Company: Pro-Health International

Pro-Health International was founded in 1991 by four medical professionals: Drs. Mark Umoh, Efem Iyeme, Owido Udofia, and Iko Ibanga, who were concerned about taking free, quality healthcare to rural communities in Africa where easy access to healthcare was a challenge. For Iko Ibanga, Pro-Health International was a culmination of past desires and experiences.

During the Nigerian civil war, malnourished, impoverished and sick refugees passed through his hometown of Uruk Uso in a steady stream and x year old Iko sought to alleviate their suffering. At every opportunity, he would gather bits and pieces of food that were available in the house and share with the refugees. His mother usually reprimanded him for giving out too much food, but Iko always sought to do more. He determined that he would grow up to become a doctor and treat people for free.

As a medical intern, Iko Ibanga recalls a patient who could not pay his bills and was detained in the hospital. While trying to negotiate the release of this patient, a fellow doctor said to him, “If it bothers you so much, why don’t you go out there and treat them for free?” These words kept him awake all night and his childhood desires re-surfaced.

This desire was heightened when he met Dr. Bob Schoffstall, an American missionary and general surgeon, who inspired and encouraged him to volunteer on his first medical mission. Dr. Ibanga’s experiences influenced him to start an organization that would deliver quality healthcare in rural areas without cost to the recipients. The organization would also encourage Nigerian healthcare professionals to provide healthcare services voluntarily.

The heart of Pro-Health International’s work is to bring quality healthcare to the communities where easy access to healthcare is a challenge. Majority of these communities are located in rural areas. The lack of access to healthcare, either through hard-to-navigate geographical terrains, lack of facilities, finances or knowledge of their need for proper healthcare, contributes significantly to the poor health indices recorded in many African communities.

Since inception, Pro-Health International has grown into an international family of over 3000 volunteer healthcare professionals fulfilling the vision to improve the health of Africa’s people – especially those who live in the rural areas – at little or no cost to the recipients, and with the love of Christ.

Pro-Health International has come a long way from its first 3-day healthcare outreach where 3 doctors saw 300 patients and carried out 15 surgeries. We have grown from 2-3 medical missions annually to executing about 25 medical missions yearly in Nigeria and Africa.

Duration: Maximum 42 days (July – September)
Slots: Consultant (2) 1 for Adamawa and 1 for Bauchi

Overview / Description

Pro-Health International (PHI) is currently implementing the USAID funded Integrated Child and Social Service Award 4 (ICHSSA4) in Adamawa and Bauchi states and recently onboarded ten civil society organisations in in both states. For effective on-boarding of the CSOs to meet the high pace of program implementation,.
PHI would require the technical support of the Civil Societies Strengthening Consultant to facilitate the timely on-boarding of the CSOs to achieving the project targets through the following:

Review each CSO individual workplans and provide technical support to improve activity implementation to meeting set target
Provide technical and programmatic support to the CSOs on designing, implementing and monitoring priority interventions as captured in the work plan to strengthen community health service delivery and community engagement, including but not limited to: improving community referral systems and data reviews.
Provide technical support in the implementation of a variety of activities including training materials that employ e-learning, virtual learning, site-based training, assessments, or other solutions.
Provide active technical guidance to Case Managers assigned to work with the individual CSOs and document to PHI the case load and achievement of each Case Manager.
Participate in the monthly review of the activities of each CSO with PHI
Aapprised PHI of all developments relating to each CSO, the consultant will work with the CSOs to communicate progress and challenges as they relate to achieving the project goals.
Build and foster relationships with other CSOs, Case Managers and the PHI
Identify and support ongoing activities to strengthen community referral, feedback and accountability mechanisms and structures
Submit to PHI a comprehensive report of activity at the end of the period of consultancy.

Qualifications

Advanced degree in Social Sciences, International Development, Community Health, Social Work, or related relevant field
Demonstrated capacity and experience in the technical areas set forth in the program description, including, but not limited to, designing, implementing and managing community- and facility-based service delivery and community engagement and outreach activities
Minimum of 5 years of demonstrated success in delivering community driven systems strengthening technical assistance and community-based organisations
Previous work experience in either Bauchi and Adamawa state will be a strong advantage
Strong communication, facilitation and teamwork skills
Must be a legal resident of Nigeria.

Conditions

Number on Consultants Needed: 2
Duration of Assignment: Maximum of 42 days from the last week of July and ending before September 30, 2020
Report to: ICHSSA4 State project Leads located in Adamawa and Bauchi states as may be assigned
Job will require 80% work with the CSOs and 20% time with PHI.
Intra State travel support and sleep overs in hard to reach areas is allowed under this consultancy.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to email their Applications and CV / Resume and Cover Letter (as a single MS Word document) to: with evidence of related work (i.e. Samples, reports of a related work).

Important Notice

  • PHI will appreciate applications from experts who are resident within the study locations.
  • PHI is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran with respect to policies, programs, or activities.
  • Disclaimer: The above job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with this assignment.