Health Technical Officer at Plan International
Posted : 29 November, 2021
Location : Garoua, Nord Cameroun
Category : Health & Wellness
Job type : Full Time
Location: Garoua, Cameroon
Company: Plan International
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Health Technical Officer
P4G Program Manager
Frequent field visits to support implementation, improve coordination and reporting
The role purpose of the Health Technical Officer is to support the in and out facility Adolescent friendly SRH&H service delivery, the provision of data needed for resource mobilization, assessment of effectiveness and efficiency of Adolescent friendly SRH&H services, strengthen involvement of beneficiaries and community and promote integration of gender (mainstream gender and address its concerns in all ASRH&R activities), education, governance, livelihood components for the delivery of P4G activities as one.
This role is important to shift from a clinical approach to an effective community-based health promotion and preventive care with the involvement of beneficiaries and communities for more efficiency, effectiveness and accountability.
Responding to the need to develop an integrated package of interventions for adolescent girls, this project aims to bring adolescent girls and boys together with government and non-government stakeholders (including the elected representatives and local government functionaries, development partners, NGOs, CBOs, Community leaders and Private Sector partners) to collectively deliver girl-led planning, implementation and monitoring of a ‘Plan for Girls’ in two communes in Cameroon and four communes in Benin.
Dimensions of the Role
The incumbent serves as technical reference person for Health issues for the project and Plan field office and reports to the Project Manager. There is no direct report related to this role but rather strong collaborations with other health positions like GF field Supervisor, Nutrition and Community Health Workers. The Health Officer represents Plan in all relevant meetings and fora and works closely with Regional Delegation of Public Health.
- Program strategy and design
- Provide leadership and expertise in the baseline and subsequent assessments of status of ASRH&R activities under the P4G project with the involvement of young people, girls and young women themselves
- Identify emerging needs and develop/update the ASRH&R section of the P4G proposal
- Design and implement clear work/activity plans for integrating SRHR for adolescent within the project
- Promote education of parents and the community on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of adolescents;
- Support the delivery of ASRH information and AACSE programs for out-of-school and in-school adolescents
- Facilitate innovative approaches including utilization of digital platforms to enhance access to ASRH&R information
- Resource mobilization: P4G Financing and Sustainability
- support the generation and use of evidence to justify resource allocation to ASRH&R;
- Seek increased funds for the provision of ASRH&R information and services;
- support coordination and harmonized donor funding for ASRH&R;
- Support establishment of mechanisms for mobilizing additional funding
- support improved efficiency and accountability in resource allocation and utilization
- Leadership and governance in provision ASRH&R services
- Support capacity building of staffs and stakeholders at all levels in strategic leadership, health systems and service management for adolescents;
- Support the strengthening of Reproductive Health Training and Supervision (RHT&S) system at all levels for effective provision of ASRH&R services;
- Ensure that annual work plans at all levels of service provision prioritize adolescent SRH services;
- Continuously monitor provision of ASRH&R services at all levels;
- Support the establishment and strengthening of partnerships for ASRH&R service provision at all levels.
- Support the capacity building of health providers for adolescent-friendly SRH&R services through in service, on job training, mentorship and continuous medical education;
- Support the integration of ASRH training into pre-service curriculum in all medical training institutions;
- Strengthen quality assurance mechanisms through continuous support for supervision and mentorship at all levels to provide adolescent friendly SRH&R services.
- Health Products and Technologies for ASRH&R services
- Support equitable access to essential medical products, vaccines and technology in health facilities at all levels;
- Support linkage with other policies on the procurement system and commodity supply chain;
- Support linkage with institutions offering quality assurance of all medical ASRH&R commodities used by adolescents.
- Health Management Information System (HMIS)
- Support the revision and standardization of data collection tools to capture disaggregated data for adolescents at all levels;
- Support the strengthening of HMIS for adolescents and the establishment of the linkages with the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System;
- Support routine data collection, analysis and utilization of high quality data on adolescents for decision making at all levels;
- Support the utilization of modern technology to improve management of ASRH&R information at all levels.
- Involving girls, young people and young women
- Support and build the capacity of adolescents and youth organizations to document and analyze the needs and the service gaps for youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health, and to disseminate their findings
- Build a network of local champion of change distributed across the impacted areas of the P4G and support their community activities
- Promote adolescent participation in key decision making around policy, advocacy, budgeting, planning, research and implementation processes.
- Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.
- Project staff – high
- Garoua Office staffs – high
- Plan staff in other offices – Medium
- LNGO - High
- Partners – High
- Regional Delegation for Public Health – High
- Adolescents - Medium
Technical expertise, skills and knowledge
- Be a holder of at least a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Preferably in sexual and reproductive health.
- At least 03 years’ experience in the Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive & rights(ASRH&R) domain
- Demonstrate technical expertise in the implementation of (ASRH&R) activities.
- Timely and effective delivery of project activities and other outputs (reports, etc.)
- Commitment to safeguarding, gender equality and participation
- Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local and international staff and also able to work with disaster affected communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
- Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions.
- Well-developed written and oral communication skills.
- Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan's core values and humanitarian principles.
- Experience in the North of Cameroon is an asset.
- French and English and Fulfulde language skills desirable.
Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable
- Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
- Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
- Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
- Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
- Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact
- Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
- Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
- Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
- Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together
- Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
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