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19-047: Consultant: Ebola Preparedness and Response Project
Country:South Sudan
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

1. BACKGROUND TO THE ASSIGNMENT

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide and response to emergencies. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

International Medical Corps is currently implementing approximately 10 programs across nine sites in South Sudan.  Through nearly 16 health facilities in urban and rural areas, International Medical Corps provides basic health care and integrated service provision, from preventative care to emergency surgery. To address South Sudan’s acute health worker shortage, and foster self-reliance, International Medical Corps trains health professionals and community volunteers. Also, IMC is implementing nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, mental health, and GBV and public health interventions in South Sudan.

On 1 August 2018, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak of Ebola in the northeast, the second outbreak of the disease in the country last year. The Ebola epidemic continues to spread through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s North Kivu province. 

The current outbreak poses a significant risk to countries bordering with DRC as a result of cross-border trade, movements and inter-family relations.

Considering the intensity of the current outbreak, WHO has prioritized nine countries as at high risk on the Ebola transmission scale, and South Sudan is ranked in the second tier due to the level of inter-border activities between the DRC and South Sudan.

With this second outbreak in DRC, the government of South Sudan alerted all partners and stakeholders intervening in the health sector to support the MOH in preparedness of a robust Ebola response to address and contain the virus in the event any cases occur in the country.

An Ebola task force was activated by the MOH, in collaboration with WHO, which continues to monitor the current outbreak in DRC on a day-to-day basis.

IMC is considered to be one of the leading health/nutrition NGOs in South Sudan and is highly active in the provision of emergency health and nutrition response capabilities at a global level.  This includes a rich experience in Ebola response in both the West African outbreak and the current outbreak in DRC. In South Sudan, IMC is providing its expertise and support to the MOH for both Ebola prevention and response and is the second partner in Ebola response in case management, nominated by the South Sudan Ebola task force.

She/he will work in collaboration with key national level partners including the Health Cluster and Ministry of Health.

2. PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

As part of South Sudan’s national Ebola preparedness and response plan, IMC will establish or erect, with WHO and MOH support, an isolation facility at identified areas in Juba and ensure its running 24/7 by trained staff. In addition, IMC and Samaritan Purse will train approximately 500 health care workers across Juba in the five pillars of Ebola preparedness and response.

The Ebola trainer consultant will support IMC’s Ebola preparedness and response efforts by leading and overseeing the capacity building including the roll out of large scale trainings to health care workers for both public and private (20) identified health facilities across Juba.

As part of his role, the Ebola trainer consultant will adapt into South Sudan context and deliver the WHO Ebola Curriculum to targeted health workers.

3. SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential functions below with minimal supervision.

  • Develop a standard training document based on the WHO Ebola curriculum that will be approved by International Medical Corps
  • Develop all term of reference including training and lesson plans and training budget
  • Organize and / or conduct training sessions, on Ebola general awareness messages, case management (in ETC/U), surveillance in both health facility and community, IPC and laboratory services. The training methodology will include didactic sessions, demonstrations, preparation of equipment for practical sessions, multimedia tools, role-play or group discussions during the training sessions
  • Conduct monitoring and evaluation of progress (performance) of the participants through pre and post test, questionnaires and discussions with participants. Work with the Ebola Technical Coordinator to develop a follow-up and supportive supervision plan to ensure trainees adhere to and utilize knowledge and skills gained
  • Ensure that legal requirements and training objectives are met
  • Change or revise the training plan if necessary, in order to adapt the changes to the realities on ground or working environment.
  • Produce a training report for each training conducted to be shared with IMC and other partner organizations (e.g. WHO, Health Cluster, Ministry of Health)
  • Produce a supervision report with strong recommendation for each facility visited and shared with IMC and other partner organizations (e.g. WHO, Health Cluster, Ministry of Health)
  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor
  • Actively promote prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA).

The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

4. DELIVERABLES DESCRIPTION

  • Term of reference of training, training plan and training budget
  • Term of reference of supervision and monitoring
  • Standardized Ebola training document
  • Training sessions conducted
  • Training reports
  • Monitoring, supervision and evaluation of progress (performance) of the trained staff;
  • Monitoring report
  • Refresher training /on job training
  • Final report

4.1. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ASSIGNMENT DELIVERABLES

Detail how, when and by whom the deliverables will be implemented

The Consultant will developed based IMC need (Ebola proposal)  and using the WHO trainings materials (WHO Ebola curriculum) the standardized Ebola training materials to be used by IMC in order to build the capacity of health workers and non-health workers in both Ebola preparedness and response.

The consultant will produce a term of reference for each training including the methodology to be used, the materials and support materials, the agenda, the timeline, the profile of participants and the budget. In addition a plan of training will be developed based on the target facilities (23) and health workers (300 -500).

In addition he will provide term of reference for supervision and monitoring including a supervision check list.

The consultant will conduct several trainings based on the plan and the target audience. He/She will also produce a report for each training including pre-test, post-test notes and attended list.

With the support of the Ebola Technical Coordinator and the Medical Director, the consultant will conduct regular supervision and monitoring field visit to assess the skill and knowledge and performance of the trainees. All the 23 target health center will be visited during the supervision. With field visit findings and observations, he/she will be able to raise recommendations to guide decision makers and to conduct on job training/ refresher training in facilities with low performance.

He/she will at the end of the assignment produce and submit a final report including a summary of activities achieved and recommendations he/she may find relevant to keep and ensure the skill and knowledge among health workers and high quality of service provided.

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Code of Conduct

All Consultants are required to adhered to  and promote International Medical Corps shared responsibility and obligation to report matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report to International Medical Corps.

 

Qualifications:


  • Have a medical degree and hold a certificate in Ebola IPC training, or postgraduate degree of hospital hygienist / IPC.
  • Strong past experience of Ebola response program (capacity building, case management, screening and, Infection prevention and control, community engagement).
  • Master in Public health or Epidemiology.
  • Have at least 4 years of experience in the field, preferably with international NGOs.
  • Experience training staff and supervising staffs.
  • Experiential learning and transfer of learning.

COMPETENCY

Essential:

  • Developing and using training materials skills.
  • Adult learning and training delivery skills.
  • Ability to cooperate and communicate
  • Group Facilitation skills
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with: Power Point Excel skills in budget management

Desirable:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required, with demonstrated experience in writing reports.
  • Sensitivity, open-mindedness and flexibility.

LANGUAGES

  • Fluent in the English, both written and oral.
  • Arabic is a plus.

Equal Opportunity

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal consultancy opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.