Menstrual Health Education Programme Developer

Organization
Irise International
Deadline for Applications
08/05/2015
Contact Information
info@irise.org.uk

Background:

Irise is a fast growing organisation dedicated to addressing inadequate Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) through delivering education and an affordable sanitary product. Menstrual hygiene is an issue identified by marginalised women and girls as a driver of gender inequality and disempowerment through an insidious impact on their ability to engage in education and make good decisions about their reproductive health. We found that 74% of girls in rural Uganda believe that period pain is a sign of illness and 43% believe it is harmful to run or dance during their period.

We believe that menstruation and puberty are the first steps in a girl’s sexual and reproductive life and that access to information and support during this important period can give her the confidence to make choices about her own body throughout her life. We also aim to work with men and boys to help them understand and respect women’s bodies.

Through creating a safe space to talk about menstruation we can address the systemic misinformation surrounding women’s menstrual and reproductive health, ranging from doctor’s advising that sex can cure period pain to the idea that menstruating women are dirty and can contaminate others and fears that hormonal contraceptives can cause deformed babies. We also break the silence surrounding other taboo issues and begin important dialogues about gender roles and girls’ rights.

Role Description:

The individual will build on the existing work and experience of Irise International to develop a train the trainer course and other creative resources to support the delivery of menstrual health education in East Africa. The materials will be developed and piloted through our programme in Jinja and then promoted more widely so that other organisations can integrate them into their work.

The individual will help to establish a train the trainer programme and work in close collaboration with the our social enterprise Irise Uganda Ltd to ensure that communities receiving Easy Pads (reusable pads) are also able to access the information they need. They will work closely with the Menstrual Health Education Trainer based in our Jinja office as well as training and supporting other trainers and organisations.

Responsibilities:

  • Developing materials for a Train the Trainers course
  • Developing the content for other supplementary resources (e.g: resources for girls groups, men and boys and mother and daughter sessions in schools, interactive online resources and posters.)
  • Collaborating with a graphic designer to develop colourful and creative resources
  • Writing funding applications to support the running and expansion of the programme
  • Manage and train the Jinja office based MHE Trainer to help and support this work and encourage them to take increasing levels of responsibility for the programme
  • Deliver training and workshops to other organisations in collaboration with the MHE Trainer and the social enterprise
  • Train and support regional trainers to deliver MHE training to organisations in their areas.
  • Collaborate with the Business and Sales Manager of Irise Uganda Ltd to ensure the education and product provision complement one another
  • Ensure relevant Monitoring and Evaluation data is collected by the team and from other organisations engaged in training.

Person Specification:

Essential:

  • Experience of developing and delivering health education in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A graduate with at least a bachelors degree in a relevant subject area
  • Knowledge and experience of teaching and training
  • Experience developing teaching or training resources
  • Experience of mentoring and training more junior staff

Desired:

  • Experience of living and working in East Africa
  • Knowledge and experience of women’s health in the context of public health
  • Experience of training adults in East Africa
  • Experience of the primary/secondary school setting in East Africa
  • Experience of writing funding applications
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation
  • Previous work on Menstrual Hygiene Management

Benefits:

£500/month

Free accommodation in Jinja, Uganda (a room in a shared, furnished flat with cooking facilities, hot water and a fridge)

Initial 3 month contract (Aug-Dec) with the aim of extending to a 12 month contract based on the individual’s compatibility with the team and funding.

How to apply:

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you are right for the role to info@irise.org.uk making ‘MHE Programme Developer’ the subject of the email. The deadline for applications is Monday 3rd August. Interviews will happen in the last week of July and the first week of August with the aim of communicating a final decision to candidates by Monday 10th August. The successful candidate will start at the end of August/beginning of September.