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Placement Organization Name: Partners In Health
Placement location: Rwinkwavu, Rwanda
Eligible Citizenship: Rwandan

About: Partners In Health (PIH), headquartered in Boston, MA, is an internationally recognized non-profit organization whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through its service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH operates sites for clinical care, research and training in 10 countries (Haiti, Peru, Russia, Boston, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic) and has a growing network of affiliated organizations and initiatives in several other countries, including Nepal, Burundi, Mali, Liberia, Guatemala, and Togo.

In 2005, Partners In Health was invited by the Rwanda Government to start working in Rwanda, and a sister organization locally known as “Inshuti Mu Buzima” (IMB) was initiated. Today PIH/IMB accompanies the Ministry of Health (MOH) in three rural districts (Kayonza, Kirehe and Burera) with a total catchment area of 900,000 people, to deliver high quality health care at three district hospitals, 40 health centers, and at the community level through roughly 2,700 community health workers.

Throughout its history of over 25 years of health care delivery around the world, Partners In Health has learned that the provision of social and economic support, in addition to high-quality health care, is crucial to breaking the cycle of poverty and diseases, which are inextricably entwined. It is in this regard that PIH/IMB has initiated a Food Security and Livelihoods Program which aims at improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable households and reducing malnutrition in the catchment areas of PIH/IMB, by improving their agriculture production, supporting in creation of off farm employment and mainstreaming the best nutritional practices. This program integrates agriculture, Microfinance and Nutrition Education interventions to holistically address issues of food and nutrition security at community level. Particularly, IMB’s FSLP nutrition interventions are driven by the persistent high levels of chronic malnutrition in Rwanda, with 44% of children under five years stunted and more than 60% of those between 6-24 months of age suffering from anemia.

Position Overview: The IMB Nutrition Education Fellow will work as a Food Security and Livelihoods Program Associate supporting the program in community nutrition education reach out, as well as active engagement in operation research pertaining to nutrition and dietetics. In close collaboration with IMB Nutrition Coordinator and reporting to the FSL Program Director, the fellow will support in designing strategic nutrition interventions aligning with the national Food and Nutrition Policy, and particularly fitting in”First 1000 Days in the Land of 1000 Hills” National Initiative,a three-year phased campaign aimed at preventing stunting in children under two years of age. The position will be based in Rwinkwavu, Kayonza district in Eastern Province of Rwanda, with frequent travels to Kirehe and Burera districts.

Responsibilities:

The main activities in which the fellow will engage are as follows:

  • Support in designing strategic roadmap of community nutrition interventions within IMB catchment areas aligned to the National Food and Nutrition Policy
  • Design and initiate nutrition activities that promote “First 1000 Days in the Land of 1000 Hills” campaign initiative
  • Support IMB and MOH staff at decentralized level in developing tailor made nutrition training materials
  • Organize and lead training of trainers in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Organize, monitor and evaluate community based nutrition trainings
  • Supervise and suggest improvements in community cooking demonstration initiatives within IMB catchment areas
  • Initiate and participate in designing evaluation tools of micronutrients deficiencies (hidden hunger) for children and pregnant women adaptable to the community
  • Support in designing Nutrition and Dietetics oriented operation research (protocols and grant proposals development)
  • Participate in periodic reviews and coordination meetings of nutrition actors at decentralized level

Required Skills and Experience:

 

  • Knowledge and experience in nutrition and dietary education
  • Commitment and dedication to rural development
  • Proven experience in conducting/facilitating trainings in a rural setting
  • Ability to provide support/mentorship to para-colleagues (MoH attached nutritionists)
  • Ability to produce sound report (with statistics, graphs and charts…)
  • Fluency in spoken and written English
  • Strong interest in global public health
  • Ability to work in a team environment, but with self-sufficiency and self-motivation
  • Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation and facilitation.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • University degree in nutrition and/or dietetics
  • French speaking proficiency preferred
  • Experience/exposure in conducting and leading research.
  • Experience with African community settings

Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $650/month. Fellows will 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, including $600 in professional development funds.

*Note: the living stipend and completion award may be paid out in USD or local currency, as determined by the placement organization.

To apply to this position click here: http://ghcorps.org/fellows/apply/application/