Public Health Officer


KOICA Empowering Rural Communities in Nepal through an Integrated Approach to Health and Income Growth

Job Information

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    Duty Station Dhulikhel
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    Type of Appointment Contract
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 3+ years
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Apr 04, 2022

Job Description

Empowering Rural Communities in Nepal through an Integrated Approach to Health and Income Growth

I. General Information 

Job Title: Public Health Officer

Sector of Assignment: Health promotion, community health volunteer, school health, capacity- building, income growth, community development

Country: Nepal

Duty Station (city): Dhulikhel

Project Site: Manekharka, Hindi, Salambu, Puttar

Duration of Assignment: 1 year (extendable based on performance & project duration)

II. Supervision

Title of Supervisor: Project Manager (PM)

Content and Methodology of Supervision:

The Public Health Officer (PHO) will work under the direct supervision of the PM-Project Manager (PM) with technical inputs from Health Specialist from the team.

PHO will report directly to the Supervisor. At the beginning of his/her assignment, a detailed work plan will be developed jointly by PHO and his/her supervisor and will include the detailed assignments, their timeline, indicators and targets.

The supervision will be conducted on a daily and weekly basis through meetings within the Health team including PHO, Health Specialist and his/her supervisor where PHO will provide weekly update on the progress towards targets as well as challenges and lessons learned, and the supervisor will provide feedback and guidance. Further, regular one-on-one meeting will take place with the supervisor to ensure adequate guidance, clarifications and feedback is being provided against the established work plan.

III.Duties, Responsibilities and Output Expectations

Background Information – Job Specific:

PHO reports to PM who provides board supervision and guidance. The role is responsible for supporting PM with the day-to-day operations of the project and coordinating project progress and

implementation. He/she maintains a close eye on the operational and financial performance, identifies probable issues that may need attention, supports in problem analysis and solution identification as necessary, coordinate resolution as per action-items assigned, drafting required correspondences to stakeholders concerned and preparation of project reports. The role can often be required to work in complex and challenging environments with limited resources.

Summary of functions:

  • Project overview and quality assurance
    • Supporting project implementation of health field
    • Monitoring & evaluation
    • Reporting
  • Coordination and liaison
  • Other relevant administrative tasks

1. Project overview and quality assurance

  • Supporting project design, implementation and quality assurance
    • Support the project planning process; including the preparation of Terms of Reference (ToR) and/or Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) as required;
    • Manage information flows and oversee changes, risks and other relevant issues that occurs during the project implementation;
    • Organize stakeholder meetings when necessary, and maintain records of these meetings;
    • On behalf of the project and as directed by PM, participate in periodic visits to the projectsitesto monitor the project implementation procedure.
  • Monitoring & evaluation
    • Document and feedback lessons learned and best practices;
    • Manage the compilation, consolidation and analysis of relevant data of the project;
    • Assist PM in tracking of the project indicators and quality;
    • Contribute to the dissemination and sharing of best practices and lessons learned for planning and knowledge building.
  • Reporting
    • Provide substantive inputs to assist PM in the preparation of project reports and documents;
    • Maintain records of project files and other supporting documents;
    • Assist PM in the preparation of project reports

2. Coordination and liaison

  • Liaising closely with PM and/or PMO to progress project related tasks;
  • Keeping the PM informed of progress of the work and timelines;
  • Support for coordinating and drawing agreements between the relevant stakeholders especially participants of health field for effective and efficient implementation of the project.

3. Others

  • Conduct field visits as per the requirement.
  • Carry out other duties and responsibilities assigned by the supervisor

Impact of Results: Public Health Officer directly impacts on achievement of project results by assisting PM adhere to project management methods and strategies, reduced risks, cut costs and improved success rates. This consequently reinforces the visibility as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.

Required Qualification & Experience

1. Education

  • Master’s degree in Public Health or any significant health-related advanced degree
  • The required education degree may be substituted by extensive professional experience involving similar work responsibilities

2. Experience

  • At least 3 year experience in relevant field such as community-based health promotion, community health volunteer program, school health, and health care staff training in national and/or international organisation
  • Experience in Official Development Assistance project in international organization is desirable. Experience with KOICA will be a plus

3. Skills

  • Language skills: Proficiency in written and spoken English and Nepali.
  • Ability to speak the languages spoken in the project site, Tamang, will be an asset
  • Use of Microsoft office (including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

V. Background Information

Limited access to healthcare services and lack of income source results in low quality of life of people living in the project sites: Manekharka and Hindi in Sindhupalchowk district, Salambu in Kavre district and Puttar in Tanahun district.

Dhulikhel Hospital of Kathmandu University has established 21 outreach centers (ORCs) in rural areas across the country including the project sites, and dispatched medical and paramedical staffs. In addition, Dhulikhel Hospital also has launched the community development programs promoting income growth activities in addition to the provision of basic healthcare services through ORCs, so that community people can fully enjoy the provided services. These efforts are recognized as a new approach of rural development.

In recognition of this effort, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has launched a new project titled “Empowering Rural Communities in Nepal Through an Integrated Approach to Health and Income Growth” by signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Nepal to support Dhulikhel Hospital with its development experience and expertise.

The Project aims to achieve well-being and improved quality of life in rural community as result of strengthened capacity for community development through integrated approach to health and income growth. Main components of project implementation includes: developing a Master Plan to operate outreach centers; workshops with relevant partners for community need assessment and knowledge sharing; capacity building of healthcare personnel, community leaders and members; supporting income generation of community people by cash cropping and other relevant activities; managing and evaluating progress and performance of the project; supporting construction of agricultural infrastructure and health facilities in the project sites.

How to Apply

1. Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)

KOICA is Korea’s leading development cooperation agency to achieve global social values and aims to fight global poverty and support sustainable socio-economic development in developing countries while at the same time strengthening Korea’s friendly relations with them. Setting health, education, governance, agriculture and rural development and technology, environment and energy as priority sectors, KOICA delivers grant-based programs through its development projects, international volunteer and fellowship programs, emergency relief provision, multilateral cooperation, etc. At present KOICA operates 44country offices around the globe.

KOICA Nepal Office has started its operation in Nepal since 1995 to maximize the effectiveness of Korea’s grant aid programs for developing countries by implementing the government’s grant aid and technical cooperation programs.

2. KOICA “Empowering Rural Communities in Nepal through an Integrated Approach to Health and Income Growth” Project Office

The Project office has established in March 2021 and members are consisted of international and national specialists in project management, health and agriculture of Korea Institute for Development Strategy (KDS) and Yonsei Global Health Center (YGHC).

Dhulikhel Hospital of Kathmandu University is the partner agency for the Project.

Interested candidates who meet the above-mentioned criteria are required to submit their application letter and recent C.V via email to  no later than 18th April 2022, 17:00 hours.