At the request of the Togolese Ministry of Health, the Community Health Education and System Strengthening (CHESS) project was developed to assist the Ministry of Health and its partners in improving community health outcomes through strengthened health systems and education in rural communities.
In support of this public health mission, your main roles will be that of an educator and facilitator on both health topics and health systems management issues; a liaison connecting your community to underutilized available resources; as well as a mentor to all health workers (Community Health Workers (CHWs), nurses, birth attendants, etc.) in your community on the continued development of hard skills such as monitoring, evaluation, and report writing so they can better serve their communities after your departure.
CHESS Program Goal: Improving community health outcomes through strengthened health systems and education in rural communities.
CHESS Program Objectives:
1. Public health education in maternal/newborn health
2. Improving the delivery of essential health services
3. Enhancing the skills/capacity of health workers in the field
Volunteers in the CHESS program do the following activities:
• Working closely with mothers and their families in a variety of settings to promote practices that contribute to healthy pregnancies, safe deliveries, good postpartum health, and a healthy newborn
• Participating in pre-natal consultations, growth monitoring activities, and clinic service follow-up
• Identifying and linking communities to existing resources that address malaria prevention and treatment as well as hygiene and sanitation needs
• Building the capacities of health workers through coaching and small group training to improve technical skills in: technical knowledge, project planning, organization and documentation, monitoring and evaluation, behavior change communication, respectful care, and patient empowerment.
Peace Corps/Togo is proud of the strong monitoring, reporting, and evaluation culture it has developed in recent years, which enables Volunteers, their communities, and our partner stakeholders to measure the impact of Peace Corps interventions and inform the decisions that influence the direction of future work. Therefore, Community Health Educators will identify and then focus their efforts on a select number of families (usually 8-12 depending on the size of the community); conducting weekly home visits, performing analysis of barriers to practicing healthy behaviors, and implementing action plans to help each family adopt healthy behaviors. As part of your work, both within your sector and across all three Peace Corps/Togo sectors (health, agriculture, and education), you will report on these efforts and their impact.
Gender awareness and empowerment is a cross-sectorial activity for all Peace Corps/Togo Volunteers, who look for ways to work with community members to promote gender-equitable norms. You will receive training on gender challenges in your community and you will have the opportunity to implement gender-related activities that are contextually and culturally appropriate once you are adequately integrated into your community, usually during your second year of service.
Health coverage, Housing, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Stipend, Student loan forbearance, Training
English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Prohibits paid work outside of the sponsoring agency at any time
Subject to criminal background check