Vacancy Announcement (Various Post)

In Vacancy by Pravin Poudel

Helen Keller International is an International non-profit organization (INGO) working in health and nutrition in Nepal since 1989 to improve the nutritional status of women and young children through evidence-based research and programs. Helen Keller International, CARE, FHI 360, Nepali Technical Assistance Group (NTAG), Digital Broadcast Initiative Equal Access (DBIEA), Environment and Public Health Organization (ENPHO), Vijaya Development Resource Center (VDRC) together are implementing USAID funded Suaahara II Program in 42 districts. Suaahara II program is also supporting the government of Nepal in preventing the spread of the COVID-19 in the communities; rolling-out vaccination against the disease; case investigation and contact tracing; and infections management and preventions. Applications are invited from interested, committed, dynamic team players and experienced Nepali nationals for the following positions:

1. Resource Persons (no.9)(3 months)
Health Office of Nuwakot, Lamjung, Nawalparasi East, Palpa, Arghakhachi, Achham, Baitadi, Kanchanpur and Doti districts – 1 no each

Summary of Job Purpose:  This position will be responsible to support the case  investigation and contact tracing (CICT) and risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) interventions of the districts; support the relevant government agencies in delivering the vaccines to the designated vaccination centers/health facilities, record-keeping, carry out CICT training, consultative and refresher meeting at district and municipal level; undertake gap analysis of targeted populations and the number of people inoculated; coordinate/support the relevant government other agencies for the timely preparation and distribution/dissemination of SBC materials/ messages; to identify the rumors and myths related to the vaccine and work with relevant stakeholders or  address such myths; support Suaahara II in the implementation of RCCE to support the vaccination campaign and CICT; technical backstopping to Community Engagement Facilitators for overall CICT implementation and its reporting and recording; and prepare progress reports on weekly basis and submit to the concerned officials.

Educational qualifications and experiences: Bachelors’ degree in Public Health, Health Care, or other relevant discipline; at least 3 years of work experience in CICT during COVID-19 context or other epidemics; proactive and capable to work with minimum supervision; knowledge on supply chain management; good facilitation skills on training delivery and event facilitation; good coordination skills among government and non-government agencies; strong skill in data management, reporting and recording; preference will be given to the candidate from the same district and experience in vaccination, community mobilization in pandemics; and working experience in government counterpart is an asset

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2. Medical Lab Technologist(no.1)(3 months)
Acham district

Summary of Job Purpose:  This position will be responsible performing, recording and recording COVID-19 testing at the laboratory; perform the laboratory work to test and investigate the cases and control of lab test through Antigen and Polymerase chain reaction (PCR); support to carryout test campaign carried out the local level; analyze the case of positive cases of CoVID 19 and communicate to CICT team; facilitate to local government and CICT team for contact tracking; support to mobilize community for case investigation; support the relevant government agencies in delivering the vaccines to the designated vaccination centers/health facilities, record-keeping, and reporting of the progress; consultative and refresher meeting at municipal level; and prepare progress reports on weekly basis and submit to the concerned officials.

Educational qualifications and experiences: Bachelor’s in medical Lab Technology (BMLT) with experience in the laboratory field for at least 1 year. Preference will be given to person from the same or adjoining districts.

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3. Provincial Focal Person (Medical Doctor)(no.1)(3 months)
Bagmati Province, Hetauda

Summary of Job Purpose:  This position will be responsible to liaise with the Ministry of Social Development  in their efforts to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 and align the Suaahara priorities and activities in line with the provincial directives and decisions; provide technical inputs to the provincial health directorate, in standardizing protocols and procedures for COVID-19 testing and treatment, and monitoring visit to districts and local levels; coordinate with the Ministry of Social Development and Health Directorates, UN agencies (UNICEF, WHO) and relevant stakeholders to synchronize activities, standardize messages and materials and avoid duplication of resources; conduct Training of Trainers (TOT) to build the capacity of the resource persons – COVID 19 and Suaahara II staff based on developed orientation package; provide technical support to Resource Persons, Community Engagement Facilitators, Lab Assistant/Officer/Microbiologist for CICT matters; supervision and monitoring districts, municipalities and community level activities in the districts within the province; provide counseling to the Suaahara II frontline staffs as and when required; carry out CCT training at district province and district level; and prepare progress reports on weekly basis and submit to the Lead Consultant and Sr. Manager for Integrated Nutrition.

Educational qualifications and experiences: Bachelors’ degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) or other relevant medical degree with an experience of working in the clinical field for at least 2 years. Preference will be given to those having experience of working with the federal or provincial government health delivery system. Priority will be given to the person with prior experience in CoVID-19 response and any other epidemics.

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4. Risk Communication Coordinator no.1 (6 months)
Based at National Health, Education, Information and Communication Center (NHEICC)

Summary of Job Purpose:  This position will be responsible to support the NHEICC in coordination with the development partners and GoN agencies for designing and implementing the Risk Communication and Community Engagement Activities to prevent the transmission of the COVID-19 in the community; liaise between the Suaahara II Program and the NHEICC for bringing synergy in their RCCE activities; review the evolving scenario and proactively recommend the appropriate RCCE activities to be designed and implemented by the NHEICC and the Suaahara II Program; support NHEICC in designing the appropriate messages, tools and platforms to disseminate the key messages; when required, triangulating the messages from multiple sources and stakeholders; support NHEICC in developing the compelling content to generate desired responses and behavior change from the audiences; and contribute to any other COVID-19 RCCE activities as and when required.

Educational qualifications and experiences: Master’s degree in development communication, mass communication, journalism, media studies, development studies or a related field; a degree in public health will be an advantage; At least 3 years of experience in the field of social and behavior change communication; experience in the areas of public health and emergency communication will be an advantage; prior experience or willingness to work with the Government of Nepal structure is preferrable; sound understanding of, and commitment towards good development practice including participatory approaches, building of ownership and ability to consistently work as a team member; fluent in English and Nepali with good writing and communication skills; strong confidence in using modern ICT tools and applications.

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To apply:

To apply, submit a cover letter, updated CV and relevant references to nepal.recruitment@hki.org  with clearly mentioning the position and duty station you are applying for in the subject line by COB June 16, 2021

  • Preference will be given to local candidates.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply who can join the duty immediately.
  • This position is a short-term with a possibility of extension depending upon performance and availability of funds.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the interview process. Helen Keller International reserves the right to close the application before the deadline if enough applications have been received and to extend the deadline if needed.

Helen Keller International promotes workforce diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.