Job Opening International Rescue Committee Consultancy for Behavior Change Communication (BCC) on Islamic Perspective in reference to Reproductive Health in Hagadera in Kenya Aug 2017


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Job Description : Job Employment International Rescue Committee
Consultancy for Behavior Change Communication (BCC) on Islamic Perspective in reference to Reproductive Health in Hagadera
Sector: Reproductive Health 
Location: Kenya 
Employee Type: Consultant  
Employee Category: Not Applicable


Term of Reference for Behavior Change Communication (BCC) consultant on Islamic Perspective in reference to Reproductive Health in Hagadera Refugee Camp.

Introduction: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides health services in Hagadera at Dadaab Refugee Camp since January 2009.

It operates 1 camp hospital and 4 health posts. The camp has total population of 97000 Hagadera, 19664 and estimated 10% of the population as host community.

The IRC has 5 main programs which include Health, Nutrition, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Women Empowerment and protection program that are all headed by a manager who in turn report to the Field Coordinator.

The IRC operates 1 hospital that is supported by an equipped theatre for emergencies and elective surgical cases from both camps.

The IRC plans to engage a BCC consultant to conduct fora and dialogues across Hagadera Refugee Camp targeting both community and religious leaders with the aim of addressing major factors that contributes to limited utilization of Maternal and Neonatal health services and that are related to religious misconceptions and beliefs.

Objective of the Training: To Create more demand for the available Reproductive health  services for  the refugee community by addressing the religious, cultural misconceptions and negative personal attitude  that limit the utilization of available Reproductive Health  services.

Expected outcome

  • Improved health seeking behaviors and demand for health care services created.
  • Demystify the myth associated with modern family planning, Hospital delivery, C/S and blood transfusion.
  • Increased acceptance and use of modern Child spacing and long term contraception method and overall improving maternal health and reduce maternal Morbidity and Mortality.
  • Improved antenatal IFA supplementation by reducing barriers of personal and behavioral perception related to its use in pregnancy.
  • Alleviated community fear about invasive procedures on the newborns leading to ability to provide need care.
  • Increased autonomy in decision making by women in regards to their Reproductive Health and life saving interventions.
  • Reduced early marriages among girls of below 18 years.
  • Incorporation of religious and cultural beliefs into conventional medicine to improve the overall maternal and newborn health.
Tasks to be performed

In liaison with the RH/HIV and Health managers, the Muslim scholar will be required to address the following health issues:

  • Address the religious, cultural and behavioral perceptions influencing the use of antenatal IFA supplementation in Dadaab Refugee Camp.
  • Advocate for early and optimal exclusive breastfeeding as potential impact in improved maternal and child survival as opposed to artificial feeding.
  • Address the socio-cultural factors, gender roles and Islamic religious ideologies contributing to caesarian section refusal.
  • Re assure and demystify myths and beliefs associated with use of invasive surgical procedures including tubes and catheters as lifesaving interventions in newborns.
  • Advocate for the use of family planning and address its permissibility in Islamic context including misperception that it is seen to interfere with the will of God.
  • Advocate for women empowerment in decision making in regard to their reproductive health and emergency lifesaving interventions which is perceived as the prerogative of the male and elders in the family.
  • Empower the community to discourage early marriage <18 and=”” consequence=”” early=”” illustrate=”” marriage.=”” of=”” span=”” the=”” them=”” to=”” years=””>
  • Address the complications of Female genital cutting/mutilation on childbirth and its negative health impact to the lives of women and girls.
  • Discuss the role of religious leaders on issues of sexual and reproductive health.
  • Advocate for healthy practices for mothers and newborns post-delivery including skin to skin and KMC for preterm babies and discourage the practices of using Malmal charcoal to dry the umbilical stump and low intake of food post CS.
  • On every last day of the training the scholar shall be live on the local radio Gargar to respond to any questions from the community in regard to Islamic context and Quranic interpretation on Health.
IRC role
  • The IRC will mobilize the religious and community leaders to attend the community fora and trainings.
  • The IRC will provide transport of the Consultant from Garissa and back after the consultancy.
  • The participants will be provided with 10 o clock tea and lunch at a rate of Kshs. 500/= per participant.
  • The IRC shall provide all the training materials.
Training Venue: Health post A6, E6, G6, and L6

Duration of consultancy: The consultancy is expected to last for 5 days from 28th August to 1st September 2017

Terms of payment and Utility:

  • The IRC will pay the per diem for the BCC at rate of Kshs.30000/= per day for 5 days.
  • The IRC will reimburse the transport cost from Garissa to Hagadera and back.
  • The IRC will provide for accommodation for the consultant but he will cater for his meals at a cost of Kshs. 1250/= per day payable to the welfare committee.
  • Payments for consultant will be done after the submission of the training report.
  • BA in Islamic religious studies
  • Vast knowledge in Islamic knowledge in regard to health and Islam
  • Previous experience in conducting community forum on Islam and Health
  • Experience in coordinating religious activities, community awareness campaigns e.g. HIV/AIDs, Reproductive Health and anti-FGM
  • Experience working with religious leadersin Kenya and/or a refugee-setting, preferred
  • Be flexible and tolerant
  • Be highly sensitive to cultural and religious dynamics
  • Competent knowledge of Arabic, English, Kiswahili   & Somali languages.
Specifications about the Response

Interested applicants should submit the following;

  • A cover letter
  • A resume
How to Apply

CLICK HERE to apply online

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