Management Sciences for Health

Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Specialist

Grade
Consultant
Job ID
13-9779
D.R. Congo-Kananga
# of Positions
1
Group/Office
HPG
Dept/Unit
GEN (General)
Project/Program
A000 - None Specified
Reports To
Project Director

Overview

MSH is seeking an Internally Displaced People (IDP) Specialist for a short-term humanitarian response project in DRC.

 

Conflict in the Kasaï region of central DRC, sparked by a violent local militia uprising that began in August 2016, has caused significant population displacement and substantial disruption to the health system’s ability to deliver essential health services. In Kasaï Central province, host to 77% of the region’s 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), health service readiness was well below the national average even before the present crisis erupted. Ongoing efforts by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and Population Services International (PSI) to strengthen the provincial and health zone-level health system to reliably and equitably deliver essential services, under the current USAID-funded IHPplus and PMI Expansion projects, have been disrupted. In the proposed program, MSH and PSI will support the health system in Kasaï Central in coordinating with humanitarian actors to meet the urgent health needs of IDPs and others directly affected by conflict, while leveraging the ongoing capacity development and service delivery support that they continue to provide through currently programmed activities. We will strengthen outreach to IDPs where they have found refuge, building on established, proven approaches to identify cases, deliver community-based health services, rehabilitate health facilities as needed, develop and strengthen community-to-facility referral systems and networks, ensure that health data collection includes conflict-affected communities and IDP locations, and reach vulnerable populations with evidence-based, gender-sensitive, and context-appropriate social and behavior change communication messages. Working with the humanitarian logistics platform, we will address urgent needs for essential medicines and commodities both in IDP locations and at health facilities. Across all activities, program activities will strengthen the resilience of the DRC health system, build local skills and capabilities, and enable effective program transition.

 

The program will work in 187 health areas affected by the conflict in 25 health zones in Kasaï Central where the current USAID IHPplus and PMI Expansion projects are operating. MSH and PSI will prioritize support to the 187 health areas where the 928,166 IDPs were reported per MSH’s rapid situational analysis, in collaboration with the DPS management team. Within the 187 health areas, the program will prioritize support to 85 health facilities.

 

This consultancy will be from October 2017- February 2018. Local candidates are preferred.

Specific Responsibilities

Roles and Responsibilities:

The IDP Specialist will assist the project to develop tailored interventions to target displaced persons to increase their use of quality primary care services and will identify and track data to measure improvements over the life of the project. He/she will participate in the design and implementation program baseline assessment and  provide technical assistance to health zone management teams to plan and coordinate with humanitarian actors to respond to urgent needs of IDPs and returnees.

 

General Responsibilities of the IDP Specialist include:

  • Ensure that IDPs are adequately covered by strengthened PHCs in the target regions;
  • Coordinate closely with the MoH to monitor health needs of IDPs;
  • Develop outreach strategies to reach IDPs where they have found refuge, building on established, proven approaches, such as door-to-door active research of cases by CHWs, to identify cases, deliver community-based health services, and refer patients to health facilities.
  • Develop social behavior change communication (SBCC) and interpersonal communication (IPC) messaging to primarily target IDPs and other vulnerable people that is evidence-based, gender-sensitive, and context-appropriate
  • Support the MOH to identify urgent needs for essential medicines and commodities both in IDP locations and at health facilities.
  • Assist district teams to update catchment area estimates to reflect IDP service use;
  • Ensure that the health and social support needs of IDPs, especially women and children, are adequately accounted for within the program framework;
  • Strengthen the capacity of partners at the facility levels to integrate approaches to increase coverage for IDPs with the PHC setting.

Qualifications and Experience

Education

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Social, Political or Health Sciences

Experience

Required:

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience in public health, specifically in DRC MoH facilities
  • International experience in a similar setting required.
  • Experience working to increase health services provided to IDPs (maternal, newborn and child health, reproductive health, non-communicable diseases, psychosocial support, etc).
  • Related work experience in preparing analytical reports, field assessments and program evaluations regarding IDP and humanitarian protection issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in providing technical advice, guidance and consultation in the area of humanitarian protection and IDPs with MOH officials and community health workers

Knowledge and Skills

  • Deep understanding of health issues and academic work related to IDPs and Human Rights.
  • Proven skills in oral and written communication in the preparation and presenting of analyses, field assessments, data collection and program evaluations.
  • Fluency in French is required, proficiency in English.
  • Familiarity with relevant actors in the field of IDPs and Human Rights.

 

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Project Director

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