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Placement Organization: Health Poverty Action
Placement Location: Nyaruguru District, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: Rwandan


About: Health Poverty Action (HPA) is a British organization that has been operational in Rwanda since 1998 (known then as Health Unlimited). Health Poverty Action has been implementing sexual and reproductive health focused projects and one project that supported local Civil Society Organizations to monitor the implementation of the Rwanda PRSP health component. Health Poverty Action has recently expanded its programming focus to support youth sexual and reproductive health, water and sanitation, and gender issues.

Position Overview: The fellows with Health Poverty Action in Rwanda will be involved with community outreach and training sessions in order to maximize our impact on improving health levels in our target community.

Responsibilities: The two primary functions of the Community Mobilizer will be (1) to lead on all Hygiene Promotion activities within the SALTWASH project and (2) to train members of the community to improve their knowledge about hygiene and to improve health-seeking behaviors. This work entails further responsibilities, outlined below.

  • Train local community in use of human recycled waste for use as fertilizer
  • Develop and implement culturally appropriate methods for hygiene promotion amongst Water User Committee’s
  • Liaise with District Authorities to ensure adherence to aims of the Community Based Environmental Health Promotion Programme
  • Provide support to school age children to enable them to use community drama as a tool for behavior change around hygiene
  • Contribute to the development of HPA project proposals which have a hygiene and sanitation related component


Required Skills and Experience:

  • Commitment  to working with marginalized people, including in isolated, remote areas
  • Experience in communications
  • Knowledge of the country’s government system
  • Experience of working in Rwanda
  • Fluent spoken and written English and Kinyarwanda


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Proven experience delivering training and capacity building in hygiene related activities
  • Qualification in Public Health / Environmental Health
  • Experience in project proposal writing


Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year.  Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included. [Fellows will be provided with office space within HPA’s office. The organization will provide access to the internet and a monthly telephone airtime according to HPA rate.  Fellows will have access to vehicle and motorbikes for any work related transportation required.]