• Community Advisor

    Location GT-Guatemala City
    Posted Date 6 months ago(10/9/2018 6:11 PM)
    Job ID
    Experience (Years)
    International Positions
  • Overview

    In close coordination with the Technical Director, the Community Advisor will provide technical leadership and project oversight in the area of community-level interventions for an anticipated USAID-funded nutrition, maternal and child health (MCH), and family planning (FP) project in Guatemala. This integrated project aims to achieve significant and sustainable improvements in nutrition and health outcomes of select municipalities of the Western Highlands which will result in reductions of stunting, anemia, micronutrient deficiencies, and maternal and child morbidity and mortality in both prevalence and severity. The project will operate over a five-year period.


    The position will operate under the leadership of the Chief of Party and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of project strategies and activities at the community level. In collaboration with project team and partners, the position will support the design and implementation of service delivery strategies based on scientific evidence.


    This position is contingent upon award from USAID. Guatemalan nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

    City location to be finalized upon award.


    • In close collaboration with the Technical Director, provide technical oversight, strategic direction and definition of appropriate project activities at the community level
    • Establish and implement a system to ensure technical quality of project activities
    • Develop and/or update evidence-based training materials, standards, job aids, curricula, and supervisory systems needed for implementation of the project to meet the needs of USAID and the Government of Guatemala
    • Work closely with technical team leaders to carry out a targeted assessment of community and family behaviors related to nutrition, MCH, and RH/FP
    • Identify organizations implementing community-based activities
    • Develop and coordinate community-level communication activities, including campaigns, that aim to promote health, prevent disease, modify behavior and inform key stakeholders at the community level
    • Provide expertise in gender issues, particularly how to design programs to reach men and address gender norms that may limit/prevent behavior change
    • Develop service delivery strategies for accessing hard-to-reach populations, including the identification of opportunities to integrate nutrition, MCH, and RH/FP services with non-health sectors (such as agriculture, democracy, environment, economic reform, private sector enterprises)
    • Facilitate collaboration across public and private, and for- and non-profit sectors
    • Coordinate advocacy, demand generation, and policy support, across project sites as required
    • Lead the formulation of innovative approaches for scale up of targeted community-level services
    • Actively participate in relevant technical advisory/working groups and professional forums representing Jhpiego
    • Work with health care providers, local authorities, community members and project team members to identify community-based service delivery issues that impede access to care and uptake of services
    • Identify and implement appropriate community-based strategies to address nutrition, MCH, and RH/FP service delivery gaps
    • Identify training needs for community health workers and providers and assist in the design and implementation of measures to address those needs
    • Work closely with the Chief of Party on setting project priorities and directions, and responding to requests for support from local counterparts
    • Work with M&E staff to design and implement a plan to track data/results related to community activities to inform adjustments in project implementation
    • Collaborate with all local stakeholders and implementing partners, especially the Ministry of Health and other US and international implementing partners, to ensure that all activities conform to requirements and regulations
    • Document successes, lessons learned and challenges in implementation as well as reports of project activities and results to the project and donor, including routine quarterly and annual reports and other reporting requirements as requested
    • Document and maintain an inventory of successful tools and approaches for community-level activities
    • Author/co-author abstracts, presentations, and articles for journals and conferences
    • Supervise technical staff
    • Manage technical contributions of subgrantees, including defining scopes of work
    • Maintain excellent relationships with USAID and in-country stakeholders and develop rapid responses
    • Provide technical leadership to the development of the project strategic plan, work plan, and project monitoring, in close collaboration with the MOH, USAID, and other stakeholders to ensure timely implementation and compliance to the requirements and regulations of the award

    Required Qualifications

    • Advanced degree in public health, social sciences or a related field
    • At least 5 years’ professional work experience implementing and/or providing technical assistance around community-level health interventions with progressively increasing responsibilities
    • At least 7 years’ experience in implementing and/or providing technical assistance on donor-funded projects and in the design and implementation of health projects; preferably in Guatemala
    • Baseline understanding of current international evidenced-based best practices and key guidance on RMNCH, SBCC and community mobilization
    • Demonstrated experience training community-based healthcare workers on nutrition, MCH, and RH/FP
    • Demonstrated experience providing capacity building assistance at individual and organizational levels
    • Skilled in at least two or more of the following technical areas: strengthening service delivery projects; training; performance and quality improvement; monitoring and evaluation
    • Demonstrated experience with a mix of practical technical skills in nutrition, MCH, and RH/FP necessary for strengthening community-level service delivery
    • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the Guatemalan healthcare system, particularly the public health system; experience living and working in Guatemala preferred
    • Familiarity with USAID’s administrative, management and reporting procedures and systems
    • Proven track record managing a team composed of several technical experts and fostering team work
    • Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with USAID, host-country counterparts and representatives from other key stakeholders such as NGOs, CSOs, and the private sector
    • Expertise in research to practice—identifying and adapting best practices to specific project contexts
    • Excellent verbal, written interpersonal and presentation skills in Spanish required; fluency in English preferred; and fluency in one or more local languages in Guatemala is preferred
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
    • Ability to travel nationally to project sites approximately 40% of the time


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