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21-099: Consultant Health
Country:Puerto Rico
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

In December 2020, Puerto Rico exceeded 100,000 confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19. Each day 600 Puerto Ricans are hospitalized and around 100 are on ventilators. Adults are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19 due to age, and rates of obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.  More than 1 in 3 adults are obese and 1 in 7 adults are living with diabetes . High vulnerability amongst the general population has led to a 2% mortality rate from COVID-19 in Puerto Rico. Local reports have identified higher than average mortality beyond COVID-19 deaths, potentially as a result of individuals delaying needed health care . The island is experiencing the tragic loss of elders and people of all ages only a short time-period after 4,645 individuals died as a result of Hurricane Maria . Health and safety for all residents and visitor cannot be assured until mass vaccination of the population is achieved.

 

The National Strategy to Reinforce Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines has three objectives: (1) Build Trust, (2) Empower Healthcare Personnel and (3) Engage Communities and Individuals  Undoubtedly, buy-in from health personnel is key not only for ensuring that health facilities are able to operate with a full-staff who are healthy and not at risk but also because health personnel are important communicators.  Health personnel share messages professionally to their patients, and are also looked to by friends, family and community members as a source of health guidance. 

 

Amplifying state, national and global health communications messages will also help accurate and evidenced information reach a mass-audience. Clear and complete messages can be shared through digital and print media campaigns. Two-way communication strategies like health education presentations to business/community leaders will also be needed to build trust and promote vaccines to influential members of the community who can spread outreach messages to others. Health presentations could address topics including:  maintaining preventive protocols including masking, hand washing, social distancing, attaining a significant level of vaccination and FAQ’s about the vaccines on the market. 

 

Community engagement and building vaccine confidence should include:

 

1) Hosting discussions with health personnel at all levels of health facilities where key messages can be shared and healthcare teams can have effective conversations and answer questions. 

 

2) Amplifying state, national and global health messages through digital and print media

 

3) Health education presentations for business and community leaders that share clear information and address concerns and questions

 

2. PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

Detail the purpose of the project

The purpose of the project will be to increase vaccination coverage through community mobilization and reinforcement of vaccine confidence.

 

 Activity 1. Hosting discussions with health personnel at all levels of health facilities where key messages can be shared and healthcare teams can have effective conversations and answer questions. 

 IMC will work in partnership with Hospitals, Health Care Facilities and Mobile Vaccination providers to provide education and facilitate discussion with employees from all levels of the health facility. It will also be important to educate healthcare teams on how to have effective vaccine conversations and what might be responses to different scenarios when counseling patients or addressed by a member of the community.

 

 Activity 2. Amplifying state, national and global health messages through digital and print media

Design and share media messages that align with those put out by global, national and local health organizations like the WHO, CDC and Puerto Rico Department of Health and promote critical health education. Media campaigns will address topics such as maintaining preventive protocols including masking, hand washing, social distancing, and attaining a significant level of vaccination. Media campaigns could include posts for social media, interviews on local radio, articles online and in print news. International Medical – Puerto Rico manages a facebook page that reaches several thousand individuals monthly. Content is also distributed to partner pages such as schools, professional associations and the Puerto Rico Primary Care Association. 

 

Activity 3. Health education presentations for business and community leaders that share clear information and address concerns and questions

 Health education presentations will target a similar geographic area as the health facilities who are supported with Cold Chain Capacity and other will collaborate with Hospitals, Health Facilities and Mobile Vaccination providers to simultaneously educate and refer participants to points of vaccine access.

 

3. SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:

Specify the tasks related to the assignment in SMART bullet format. Detail issues such as documentation required and how provided, communication processes, reporting requirements. 

 

1.         Host a minimum of 5 health education workshops to reach health personnel with key messages on COVID-19 vaccination and facilitate question/answer sessions. 

a.         Recruitment & coordination for  virtual or in-person events

b.         Development of discussion-guide and facilitation questions 

c.         Interim and final report documenting program results, participant feedback and lessons-learned

2.         Create 5 health education social media posts on topics including: up-to-date information on vaccination/FDA approved vaccines, COVID-19 preventive measures, countering COVID-19 myths and falsehoods, navigating local systems to access vaccination. 

3.         Host a minimum of 5 health education workshops to reach business or community leaders with key messages on COVID-19 vaccination and facilitate question/answer sessions. 

a.         Recruitment & coordination for virtual or in-person events

b.         Development of discussion-guide and facilitation questions 

c.         Interim and final report documenting program results, participant feedback and lessons-learned

Qualifications:

Consultant Specifications

To perform this consultancy successfully, an individual must be able to perform each task with or without reasonable accommodation. 

  

     MD, BSN or MPH 

            MD

Experience

 Experience conducting trainings or facilitation with health facilities/health personnel, Experience working remotely and using virtual training platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Webex to facilitate group meetings and workshops; 

Experience working in emergency response and recovery.

Experience with business leaders.
Experience explaining health concepts to lay people;
Experience in report writing; Superior communication skills and confidence facilitating interactive workshops with professionals and lay people. 

            

 

 

Language(s)     Fluency in Spanish and English required. 

            

 

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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.

 

2.         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.