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Health promotion activities aim to improve hygiene and encourage the effective use of health services. Health Promotion is a two-way process: understanding the culture and practices of a community is as important as providing information.
As a Health Promoter/Anthropologist with MSF, your role is to analyse and understand the local behavior and/or practices at risk of transmitting a disease within a target group. Being part of the medical team, you are coordinating the IEC-activities (Information, Education, Communication) on different topics in order to support the medical activities. This might include promotion of the medical services, hygiene promotion, information on themes linked to maternal health, malnutrition, malaria, AIDS, Ebola, etc.
Health Promoters are expected to perform research, design and implement appropriate interventions and to build the capacity of a local team for the implementation. For this reason, it is important that Health Promoters have excellent management skills, as the long term impact of the program will depend upon the capacity of the local staff.
Formal education in Anthropology or Sociology
- Substantial post education experience working in the field of Health Education and Promotion
- Broad experience in Health Education working with communities
- Experience in supervising, managing and training others
- Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
- Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
- Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months
- Minimum of three months work, volunteering or travelling experience in developing countries
- Flexible and able to manage stress
- Familiarity with tropical diseases / infectious diseases
- Fluency in one of the following languages: French, Spanish, Russian or Arabic
- Previous experience in a similar role with another non-governmental organisation (NGO)
- Previous experience in a similar role in an unstable environment