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Tuesday, February 21, 2017
RTI International TAYARI Project Child Health Technical Assistant Job in Siaya County, Kenya
Vacant Positions: TAYARI Project Child Health Technical Assistant
Based in Siaya County
RTI is an independent organization dedicated to conducting innovative, multidisciplinary research that improves the human condition.
With a worldwide staff of more than 4,000 people, RTI offers innovative research and development and a full spectrum of multidisciplinary services in health and education programmes.
RTI International is providing technical support to Ministry of Education, and County Governments in piloting the Tayari Early Childhood Development Education programme in Siaya, Nairobi, Uasin Gishu and Laikipia Counties.
The Tayari programme seeks to develop a cost-effective and scalable ECDE model that ensure pre-primary children (3-6 years) are mentally, physically, socially and emotionally ready to start, and succeed, in primary school.
RTI intends to recruit a qualified individual for the position of Child Health Technical Assistant for Siaya County.
The Child Health Technical Assistant will report to the Regional Education Programme Officer (REPO) and work closely with other staff in the regional office to facilitate effective implementation of the health component of the Tayari Programme.
In consultation with the REPO, he/she will liaise with the Ministry of Health at the County level and work closely with Community Health Assistants (CHAs) in providing technical support to Community Health Volunteers, teachers and school community on the child health component activities of the Tayari programme.
She/he will participate in relevant technical meetings both at the County and Sub-County level. In addition, she/he will carry out monitoring of the hygiene promotion activities, child health data capture and referral of learners who are sick through regular visits to ECDE centers in collaboration with MoE and MoH.
She /he will provide supervisory support, mentorship and on-the-job capacity building to ECDE teachers, CHVs and CHAs. The Health Technical Assistant will prepare monthly/quarterly/annual progress reports and submit to RTI for sharing with the management of ministries and other relevant stakeholders.
Required qualifications and experience
Minimum Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Community Health or a related field.
Three to Five years of experience implementing and monitoring child health and nutrition programs, including facilitating community-based training in Kenya.
She/he needs to have a good understanding of the MoH Community Health Strategy, other complementary community based activities and child health and nutrition services at community level.
Understanding of MoH health reporting systems at community and health facility level.
She /he needs to have sound technical knowledge of global and national school health policies, guidelines, strategies and best practices including Water, Sanitation and hygiene.
Previous experience in school health programmes in an early childhood development context is an added advantage.
Experience in development of training materials and capacity building of government or civil society organizations on child health and nutrition issues is an added advantage.
Familiarity with participatory hygiene and sanitation transformation (PHAST), Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), school led total sanitation (SLTS) and children hygiene and sanitation training (CHAST) approaches.
The ideal candidate will possess strong organizational and have experience implementing donor-funded projects.
She/he will also have a high level of proficiency in both oral and written English and Kiswahili languages.