Junior EU Aid Volunteer – Public Health / Health Systems Economics Assistant in Mali

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Project Description: Medico-Nutritional Assistance for Pregnant Women and Breastfeeding Women (FEFA), Women of Childbearing Age (FAP) and Children Under Five

General Objective: Contribute to the reduction of morbidity and mortality of the population affected by the crises in Northern Mali

Specific Objective: To improve access to free and quality medical and nutritional care for populations affected by crises in Northern Mali.

Beneficiaries: The project will directly support 53 Community Health Centers and 2 Reference Health Centers in northern Mali in the Gao and Menaka regions.

Result 1: The availability and quality of maternal and child health care is improved.

Result 2: The evolution of the financing system in the health sector in the districts of Gao and Bourem is accompanied by a strengthening of the mechanisms for identifying and providing care for the most vulnerable categories of populations.

Result 3: State actors, accompanied in the steering and the implementation of interventions in the health sector of the project, are capitalized for the sustainable strengthening of the health system.

Mali is undergoing a major political and health crisis with an open conflict in the north coupled with drought. The situation is in addition to the structural problems of underdevelopment.
The most important major health problems and needs of the region can be summarized as follows:
- poor sanitary coverage;
- lack of infrastructure and equipment;
- lack of qualified human resources;
- limited use of health services;
- food insecurity and high risks of malnutrition;
- the high risks of epidemics.
The post is based in Bamako; security conditions currently do not allow for movement to the bases of Gao and Menaka.
The wider operational and security context of the project can be described as follows:
- Limited presence of crime, such as burglary, in Bamako;
- The work is managed in semi-remote control which requires an important operational follow-up and a rigorous and severe management and logistic control;
- Presence of radicals on the ground with red zones: southeast of Gao and southwest of Menaka.
- Presence of Barkhane's military operations and G5 Sahel forces, but not operational presence in Bamako city.
- Very limited health -specialised civil-military operations of Barkhane.
- No GSM coverage in some areas in Menaka and Gao region.

Reinforce the quality of healthcare and the healthcare services

- Make a trimestral PDCA cycle to improve and maintain the sexual and reproductive healthcare offer in the healthcare structures in Menaka.
- Collect data corresponding with the objectives of the project.
- Validate data.
- Analyse data (result, benchmark study…)
- Propose an overview for the field offices.
- Propose improvements to execute, with deadlines and new data.

Follow-up the use of technical material resources

- Analyse the follow-up indicators of the resource management for proposing more effective measurements.
- Follow-up of drug consumption and consumables medication.
- Stock evaluation (lack of stock shortages and expiries)
- Evaluation of the appropriate use of resources.

Qualitative analyse of the functioning of the healthcare services

- Co-create qualitative surveys (focus groups…) for the beneficiaries and the professionals to identify if adaptations are necessary.
- Develop tools to obtain information (surveys, interviews, focus groups…).
- Analyse data.
- Develop feedback tools.
- Give feedback to the target group (population, associations of health communities, professionals, authorities…)


Required competences

- Perfect knowledge of French and English

- Master in Health (doctor, pharmacist, nursing)

- Tropical health / Public Health / Organisation of health systems

- Elementary analysis methods of simple data

- Technical knowledge of quality improvement  

- Technical knowledge of qualitative surveys

- Analysing, summation, harshness

- Organising work, priority, hard pressure

- Good redaction, communication, talk in public

- Dynamic, takes initiatives, works alone, respect rules

- Open-minded, flexible, politeness, good humor

- Computer skills (qualifications or certifications in some of the following applications are recommended):

        - Standard tools OS: Windows .MS Office, MS Projects

        - Data collection tools: Google Forms

        - Analysis of data and statistics: MS Excel. SPSS

        - Database servers: R, MySQL, MS Access

Selection criteria
Applications are made directly within the sending organisation, please check out the how to apply section.

The candidate for EU Aid Volunteers must be a citizen of the EU or a third country national who is a long-term resident in an EU Member State, and must have a minimum age of 18 years.

The volunteer must be available for his/her assignment from April 2019 until October 2019. This aspect, along with being proficient in French, are non-negotiable and exception criteria.

Not all these competences are exception criteria as long as the candidate can show expertise in performing the tasks which the job position involves. His/her motivation will be similarly taken into account. Therefore, a motivation letter should be submitted explaining what drives the candidate to be a volunteer with us.

- Perfect knowledge of French and English

- Master in Health (doctor, pharmacist, nursing)

- Tropical health / Public Health / Organisation of health systems

Condition of service

Work in a well-established, long living program in a Western African Country.
Work in collaboration with the MdM BE and MdM ES communication departments.
Learn about the ECHO, EU, OFDA, AFD frameworks.

Working in the coordination office situated in a middle/upper class zone of the capital.
Sharing a 90 m2 flat in a block of 5 flats, where4 of them are occupied by MdM BE.
Water, electricity, internet, cable TV, shared car and driver, unarmed guards 24/7 are offered and guaranteed.
Interesting cultural life, but outdoors sports and social life may be limited for security reasons.
Travelling outside of Bamako is prohibited.

Selection process

Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place on a rolling basis in March 2019.
Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form
• CV in Europass format
• Completed EUAV Self Assessment Questionnaire
• Motivation Letter
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Skype interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates.
The successful candidates will attend a mandatory online and on-site training provided by the EU before her/his deployment.
The on-site training will have a mandatory section for all the candidates as well as some optional modules, to be provided according to the competences of each candidate EU Aid Volunteer and the needs of the Hosting organisation.
Please note that all costs incurred in relation to the EU on-site training (EU travel, full-board accommodation, and the course itself) will be fully covered.
This mandatory training will take place in March-April 2019.
Important notice: additional candidates may be shortlisted for a single position and proposed for the EU Aid Volunteers training. This is to ensure that for each position, substitute volunteers may be chosen to replace a candidate in case he or she resigns or is no longer available. Where more than one candidate has been shortlisted for a single position, final selection will take place following the training.

Date of training
June 2019
Apprenticeship Placement
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
August 2019
September 2019
Post-deployment activities
March 2020
Self assessment questionnaire
File Self Assessment Questionnaire