Health Technical Specialist - Generalist

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 532
Date Posted:May 13, 2019
Reference:0339
Closing Date:May 31, 2019
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Gender:Any
Functional Area:Health/Medical
Nationality:Afghan
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 - 6 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:Yes
Contract Type:Long-term
Probation Period:3 months
Required Languages:Dari,Pashto,English

About Afghanistan Holding Group - FSSP Project:

Afghanistan Holding Group employs over 300 full-time, highly qualified Afghans, with educational backgrounds that include graduate, post-graduate and tertiary professional certifications. Our management brings decades of experience managing projects for both the public and private sector in Afghanistan, in areas of financial management, technology solutions, policy analysis and complex operations. We call on an additional pool of 800 short-term consultants across all 34 provinces for project specific support. All of our team members are fluent in English, Pashtu and /or Dari. We strive to serve our clients with the highest levels of efficiency, integrity, and accountability.

Since 2009, AHG has provided professional business services to over 700 organizations across Afghanistan. Our clients range from small companies, non-profits and corporations to development institutions and government entities. Our team is organized into divisions providing integrated financial, compliance, technology, human resource and project management services. Our offering goes step-by-step through the life cycle of an entity, offering assistance with registration, visas, systems, payroll, taxation, sourcing and auditing services.

Project Background

Global Affairs Canada, the Government of Canada’s department responsible for Canada’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programming in Afghanistan, has contracted Afghanistan Holding Group (AHG) to implement the Field Support Services Project (FSSP). The FSSP aims to enhance the delivery of Canada’s ODA in Afghanistan that includes, but is not limited to, support for administrative, financial, logistics, procurement of goods and services and providing technical expertise, as well as support to Local Development Initiatives and services on an as required basis. Canada’s commitment to Afghanistan for the period 2018 to 2020 is CAD270 million for programming related to women and girls’ rights and empowerment, health, education, and linking relief and recovery to development. Canada also provides separate financial support to support Afghanistan’s security sector.  

Job Summary:

Terms of Reference - Summary

The Technical Specialist - Health Generalist will be responsible for bringing local knowledge and expertise on health to inform the planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of Global Affairs Canada’s development programming in Afghanistan in order to contribute to the success of Global Affairs Canada’s projects and programs in the health sector.

Within the first two weeks of being contracted, the Technical Specialist - Health Generalist, in consultation with the Global Affairs Canada Health Team personnel, will develop a work plan for his/her services. The work plan will be reviewed and approved by the FSSP Project Manager and Global Affairs Canada’s designated counterpart based at the Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan. The work plan will be updated on monthly basis according to the priorities established by the Global Affairs Canada (Canadian Embassy and HQ-based) Health Team.

Employment Type

The position will be awarded on a competitive basis. The terms of the position are for a one-year contract, subject to a three-month probation period, with eligibility for renewal on an annual basis for a period of approximately three years. The position will be paid a daily fee, the rate to be negotiated at the time of offer based on a requested rate by the individual for the services to be delivered under these terms of reference and supported by evidence of past remuneration for similar work. Payment of fees will be made on monthly basis for actual time/days worked in the preceding month. Eligible travel and other work-related expenses will be covered by the FSSP. The level of effort for this position is anticipated to be between 12 to 20 billable days per month, and will not exceed 20 days per month except under exceptional circumstances. Applicable taxes will be applied/deducted from the gross payable amount and will be paid to Ministry of Finance on behalf of the candidate. The position is a consultancy type position and thus offers no paid benefits (vacation, sick, statutory holidays). 

Skills Required:

Medical

Provinces to travel:

Skills Description:

The incumbent should:

  1. Have good communication skills in English (writing reports and briefings notes, oral presentations, speaking at meetings);
  2. Have good analytical, management, financial, logistics (arranging meetings, visits), people management (interacting with senior officials – Afghan, Canadian, other foreign representatives, as well as peers within the FSSP) skills;
  3. Have strong working knowledge of computer programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint);
  4. Be willing to work extra hours or during statutory holidays, if required;
  5. Have the ability to work independently, be detailed orientated, creative and self-starter; and,
  6. Have sufficient knowledge of Afghan culture and local contexts. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

General

  1. Provide technical support, guidance, and advice for the planning, design, implementation, and monitoring of health sector projects supported by Global Affairs Canada;
  2. Coordinate and conduct field monitoring and site visits and prepare monitoring reports on Global Affairs Canada’s health sector projects in Afghanistan;
  3. Attend meetings and other professional events related to Canada’s health programming with the Government of Afghanistan, as well as with international and local partner organizations and other donors;
  4. Provide timely summary reports to Global Affairs Canada on outcomes of meetings and events;
  5. Conduct analyses and prepare documents on sector conditions, activities, plans and trends;
  6. Gather information and prepare materials to support the Global Affairs Canada Afghanistan Program’s communications, stakeholder engagement, work planning and reporting activities related to the health sector;
  7. Interact with operational and potential areas - Health Systems (including civil registration, vital statistics, and international health regulations) Health Service Delivery, Nutrition, Polio, Immunization, Medical Clinics (establishment/management), Community Based Health Facilities, Medical Professions (doctor, nurse, midwife), Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR), Health Sector Reform, Health Sector Human Resources (training/management) and Health Sector Financing.
  8. Provide technical support on issues related to basic health service needs (general health services, nutrition, and immunization) with special focus on women and girls (Sexual and Gender-Based Violence-SGBV, Child Early and Forced Marriage-CEFM, and service delivery) within the sector;
  9. Collaborate and coordinate work, when required, with other Field Support Services Technical Specialists.

Support to Project and Program Planning

  1. Provide technical inputs for project and program planning;
  2. Provide technical support to improve project implementation including tracking progress against deliverables, project work plan, and budget and develop project progress reports;
  3. Conduct/support feasibility studies and needs assessments for project identification, planning, and design;
  4. Provide technical feedback on project plans, progress reports and approval documents;
  5. Provide technical support and required information for development and planning of project budgets;
  6. Contribute to minimizing the environmental impacts of the projects in terms of activities undertaken and/or in terms of construction/rehabilitation/management of health facilities, medical waste, water, sanitation and hygiene practices.

Monitoring Services

  1. Update and track project/program progress (activities, milestones, reporting) for health sector projects;
  2. Develop a monitoring plan for Global Affairs Canada health sector programs in consultation with Global Affairs Canada personnel and project implementing partners;
  3. Draft plans and terms of reference for site visits and monitoring missions in consultation with Global Affairs Canada personnel and project implementing partners;
  4. Conduct field monitoring missions and site inspection visits to health sector project activities at the national, provincial and district levels;
  5. Provide timely monitoring mission reports to Global Affairs Canada and, when requested by Global Affairs Canada, to vested stakeholders;
  6. Monitor and summarize reports on government, donors, civil society, and development partner activities and trends in the health sector in Afghanistan ;
  7. Monitor local Afghan print, online and social media and keep Global Affairs Canada personnel informed on matters related to health sector issues in Afghanistan;
  8. Support, contribute and participate in the planning and delivery of the missions and field visits of Global Affairs Canada HQ personnel and consultants, as needed

Support to Coordination and Stakeholder Engagement

  1. Liaise and communicate with donors, NGOs, other development partners and the Government of Afghanistan with respect to health sector issues of interest to Global Affairs Canada by networking these stakeholders;
  2. Participate in and summarize outcomes of government, donor, NGOs and other development partners’ meetings and seminars;
  3. Draft quality reports on donor activities and trends in the health sector in Afghanistan;
  4. Develop and maintain an up to date contact list of government, donors, Civil Society Organizations and project stakeholders working in the health sector;
  5. Develop and maintain an up to date register of committees, work groups and other regular meetings comprising the government – donor – civil society coordination system and coordination committees working in the health sector in Afghanistan;
  6. Facilitate roundtables and design and deliver training workshops on health issues;
  7. Develop a detailed mapping of government, donor and partner development activities in the health sector in Afghanistan and draft a comprehensive report;
  8. Develop a geographic mapping of Global Affairs Canada and other donor project activities in the health sector in Afghanistan;
  9. Support, when tasked by Global Affairs Canada, Canada’s participation in the development coordination system in the health sector in Afghanistan;
  10. Collaborate, as necessary, with other FSS Technical Specialists to address project and sector-specific issues related to health.

Analysis

  1. Collect, analyze and summarize surveys, and conduct studies and evaluations related to the health sector;
  2. Provide technical inputs to support policy developments and briefing notes;
  3. Review and summarize the changes and developments occurring in global and national policies and strategies related to the health sector;
  4. Conduct institutional assessments of health sector organizations, as requested byGlobal Affairs Canada;
  5. Collect health sector data (sex-disaggregated) and provide summaries of sector data and trends.

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Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum Bachelor's in medical science (medicine, nursing or midwifery) and a minimum of five-years’ work experience in a health-related field; a Master’s degree in social science or applied science related discipline to the health sector is an asset;
  2. Experience/knowledge of Government of Afghanistan policies related to the Basic Package of Health Services (BPHS), Essential Package of Hospital Services (EPHS), National Health Policy 2015-2020, National Health Strategy 2016-2020, Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) Nutrition Strategy, Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), Reproductive Maternal Newborn and Child Health (RMNACH) Strategy 2017-2021, role of different stakeholders and National Priority Program(s) (NPPs) sections addressing health issues;
  3. Experience/knowledge of International Community (donor) health-sector policies and programs in Afghanistan;
  4. Experience/knowledge of Government of Canada’s international development assistance policies and health-sector programs in Afghanistan will be an asset;
  5. Capacity to design and deliver training workshops
  6. Experience and capacity in collecting the raw data from the field and draft quality reports in English;
  7. Flexibility to attend meetings and/or events on short-notice; and,
  8. Being fluent in English and, ideally, one of the local languages, Dari and/or Pashtu; working knowledge of French will be an asset.

Job Keywords:

Health Technical Specialist - Generalist

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