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Community Health Officer

Rakhine State (Myanmar)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Rakhine State (Myanmar)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Social Affairs
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date:

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Requisition ID: req7136

Job Title: Community Health Officer

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Rakhine State, Myanmar

Job Description

Your Mission:

The Community Health Officer reports to Senior Community Health Officer. This position is based in Rathaedaung Townships, Rakhine State with approximately 85% of time required for travel inside identified IDP camps and/ or remote villages from Sittwe/Rathedaung Townships.

Your Job Scope includes but not limited to:

Community mobilization and participation

  • Lead community mobilization, sensitization and facilitation on community participatory WASH promotion, such as IDP and village volunteers committees and volunteers
  • Supervise and train on relevant topics related with community health, WASH and diseases prevention to the community volunteers and committees’ members
  • Mobilization of community regarding support of linkages between the community and camp committees/ camp management committees to ensure that all the implementing activities are going smoothly
  • Organizing on formation, capacity building, facilitation and coaching to volunteers and IDP/ village camp committees for community health and WASH promotion

Strengthening of volunteers network

  • Work closely with State and Township Health Department training teams on identification of volunteers, preparation and organizing volunteer trainings (initial/ refresher)
  • Assist the Community Health Manager on preparation on needed volunteer kits (CHW kit/ TBA kit/ etc) together with program support team to ensure that all the necessary kits based on MOH standard are in place
  • Assist the Community Health Manager to ensure that volunteers have enough capacity to provide basic health care (including CCM), detection of under 5 malnutrition cases and referral, timely reporting on National Surveillance Diseases, early detection and timely referral cases with appropriate referral pathway, providing awareness raising and health education sessions related with community health problems, etc

Capacity building and coaching to volunteers

  • Provide capacity building to volunteers to ensure that volunteers have enough knowledge and skill to perform community health related activities
  • Provide regular on the job coaching and supervision to volunteers to ensure that volunteers have enough technical skill on providing community health related activities
  • Identify needs of volunteers based on the job coaching and supervision and setting up action plan to ensure that volunteers have required skills and knowledge related with their responsibilities.
  • Conduct quarterly supervision meetings with volunteers to assess progress and address challenges.
  • Report timely to Community Health Manager related with supervising volunteers’ status to make correct decision on community health based approaches to targeted area

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Monitoring of community health promotion activities:

oEnsure that the hire and training of new community health workers is documented using community health worker identification tool.

oTrain community health workers on the use of community health promotion reporting tools,

oEnsure community health workers have adequate supplies to complete these tools,

oEnsure reports are submitted on schedule and monitor for data quality.

oAttend regular meetings with Community Health Manager to address challenges, discuss solutions, and ensure that monitoring data is fed back into health promotion activities.

oAssist Community Health Manager in preparing regular narrative reports on health promotion activities as required.

  • Under the guidance of the Community Health Manager, run quarterly gathering of feedback through focus group discussions with beneficiaries at field locations.
  • In collaboration with Community Health Officers and community-based volunteers, participate in the operation of the project Complaints Mechanism:

oTrain community health workers on sensitizing communities to complaints mechanism and gathering feedback through complaints forms.

oEnsure that complaints forms are submitted on schedule and monitor data quality.

oRaise any urgent complaints directly with Community Health Manager.

oSupport Community Health Manager in entering complaints into complaints database.

  • Support the clinical team in carrying out quarterly primary health care monitoring visits to IRC clinics.
  • Under the direction of the Community Health Manager, supervise and train community health officers in tracking emergency referrals made outside of clinic hours using relevant reporting tools.
  • Work together with other mobile clinic team members to ensure that the various aspects of the community health related activities and response are integrated, and that they form part of a coherent emergency public health response
  • Participate with Community Health Manager and Emergency Health Coordinator in the design of possible strategies for supporting camp community on a longer term approach


  • Provide necessary required information on time to Community Health Manager for weekly/ monthly program narrative report, M&E report, intern and final donor reports, Township Health Department Reports and HQ Reports
  • Provide other necessary information requested by Community Health Manager


  • Coordinate with program support teams to implement project activities in time
  • In collaboration with other members of the health project team, participate in the design and implementation of formative assessments and baseline studies in order to identify health priorities and practices among the IDP and community
  • Respect rules and regulations of IRC
  • Remain flexible to perform other duties as required or requested



  • Bachelor of community health or degree of other health related fields


  • At least 2 year experience in health education or community health promotion


  • Ability to work well in a team
  • Ability to work in difficult situation with flexibility
  • Ability to travel and work long continuous days in remote IDP camps and villages
  • Good communication skill and experience in community facilitation
  • Skilled facilitator, educator and trainer
  • Basic knowledge and skill to use Microsoft package


  • Good in read, write and communicate in English language
  • Good in speaking and understanding local dialects

Myanmar nationals with relevant skills sets and proven experience of working at international level are strongly encouraged.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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