Location Maxixe, Mozambique
Start Date Jul - Sep 2017 (flexible)
Length of Placement 9 Months
Language Requirements English, Portuguese (desirable)
English Reading: Level 5, Writing: Level 5, Speaking: Level 5
Portuguese Reading: Level 3, Writing: Level 3, Speaking: Level 3 (desirable)
Language Scale: http://www.cusointernational.org/languageratingscale
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only
This is an exciting opportunity for a health professional to contribute to a new regional nutrition project led by CARE Canada. The Southern Africa Nutrition Initiative (SANI) will improve the nutrition of women of reproductive age and reduce stunting of children under five years old in Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. The Community Health Advisor will contribute to the implementation of the SANI project in Mozambique.
More specifically, as part of CARE Mozambique’s existing Emergency Response to the El-Niño affected drought in Southern Africa, volunteers (Masungukate) who conduct house-to-house visits to enable improved early child development among children under five have been trained to detect cases of malnutrition. They refer cases to the local health centre, but in many cases, capacity at the centres themselves is weak. We would like the Community Health Advisor to support us in strengthening the referral system and in particular the quality and timeliness of the clinical services provided to children under 5 in terms of nutrition.
The SANI program is already delivering strong community-based interventions and the Community Health Advisor would serve to compliment these efforts by strengthening the ability of local health systems to better respond and support the community-based work. This is expected to strengthen the capacity of the health systems staff to more effectively deliver assessment, counseling and nutritional monitoring services, especially for children under 5 and woment of reproductive age.
As a volunteer, you will:
- Map, review and monitor food and nutrition security priorities, policies and objectives
- Review the National Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan and assess their implications on the SANI project
- Coordinate the development of a nutrition research agenda and oversee its implementation
- Provide nutrition policy direction and guidance to key stakeholders
- Identify issues of nutrition at national and district levels, as well as best practices from SANI
Essential Academic Qualifications:
Degree in Public Health or a related field
Essential Professional Background:
- At least two years of professional experience in public health
- Experience conducting child nutrition interventions as well as nutrition assessments
- Experience in health staff capacity development
- Good Facilitation Skills
- Experience working with grass root organisations and community based volunteers
Founded in 1945, CARE is a leading international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty.
CARE works with the poorest communities in 95 countries to:
- Improve basic health and education
- Enhance rural livelihoods and food security
- Increase access to clean water and sanitation
- Expand economic opportunity
- Help vulnerable people adapt to climate change
- Provide lifesaving assistance during emergencies
CARE places special focus on working alongside women and girls living in poverty because, equipped with the proper resources, women and girls have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty.
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
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.