Project name: Community eye health agents and comprehensive community eye healthcare
Position: Local Field Coordinator
Duration: 14 months
Primary location of operation: Downtown and Shubra El Kheima/Qalyoub
Start date: August 2017
The project on which the candidate will operate as “Local Field Coordinator”, aims at achieving increased and improved access to inclusive, comprehensive and sustainable eye health care to the residents of the target communities as they lack access to basic eye health care. Comprehensive eye health care includes a) awareness about preventive measures to eye diseases and conditions that might affect the vision, b) early-detection of eye problems and errors or refractions especially among children under the age of 10, who are most liable to be affected for life if their errors are not detected and addressed in this early age, c) interventions that include glasses, visual aid devices, medications or surgeries and d) rehabilitation that includes counselling, low-vision aid trainings and measures to deal with loss of eye sight.
The specific objectives of the project are the following:
- Improved/Raised awareness about the basic common eye diseases and their relation to the environmental and cultural aspects within Qalyoub and Shubra El-Kheima
- Improved/Increased access/accessibility to comprehensive eye health services (early detection, referral, treatment and rehabilitation) to the residents of Qalyoub and Shubra El-Kheima with particular focus on children under 10 years of age.
We are looking for candidates who are willing to take on diverse tasks necessary to make project implementation smooth and successful. The responsibilities will include:
- Collaborate with the project’s team and stakeholders in developing action plans, collecting data, writing reports and carrying out monitoring activities and other administrative tasks
- Represent the project and effectively communicate its objectives, activities and methodology to the relevant stakeholders
- Map NGOs in the area of operation and identify suitable venues for training activities and locations for health facility establishment
- Act as a key point of contact between the project’s team and local communities
- Facilitate the implementation of the project (including trainings and follow-up sessions) within the communities and mobilize its members to partake in training activities
- Recommend program modifications based on monitoring and field observations
- Manage finances related to implementation of the activities
- High degree of social competence and personal diplomatic skills.
- Ability to communicate clearly, effectively and correctly with a broad range of stakeholders and people of diverse backgrounds
- Effective community facilitation skills
- Presentation, organizational and report-writing skills and ability to work under stress
- Language: Excellent written and spoken Arabic is a must, English would be an asset
- Demonstrated capacity and commitment to solve day to day program issues.
- Ability to use smartphones, PC (Excel, Word, Powerpoint) and internet programs, especially Google Documents/Spreadsheets
- Must be a strong multi-tasker and be able to independently prioritize duties
- Identifies and solves problems in a timely manner
- Willingness to work collaboratively, but with the capacity to work independently
- This project requires mobility, as the candidate will be required to frequently visit informal areas and work at different schedules
- This is a full-time job.
- The main working places will be in downtown Cairo (Mounira) and Shubra El Kheima/Qalyoub
- Project begin is planned for August 2017
- This position is restricted to 14 months, with the possibility of extension
As part of our recruitment process, we would like to invite interested candidates to share with us their ideas on the following issue together with the CV:
In order to achieve the objectives of the eye health project, we will need to mobilize community members (referred to as eye health agents) and train them to carry out initial screenings for eye diseases among the target communities. The group of ‘eye health agents’ will consist of community members who have been trained to detect basic eye conditions to refer them to the community centers in addition to spreading awareness about the practices and behaviors that pose risk for the eye health, this group of “Eye Health Agents” should include:
- 80 mothers (40 from each target area) as they easily move within the community using the tools and skills they get in the training to actively promote health and early detect some diseases
- primary health units staff (10 from each target area) as they are in direct contact with people seeking medical attention and they can refer them to the eye health centers if they need eye care
- 20 nursery and primary school teachers (10 from each target area) as they are in close contact with children and hence they’ll be able to easily identify errors of refraction that needs medical attention
- 40 pharmacists (20 from each target area) as the people tend to ask them for medical advice, so we will make use of this fact and train them to promote eye health)
How can we incentivize community members to act as eye health agents in the specified areas?
If interested, please send us your CV together with your ideas to email@example.com
There is no deadline for application, the position will be available until a suitable candidate is found.