Health promoters are the essential liaison point between MSF and our services, and the community in which we provide services.
As a Health Promoter (HP), you will work in projects to develop strategies to address a wide range of health issues, from sexual violence care through to Ebola prevention. You will provide a direct link to the community outside the walls of the hospital, and will play a vital role in ensuring that MSF projects are accessible and relevant to the communities they serve.
It gives me a lot of pleasure, after I’ve had a little chat with the women, when someone gives me a hug and says thank you for listening to me. This shows people that you can empathise with them, that you’re here for them, that you understand them.Marie Ange Saidy, MSF Lebanon
This is an exciting and diverse role involving some or all of the following:
- Coordinate activities on different topics in support of the medical activities; this might include promoting medical services, hygiene promotion, information on subjects linked to maternal health, malnutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, and so on
- Define and update the HP strategy and related activities through an annual project and budget plan (objectives, target population, campaigns, messages, activities, etc.)
- Analyse and understand local behaviour and/or practices to adapt health activities to the target group (support social mapping, use of specific tools to measure and follow up activities)
- Promote MSF services according to MSF principles, protocols and standards with the aim of increasing the knowledge of the target population in relation to their health
- Assess and adapt materials according to the needs of the project
- Liaise with other relevant actors to enhance campaigns
- Manage, train and supervise the HP team through activities such as recruitment, defining job descriptions, capacity-building, briefing/debriefing and evaluation of staff
- Be familiar with protocols for sexual and gender-based violence and ensure their application (e.g. referring victims to the medical team for treatment)
- Contribute to monthly reports according to guidelines (statistical reports, etc.)
Depending on our activities and needs, your responsibilities may be adapted and evolve according to the specific projects.
You will not face these challenges alone; other MSF team members (both international and locally hired staff) will provide technical support, including comprehensive guidelines and protocols.
- Versatile paramedical or psychosocial profile
- Two years’ professional experience working with communities and/or local associations on awareness raising, prevention, mobilisation and/or community strengthening
- Familiar with a community-based approach
- Flexible and able to work on various topics such as HIV/tuberculosis, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, chronic diseases, epidemics, sexual and gender-based violence, etc.
- IT skills (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
- Fluency in English and/or French; any other languages are an asset (Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian)
- Available for a minimum of six months
- Commitment to MSF’s work and values
- Strong team player
- Willingness to work in all kinds of contexts worldwide, including unstable areas
- Adaptable and able to work in a multicultural team
- Flexible and able to manage stress
- Self-driven with a solution-oriented approach
- Ability to train others
- Experience in a medical environment
- Experience working in developing countries
- People management experience
Voices from the Field
They gestured at one another and said in broken English, “We are your family, you are welcome”.Kelly Devore, MSF Health Promotion Manager