For more than 30 years, Médecins Du Monde (MDM), a campaigning medical organization committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organization do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations. MdM currently works in 44 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction associated with drug use, emergencies, and crisis.
Médecins du Monde is operating in Ethiopia since 1986 in different types of health projects from long-term interventions to emergency response.
MdM France has concentrated its efforts on projects related to basic access to primary health care (projects centered on rural health facilities and isolated populations), reduction of maternal mortality through improved quality of obstetric care, promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights including protection against gender-based violence, provision of Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and reduction of malnutrition.
After a period of uncertainty, the mission has recently significantly grown. Although the Covid-19 pandemic was a challenge for the teams and the programming, in 2020 and 2021 it has expanded with its current programming in Semera (Afar) and Chinaksen (Oromia) where MdM France leads a consortium with COOPI and MdM Germany, and solid prospects for intervention in connection with the conflict in some parts of the country. The mission has also reshaped after the handover of its project in Somali region to MdM Germany in May 2021. Towards the end of 2022, security situation in Tigray region improved following peace agreement and in 2023, MdM plans to intervene in Tigray, to provide integrated primary healthcare services.
Duty Station: The Outreach Worker will be based in Afar Semera, Ethiopia
Employment Term: 4 months with possibility of extension,
Basic Salary: 23,040.00 ETB
Reported To: The Outreach Worker will be under the direct supervision of program manager.
The outreach worker will be based in Semera with frequent travel to project sites (Asayita, Dubti, Dichoto, Logia and Mille). The outreach worker will work in close collaboration with the DIC officer, outreach worker, MHPSS officer and Peer educators to address the needs of the target group.
The position will be under the direct supervision of program managé.
She/He will work with other project staff and local partners to advocate for Female sex workers access to health and legal services and other practical needs. The outreach worker will work to address the health needs and rights of the FSWs community through referral by using the existing public facilities, the project’s drop in centre and regular visites to hot spots.
This job description may be subject to permanent modifications following the evolution of the activities. These modifications will be defined and discussed between the employee and MdM.
The Main Duties And Responsibilities Of The Outreach Worker Are:
- Planning, implementation, and review of appropriate outreach activities to meet the needs of FSWs.
- Ensure regular distribution of condoms and health kits to FSWs
- Facilitate referrals and support of target groups to address health, social and legal needs of the community.
- Contribute to the analysis and identification of the needs of beneficiaries and will accompany them providing accurate information and supporting them in their administrative demands.
- Participate in regular mapping and risk assessments in collaboration with the project team among the target group
- Follow up of GBV cases and provide support in line with FSWs’ needs in a holistic approach
- Support the mapping and linkage with organizations working on similar projects in the project area
- Participate in mobilization of FSWs community support and participation for project activities
- Participate in identification of potential peer educators
- Monitoring, supportive supervision and coaching of PEs through field support and weekly meetings
- Jointly plan peer education sessions with peer educators.
- Regularly monitor and supervise peer sessions.
- Facilitate and organize different onsite trainings and workshops for peer educators, FSWs, bar owners, local authorities and other stake holders.
- Identify appropriate community resources to develop ways to meet identified needs and maintain good working relationship with partners and stakeholders.
- Analyze the needs of the target group and participate in improving/modifying project activities to adapt to the needs of the target group.
- Participate and support self-help groups in collaboration with MHPSS officer and peer educators.
- Maintain timely and formal record of outreach activities using formal reporting tools.
- Support in monitoring and follow up of different activities and service provision.
- Strengthen and support community-based approach of harm reduction service delivery.
- Collect, compile, and share weekly, monthly report (into the proper reporting form) to the program manager.
- Coordinate with local authorities upon delegation or on request.
- Perform any other tasks required or needed for the smooth running of the projects.
- Bachelor’s Degree / diploma in social work, psychology, sociology public health or other related degree preferred.
- At least two years Proven work experience in outreach work such as FSWs in INGO
- Experience in working with international humanitarian organizations is a plus.
- Essential: Proven experience working on key population such as FSWs
- Experience in implimenatasion of Sex workers projects
- Experience in organizing and facilitating workshops and trainings
- Skills in monitoring, reporting and follow up of cases.
- Regional experience in Afar is an asset.
- Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and other NGOs
- Good communication and interpersonal skills
- Strong organizational and team working skills
- Good cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Excellent command of English, both written and spoken, working knowledge of local language is an asset
- Ability to work under pressure and with limited supervision.
- Being available within short period will be considered.
- Female’s candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
- Fluent in both Amharic and Afar language (speaking, writing, reading and listening) is mandatory.
How to Apply
Interested applicants are required to fill out the application form through the following link
https://forms.gle/mxn8mxLQBbiuy5o88 (Note: All the information provided in the form is true and accurate) and submit your CV with Cover letter through firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject Outreach worker – Afar Semera
NB: *Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted.
*Female applicants are highly encouraged to apply
* We will only accept applicants who agree on the salary and length contract mentioned above.
Early application is advantageous we will start the longlisting before the end date of the vacancy
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Deadline: Sep 14, 2023