Community Health Officer - QEHSSSP ( Nationals)

Sierra Leone Kailahun, Sierra Leone



                  Vacancy Announcement



Job title:  

Community Health Officer

Work Location:

Kailahun, Sierra Leone (Jojoima, Buedu or Bandajuma CHC)



Reports to:

Facility In Charge

Line Management


Application Status

External Advert

Organisation Profile

Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change. Our delivered services in the field are based in our partnership with the Governments and Ministries of Health and the support to education, training and mentorship to Health care workers and students is one of our pillars for the Health care system strengthening.

PIH currently has implementation programs in Haiti, Rwanda, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Sierra Leone and Navajo Nation. Through our partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, we support a wide range of programs in dozens of other countries around the world. 

Our Work In Sierra Leone:

Partners In Health (PIH) began supporting the government of Sierra Leone in response to the Ebola epidemic in October 2014. Recognizing the large need for continued investments in the health system after Ebola, PIH is committed to long-term health system strengthening in support of the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS), guided by the same principles as our emergency response and our work around the world: public sector accompaniment, integrated and comprehensive services, social justice, nimbleness and flexibility, partnership, community ownership, and evidence-based interventions. In the aftermath of the epidemic, PIH is committed to supporting the delivery of comprehensive health services in Sierra Leone, from the community level to the health center and to referral hospitals.

Position Overview

PIH-Sierra Leone is supporting the Ministry of Health and Sanitation in the implementation of the five-year World Bank funded QEHSSSP health systems strengthening project that will implement a comprehensive Hub-and-Spoke approach in 5 districts in Sierra Leone through focused investments in staff, stuff, space, systems and nutrition.


Through the project, Partners in Health, in the leadership of Ministry of Health and Sanitation, will be supporting 3 health facilities in the district (Jojoima, Buedu and Bandajuma) through comprehensive health systems strengthening approaches to develop these sites as sites for comprehensive Reproductive, Maternal, Neonatal, Child Adolescent Health and Nutrition services.

The positions will be based in one of the health facilities in Kailahun: Jojoima CHC, Buedu CHC or Yawei Bandajuma CHC

The Community Health Officer (CHO) will apply his/her medical knowledge and skills for performing medical examinations and suggest appropriate tests to provide high quality diagnosis and care for the under 5 children and general OPD services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Responding to medical/health problems presented by patients including proper history taking, investigations, diagnosis, treatment and referral as appropriate.
  • Maintaining confidentiality and impartiality.
  • Promoting continuous medical education amongst other junior clinical staff.
  • Admitting patients requiring special care followed by investigations and treatment.
  • Carrying out specific procedures, e.g. Specific surgical procedures and specialist investigations as when necessary as the case may be, with the help of the nursing staff.
  • Liaising with other medical and non-medical staff in the hospital to ensure quality treatment is giving to the patients, and also promotes health education.
  • Participating in the QI activities in the health facility to ensure readiness of the health facilities and delivery of high quality health services.
  • Ensures that all emergency cases are prioritized and seen appropriately regardless of the time of the day.
  • Be willing to work long and unpredictable hours dictated by the needs of the patients.
  • Perform other duties related to the role, department or project as may be required by the Facility in charge.

Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment

At Partners In Health, we are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Partners In Health’s PSEAH policy. Partner In Health will request information from applicants’ previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment.  By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.

Education and Work Experience Requirements

  • CHO certification from recognized training school or institution.
  • At least two years’ experience in service provision.
  • A strong commitment to social justice and health as a human right is essential in all aspects of the leadership and management.
  • The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to be flexible and effective in the face of unexpected challenges as well as the willingness to accept a standard of living that is clean and comfortable but simple.
  • Priority will be given to qualified candidates working as volunteers in the designated health facilities.
  • Must not hold dual employment.

Social Justice

We are a global health and social justice organization that responds to the moral imperative to provide high-quality health care globally to those who need it most. We strive to ease suffering by placing patients at the center of all care, bringing the benefits of modern medicine to all.

Method of application

Interested candidates are required to apply through our website:   In your application, please ensure to include names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees not later than 12:00pm GMT (Midnight) on Monday 11th December 2022