Public Health Officer
Position: Public Health Officer
Closing Date: October 1, 2020
Location Assosa, Ethiopia
Start Date Oct – Nov 2020
Length of Placement 7-12 Months
Language Requirements English Level 5 – Fluent
Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only
The Volunteer’s Role
Your work can help the country’s poorest population have better access to health services in rural areas in Ethiopia.
As a Public Health Officer, you will support the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional Health Bureau in their day to day work. This can include observing, recognizing, and suggesting changes to solve community health issues; developing plans that improve individual and community health initiatives; and working to notify, educate, and empower people regarding health problems. You will also work with colleagues and partners to maintain and strengthen the health and well-being of people.
In this role, you will work closely with the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional Health Bureau, Country Program Office, and a team of volunteers. During this role, you will reside in Assosa, Benishangul- Gumuz in the western part of Ethiopia.
Apply to this position to support the improvement of the health care facilities and support capacity building initiatives in rural communities in Ethiopia.
As a volunteer, you will:
-Develop and track program strategies for developmental changes
-Facilitate community development plans in conjunction with volunteers and health workers in the districts
-Assist the community in galvanizing support around development outputs
-Integrate gender strategic outputs in all community activities
Essential Academic Qualifications:
-BSc Degree in Public Health
-Graduate Degree in Management or in Health Care
-Management or in Health Hospital Administration is preferred
Essential Professional Background:
-At least two years of experience working in Health
-Experience in Project Management
– Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)
– Accommodation while in placement
– Return airfare and visa/work permit costs
– Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance
– Pre-departure training program and in-country orientation (more details below)
– On the ground support through our Cuso International country program office
– Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return
– Travel and accommodation for the pre-departure training course, in-country orientation, and reintegration debriefing weekend
– Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)
– Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months
We ask each volunteer, regardless of placement length, to raise $2,000. All volunteers receive support from Cuso International to help achieve the goal through fundraising. If the volunteer chooses not to fundraise or is unable to achieve the fundraising goal, he/she can make a one-time donation or become a monthly donor to support our work.