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CARE is a leading global humanitarian and development organization. In Pakistan, CARE started its operations in 2005 and since then has supported the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to reduce poverty and suffering of the people affected by disasters. CARE’s programs focus on helping Pakistan achieve its Sustainable Development Goals especially in the areas of Health, Education, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR). Since starting operations in Pakistan, CARE has responded with life-saving support to a series of large-scale disasters. Through emergency programs, CARE International in Pakistan (CIP) has provided relief, recovery and rehabilitation support to millions of Pakistanis affected by disastrous floods, earthquakes and displacement. CIP works through its local partners and a range of stakeholders for development, as well as emergency response related interventions, which makes collaboration a key component of its work, across the country. We are a nationally inclusive organization that strives to support the most vulnerable communities all over Pakistan, with particular attention to women and girls and youth.

I.  JOB SUMMARY:

CIP is recruiting for a Health Specialist for a year-long anticipated project aimed at strengthening government sector’s health system and providing immediate emergency response to curtail outbreak of COVID-19 across Pakistan in Punjab, Sindh, Baluchistan and KPK provinces. The project will address key barriers by providing necessary COVID-19 testing and medical assistance to at risk population in target areas, as well as addressing underlying vulnerabilities, by reaching out to direct beneficiaries, District Headquarter Hospitals (DHQs) and Tehsil Headquarter Hospitals (THQs) in different districts across Pakistan.

The Health Specialist will be expected to lead and supervise the implementation of project interventions related to health and provide technical advice to partners in ensuring high quality deliverables.  As a technical expert in health, the incumbent coordinates the development of strategic partnerships, required to support the emergency response provided under the project. S/he will liaise with the project partners, district government health facilities for participation in the capacity building program warranting successful initiatives within the project districts. The position will be responsible for not only managing smooth running of the project activities, but will also be keeping a watchful eye for ever changing Covid-19 scenario in terms of designed program activities. S/he will also identify appropriate, feasible, and clinically effective options for tele-mental health, tele-physiotherapy and psychosocial support services to be delivered to selected beneficiaries. S/he will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the consortium partners and to regularly monitor the project activities. S/he will support the Senior Program Manager in technical areas of project implementation, partner capacity building, quality assurance and reporting. 

II. RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS: 

Job Responsibility #1: Technical Guidance and Oversight on Health Interventions

% of time: 50%

  • Technically advise and support the partners in implementing high-quality programs that adheres to requisite rules and guidelines and ensure quality, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability in implementation;
  • Advice on multi-sectoral technical assessments in coordination with other thematic areas;
  • Develop strategies, methodologies and identification of new approaches for improving Health programme delivery, with emphasis on advocacy, community participation and social mobilization;
  • Act as focal point on issues related to Health, defining specifications with procurement, and liaise with relevant actors at different stages of Health programme/ project implementation to follow up on agreements and recommendations;
  • Technically lead the Health interventions to ensure the proposed activities are aligned with CARE global Health strategies and indicators;
  • Work closely with the Knowledge Management and Learning team and put in place a Health sector MEAL plan, ensuring that it links to reporting requirements, and build capacity of technical field staff in carrying out the work;
  • Ensure that health initiatives have disaster risk reduction strategies embedded in response strategies and plans;
  • Develop insights in to how tele-health services can be conceptualized and delivered. Services include mental health, physiotherapy and psychosocial support services.
  • Generate a guidance document related to best practices in the areas of tele-mental health and tele-physiotherapy, identify evidence based approaches that could be implemented within working contexts, and generate recommendations to adapt current services or develop new services to meet the needs of the beneficiaries;
  • Carry out monitoring and advisory visits to project areas in order to support the implementation of on-going grant by the sub recipient;
  • Ensure that the public health promotion activities are appropriate to the needs of the beneficiaries;Develop educational material for both hospital staff and affected or displaced people;
  • Ensure that systems are set in place for the assessment and provision of necessary training to health workers;
  • Ensure that there is an exit strategy in place whilst designing and implementing all activities related to Health;
  • Provide technical assistance on developing health response plans and master budgets.
  • Develop project work-plan for Health and hygiene component and monitor compliance to ensure objectives and targets are met/ achieved;
  • Identify Health interventions and provide technical guidance whilst developing project action plans, in coordination with local partner, district administration, and other stakeholders, as necessary;
  • Ensure that IP/sub-contractor is working in compliance with gender and protection emergency guidelines under Health response;

Job Responsibility #2: Business development and reporting

% of time: 15%

  • Work with SPM, Director Programmes and Business/Programme Development Advisor on new proposals;
  • Work closely with the consortium members and prepare high quality donor reports;
  • Work with the consortium partners and develop success stories of the Programme;
  • Develop sector specific business development brochures and promotional material.

Job Responsibility #3: Capacity Building

% of time: 15%

  • Coach and mentor CIP and partners’ staff to improve their health programming skills;
  • Support the Senior Project Manager in all aspects of the Project capacity building and community mobilization activities;
  • Develop documentation for outsourcing capacity building activities for health workers and provide advice/ support for finalization of training reports and other necessary documents;
  • Advocate for enabling environment for capacity building opportunities for health workers;
  • Oversee development and delivery of technical training material that will improve aspects of Health work within the health facilities;
  • Provide trainings to selected beneficiaries related to hygiene awareness and promotion.

Job Responsibility #4:  Representation and Networking

% of time: 10%

  • Represent the project at national/provincial/district/field-level and where appropriate, important international technical fora, working groups, workshops and strategic think tanks related to sector;
  • Establish and maintain close relationship with District and Provincial level relevant government institutions;
  • Use linkages and networks to undertake advocacy at provincial and district level for promoting the project and organization objectives;
  • Identify, establish and nurture external relations to support the program.

Job Responsibility #5:  Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

% of time: 5%

  • Work closely with Knowledge Management and Learning Team in documenting lessons learnt, best practice and case studies to shape in-country strategies and program approaches, and contribute to broader sector learning;
  • Pro-actively identify advocacy opportunities, case studies and research opportunities which link with wider organizational strategic objectives, and support turning these into action.

Job Responsibility #6:  Perform Other Duties as Assigned

% of Time:  5%

III. PROBLEM SOLVING (THINKING ENVIRONMENT)

This is senior level position and requires thorough analysis of problems faced in day to day work, problem definition and development of alternative solutions. 

IV. QUALIFICATIONS (KNOW HOW)

A) Education/Training:

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree (MBBS),  (BS) in Public Health or related field.

Preferred:

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or related field.
  • Additional certifications related to managing endemic/ pandemic diseases.

B) Experience:

Required:

  • At least 5 years of experience in health programming for international NGOs, government or the private sector preferably in Pakistan context;
  • Experience of implementing health interventions under a humanitarian response program;
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical health projects in fragile environments;
  • Experience of working through partners;
  • Experience in capacity building of partners.

Preferred:

  • Experience in medium-large scale emergencies is preferred;
  • Experience working with health facilities at district level;
  • Experience designing and delivering tele-health services.

C) Technical Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of working with district health facilities in emergencies’;
  • Capacity to develop, implement and analyze health assessments;
  • Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports;
  • Experience of working with local/national governments, and capacity building of systems, partners and staff;
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams;
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills including influencing, negotiation and capacity building;
  • Strong inter-personal communication skills;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Develop and implement work plans in emergency and long term settings;
  • Excellent report writing skills;
  • Fluency in English and Urdu (written and spoken); fluency in other local language will be an added advantage;
  • Excellent computer skills (MS office).

D) Competencies:

  • Applying Technical Expertise;
  • Learning and Researching;
  • Planning and Organizing;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Skills in on job training (OJT), monitoring and evaluation of health interventions;
  • Good oral and written communication skills;
  • Negotiations skills;
  • Ability to work in partnership with local communities and other INGOs.

IV.  DUTY STATION AND LEVEL OF TRAVEL REQUIRED

The individual will be based in Islamabad, with frequent travelling to project implementation sites, and partners’ offices.

CARE International in Pakistan is an equal opportunity employer; only individuals who are shortlisted will be contacted for an interview. CARE has a zero-tolerance approach toward sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, and child abuse.

Note: Individuals can apply using Brightspyre or send their resumes directly to [email protected] clearly mentioning the position title in the subject line of the email, before the stated deadline. Please note that the recuirmtent is being carried out for an anticipated project, and its hiring will be based on donor approval. 





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