Community Nutrition & WASH Advisor

  • Senior-level, Field assignment
  • Posted on 23 August 2019
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Job Description

IMA World Health is seeking and Community Nutrition and Wash Advisor for an anticipated 5-year USAID-funded integrated health project in Mali. The project will support the Ministry of Health in scaling up high impact maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition services in an effort to improve health and nutrition outcomes for women of reproductive age and children under 5. The Senior Advisor will report directly to the COP and will assist with the design and implementation of program activities related to engaging communities with a focus on implementing community health promotion to adopt health behavior practices and the use of essential health services in Mali. S/he will train and support field staff in community mobilization. S/he will work in close collaboration with his/her counterparts at the partner NGOs and Ministry of Health (MOH) district, municipality and village levels.

This position will be based in Bamako with frequent (up to 50%) travel to the field.

This position is contingent upon donor approval and funding.

What You’ll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

  • Lead the overall Community Nutrition/WASH Engagement strategy.
  • Provide TA to partner NGOs to assist their staff in the three targeted regions.
  • Guide and help select community action groups and other existing community structures to lead community and household level nutrition, WASH, and livelihoods activity implementation.
  • Conduct joint supervisory visits of activities in collaboration with partner NGOs and district staff.
  • Liaise with local government representatives to organize training/workshops relevant to the program.
  • Perform any other tasks assigned by the supervisor as and when needed.
  • Support ongoing communications with program stakeholders, USAID and other partners regarding knowledge sharing and community mobilization activities.
  • Continuously identify needs and analyze results to develop new learning programs or modify and improve the effectiveness of existing program needs.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7-10 years of relevant experience working on community engagement and mobilization, training and project management, with previous experience working in developing countries.
  • Minimum Bachelor’s degree required. Post-graduate education (master’s or higher) preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with host government and partners in managing a complex project in the field under challenging circumstances.
  • Proven capacity and experience providing community engagement TA for effective community mobilization.
  • Extensive experience supporting Maternal and Newborn Health with a focus on nutrition and WASH.
  • Significant experience facilitating participatory training workshops, including training of trainers in community mobilization/community empowerment.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with communities and community-based organizations to facilitate collective action for health and social change.
  • Excellent skills in mentoring and supporting NGO and public sector partners at the field level.
  • Excellent supervision and team-building skills.
  • Good coordination skills to develop partnership with local elected government, health officials, NGO officials and other formal and informal community leaders.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in French and English, and the ability to work effectively with members of a team. Proficient in computer skills of word processing in MS Word, spreadsheet in Excel, Power Point, etc.
  • Significant knowledge of community based/non-governmental sector in Mali, specifically organizations working with health systems, public and private sectors and community development and governance.
  • Experience with community governance, social accountability programming, or community financial management preferred.
  • Experience working on similar USAID or other donor-funded programs; familiarity with USAID regulations and policies preferred.
  • Familiarity with the political, social, and cultural context and experience working within Mali preferred.
  • Ability to travel up to 50% of the time.

Qualified local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

IMA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by US or International law.

About the Organization

IMA World Health is a non-profit, faith-based organization that that offers extensive expertise implementing programs to address integrated health systems strengthening, maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases, malaria, HIV, non-communicable diseases, and sexual and gender based violence programs in some of the most challenging and post-conflict settings throughout Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. IMA maintains a diverse and complex funding portfolio made up of both grants and contracts that support program services across those countries and totals approximately $100 million annually.

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