Health promoters

Health promoters work in projects all over the world to develop strategies to address a wide range of health issues, from sexual violence care to Ebola prevention

Musa explaining to the children of the community how to prevent and recognize the symptoms of Ebola. MSF's teams in Sierra Leone conduct health promotion activities in the most complex areas of Freetown in order to inform the population on the symptoms of Ebola. They also play the delicate task of supporting Ebola survivors and families of Ebola's victims.
SIERRA LEONE 2015 © Alessandro Siclari/MSF
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As a health promoter you will assess, define, implement and supervise all Health Promotion and Community Engagement activities in the project area. These activities are aimed towards increasing the community’s knowledge on health and 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 health promotion material according to 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 health promotion staff of the project.

Click here to see a generic job description and potential career path with MSF.

Requirements

  • Compliance with Essential Requirements for all potential candidates
  • Commitment to work in the field for a minimum of 9 to 12 month assignments
  • Degree in Sociology, Social Communications, International Training, Anthropology, or Public Health
  • Previous experience in a low resource setting (priority given to those with experience working in a humanitarian context)
  • Minimum of two years relevant professional experience post training
  • Professional experience supervising, managing or training staff
  • Relevant experience in health education or promotion of community health with diverse communities

Assets

  • French or Arabic language (B2 or above)
  • Familiarity with tropical and/or infectious diseases

How to apply