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Position of Panchayat Health Facilitators, Jharkhand

Panchayat Health Facilitators
Job location
Gram Panchayats in Raidih, DumriKamdara blocks of Gumla district, Karra block of Khunti District, Bano and Pakartanr blocks of Simdega district in Jharkhand
Last Date of Application
24thJuly 2020
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About the Position

The position is for the project title ‘Jharkhand Integrated Development of Health and Nutrition (JIDHAN)’ which would be implemented in 6 selected blocks in 3 districts (namely Gumla, Khunti and Simdegaof Southern Chotanagpur region of Jharkhand. The public healthcare system in Jharkhand is relatively poor when compared to the national average and within the aspirational districts of South Chotanagpur it is more severe. With the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic the situation is much alarming in context of the existing infrastructure and quality of medical healthcare service delivery mechanism. State struggles with basic supplies, PPE-Kits, testing kits, hospital infrastructure – in terms of basic-beds, oxygenated-beds and ventilator care. In wake of the fear of the pandemic, frontline-health system collapsed with frontline health workers not going out of homes; all non-COVID cases and routine services going out of radar. The state government despite its efforts round the clock, is struggling to keep the spread of the disease in check and ensure that non-COVID patients or issues continue be able to access healthcare services.

In the aforesaid context, the project aims at strengthening the community norms and practices for prevention, strengthen the primary healthcare system for disease surveillance and as the first line of response as over 75% cases are asymptomatic or mild and not requiring serious medical attention and strengthen the tertiary & referral facilities – both capacities and infrastructure. The prime focus of the project is to work closely in an embedded manner with Health department by strengthening the public health service delivery system, strengthening the quality of services both at the primary and tertiary levels and build capacities of govt. staff at facilities and Frontline Line Workers (FLWs) of Health & ICDS. Secondly to strengthen the community processes by community awareness on disease, build capacities of local leadership, improve health delivery governance on the ground and create/ promote institutional quarantine or care centres for mild cases and finally filling the most crucial hardware gaps in consultation with the state government. Within this the following outcomes are expected:

  • Community awareness: Greater awareness in the community aspects related to COVID 19 prevention, health and other entitlements. Messaging targeted on behaviour change and Gram Sabha/ CBOs /community cadres oriented on multiple aspects related to COVID 19 prevention, health and other entitlements, to play the role of a change maker on the ground
  • Strengthening Community Level Institutional response: PRI Members (especially the Mukhiya) aware about the disease and the different protocols / guidelines issued by the GoJ on this, SHG leaders aware about the mode of disease spread, SHG and PRI leaders spread awareness and make efforts to create new social-practices for reducing spread of COVID-19, Scientific knowledge about the disease known by SHG members and Habitation based isolation centres functional
  • Establishment of Chotanagpur CSO Collaborative Platform on public Health: CSOs working on health issues mapped, Sharing mechanism - for sharing of knowledge products, relevant government orders and guidelines, IEC and collaterals on Public Health established, Campaigns on awareness building and protective measures on COVID 19 facilitated other blocks and CSOs engaged in monitoring of health services delivery and health governance through community mechanisms, collating data and sharing periodically with the state.

Job Description

They are the prime-movers or change-facilitators placed in the selected intense poverty pockets of Jharkhand to facilitate the processes of strengthening health demand and its delivery at the community level. Assigned a responsibility of working in two Gram Panchayats each these individuals are expected to work closely with community based organisations, community leaders and influencers, representatives of traditional local governance, SHG tier organizations, PRI bodies, gram sabha, frontline health workers, other influencers and with the community to demonstrate pathways of dealing with community health issues with a specific focus on COVID 19 pandemic, in a time-bound and professional manner which becomes an example for other Panchayats to follow.

The Panchayat Health Facilitator(PF) will be responsible for understanding citizen needs, would have knowledge of government programs and schemes, watchful about GP resource envelope and resource mobilization needs, aware about methods/ processes/procedures of planning, execution, closing, monitoring and coordinate with GP members and GP functionaries; and other local stakeholders (including CBOs, CSOs, GramaSabhas, User groups, thematic organisations, resource persons etc) to ensure their focus and working towards prioritised health related activities for the planned period under the project. These professionals will be equipped also to do ground level trouble-shooting related to last mile delivery of any program and will capacitate local actors to do their own problem-solving recognizing the bottlenecks. PFs will also closely work with the Gram Sabha as enablers to the Gram Pradhan in building Gram Sabha as a vibrant institution of the people with a specific focus on an effective health response.

Following will be their key responsibilities:

  1. Carry out a complete profiling of the healthcare needs, gaps and good practices for the villages and panchayats falling under their responsibility area
  2. Develop strong relations with community based organisations, community leaders and influencers, representatives of traditional local governance, SHG tier organizations, PRI bodies, gram sabha, frontline health workers, other influencers and with the community in order to help them strengthen the healthcare delivery mechanisms
  3. Facilitate development and roll-out of a Panchayat COVID-19 Response Plan
  4. Strengthening of Village Health, Nutrition & Sanitation Day (VHSNDs) as per new guideline to improve coverage of essential services including Malaria testing.
  5. Assist community and Service Providers (ASHA-AWW-ANM) on issues related to screenings of COVID-19 and other critical issues and delivery of essential health services
  6. Support community groups and Gram Panchayats on issues related to risk or prevention of COVID and other critical issues
  7. In coordination with various stakeholders facilitate promotion and Behaviour Change Communication on issues related to self-care for COVID and Maternal and Child Care
  8. Community Mobilization on issues related to adopting healthy behaviours and nutrition
  9. Carry out intensive community interactions to identify healthcare needs and gaps of the communities with focus on specific vulnerabilities
  10. Facilitate Community Engagement Initiatives under NHM like Supportive Supervision, Home Visits, and Community Based Monitoring etc.
  11. Support the ASHA Facilitators, VHSNCs, and SHGs in development and rolling out of Village Health Plan and Village Level COVID-19 Response Plan with Panchayati Raj Institutions
  12. Facilitate in better planning and implementation of untied funds under NHM and Finances under 15th Finance Commission
  13. Design and rolling out of Community Based/Habitant Based COVID-19 Response Strategy involving SHGs-PRI-ASHA-ANM-AWW with focus on Behavior Change Communication.

Qualifications/Experience/skills/knowledge and expertise

  • Bachelor with 1-2 years’ experience in community mobilization/ 10+2 with minimum 3 years of experience in Health related activities
  • Academic qualification in ANMs/Skill Training on Health Related field is highly preferable.
  • Should have the basic knowledge about the civil society work and its social development activities at community level.
  • Should have the skills to orient and mobilise community.
  • Desired from the candidates to possess fluency and command over the local/regional language hence Locally sourced candidates would be given a preference.
  • Willingness to travel to the field extensively as required in the project.
  • Should be able to coordinate and communicate with the PRI representatives/ executives, Gram Sabha members and village level service providers.
  • Should be able to read and write functional English and be able to write reports, case stories, etc. in Hindi.

How to Apply

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply to a cover letter, mentioning your interest and suitability for the position, along with an updated resume including the names of two referees, by or before 24thJuly 2020. Please mention ‘Panchayat Facilitator– Jharkhand’ in the subject line.

Applicants from SC/ST/religious minorities and other marginalized sections are encouraged to apply.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.