Overseas Health Education and Promotion Adviser – Papua New Guinea
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteers receive a living allowance and accommodation, insurance, and medical costs are provided. Travel arrangements are organised and funded by VSA along with other costs.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are now the leading cause of death in Papua New Guinea. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported that of the 56,000 deaths in PNG in 2016, 31,400 of these were attributable to NCDs.
In this assignment you will assist in developing, strengthening and delivering cost-effective and evidence-based health education and promotion programmes, with a focus on NCDs.
As the ideal candidate you will be able to develop and manage relationships with existing stakeholders and the wider community. This includes identifying opportunities for more collaborative partnerships with schools, businesses, churches, NGOs, and communities.
Capacity-building and strengthening will occur through training, knowledge sharing, mentoring, facilitated learning and provision of support for systemic improvement of systems and processes. The volunteer will work closely with Health Promotion Officers. VSA assignments provide a unique opportunity for professional development by sharing your skills to build thriving communities in the Pacific and beyond.
The Division and VSA are working together to recruit two volunteers. The volunteers will ideally be recruited concurrently and work together on assignment.
We are looking for a volunteer with:
– Relevant tertiary qualification in health sector
– Sound knowledge and understanding of non-communicable diseases including treatment, prevention methods, and social and behaviour change communication (SBBC)
– Experience in developing and implementing health education and promotion programmes
– Sound knowledge of health education and communication strategies
This is a 6-12 month assignment based in Papua New Guinea.
About volunteering with VSA
VSA is New Zealand’s largest and most experienced volunteering agency working in international development.
We cover living allowances, accommodation and utilities. Travel, visas, insurance and medical costs are organised and funded by VSA.
Volunteers must be a NZ citizen or permanent resident.
If current VSA assignments don’t suit your skills and experience you can register your interest with us and we’ll let you know when something in your field is available.
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