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Access to Health Services Expert

Kabul, Afghanistan

Short summary of the job: Under the OPA, Access to Health Services Expert is expected to provide technical advice and support for health-related issues, lead, monitor, and evaluate the health aspects of the Health Department of the OPA. The Access to Health Services Expert will be responsible for coordinating meetings with national, regional, and international health authorities and NGOs. Furthermore, the appointee will be required to design health services assessment tools, perform data collection, conduct analysis and interpret the data, report in a timely with high-quality manner, and develop proposals for donors to provide high-quality health services in the prisons across the country. Besides, the appointee will be expected to coordinate efforts and implement the functional area planned. 

About Project 

The Office of the Prison Administration (OPA) is an independent authority which was established in 2020 to lead and manage all prisons’ legal and administrative affairs, to solve the prisoners’ fundamental problems, and to enhance the vocational and educational capacities of prisoners. OPA has four main objectives:

a)     Managing and organizing educational training, correctional vocational training, and workforce development for inmates and custody;

b)   Managing financial, economic, and prison protection;

c)    Ensuring the rights of persons in custody, surveillance, detention, and prison, and ways to regulate and deal with them; and

d)   Correction/reforming of inmates and juveniles under detention to prepare them to observe and respect laws, social life and to prevent them from engaging in any crimes in the future.

Duties and Responsibilities 

Administrative Tasks

The prospect candidate is responsible to:

  •        Maintain an overview of the Prisons Health program,

  •        Suggest technical advice on involvement in the new health interventions and internal capacity for implementation.

  •        Design policies and guidelines for the Health Department of the OPA.

  •        Provide technical support to all project site health teams, including the evaluation and impact analysis of the current health situation and the development proposal for donors to enhance access to health services of prisoners.

  •        Carry out regular monitoring visits with other field managers to ensure that project objectives are met within the stated timeframes and comply with recognized international standards.

  •        Supervise and monitor the development of reporting systems for data collection (qualitative and quantitative) analysis, follow-up, and feedback to relevant staff, donors, partners, and other agencies.

  •        Maintain oversight of medicines and health supplies ordered for the prisons.

  •        Coordinate and initiate meetings with the Ministry of Public Health, NGOs, and other stakeholders, to raise health issues and ensure good co-operation and partnerships.

  •        Seek out relevant networks or task groups on specific health-related humanitarian aid issues.

  •        Work with the relevant field managers and staff to plan and construct health budgets.

  •        Conduct need assessment for implementation of health services projects in the prisons.

  •        Develop outputs, outcomes, and results-based assessment plans for each ongoing and new project.

  •        Develop a mechanism and assessment tool for monitoring and evaluation of access to health services of prisons across the country.

  •        Assist prisons in updating and maintaining the health Program Database;

  •        Assist the head of prisons to review, prepare and develop qualitative and quantitative health services.

Survey and Health Database Management

The prospecting applicant also needs to:

  •        Develop, review and finalize quantitative and qualitative related health services survey design.

  •        Develop a questionnaire or mechanism to collect data to prepare provincial prisons’ health profiles.

  •        Collect data for prison health management information system;

  •        Analyze the surveys and provide high-quality reports;

  •        Update the prison health management information system on time;

  •        Develop a system for health data entry and data security, including mechanisms for quality control.

  •        Check the authenticity of translation of survey tools from Dari/Pashtu to English and vice-versa.

  •        Conduct regular data verification to ensure the quality and accuracy of health data collected by implementing partners

Staff Capacity Building

To build the staff capacity, the prospected candidate will:

  •        Design, develop and deliver training programs on health services, research methods, monitoring, evaluation, and documentation for provincial offices and implementing partners.

  •        Support provincial offices and implementing partners in tracking health indicators in the log-frame,

Representation

The prospective appointee will:

  •        Proactively engage with relevant departments, other stakeholders and support networks focus on learning.

  •        Promote the human rights, equality, role, and empowerment of men and women, both within the organization and externally, and support all other staff in doing likewise.

  •        Undertake any other duties as and when required by the line manager and/or overview manager.

Requirements

The Office of Prisons Administration seeks dependable professionals with strong initiative, judgment, and adaptability as well as excellent skills in leadership/management, communication, representation, interpersonal relations, decision-making, program development, data analyzing, reporting, critical thinking, and problem-solving. Specifically, applicants for this position should also demonstrate the following:

Essential:

  •        Fluency in written and spoken English, Dari, and Pashtu.

  •        Excellent conceptual and analytical skills able to distill key ideas with clarity and precision.

  •        Excellent communication skills with the ability to persuasively present ideas.

  •        Ability to lead and influence others with diplomacy and tact.

  •        Ability to represent a respected organization at a senior level.

  •        Personal integrity with initiative and drive to get things done and achieve results in a fast-paced and challenging
environment.

  •        Strong coordination/negotiation skills specifically with the ability to effectively coordinate among other partner organizations.

  •        An outgoing and engaging personality, with cultural and gender sensitivity and a strong sense of humor; able to build trust, work and live collaboratively with others and manage relationships with a variety of stakeholders in a diverse multi-cultural environment.

  •        Strong organizational and coordination skills, able to work with significant levels of autonomy and meet tight deadlines.

  •        Flexible and dynamic with the ability to deal with difficult, often ambiguous, and challenging situations and creatively solve problems.

  •        Resilience to live, travel and work in isolated and possibly insecure locations.

  •        A clear and firm commitment to the rights, equality, role, and empowerment of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

  •        Demonstrated commitment to continuous learning and professional development.

  •        Commitment to the vision and mission of the organization.

Qualifications:

Academic qualifications:

The position holder must possess at least Bachelor’s degree in Medicine, Public Health, with familiarization with the HMIS database.

Work experience:

Essential:

The applicant should

1.      Have a minimum of five (5) years of consecutive work experience in Public Health and health data management affairs in a well-established organization – preferably an INGO, Governmental Organizations.

2.      Be able to demonstrate mastery over project planning as well as survey research tools.

3.      Possess a clear understanding of logical frameworks, project impacts, outcome, outputs, indicators, and their measurement. Understanding of Theory of Change will be a plus point.

4.      Have the capacity to design field health surveys, their tools, brief and guide field investigators, carry out sample checks of data collection tools such as questionnaires, scrutinize survey database, analyze data and interpret survey results.

5.      Proven ability to think and lead strategically, plan effectively, set priorities, and meet deadlines.

6.      Sound understanding of international humanitarian and development work.

7.      Ability to represent a respected organization at a senior level.

8.      Experience in Project Cycle Management (PCM).

9.     Experience in developing and managing project-wide information systems.

Contract Type:

Short Term

Employment Type:

Full time

Salary Scale:

As PEr Company Salary Scale 

Extension Possibility:

Yes

Job Location:

Kabul, Afghanistan