Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Specialist

Project Description

Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS) in Namibia has requested the support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) to serve as a Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) Specialist. Risk communication and community engagement is a key pillar in public health emergency response that ensures accurate health information sharing, adoption of protective behaviors by the affected people, and collaborative participation by all stakeholders, including of the local community structures. The Ministry is implementing the project to influence the community to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and other preventable diseases.

The PCRV will support the regional office of the Ministry of Health of Social Services to develop, implement and monitor an effective action plan for communicating effectively with the public, engaging with communities, local partners and other stakeholders prepare and protect individuals, families, and the public’s health during disease outbreaks. The goal of this assignment is to mitigate the risk and impact of an outbreak by offering an approach and set of tools to work with communities to prevent exposure, stop disease transmission, and mitigate the harmful effects of the outbreak.

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 Namibia 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 and Social Services (MoHSS) –Namibia

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences, Public Health, or other relevant field
• 3 years of relevant experience in health program management and coordination
• Background knowledge in dealing with health promotion
• Excellent communication skills in English
• Team player
• Computer literate: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint & Publisher, basic M&E knowledge
• 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 Namibia

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Medical Considerations

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