Community Strategy Liaison at Gold Star Kenya

Gold Star Kenya (GSK) was established in 2010 as a local Non-Governmental Organization; GSK was born out of the success of the Gold Star Network, a social franchise program initiative established in 2006 to promote comprehensive quality HIV care amongst a network of private health providers in Kenya. GSK implements health related projects in Kenya.

The position is based in Baringo County. The project aims to provide technical assistance and support to scale up evidence-based maternal, newborn, and child health interventions; family planning and reproductive health services; and nutrition activities in focus geographical areas.

  • Improve access to maternal, new born and child health services through infrastructure improvement, referral system, triggers to deliver in health facilities (eg mama packs), capacity building of healthcare workers and outreach services.
  • Increase demand for maternal, new born and child health services through reviving community health units, capacity building of community health volunteers, community engagement through opinion leaders, incentivize and monitoring of community health volunteers.
  • Advocate for improved maternal, new born and child health services through establishment Baringo. County maternal and child health stakeholder forum/technical working group, identification and engaging in key maternal, new born and child health policy issues.
  • To ensure improved efficiency in operations and achievement of results, use mobile technology as an enabler.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • The focal person for on community level interventions at sub-county level ensuring improving knowledge and quality of existing health services as well as improving promotive, preventive health services at community
  • Conduct social mobilization of community structures and population to effectively participate in the health promotion programs engaging community Catalysts, religious leaders and community own resource persons
  • Provide continuous mentorship to community structures and leadership on health, development and related issues especially issues pertaining to FP-RMNCAH
  • Oversee effective networking and collaboration within and beyond communities for learning and leveraging on health and developments.
  • Ensure that community units achieve quality data through community base health management information system tools MOH 513,514, and the MOH 100 and that the community chalk boards are timely updated in all CHUs
  • Facilitate community level data use initiative ie Dialogue days, Health Action Days and integrated Health Outreaches. Works with CHEWs to oversee both technical and structural capacity building processes of the community units
  • Support strengthening of FP/RMNCAH Services delivery at health facilities including Mapping and referral from lower level facilities and communities and also training of the CHEWs and the CHVs.
  • Work with CHS focal persons to schedule targeted demand creation services through mobilization and support supervision at the Household level
  • Works with the SCHMT especially the public health officer and Deputy County Commissaries in respective sub-counties to engage the community through the NGAO Structure to improve health in areas without community units through Chiefs, village elders and the Nyumba kumi Structure to accelerate mapping of Pregnant women and linking them to health services
  • Represents the project at professional meetings and conferences.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

REQUIREMENTS: KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITIES

  • Excellent technical skills e.g. social mobilization.
  • Sensitivity of cultural differences and understanding of the political and ethical issues surrounding RMNCH.
  • Ability to work with others and maintain compatibility among project staff, sub-contractors, consultants and recipients of assistance.
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, team player with drive and initiative.
  • Ability to travel regionally, nationally and internationally as needed.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS STANDARDS:

  • Bachelors degree in social science or public health with 5 years’ relevant experience in Community Health Strategies and RMNCH.
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in working with multi-cultural communities is an added advantage.
  • Excellent computer skills in MS Office Suite.
  • Working knowledge of Kiswahili is crucial.

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