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Being a health promoter with MSF is an energetic, exciting job.
From a mobile app campaign to get victims of sexual violence to access care in our hospitals through to holding community meetings to explain the importance of handwashing in refugee camps, health promoters are a direct link to the community outside the walls of the hospital, and vital to ensure that MSF projects are accessible and relevant to the communities they provide for.
Our health promoters work in projects all over the world to develop strategies to address a wide range of health issues, from sexual violence care through to Ebola prevention.
It’s an exciting and diverse role and you would be responsible for some or all of the following:
- Analysing and understanding the local behaviour and/or practices at risk of transmitting a disease within a target group.
- Coordinating the IEC-activities (Information Education Communication) on different topics in order to support the medical activities. This might include promotion of the medical services, hygiene promotion, information on themes linked to maternal health, malnutrition, malaria, HIV/AIDS, Ebola, etc.
- Researching, designing and implementing appropriate interventions
- Building capacity of a local team to implement a health promotion campaign
Stories from the field
Having worked in five countries in the last two years, from fighting cholera in South Sudan to helping migrants and refugees in Greece, it's fair to say Pierre Trbovic has seen his fair share of our work.
According to Pierre, the hardest job he had to do as an MSF health promoter was stand on the gates of our ELWA 3 Ebola management centre in Monrovia, Liberia. In this podcast he talks about his time at the gate.
- Formal education in Anthropology or Sociology or relevant social sciences
- Substantial post education experience working in the field of Health Education and Promotion
- Broad experience in Health Education working with communities
- Experience in supervising, managing and training others
- Able to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
- Willing to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
- Available for a minimum of nine to twelve months
- Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travelling experience in developing countries
- Flexible and able to manage stress
- Fluency in English
- Familiarity with tropical diseases / infectious diseases
- Previous experience in a similar role with another non-governmental organisation (NGO)
- Previous experience in a similar role in an unstable environment
- We are currently looking for Health Promoters with good French and Arabic Skills. If you speak French or Arabic to a level where you can be placed in a French or Arabic speaking mission such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Chad or Yemen, you are much more likely to be accepted onto the MSF register.
before you apply
Your safety and security
We take safety and security seriously. This video explains the risks our staff face and the lengths we go to keep them safe.
Please watch this before you decide whether or not to apply for this job.
What's it like working with MSF?
In most projects you'll be living and working in stressful conditions without many of the things you may take for granted at home.
Please watch this short video and reflect on why you want to work for MSF before starting your application.