Position details

Vacancy id VAC-9662
Job title VAC-9662 Regional Health Extender
Location North, South, East, West & Central Regions
Apply by 05-May-2023
Start date 15-May-2023
Duration 4 months
Number of vacancies 1
Qualification Bachelor's in Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing, or any other relevant fields. (essential).
Sector experience Minimum of 3 year/s of demonstrable relevant Medical experience (essential).
Geographical experience Minimum of 3 year/s of experience in Asia (essential).
Languages Fluent in Dari (essential).
Fluent in Pashto (essential).
Fluent in English (essential).

Job description

CTG overview

CTG staff and support humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world, providing a rapid and cost-effective service for development and humanitarian missions. With past performance in 17 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and Asia, we have placed more than 20,000 staff all over the world since operations began in 2006.

CTG recruits, deploys and manages the right people with the right skills to implement humanitarian and development projects, from cleaners to obstetricians, and mechanics to infection specialists, we’re skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Key to successful project delivery is the ability to mobilise at speed; CTG can source and deploy anyone, anywhere, in less than 2 weeks and have done so in 48 hours on a number of occasions.

Through our efficient and agile HR, logistical and operational services, CTG saves multilateral organisations time and money. We handle all our clients’ HR related issues, so they are free to focus on their core services.

Visit www.ctg.org to find out more

Overview of position

Background:

  • In September 2021, an IASC humanitarian system wide emergency activation of L3 response (to an L3 emergency) was announced in Afghanistan following transition of power in the country. Our clients kealth program worked with their partners to continue provision of essential health services for children & women in need, across the country. Services are being provided through health facilities, outreach from health facilities & mobile teams for remote & hard to reach areas. Supportive supervision, monitoring are key functions to verify program implementation, improve quality of service, including primary & secondary health care, Maternal, Newborn Child & Adolescent Health (MNCAH), Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI), emergency health response activities. Supportive supervision, monitoring in all provinces of the country are needed at provincial, regional & national levels.

  • In addition, in September 2021, the World Bank (WB) suspended the “Sehatmandi” project in Afghanistan. This threatened the collapse of the health system in the country. Our client & WHO have worked to sustain the services through CERF & ARTF - WB fund until a new mechanism is created. A monitoring framework of this modality is being created including monitoring field visits to health facilities receiving support through our client.

  • Also, in 2021, vaccination against COVID 19 started in the country, adding more burden to the already overwhelmed health system. The introduction of this new vaccine targeting different population groups, required another additional monitoring framework, tools to track the progress, ensue quality & equity.

Purpose & scope of work:

  • Regional Health Extender is expected to carry out a range of duties, as outlined below, to support monitoring functions, demand generation, accountability to affected population mechanisms, technical facilitation & program implementation. 

  • Those duties, which are described in detail below, do not include neither programmatic nor financial authority. Health Extenders are identified among Afghan citizens with specific expertise & a thorough knowledge of the territory in which they operate, based on their residency & / or work experience.

Role objectives

Specific tasks include:

Technical support:

  • Support the zonal office program implementation, result, by improving Health Extenders network performance through coordination & technical support.

  • Provide technical support to Provincial Health Extenders on issues related to monitoring EPI, MNCH, health in emergency, cold chain & health supplies management.

  • Develop, review monthly analysis of program, partners performance in the region based on information shared by the Provincial Health Extenders, from regional visits, suggest priorities & action points to the Zonal Health Specialist.

Coordination:

  • Coordinate the Health Extenders network in the region, plan their activities & track the progress.

  • Maintaining the Region Provincial Health Extenders, partners contact list & keeping it updated.

  • Setting monthly plans for the Provincial Health Extenders tasks in coordination with them & under the supervision of the Zonal Health Specialist based on priorities, program monitoring plans, action points from previous visits.

  • Share the plans with the Zonal Health Specialist for review, clearance 1 week before the beginning of the month, then with Provincial Health Extenders & National Health Extenders once cleared.

  • Tracking the Provincial Health Extenders tasks implementation, monitoring their performance, report to the Zonal Health Specialist & National Health Extenders.

  • Following up on Health Extenders reporting including visit reports & monitoring checklists.

  • Developing monthly performance analysis of the Provincial Health Extenders work, comparing implementation to plans & highlight any gaps or achievements.

  • Coordinate ad hoc data collection requests with the Provincial Health Extenders, consolidate & check data quality before sharing.

Situation analysis & assessment:

  • Support regional, provincial needs assessments activities & provide capacity building for data collectors when required.

  • Ensure the Provincial Health Extenders submitting visits reports, check reports quality, completion, share main & urgent finding with the Zonal Health Specialist.

Capacity building:

  • Build the Provincial Health Extenders monitoring, reporting capacity through training sessions & practical training during joint field visits.

  • Conduct joint visits with the Provincial Health Extenders to check monitoring quality & provide on the job training.

Support to implementation:

  • Work with the Health Extenders & partners to address issues related to program implementation & quality based on monitoring findings under the supervision of the Zonal Health Specialist.

Monitoring:

  • Conduct regular visits to monitor health program activities supported by our client at a regional level & facilitate our clients staff programmatic visits.

  • Assessing program implementation by Implementing Partners (IP's) through PCAs (Program Cooperation Agreements), SSFAs (Small Scale Funding Agreements) as well as program implementation by partners & agencies according to our clients Afghanistan country office work plans.

  • Checking EPI supplies chain systems, equipment in place, their functionality status, including following SOPs in vaccine storage & utilization. 

  • Supporting health information system, data registration reviews, assessments, the implementation of Data Quality Improvement (DQI) plans & microplanning activities.

Deliverables:

  • Regional contact list updated including partners, Extenders contacts & Extenders equipment.

  • Monthly Provincial Extenders monitoring, work plans updated & shared on monthly bases.

  • Provincial Extenders performance analysis done on monthly bases & highlights shared for improvement.

  • Provincial Extenders are supported, followed up effectively to submit visits reports & checklists with the required quality on time.

  • Provincial Extenders visits reports, submitted checklists are reviewed, checked, main highlights, urgent issues are shared with the Zonal Health Specialist and National Extender.

  • Provincial Extenders capacity building activities record is updated & shared with the Zonal Health Specialist & National Extenders.

  • Adhoc required data collected, checked & submitted on time.

  • Program & partners monthly performance analysis is developed, shared on time with the Zonal Health Specialist & National Extenders.

  • Regional partners, RMT are supported to improve program quality, results, their monitoring & implementation capacity is improved.

  • Regional, provincial joint visits are conducted & reported.

  • Monthly regional, provincial cold chain equipment status updated & shared.

  • Monthly regional, provincial health supplies status, distribution updated & shared.

  • RMT meeting attended & summary shared as per our clients Zonal Health Specialists instructions.

  • Share regional, provincial needs assessments information & findings.

  • Our clients monitoring, technical support quality improved, expanded to cover areas in need & action is being taken based on monitoring findings.

Project reporting

This role reports to the Zonal Health Specialist.

Key competencies
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Nursing, or any other relevant fields.

  • 3 years of experience working in health management or public health with any of the govt. entitites or NGO's.

  • Experience of EPHS / BPHS programs is a plus.

  • Excellent interpersonal & representational skills.

  • Good communication & report writing skills essential.

  • Computer skills such as MS Office package & internet.

  • Fluent in Pashto, Dari & English.



Team management

This role has no team management responsibility.

Further information
  • Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply for this role.

  • At no stage of the recruitment process will CTG charge candidates a fee, this includes during the application stage, interview, processing, assessment & training.

  • Able to travel to all provinces & districts of the region assigned.

Disclaimer:
· At no stage of the recruitment process will CTG ask candidates for a fee. This includes during the application stage, interview, assessment and training.
· CTG has a zero tolerance to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) which is outlined in its Code of Conduct. Protection from SEA is everyone’s responsibility and all staff are required to adhere to CTG’s Code of Conduct at all times.