International Rescue Committee Community Health Program Officer Job in Kakuma, Kenya

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Vacancy: Community Health Program officer (CHP) – Kakuma

Sector: Health

Location: Kenya

Employee Type: Regular

Employee Category: Full Time

Job Purpose / Objective: The CHP officer reports directly to the CHP Manager, he/she will be expected to work within the integrated community health program and collaborate with the other program sectors to implement the program activities.

Key Responsibilities

  • Liaise with appropriate sectors to ensure outbreak prevention, control and response measures targeting communicable diseases are in place at all times in Kakuma camp.
  • Raise awareness and improve knowledge, among refugees, agency staff and host communities working with or engaging with refugees to prevent occurrence and spread of infectious diseases in Kakuma refugee camp.
  • Train health staff and community health promoters on Standard case definitions and ensure that community surveillance systems are linked with the health facilities.
  • Liaise with appropriate staff to ensure availability of appropriate supplies for control and prevention of communicable illnesses.
  • Liaise with clinical services staffand ensure Standard Case Definitions are available in all consultation rooms
  • Conduct active surveillance of communicable diseases. Investigate outbreaks establishing etiologies, mechanisms for diagnostic testing and the effectiveness of response measures. Ensure contact tracing is done and all suspected outbreaks are reported within 24hours.
  • Ensure the community chalk board, ANC/PNC/EPI database and households’ visits are updated.
  • Ensure proper surveillance investigations, reporting, specimen collection and transport of samples of communicable disease outbreaks.
  • Maintain appropriate knowledge and skills amongst health staff to control and prevent outbreaks.
  • In the event of an outbreak liaise with the health facilities and prepare daily line list and send to the CHM.
  • In liaison with the CHM, periodically review disaster preparedness plans on diseases prone to out breaks at the Kakuma Refugee Camp.
  • Ensure adequate coverage of childhood immunizations through supervision of community health promoters, ensure adequate supplies and community health promoters kits at all times.
  • Ensure community dialogue and health action days are conducted on monthly basis.
  • Conduct periodic supervision sessions in vaccinating facilities and document the findings.
  • Ensure medical screening and immunization of children under five years is done at reception center and for new arrivals in the community.
  • Prepare weekly epidemic monitoring report and submit to PHO
  • Prepare monthly CBHIS report and submit to CHM
  • In liaison with CHM ensure vitamin A & deworming supplementation for children under five years is done twice yearly.
  • In liaison with CHM coordinate camp wide immunization campaigns in response to outbreaks
  • Carry out any other duties assigned as delegated by the program manager

Key Result Areas

Specific responsibility area Kakuma 2.

  • Coordinate and supervise the activities of all the Community Health Promoters (CHPs) and their supervisors to ensure that each is assigned to specific households and persons.
  • Attend facility meetings weekly and give guidance to the CHPs on issues raised.
  • Contribute to the maintenance of a high quality and motivated team of polyvalent Community Health Promoters (CHPs) by participating in formal and on-job training sessions, performance appraisal and feedback and ensuring that staff discipline and adherence to organizational policies is in place at all times.
  • Perform mentorship sessions to the CHPs allocated to you and compile a report on the same biweekly.
  • Work with community health committees to ensure that the community members actively participate in preventive and health promotion activities at the community level and support Community Health Promoters in their day to day activities.
  • Participate in camp wide surveys and medical campaigns.
  • Liaise with the other sectors to ensure community based indicators are met.

Capacity Building

  • Organizing training of staff (both refugee and national) on integrated disease surveillance and response.
  • Liaise with the CHP team to develop a curriculum and an IRC training manual for CHPs.
  • Ensure a class of CHPs is trained and qualifies yearly
  • Liaise with CHP team to perform supervision monitoring of all CHPs twice annually.

How to Apply

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Deadline for receiving applications is 19th May, 2017.

Kenyan nationals are encouraged to apply.

International allowances are not available for this position.

Salary and employee benefits are compliant to the Kenyan NGO Sector.

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Updated: May 7, 2017 — 6:34 am
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