Community Health Worker Officer - Misrata
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. The IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
The IRC is working in Libya since August 2016, targeting the most vulnerable non-displaced, IDPs, refugees and migrants in hard-to-reach areas. According to assessments, healthcare is considered the priority need in Libya, most urgently in terms of quality health staff, medicines and supplies. There are significant gaps in the response, according to Libya’s Ministry of Health (MoH), the Libyan Red Crescent, UN agencies, and international NGOs. IRC’s team in Libya has the specific goal of reaching those in the hardest hit areas to beneficiaries of all ages and gender, both Libyans and third-country nationals. The health activities will be focused on supporting essential primary health care. The reproductive health activities will specifically target women and girls.
The Community Health Workers (CHW’s) officer is a new position and will report directly to the senior medical team leader. S/he will be responsible for coaching and development of CHWs, and CoVs. CHW Officer is responsible on developing CHW materials in addition to conducting baseline assessment as well as any related assessments and surveys.
He/She will ensure strong and sustained coordination with integrated protection programming in different IRC’s projects in Misrata.
Moreover, the CHW Officer will play an important role in in all relevant staff training/teaching orientation programs.
Under the supervision of the senior medical team leader. The CHW officer is responsible on:
· Help in the recruitment, appointment and ongoing employment of all CHWs in different IRC’s Misrata projects.
· Conduct baseline assessments and any other related assessments and surveys.
· Build, design and prepare CHWs materials tailored to the Libyan context, in coordination with relevant local health authorities.
· Ensure a harmonized approach among different health awareness activities in the different IRC’s health programs
· Maintain database of CHWs activities, areas of coverage, contact information, assessments, training topics, pre/post surveys results, and reports.
· Ensure, in collaboration with MTLs and HIMS officer\assistant that relevant topics are integrated within the health promotion strategy based on regular analysis of medical data.
· Review, and analyses CHW’s data, discuss findings with the medical team during activities review meetings and report the outcomes to the senior medical team leader. On weekly basis.
· Ensure beneficiaries information and data confidentiality.
· Coordinate with MTLs to audit, monitor and evaluate CHWs performance.
· Identify performance related issues and report it to medical team leaders to improve operational efficiencies.
· Assist in coordination of all related community health workers activities, including with external actors when relevant.
· Organize CHW’s activities schedule and follow up their progress.
· As requested, support the Senior Health Manager, in the development of all project documents including; staffing plan, program Organostructure, supervision checklists, program work plans, program spending plans and procurement plans
· Support the establishment and monitoring of effective referral pathways for health and protection services from community to facility levels.
· Support with follow up on referrals to secondary levels as requested.
· Work closely and in line with MTLs and protection officers to ensure better, more effective and integrated services for beneficiaries.
· Responsible for coaching and development of CHWs, and CoVs.
· Ensure materials’, activities’ and CHWs behavior compliance with applicable state laws and IRC policies.
· To be involved in any staff training/teaching orientation programs as required, and to take an active interest in other organizational activities.
· To ensure that the IRC’s image is projected in the appropriate way.
· Facilitate CHWs meetings and provide training to CHWs to develop or educate on various technical skills.
· Be knowledgeable about community resources appropriate to needs of beneficiaries.
· To undertake any specific duties as delegated by Health manager.
The CHW Officer will be the direct supervisor of the CHWs but s/he will work closely with the MTLs. S/he will train CHWs and other health staff if needed.
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: senior medical team leader.
Working Environment: This position will be based in the IRC field office in Misrata, Libya with frequent visits to the field (DCs, CDC and supported health facilities).