Under the supervision of the Health Project Officer, the Health Assistant will support the implementation of the project aimed at contributing to polio eradication by enhancing surveillance for Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) among the communities residing close to the South Sudan/Uganda border and in the refugee settlements in Lamwo district. S/HE will directly implement the community AFP surveillance program in the district and will work in close collaboration with the District Health team (DHT) and other stakeholders. S/HE will provide on-the-job coaching and mentoring of health facility staff especially in strengthening AFP case surveillance, detection, and reporting. The Health Assistant will contribute to assessing staff capacity needs in regard to AFP surveillance and reporting at health Centre level, and coordinate all planned project trainings; and ensure that review meetings are held on time. Will also support health workers in compiling reports to the DHT. S/HE will contribute to the provision of strategic and technical oversight of the project and to ensure the successful implementation of a quality project. the Health Unit and community.
He/she will be expected to work within the heath facility, health posts and community in the IRC
Duties and Responsibilities
- Support client follow-up for defaulting of childhood immunizations
- Supervision and mentorships of VHTs within the catchment area
- Keep key informants engaged and motivated
- Support district to effectively conduct Community awareness creation on and vigilance for AFP and health promotion activities both at health facility level and community
- Coordinate and conduct VHT weekly or monthly meetings and other activities with district health team, and other stakeholders to avoid duplication of services
- Collect and compile monthly reports from supported HFs and any activity reports or updates.
- Collaborate with other LG Health staff in conducting active case search for AFP at the health facilities and in the community.
- Participate in and or support the process of AFP case detection, investigation, and reporting. Maintain regular contact with the district health team on all matters pertaining to the project
- Provide regular feedback to the Health Project Officer on project implementation
- Represent IRC at relevant related health partnership and coordination meetings
- Assist in preparation of donor reports.
- Participate in the development of project work plans and reviewing them on a monthly basis with the DHT and Health Project Officer.
- Implement Community Based Environmental Health Activities
- Enforce Environmental Health Act, Regulations and By-laws
- Carry out other relevant duties as may be required or assigned by your supervisor