RESPONSIBILITIES 

As a health promoter you will assess, define, implement and supervise all Health Promotion and Community Engagement (HPCE) activities in the project area. These activities are aimed towards increasing the community’s knowledge on health (risks), improving current health practices, promoting MSF services and supporting preventive activities with community collaboration.

This will be achieved through outreach activities bridging project and targeted population, while respecting the culture and practices of different communities to optimize our information, education and communication strategies. You will analyze local culture, traditions and health perception to support the social mapping and adapt effective health practices while maintaining a strong link to our medical activities. Responsibilities also include developing and adapting our HP-material according your analyses to ensure relevance, adequacy and comprehension. As this is a supervising role, other crucial elements are recruitment, training, evaluation and development of the (local) HP staff of the project.



role REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor or Master’s degree in  Sociology, Social Communications, International Training, Anthropology, or Public Health
  • Minimum of two years field experience in health promotion in a developing country or with vulnerable populations.
  • Broad experience in Health Education working with diverse communities
  • Experience in supervising, managing and training others
  • Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Available for a minimum of 9 to 12 months

DESIRABLE CRITERIA and other skills

  • Knowledge of other languages, in particular French and/or Arabic
  • Familiarity with tropical diseases / infectious diseases
  • Previous experience in a similar role with another non-governmental organization (NGO)
  • strong teamwork skills
  • flexibility and openness to work in different countries



before you apply

SECURITY AND SAFETY

Because Doctors Without Borders' purpose is to bring medical assistance to people in distress, the work may occur in settings of active conflict, or in post-conflict environments, in which there are inherent risks, potential danger and ongoing threats to safety and security. Doctors Without Borders acknowledges that it is impossible to exclude all risks, but it does its utmost as an organization to mitigate and manage these risks through strict and comprehensive security protocols.

Please watch this video for information on how MSF manages security.

Field workers will be fully informed of the risk associated with a potential mission before accepting a particular posting. Working for Doctors Without Borders is a deeply personal choice; individuals must determine for themselves the level of risk and the circumstances in which they feel comfortable, based on a full and transparent understanding of the possibilities they may face. Once in the mission, all Doctors Without Borders staff must strictly observe security rules and regulations; failure to do so may result in dismissal.

stories from the field

What is it like working with MSF? See our blog posts and videos for personal insights and stories from Canadian fieldworkers.

terms of employment

Doctors Without Borders field workers are employees with a salary and benefits. See more information on the terms of employment.

Doctors Without Borders favours at least 2 years of active commitment during which time field workers complete 2 to 4 field assignments. There are many possibilities for professional growth within the organization, into the medical, non-medical and coordination streams. For more information on learning and development as well as career opportunities with Doctors Without Borders, see our FAQ.

FINAL THOUGHTS

As you consider applying to undertake a Doctors Without Borders field mission, is it essential that you have a well-informed and realistic personal reflection. Field assignments often mean long hours with a heavy workload, basic living conditions, and working and living in often chaotic and volatile environments.

Despite such challenges, thousands of people have worked with Doctors Without Borders over the years and found their experiences in the field to be deeply rewarding, even life-changing. More than anything else, being a Doctors Without Borders field worker means acting in solidarity with people facing unimaginable medical challenges. Your presence alongside people in times of need sends a profoundly meaningful and human message: "You are not forgotten.

 

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