Community Health Assistant

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Posted on 05 Jan, 2022
Closing on 18 Jan, 2022
The deadline has been extended till 18 Jan 2022

Job Description

Mercy Corps is a leading international non-governmental humanitarian agency with a global mission to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Safeguarding at Mercy Corps is committed to the community members we work with and the beneficiaries we serve. As part of this commitment, Mercy Corps has zero tolerance for violations of our Code of Conduct (Sexual Abuse of Beneficiaries and Community Members (PSEA), Anti-Trafficking Policy, Child Safeguarding Policy, Mercy Corps Ethics Complaint and Whistleblower Policy, Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace Policy, Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying Policy, and Anti-Fraud and Corruption).

Mercy Corps Yemen would like to announce that the following position is currently open for recruitment:

Position Title:   Community Health Assistant

Number of Vacancy:  1

Duty Station:  Taiz – Alhawban

Position Category:  Full-time 1    AND   Regular 1    

Duration of Assignment: till 31 Oct 2022 with possibility of extension based on fund and performance.

Deadline :18-Jan-2022


Political and economic instability, civil insecurity, an intensified war, localized conflicts and COVID-19 have plunged the country into a serious humanitarian crisis, and further put into jeopardy the already precarious humanitarian situation of Yemen. Mercy Corps is anticipating to implement a program that will provide critical multi-sectoral support that addresses some of the most immediate and unmet basic needs and strengthens resilience for further recovery. The programming sectors under this anticipated program include health and nutrition, water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) and multipurpose cash assistance


Reporting to the Health and nutrition officer, the Community Health Assistant will support the execution of health and nutrition activities of the program. The role will work with Community Health Volunteers and will facilitate the implementation of the health and nutrition training, promotion and monitoring activities in the operational areas of the program. This position requires a committed and energetic professional with the ability to build effective relations and coordination with other WASH stakeholders to effectively mobilize target communities to actively participate in the project activities. This position is based in Taiz Hoban, with continuous field visits to the project implementation sites.

Essential Job Responsibilities

Program Implementation

  • Provide basic health and nutrition services including community IMNCI/ICCM, safe motherhood, emergency services, referral, health education, EPI as per the Minimum Service Package (MSP).
  • Mobilize the target communities on the health and Nutrition component of the program
  • In close coordination with Community Health Volunteers (CHVs), develop positive relations with community through regular meetings with community leadership.
  • Support recruitment and training of CHVs, Community Leaders and religious leaders.
  • Train and supervise the CHVs and the Lead Mothers on the screening/identification of severely/moderately malnourished children using MUAC and the follow up of progress for those admitted in the OTP.
  • Examine the patients in the program every week and record all the progress on their cards. Ensure that all the severely malnourished children with or without medical complication in the OTP receive routine
  • Provide health education to the caretakers of severely malnourished children in the programme on the causes of malnutrition, diarrhea, feeding practices and other related illnesses.
  • Ensure that all sick children get medical treatment according to the standard treatment protocol. And admit severely malnourished children discharged from the SCs and those who deteriorate from SFP
  • Ensure CHVs has enough PPE and the working environment is desinfictated thoroughly.
  • Ensure high quality and appropriated CoVID-19 related IEC material printed and installed/distributed.
  • Schedule regular site visits for monitoring and supervision to ensure quality of services, accurate data collection and tracking of community health activities
  • Work with CHVs and community leaders to conduct mortality and disease surveillance in the communities.
  • Support community-based program activities to ensure quality management, supervision, and mentorship of CHVs in their Maternal and Child Health work at community level
  • Monitor CHV system performance including effective household visitation, coverage of Maternal and Child health at household, service quality, on-time CHV data reporting, data quality, data analysis, and monthly data dissemination within the program as well as with DHO
  • Support and coordinate integrated outreaches to ensure that communities in hard-to-reach areas have access to essential Maternal and Child health services.

Coordination and Reporting

  • Work closely in coordination with the Nutrition/IYCF Officer and the rest of the team and assist in the supervision of food supplement to beneficiaries.
  • Submit weekly updates to Health and Nutrition Assistant on the CHV progress, statistics, stock, drug consumption and any other related issues.


  • Assist on the preparation of the monthly consumption reports of the medical supplies and facilitate ordering of drugs required in each distribution for the OTP program in collaboration with the DHO staff.


  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning

  • As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient, and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY: All project staff under the grant

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO Health Nutrition Officer

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH Other Program Teams, Hygiene Promotion, MEL, Cash, Operations, Finance, Grants and Reporting, WASH Engineers.


  • A College nursing or health qualification is a must have
  • At least 1 years work experience implementing health/nutrition sector interventions (e.g. (management of malnutrition cases, TSFP, OTP, MSP) targeting vulnerable populations (including displaced/refugees)
  • Effective multi-tasking, organizational capacity and prioritization skills are necessary.
  • Good knowledge of spoken and written English.
  • Good data management skills (collection & analysis)
  • Report writing skills.
  • Intermediate computer literacy.
  • Strong organizational & interpersonal skills.
  • Good judgment and commitment to adhere to MC policies
  • Qualified Nurse or Midwife with experience in health promotion and conducting trainings.

Success Factors:

Ability to interact effectively with national stakeholders, and a demonstrated ability to multi-task, meet deadlines and process information to support adaptation of program activities. Demonstrated high professional work ethic and willingness and ability to enforce compliance with Mercy Corps and donor policies. Strong commitment to teamwork and accountability. Willing to travel to project sites in rural locations on a regular basis. Attention to detail and ability to work independently. Qualified Female candidates are encouraged to apply

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.

We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.

We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics

Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.

Environmental Conditions

Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and Mercy Corps' policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues. Must be willing to travel throughout the country and be available for emergencies.


As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve - we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.


Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our participants and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging participant communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects


How to Apply

Click the following link to apply:

Interested and qualified candidates should:

  •  Use this link to apply for the position following the right application process.
  •  Send their application in English language, filling all required information and attach a copy of their CV.
  •  We highly encourage female candidates to apply.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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