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Project “Reducing the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in Moldova” financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) announces the vacancy for the full-time permanent position of EXPERT IN HEALTH PROMOTION (based in Chisinau).Project “

Project “Reducing the Burden of Non-Communicable Diseases in Moldova” financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) announces the vacancy for the full-time permanent position of EXPERT IN HEALTH PROMOTION (based in Chisinau).

Duration of the contract: 12 months (with possible extension)

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), for instance cardio-vascular diseases, diabetes and diseases of the respiratory system are the main causes of mortality in the Republic of Moldova for both men and women. Unhealthy living conditions and life style, diet and alcohol consumption, in addition to smoking are the key determinants of poor health status of the population, and result in high mortality in Moldova. This burden of NCDs undermines socioeconomic development and represents an urgent public health priority. The project, in close collaboration with national and international partners, such as the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization address this need.

The project started in 2015 and its first phase has been scheduled thru 2019. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the improvement of the health status of the Moldovan population, especially in rural areas, through the reduction of the burden of NCDs. The project is designed around three main outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: National health authorities create an enabling policy environment for decentralized and integrated management of NCDs;
  • Outcome 2: The population in target districts has access to and uses quality integrated care, including outreach services, related to NCDs;
  • Outcome 3: The population in target districts improve its health seeking behavior and reduce its NCDs risk behavior.

The project focuses on the Primary Health Care (PHC) system and on its interface with social services. The project works closely with the communities and the local authorities. In that respect, the project is implemented in selected raions.

The project is coordinated by the Project Facilitation Unit (PFU) in Chisinau.

In order to achieve project outcomes PFU recruits an Expert in Health Promotion.

Under the supervision of and in close collaboration with the Team Leader the Medico-social Specialist will:

  • Contribute to the development of the annual project plan in collaboration with the Team Leader and the Public Health Specialist
  • Plan, implement and evaluate project activities in line with the project plan
  • Facilitate the development of models of intersectoral/multidisciplinary collaboration between primary healthcare, social care, local public authorities, etc.
  • Facilitate the development of community health profiles
  • Facilitate the understanding of health promotion among project partners, capacity building of communities/local groups in health promotion, and health promotion/behavior change activities at local levels
  • Coordinate activities to ensure effective use of project resources and maximize impact of technical inputs
  • Strengthen planning, budgeting, M&E, operations research and evidence based planning capacity with a special focus on vulnerable and difficult to reach groups
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key stakeholders at municipal and facility level
  • Organize and facilitate national and regional working groups on relevant technical areas
  • Facilitate the capacity building of local and community stakeholders, deliver training sessions and facilitate workshops
  • Coordinate local consultants’ activities and assure quality of deliverables
  • Produce and contribute to quality reports
  • Fulfil other technical tasks and contribute to project activities as required by the Team Leader

Required profile of Expert in Health Promotion consists of the following:

Qualifications:

  • University level education in Social Work, Psychology, Health Sciences, Community Development, Nursing, Sociology or equivalent
  • Postgraduate degree in public health is an advantage

Experience:

  • Knowledge of the health and social systems in Moldova
  • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in social and/or health sector/s
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in international projects in social and/or health sector/s
  • Experience in providing community-based social services and/or health services
  • Experience in project management and reporting
  • Experience in organization and delivery of trainings and campaigns
  • Experience in working with government agencies, civil society institutions, local partners and diverse communities in social and/or health sector

Skills:

  • Ability to work in a changing, multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships
  • Willingness to travel frequently within the country
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Fluency in English, Romanian, and Russian
  • Proficient user level computer skills of Office and other software

Interested persons may submit their CV in European format with a cover letter, and copies of diplomas by email to: Mr Lajos Kovacs, Team Leader at lajos.kovacs@swisstph.org.

We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible as selection and interviews are held continually. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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