organization, public health administration is preferential.
- Experience of work in I/NGO would be advantageous.
- Good analytical skills and experience in carrying out quantitative and qualitative research
- Knowledge about public health issues in Asian or developing countries would be an asset
- Sound verbal and written communication in English
- Strong motivation and self-initiative
- Willingness to learn
- Volunteering mindset
Selection will take place in 2 stages:
- Candidates will be contacted by VIN to arrange for a Skype interview. Skype interviews will take place in the first half of July 2019.
- Expected date of decision on final outcome by 31 July 2019. Selected volunteer will be informed by e-mail / telephone.
Contact Dr Laxmi Prasad Ghimire to see how your unique skills can make a big impact!
Cell/What’s App No: +977 985 106 9555,
Office hours: +977 143 62 560.
50% of program fee waived for skilled volunteers!
You may check program fees at: https://www.volunteersinitiativenepal.org/program-fees/