Start Date Jun - Aug 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 10-12 Months
Language Requirements English
English Reading: Level 4, Writing: Level 4, Speaking: Level 4
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
In collaboration with the Regional Health Management Team the volunteer will support the Regional and District reproductive health coordinators (RCHCO and DRCHCO) and Council health management team to strengthen capacity of health staff in HMIS to ensure that data generated in health facilities are of good quality as measured by timelines of submission, accuracy, consistency and completeness.
- To improve timeliness of health information reports in health facilities in Kigoma
- To improve the accuracy of monthly health information in health facilities Kigoma
- To build capacity of health workers in health information data generation, collection analysis and use in the health facilities in Kigoma
- To increase the capacity of stakeholders to work together and produce reports that meet requirements
As a volunteer, you will:
- In collaboration with Regional and District Reproductive Health Coordinators, Districts HMIS focal person, the volunteer will visit health facilities in the region to reconfirm gaps related to Hospital Management Information System (HMIS).
- Conduct intensive training to RHMT and CHMT members of Kigoma DC, Uvinza and Kigoma/Ujiji MC on 13 data collection tools and 2 compilation tools.
- Facilitate the Data Coordinators to conduct intensive supportive supervision, coaching and mentoring to Health facilities and reproduce HMIS data collection tools in 3 Districts.
- Train and mentor hospital staff on reporting requirements, processes and use of ICT equipment and facilitate knowledge sharing workshops with stakeholders on reporting process and best practices.
- Advise the data unit at Maweni regional referral hospital on the instruments that could be established to control and improve reporting
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Information Technology Degree or related
Essential Professional Background:
- Experience in conducting workshop, training and seminars
- Teamwork, with the ability to work collaboratively in diverse groups.
- Ability to work in an institutional environment, hospital and health facility settings and in the community.
- Cross-cultural experience in coaching/mentoring and training.
VSO Tanzania is an international development organization based in Dar-es-Salaam operating capacity-building programs in health and livelihoods.
Cuso International and VSO Tanzania are working in partnership to implement the Volunteers for International Cooperation and Empowerment (VOICE) program. The goal of the VOICE program is to enhance the economic and social well-being of the largest possible number of poor and marginalized women, men, girls and boys in 17 Latin American, African and Southeast Asian countries, as well as in the Caribbean region.
This partnership with the Kigoma Regional Health Management Team & VSO Tanzania aims to contribute to quality Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health services by building capacity of health care workers and supporting establishment of infrastructures necessary for MNCH services.
Cuso International terms and conditions allow you to lead a modest and healthy lifestyle while being effective in your placement. This support package will cover basic living expenses for one volunteer and is not intended to cover home-based expenses (ex. loans, support payments, etc.) or luxury items such as imported items in placement or international personal travel.
- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
- Accommodation while in placement
- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation
- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend
- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer
- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).
- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.
Depending on the nature of the placement, volunteers are encouraged to provide e-volunteering support to the local partner or Cuso International before or after the field placement. Volunteers also have the option of requesting support from an e-volunteer to help them with their work while they are in placement.
Residency and Citizenship
The majority of Cuso International volunteer applicants are residing in Canada at the time of application and during the pre-departure process. Occasionally we received applications from volunteer applicants who are residing outside of Canada at the time of application. In both instances, between your application date and placement start date, we must be able to contact you and you must be able to contact us easily and promptly throughout the process.
We may require your passport and would need to be aware of your current place of residence and any travel plans you may have during this time. You will also require unrestricted access to Canada during this time for assessment and training, as applicable.
Leaving your country of residence can have significant effects on your citizenship status in that country. It is your responsibility to research the consequences of travelling to Canada during the pre-departure process if you are living outside of Canada and of leaving your country of residence for a placement with the immigration authority where you live.
By applying to this placement, you accept full responsibility for any consequences related to your citizenship, residency and immigration status or penalties as a result of travel to an assessment day, training course, international placement or other Cuso International related travel.
You must check the implications that apply to you, but examples include:
- Canadian permanent residents may need to make arrangements with immigration authorities before travelling. These arrangements allow them to travel without risk to their status in Canada. Without them, residency status may be withdrawn.
- Citizens of other countries, including those visiting Canada on a visa, may have travel restrictions.