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BCC/Behavior Change Community Advisor, Primary Health Care Project Iraq

Management Systems International (MSI)
Location: Baghdad, Iraq
Last Date: September 25, 2011
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BCC/Behavior Change Community Advisor, Primary Health Care Project Iraq, Baghdad

Company Profile: Management Systems International (MSI) is a global international development firm based in Washington, D.C. providing specialized short- and long-term technical assistance. MSI is part of Coffey International Development, a global international development consulting firm. Together with Coffey ID, MSI now has more than 1,500 development professionals worldwide, a corporate presence in 11 countries and manages more than 200 projects worldwide. It currently manages more than 20 long-term projects in countries, including Iraq, Sudan, Colombia and Russia. Broadly, MSI implements a range of analytical and field projects in its core technical areas, including democracy and governance, strategic management and performance improvement, organizational capacity building, human development and natural resource management. For more information on MSI, please visit our website at

Project/Proposal Summary:
The Iraqi Ministry of Health is currently engaged to move forward with stabilizing and reorganizing its health services. Ensuring access to routine, high quality and equitable healthcare has emerged as a critical need and the Government of Iraq is committed to improving the quality of primary healthcare (PHC) services. To assist with these efforts, USAID’s Primary Health Care Project Iraq (PHCPI) has been designed to support the Iraqi Ministry of Health (MoH) to achieve its strategic goal through putting in place key building blocks to support the delivery of quality PHC services at the community and facility levels. Within this framework, PHCPI includes three components: 1) Strengthening Supportive Management Systems and Processes, 2) Strengthening Quality Clinical Care, and 3) Building Community Partnerships for PHC. These components, separately and together, will assist the Government to implement quality care for its population and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of PHC services. The Community Partnership component focuses on: 1) patient rights; 2) establishing effective behavioral change strategies with clients that foster healthy life style practices; and 3) developing and working with civil societies and other community groups to effectively link with PHCs. The PHCPI will last 4 years. The BCC/Behavior Change Community Advisor is local position. The assignment is for (1 year) with possibility of renewal. The selected candidate is supposed to start as soon as possible.

Position Summary:
In coordination with the Partnership and BCC Outreach Advisor, the Behavior Chance Community Advisor will work with MOH and other counterparts to develop a National Statement of Patients’ Rights in Primary Health Care and implement an effective process for disseminating the National Statement, informing the public, receiving and addressing patient complaints. The Advisor will also coordinate with capacity development and partnership advisors in providing training on community partnership approaches within the handbook.

** Please note that this is a local position. Only Iraqi citizens are eligible to apply.**

• Assist MOH in promoting Patients’ Rights as well as demand for quality health services;
• Assist MOH to develop a handbook for Quality Standards and Operational Guidance for Community Partnerships in Primary Health Care;
• Provide technical assistance to district and clinic level health program activities including BCC programs that result in decreases in illness, detection and treatment of illness, and promotion of health and growth in neonates and children as well as improved reproductive outcomes for women;
• Identify, adapt, apply, and transfer behavioral approaches to increase coverage of PHC project interventions and achieve greater public health impact;
• Incorporate individual, community and institutional behavioral analysis and strategy as part of all PHC programs;
• In collaboration with MOH, DOHs and NGOs, assist in developing a plan for promoting PHC services;
• Provide technical assistance to MOH and DOH to empower community participatory approaches for improving maternal and child health and country’s overall strategy in public and primary health and survival;
• Assist in evaluating client/community input regarding health care priorities, needs and services according to the community partnership handbook;
• Develop and implement at-scale community and family-based approaches that will contribute to national and international policies, programs and investment strategies;
• Establish partnerships with and strengthen capacity of local committees and NGOs in organizational development of local health management committees.
• Master’s degree in communications, social/behavioral sciences, and/or community medicine.
• 10 years experience supporting community development, behavior change or other related programs in Iraq, especially at the national level.
• Working experience on international programs related to community development and/or behavior change.
• Fluency in English and Arabic and possession of Iraqi citizenship is required.
• Excellent writing and interpersonal skills.

Only candidates who have been selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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