Field Health Referent (f/m/x), DRC At Doctors of the World – Belgium



WHO ARE WE

Médecins du Monde is an international medical development NGO that is part of an international network. We provide medical assistance to vulnerable groups, in Belgium and around the world.
We want universal health coverage where everyone has access to care, without barriers.

In Belgium and around the world, our projects are intended for all people who do not have or no longer have access to health care. In particular, they are structured around five areas: people on the margins of society, children in vulnerable situations, women, migrant or displaced people and victims of crises or conflicts.

To carry out our mission, we rely on three pillars:

  • Care : give people real access to care.
  • Change : more than helping, we want to change things in the long term.
  • Testify : we do not remain silent. Thanks to our experience and our presence on the ground, we challenge the authorities (local, regional and (inter)national) with facts, figures and realities.

Our projects follow a series of values ​​common to our entire organization: Social Justice, Empowerment, Independence, Commitment, Balance.

CONTEXT

In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), following the chronic conflict that has been raging there for several decades, access to care is seriously hampered, either by a lack of structures, the distances to be traveled to reach care, or the limited access due to the violence.

At the end of 2021, the number of internally displaced people in the DRC was estimated at nearly 5.6 million people, the majority of them in the three provinces of South Kivu, North Kivu and Ituri. Half are women, and women’s health is a major issue. In addition to the general lack of access to care, women and girls are also victims of the normalization of rape in society.

This is why Doctors of the World has been present on site for several years.

In South Kivu, we are involved in a Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights program in Bukavu and Uvira. In the territories of Kabare and Kalehe, we are implementing a “One Health” approach which aims to coordinate human, animal and environmental health actors.

In addition, MdM BE is carrying out a multi-sector intervention project for the benefit of vulnerable people affected by conflict in the health zones of Itombwe and Minembwe.

THE ESSENTIAL

The objectives of the position are:

  • Participate in the definition, planning and monitoring of health activities in accordance with the project work plan,
  • Coordinate the human and material resources necessary to guarantee the quality of the medical care provided in the structures supported by the project.

Under the supervision of the Consortium Coordinator, the Field Health Referent is responsible for monitoring the implementation of the project’s medical activities. He ensures the quality of the medical care offered to the target population and the other actions to be taken to improve the general state of health and the living conditions of the population, in accordance with the standards and values ​​of MdM BE, donor procedures as well as national MoH protocols. He (she) contributes to the identification of needs and the proposal of relevant health activities during the formulation / possible reframing of projects in his area of ​​intervention. He (she) participates in the monitoring and evaluation mechanism and ensures the timeliness and quality of the data of the medical component of the project.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Monitoring of the Health Context in its coverage area

  • With the Health Coordinator and the Consortium Coordinator: participates in the assessment and monitoring of the local health situation.
  • With the Health Coordinator and the Coordinator MEAL participates in field needs assessment missions for the definition of priorities (health component)

Representation and External Coordination

  • Ensures regular contact with the BCZS, other local stakeholders and partners in the field;
  • At the request of the Project Coordinator, ensures local representation for MDM-BE (press and other forums excluded), negotiations, coordination with local health institutions, authorities and partners, as well as with other national and international organizations present working in the health sector in the area of ​​intervention
  • Participates in the development, drafting and monitoring of memorandums of understanding with the BCZS
  • Accounts for the meetings at which He. She participates

Planning, coordination and supervision of project health activities

  • Participates in the planning of health component activities in accordance with the project’s objectives and work plan. This involves planning health activities according to project needs, coordinating activities with other project services in accordance with established procedures.
  • Actively participates in the preparation and support of project support, supervision, monitoring or evaluation missions (joint formative supervisions, mid-term and final evaluations)

Sanitary Technical Support and Supervision of Sanitary Personnel

  • Contributes to the definition of his team’s objectives and develops an individual action plan for each member of the team under his supervision;
  • Ensures good communication and collaboration between the other members of his team, the other departments of MdM, the teams of the structures supported, as well as the members of the beneficiary communities;
  • Leads/contributes to the performance of periodic evaluations of team members.
  • Contributes to the development of the skills of its employees.
  • Provides suggestions and participates in the validation of the various working tools for the health component implemented in the programs (supervision grids, training manuals, care protocols, surveillance tools, planning, monitoring, evaluation, etc.) .
  • Ensure the involvement of the BCZ/DPS health authorities in the process of identifying protocols, training, supervision of health facilities supported by the project in order to guarantee the accessibility and quality of the services offered.

Medication Management

  • Support the project pharmacist in the efficient management of the pharmacy in the field, and contribute to the monitoring of consumption and the preparation of drug orders in order to avoid stockouts
  • Ensures the monitoring of the rational prescription of drugs and strict compliance with the protocols for the management of childhood illnesses, other protocols and normative documents of the Ministry of Health in force.

Documentation, Reporting, Capitalization, Medical Advocacy

  • Ensures the collection of medical data, their analysis and their communication to the various sections of the health coordination, in order to guarantee the adequate follow-up of the project.
  • Participates in the drafting of internal and external reports (especially for donors), at the request of the coordination, feeds the proposal of project proposals with field data,
  • Participates in the documentation and capitalization of the medical activities and lessons learned of the project to which he is assigned

YOUR PROFILE (International Profile)

Education / Training and Experience

  • Medical or paramedical degree
  • A Master’s degree in Epidemiology, public health, tropical medicine, community health, or reproductive health (or equivalent)
  • Training (diploma or masters) in community health is an asset
  • At least 3 years of clinical experience
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in the implementation of humanitarian and/or development emergency projects
  • Experience in project management, SRH and nutrition are important assets
  • Experience in pharmacy management (an asset)

Skills and qualities required

  • Fluency in French, knowledge of Swahili and other languages ​​spoken in South Kivu is an asset
  • IT: Mastery of the MS Office package + EPI info software or other statistical analysis software is a plus
  • The ability to analyze and write, to propose innovative strategies or approaches, project management, are assets.
  • Autonomy, scientific rigor, good ability to write reports and minutes, diplomacy, sense of dialogue and negotiation, good stress management, ability to adapt to the way NGOs operate, ability to work in a team

WE OFFER (International Profile)

  • Fixed-term contract (CDD) 12 months (renewable subject to funding)
  • A dynamic and international working environment with close support from MdM-BE headquarters in Brussels;
  • A field mission at the heart of the activities of Médecins du Monde;
  • Mission location: Mboko (South Kivu)
  • Starting date: 01/07/2023
  • Salary conditions: CDD (5 years of experience) €3,103.15 Gross (10 years of experience) €3,261.44. Per diem 635 €.

How to apply

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Before 09/06/2023.

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