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Background:

A stable and prosperous Pakistan is a top priority in international development efforts of the UK Government. Empowerment and voice of women, girls and marginalized social groups is vital for these efforts to succeed. Therefore, enabling them to articulate their needs and influence legislation, policies and practices which affect them is at the heart of the UK’s development assistance. Better access to reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health and nutrition is an important entry point to achieve this objective.

Pakistan is off-track to achieve the health Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). DFID Pakistan (DFIDP) therefore is focusing on reproductive, maternal, new-born and child health (RMNCH) including nutrition to support effective implementation of health sector strategies that will lead to achievement of the health MDGs. DFIDP has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of Pakistan on Provincial Health and Nutrition Programme (PHNP) to achieve RMNCH and nutrition results in KPK and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces over four years (2013 to 2017).

These TORs relate to the Project Officer CB KPK role on one component of the PHNP programme - Empowerment, Voice and Accountability for Better Health and Nutrition (EVA-BHN).

The objective of the programme is to increase the demand for better RMNCH services and nutrition and empower citizens to hold the service providers to account. Women, girls and children with the greatest needs and from underserved backgrounds will be prioritized. The sub-programme will complement the supply-side interventions by increasing demand and strengthening mechanisms for greater and effective citizen participation and monitoring of health services. This includes:

  • Influence health legislation, policy, practices, and service delivery through greater pressure and demand from the citizens. The supplier will work through a combination of empowerment, voice and accountability approaches including, but not limited to, awareness raising and mobilization, advocacy and lobbying, capacity building, coalitions and partnerships.
  • Pilot innovative solutions for increasing access of the poor and women and girls to RMNCH and nutrition – with priority to increasing immunisation coverage, skilled birth attendance, modern contraceptive usage, child and mother nutrition, management of common child ailments and usage of primary healthcare facilities, community workers, etc.

Outline of Position:

The Project Officer CB KPK will support the implementation of Capacity building activities at the community and district level in EVA target districts in KPK. This includes building capacity of citizens to conduct community based monitoring for identification of health demands, voicing and accountability, local advocacy and  social behavior change communication related activities.

Management Lines:

The Project Officer CB will report to the Provincial CB Manager KPK

Terms of Reference:

  • Provide support to implementation of capacity building activities at the provincial level, including roll out of capacity building plans for Community Group members.
  • Provide support to develop training packages, protocols, manuals as required.
  • Facilitate classroom training, on the job coaching sessions and other cross learning activities in target district on for Community based monitoring and Social Behaviour Change Communication.
  • Monitor the CBM data collection process by the Community group members and provide support where required
  • Ensure that the CBM findings are shared in Community group monthly meetings and reflected in their issue logs.
  • Monitor and support the health awareness sessions conducted by community health promoters in field.
  • Implementation of M&E systems and tools and ensure incorporation of lessons learnt into the ongoing programming 
  • Implement the quality assurance tools for all CB activities.
  • Regularly checks, validates, enter and analyse the CBM and SBCC data.
  • Prepare and submit monthly reports.
  • The Project officer is expected to work very closely with the Community empowerment, Advocacy and Accountability and Research Monitoring and Evaluation team.
  • Performing any other tasks as agreed with the CB Manager

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: 

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, social sciences or a related field.
  • At least 05 years of professional experience in Public Health particularly RMNCH, nutrition, and community mobilization/engagement 
  • Ability to develop training packages, tools and manuals and facilitate trainings on technical areas for staff and general communities 
  • Experience working with local civil society and community-based organizations, as well as with governmental organizations    
  • Computer competency with spreadsheets, databases and word processing suites;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, flexibility and patience;
  • Fluent in Pushto.




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