Community Health Outreach Specialist

Project Description

Green Zone Agencies – Kenya (GZ-K) have requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Community Health Outreach Specialists. HIV/AIDS, malaria and maternal and child health remain significant public health issues in Kenya, and malaria remains a major public health issue accounting for over 16% of all outpatient consultations with 70% of the population at risk for malaria infection. By leveraging their knowledge, skills and attitudes coupled with training to live and work in underserved communities, Volunteers are uniquely positioned to team up with community health promoters in improving the reach and quality of services to the most vulnerable. This project provides the opportunity to support the following areas: closing the gap in childhood immunization coverage, addressing adolescent reproductive health needs, and designing training for behavior change and health education delivery.

The PCRVs will support Link Desk Officers and Case Managers in program implementation. They will work alongside a host country national Case Manager; assisting Link Desk Officers, CHPs, Community Health Assistants (CHAs), to build their technical capacity, hence, improve service delivery in their communities. GZ-K's Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) initiative seeks to support increased access and demand to quality HIV prevention services for OVC and their families. GZ-K has recently expanded its service base and entered Siaya County where there is opportunity for PCRVs to strengthen these programs through provision of coordination support at the ward level.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Kenya together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Green Zone Agencies – Kenya (Siaya)

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Community Health, Social Sciences, or a related field
• At least two years’ experience in one of the following public health areas during Peace Corps service or through other professional work in a developing country: maternal health, infant and young child health or nutrition, malaria control, household-level health outreach, TB/HIV
• Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV) or a minimum of two years working overseas in an international development context
• Flexibility and patience to adapt to changing circumstances and work without constant or close supervision
• Intercultural communication and relationship-building skills
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

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.

Serving in Kenya

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Medical Considerations

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