Community Health Officer At Trócaire

Trócaire is one of Ireland’s top International NGOs, having over 40 years of experience in international Development. Trócaire works through partners and is a member of worldwide networks such as Caritas and Cooperation Internationale pour le Development et la Solidarité (CIDSE). This is an exciting time in the history of the organisation as we embark on our new strategic plan 2016-2020.

Trócaire has been working in Gedo in health & nutrition and education for the last 28 years. Currently, Trócaire implements Health, Nutrition, Humanitarian and Education Programme activities and in partnership with local organisations working in Gedo in the livelihoods, protection and resilience sectors as partners.

The Health and Nutrition programme is recruiting a Community Health Officer. The CHO will be responsible for supervising the ICCM supervisors and supporting CHWs in providing health education, working with the community in arranging place/site for iCCM. In addition, CHO will be responsible for supporting the iCCM program in the provision of treatment of key illnesses for children under five. He/she will support the iCCM CHWs on the timely treatment of children for diseases such as pneumonia and diarrhoea, as two of the highest contributors to morbidity in most areas in Somalia. The CHO will be responsible for sensitizing the communities and supporting them to identify main health problems and helping them how to address those health problems. Also identify treatment interventions and actions that should take for treating a child under 5 years from diarrhoea, pneumonia and malnutrition, referral of children with danger signs, pre-referral treatment of those children, and provide treatment at home.

For the candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trócaire offers a competitive package of salary and benefits.

Reporting to Community Health Programme Coordinator. This is a fixed term for one year and is based in Gedo region of Somalia.

Safeguarding[1] Children Policy:

The successful applicant will be expected to sign up to and adhere to Trócaire’s Safeguarding Policy.

Key Duties & Responsibilities


  • Identify and report immediately to the Community Health/iCCM Project Coordinator any problem that may interfere in achieving program objectives.
  • Compiling reports from iCCM supervisors and giving feedback and ensuring that reports are of good quality through regular verification of the data and meet the indicator expectations.
  • Data collection, insertion, data processing analysis and develop a report.
  • Detail the achievements and share the lessons via conducting a regular monthly meeting with the team, CHWs, and community committee members to discuss all related issues.
  • Develop a monthly plan and discuss with the team the required activities that need to be implemented.
  • Conduct a regular supervision visit to supervise and evaluate the field activities and provide regular feedback to community health volunteers in a constructive way and accurately address the training gaps during encouraging supervision visits.
  • Ensure that the CHWs have adequate stocks and provide the medicines according to the previous month’s consumption.
  • Preparation PR and follow-up with finance section and logistics and ensure the availability of the required logistic (medicine and CHWs supplies and IEC materials).
  • Assist in the training needs, coordinate training sessions and community meetings.
  • Assess, classify and handle the sick child aged two months up to five years for danger signs, symptoms and conditions regarding Diarrhoea, pneumonia and severe acute malnutrition, and all other complicated cases are referred on time.
  • Conduct weekly supervisor meetings with CHCs.
  • Perform other tasks as may be assigned by Supervisor.
  • S/He will ensure integration of protection and gender throughout project implementation. This includes the introduction of mechanisms to enable women to participate in decision making around public health issues.
  • Identify new and emerging needs and support response to new emergencies as required.
  • Engage and motivate community members and influential people in the community through ongoing dialogues and discussions to take action that will decrease GBV incidents that occur in the community.
  • Overall responsible for rigorous application of project cycle management standards to achieve program quality in design, implementation, and monitoring; for example, strengthening data collection, in-depth reporting and analyses, monitoring accountability initiatives, and documenting the impact of programme work in Gedo.
  • S/He will carry out any other relevant tasks assigned by line manager within the scope of program implementation plan.

Logistics & Procurement:

  • S/He will work with Procurement and Warehousing team to prepare and execute a procurement plan to ensure favourable lead time for the procurement team.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • S/He will work with the Trocaire management team in the field in monitoring and reporting progress and adopts agreed changes in project design to conform to varying contexts.
  • S/He will develop a monthly activity schedule based on the project work plan to facilitate timely implementation.
  • S/He will in collaboration with the MEAL team, set up programme impact/process monitoring systems and collect relevant secondary data relating to disease patterns, facilities and Trocaire programmes.
  • S/He will contribute to the preparation of monitoring and assessment tools in collaboration with the MEAL team.
  • S/He will prepare and timely submit weekly/monthly reports to the Humanitarian Coordinator.


  • Where necessary, S/He will strengthen relationships between Trocaire, UN agencies and beneficiaries, (community leaders and government agencies) working closely with all project stakeholders.

Person Specification – Essential Requirements

(E) Qualification

  • University degree or higher qualification in Community Health or have nursing/medical background with experience in public health programmes

(E) Experience

  • Minimum two-year professional experience in implementing and supervising community health mobilization projects and coordinated Child Care Program.
  • Proven track record in crafting community mobilization, sensitization and awareness-raising activities.
  • Training and capacity building skills.
  • Knowledge and experience of undertaking assessments and analysing the results.
  • Fluency in written, spoken English and Somali languages is mandatory.
  • Knowledge of different working standards and ethics including SPHERE.
  • Demonstrable experience in managing teams, supervising and training others.
  • Ability to prioritize and commit to meet deadlines.

(E) Skills

  • Leadership and good interpersonal skills including the ability to listen; negotiation skills at different levels; flexible and adaptable to work under unstable environments and under pressure with limited support.
  • Capacity Building skills
  • Good computer skills (Microsoft Office).
  • Strong problem-solving skills and analytical skills.

(E) Qualities

  • Ability to work with minimum supervision.
  • Proven strategic and innovative thinker, recognising and ensuring individual strengths of the team are fully involved in planning, implementation and analysis processes.
  • Ability to present concise reports, reflecting the problems and possible solutions.
  • Flexible and willing to work additional hours to ensure that the required results are delivered.
  • High level of reliability, objectivity and honesty.
  • Willingness to work in Somalia environment in unsocial hours and harsh conditions.

[1] All offers of employment with Trócaire may be subject to Police clearance.

All new hires are required to complete a Self-Declaration Form and sign up to our Code of Behaviour contained in our Safeguarding Children Policy. For additional information please consult the Human Resources Department in our Head Office.

  • Experience in an IDP/Refugee setting
  • Willingness to live and travel in Gedo

Experience in CHAST and CHS will be and added advantage

How to apply

For the Candidate with the required experience and passion for the role, Trocaire Offers a competitive package of salary and benefits

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25th April 2023

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