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EUROPEAN CIVIL PROTECTION AND HUMANITARIAN AID OPERATIONS

Senior EU Aid Volunteer - Public Health Expert with Médecins du Monde Belgique in Tunis

Senior
— 1 positions
Deployment dates: 
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The EU Aid Volunteers is an initiative of the European Union. It brings together volunteers and organisations from different countries, providing practical support to humanitarian aid projects and contributing to strengthening the local capacity and resilience of disaster-affected communities. Participants in the EU Aid Volunteers initiative must be over 18 years of age and be a citizen of an EU Member State or a long-term resident in the EU.

Assignment

1- Improving access to healthcare for migrant populations in Greater Tunis

2- SEHATY – An active civil society to improve the quality and accessibility of front-line health services in Tunisia

1- As part of the project started in July 2015 to improve access to care for migrant populations in Tunisia, Médecins du Monde has developed a two-pronged strategy:

- The first involves medical action in the field (in a broad sense, including the psychological component) in partnership with the actors (institutional, associative) already working with these populations and healthcare providers.

- The second considers institutionalization and advocacy actions for the migrants rights to access to care.

 

More concretely: direct assistance takes the form of medical-psycho-social assistance to vulnerable migrants. This is done either directly by MdM, or via a referral to structures, non-governmental or civil society, more able to meet the identified needs. Consultations in general medicine and psychology are provided in this context. A broad awareness-raising component for migrants is also put into place.

MdM is also developing a referral system to medical-psychological service providers. These providers, previously identified from the public and private sectors, will be linked by MdM acting as a focal point, with migrants. The latter will thus benefit from a dynamic network of providers and health structures and have access to adapted services.

By setting up such a system, MdM ultimately aims to improve the capacities of institutional and private actors at levels of organization, networking, training, partial care, and more. Again, what does it mean to respond to the needs of migrants?

Médecins du Monde Belgium has set up since February 2015, a "mental health" station for the migrant population of Greater Tunis.

 

 

2- The right to healthcare is at the heart of the "SEHATY" project developed by Médecins du Monde Belgium (MdM BE) and its partners: Mourakiboun, CIDEAL and COSPE. The Tunisian constitution of 2014 enshrines the right to healthcare. Despite remarkable achievements, the Tunisian health system (STT) seems to have run out of steam.  Disparities between regions / localities and socio-economic groups are widening, and the inequities of access to care are worsening, hindering an achievement of universal healthcare access, especially for the most vulnerable populations.

 

The overall objective of the project is as follows: "The health of the population in the targeted areas, especially the most vulnerable groups, is improved through better access to quality front-line health services and better knowledge of human rights and responsibilities by local communities. "  The specific objectives are:

• SO1: Promote dialogue at the local level between civil society, elected representatives and other public and private actors in the health sector, for better governance of the health system.

• SO2: Strengthen the structure and capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in targeted areas for more effective local health-focused intervention.

Our approach is part of the opportunities offered by the principles of decentralization and participatory democracy enshrined in the January 2014 constitution and in the new local government code. It is based on a community-centered approach and that of healthcare democracy: i) the development of public consultation, ii) the improvement of the participation of health actors, iii) the promotion of the individual and collective rights of users.

The intervention will be conducted at the level of at least 13 health districts that will be identified in the 13 areas targeted by the health sector support program "Essaha Aziza", according to predetermined criteria.

The operational and security context of the project can be described as follows:

- The project "Migrants" is implemented in Greater Tunis, Sfax and Medenine in the South of the country. The "SEHATY" project, co-financed by the EU, is being set up in 13 governorates and seeks to develop a participatory approach to health democracy.
- MdM has operational bases in Tunis, Sfax, Medenine, Sidi Bouzid and plans to set up in Jendouba as part of the project co-financed by the EU.
- Deployments in the country are possible, without major stipulations for security. Areas to avoid are the South and the border areas with Libya.
- There is little crime in Tunis where the headquarters of MdM is based.

Tasks
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…).

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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 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.

- Perfect knowledge of French and English.
- Master in Health (doctor, pharmacist, nursing).
- Tropical health / Public Health / Organisation of health systems.

Condition of service

- Working within a multicultural team;
- Close contact with multiple donors, organizations, organizations, state structures, informal authorities;
- Environment conducive to honing stress management.

The post is based in Tunis, in a pleasant environment.
The team is mainly Tunisian but it does count a few expatriates; there are many recreational activities.
Cultural venues and outings are numerous and safe.
There is little crime, and public services and public transportation are convenient.
Quality healthcare is accessible.
The volunteer will receive a monthly allowance that should allow them to remain in Tunis without much difficulty. Water and electricity are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
No difficulty connecting to the Internet via mobile network.
The post will require travel to various MdM bases; transportation will be provided by MdM.

Selection process

January
Shortlisting and interviews are expected to take place via Skype.
Please note that only completed applications that are submitted through
https://candidate.cvwarehouse.com/Apply/183076-EU-AID-Volunteers-Public-...
will be considered.
Applications should include:
• Completed EUAV application form (in French).
• CV in Europass format (in French).
• Completed EU Aid Volunteer self-assessment questionnaire (in French).
• Motivation Letter (in French).

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 February 2020.
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.

Timetable
Date of training
17/02/2020 – 29/02/2020
Apprenticeship Placement
NA
Pre-deployment preparation and induction
End of March – Beginning of April
Deployment
April – minimum end October
Post-deployment activities
October
Self assessment questionnaire
File euav_self_assessment_questionanire_fr.xlsx
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