Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) is rarely seen in developed countries, yet it remains endemic in Sub-Saharan Africa and other resource-limited countries. RHD is known as a disease of poverty as poor housing conditions, overcrowding, lack of hygiene, and lack of health care resources are determinants of RHD. RHD patients lose their lives prematurely as a result of limited prevention programmes, access to resources and treatments, as well as a lack of awareness and education. This disease is completely preventable, but it continues to cause significant levels of morbidity and mortality in Rwanda.
The Prevention Officer will develop, implement, and evaluate prevention strategies including mass campaigns for Rheumatic Fever (RF) and RHD, promote the importance of primary and secondary prevention, and improve community health education and awareness. The Prevention Officer will spearhead the creation of advocacy tools that will empower post-operative cardiac patients and the community to take control of their health and raise awareness for early diagnosis and health promotion. Additionally, the Prevention Officer will work with partners and stakeholders to scale up prevention strategies at a national level. The development and implementation of preventative strategies and the creation of advocacy tools will raise the profile of RF/RHD in Rwanda, improve early case detection, and fulfill Team Heart Inc.’s mission to prevent RHD and advocate effectively for those who have it.
Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?
As a member of the Team Heart organization, you get to work toward that goal every day! We offer hands-on professional experience in a high-achieving international environment.
Team Heart is a US and Rwanda based non-profit organization established in 2007 to deliver critical cardiac services. In 2013, we established a year-round country presence in Rwanda to improve patient outcomes. Since the beginning, Team Heart has mostly focused on its annual critical Cardiac Surgery Development Program and related skills transfer activities. As Team Heart’s vision grew to include the establishment of the first Cardiac Care Center in the country, there was a need to increase the organization’s presence and outreach in Rwanda.
Working in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and select global and local partners, Team Heart addresses the burden of cardiac disease. Team Heart targets Rwandan vulnerable populations who lack access for such specialty care. Since 2007, Team Heart has screened 5,000 patients suffering from RHD and performed open heart surgeries on over 150 patients, providing the potential to return to living productive and fulfilling lives. Furthermore, Team Heart’s mission is to prevent advanced RHD in partnership with local stakeholders through a combined effort of surveillance, prevention, education, and early intervention. We also support and advocate poverty reduction initiatives for the population of marginalized individuals who suffer from chronic heart disease.
- Plan and develop appropriate strategies and projects to increase prevention and early diagnosis at the community and national level
- Conduct and coordinate RF/RHD awareness activities and campaigns
- Develop and support outreach efforts with collaborative partnerships to broaden the fight against RHD
- Monitor and evaluate the progress of projects and campaigns in terms of effectiveness and sustainability and their impact on Team Heart’s strategic goals
- Research and continually analyze new evidence related to RF/RHD prevention
- Provide support in producing advocacy and communication resources to aid health promotion, prevention, and surveillance strategies
- Prepare reports, work plans, proposals, and other project management material as needed
Skills and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree*
- Preferred: Bachelor's or master’s degree in public health or related field
- Two years of experience working in public health*
- Experience in prevention, outreach, or advocacy related to global health and/or international development*
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills including translating research for use in policy or practice and dissemination to the general public*
- High proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)*
- Strong research and analytical skills, including qualitative and quantitative research, assessments, evaluations, and reporting
- Experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating activities in a public health setting
- Notions in communication and marketing with experience in event or campaign planning
- Professional proficiency in Kinyarwanda and/or French
- Passion for health equity
- Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
- Strong relationship building skills and capability of using a collaborative approach to projects
- Ability to adapt and work in resource constrained settings and set up innovative approaches
- Knowledge of global health issues
- Ability to set priorities, multi-task, and solve problems in a high-performing work environment
Stipend, Benefits, and Logistics
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