Community Health Outreach Specialist

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Project Description

2 Peace Corps Response Volunteers are needed to serve as Community Health Outreach Specialists in Liberia for the Ministry of Health’s Country Health Teams. Peace Corps Liberia's new health project will support the new National Community Health Services Plan and other health priorities as determined by the Ministry of Health. The Ebola outbreak of 2014-2015 in Liberia overwhelmed the health system and highlighted the unmet need for a network of health workers covering the most remote communities. Liberia is now in the process of restructuring and rebuilding its health sector with the strategic support of partners, with a national emphasis on reducing maternal and child mortality. A major effort within this reform is a national community health plan that will establish a new cadre of health extension workers explicitly tasked with providing a package of essential health services to the approximately 30% of the population living outside the reach of the current health system. The Peace Corps, which is widely known and respected in Liberia, is well-positioned to play a meaningful role in this effort. Through their human-centered, grassroots approach, Volunteers can provide support to the new cadres of Community Health service providers, building key capacities and linkages towards a shared goal of reducing maternal and child mortality.

The Community Health Outreach Specialists, with a Bachelor’s degree in health or development and with project management experience, will be placed with the health facilities in the same role that the future 2-year Volunteers will work in. They will help PC/Liberia to refine and test aspects of the new project and will provide feedback about work assignments, community needs, potential Volunteer projects, and challenges to the model of the new health project. In addition, they will build capacity of community health service providers in soft skills for behavior change and M&E and they will improve maternal and child health outcomes and service utilization for those living 5km of a health facility. The goal of this assignment is for the Response Volunteer to contribute to PC/Liberia by providing technical expertise to the new Community Health Project and by providing support to the National Community Health Service Program to reduce maternal and child mortality.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Liberia together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Health’s (MOH) Country Health Teams

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s in health or development field
• Experience in at least one of the following public health areas during PC service or through at least two years of other professional work in a developing country: maternal health, infant and young child health or nutrition, household WASH, malaria control, household-level health outreach, TB/HIV
• Project management experience and skills demonstrated
• Ability to adapt to and work in a very low-resource environment, including very limited transportation, internet access, and other amenities

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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