Title: Technical Consultancy in Latin America
Location: Remote consultancy based in Latin America, preferably in Chile
Contract Period: March 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020
Status: Part-Time Position. Deliverables anticipated to take 20 hours per week. Availability to participate in coordination calls between 9.30am-3pm (Santiago de Chile) is required.
Reports Deliverables to: Programs and Communications Coordinator for Latin America
Posting Date: 17 January 2020
Posting Closing Date: Open until Friday, 14 February 2020
Health Care Without Harm seeks to transform the health sector worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it becomes ecologically sustainable and a leading advocate for environmental health and justice. With offices on three continents and partners around the world, Health Care Without Harm is leveraging the health sector’s expertise, purchasing power, political clout, workforce development, and moral authority to create the conditions for healthy people, communities, and the environment.
Global Green and Healthy Hospitals , a program of Health Care Without Harm, is an international network of hospitals, health care facilities, health systems, and health organizations dedicated to reducing their environmental footprint and promoting public and environmental health.
Health Care Without Harm is looking for a professional, detailed oriented, technical consultant to support the implementation of its projects in Latin America, with a special focus in Chile.
The consultant will work on the development of the 4th edition of the report Hospitales que curan el planeta, assist with the implementation of the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) in Chile and collaborate in identifying opportunities to strengthen the work of Health Care Without Harm and the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals network, which has more than 200 institutional members in Chile and more than 800 members in Latin America.
In the 4th edition of Hospitales que curan el planeta report, we seek to focus on the publication of the best work experiences of the members of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network in Latin America in three main goals: climate change, sustainable procurement and leadership actions at the local, subnational and/or national level. The report will also include interviews to regional leaders and case studies of hospitals and health care systems that were awarded within the Menos huella, más salud program in 2019. It is also expected that the consultant will collaborate to strengthen the HCWH initiatives that feed the report (primarily, those related to sustainable purchases and monitoring of environmental footprint).
For the regional implementation of the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (SHiPP) in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica, we seek technical expertise to collaborate with the work that has already been advanced regionally, and to provide assistance to GGHH members committed to the project in Chile. Currently, the project accounts more than 30 institutions that have signed and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and are already working on the substitution of prioritized chemicals, reduction of GHG emissions and waste minimization with focus on single use plastics -among other goals-, and started reporting their achievements through the Menos huella, más salud program and the annual awards call in 2019. In 2020, we seek to strengthen the program by working with members in the identification of training needs, development of training tools, implementation of technical assistance, and deploying regional collaboration to develop factsheets for prioritized products, market research development and identification of safer and sustainable alternatives.
In these two projects, the consultant will work with the Health Care Without Harm team based in Latin America (LAC). This consultancy will be coordinated by the HCWH LAC regional coordinator and will interact with the project leaders.
- Identify outstanding case studies on waste, energy, and chemicals, with prioritization of cases in leadership, climate change and procurement.
- Disseminate the achievements of the members of the GGHH Network in Latin America and the work of the awarded members of the Menos huella, más salud program.
- Collaborate to strengthen the Menos huella, más salud program in Chile and across the region.
- Strengthen the work of GGHH members in Chile through technical assistance and close collaboration with local health care leaders.
- Collaborate to strengthen the Sustainable Health in Procurement Project (ShiPP) in Chile and across the region.
Activities and Timelines:
- Schedule and conduct online semi-structured interviews (25-30, to be determined, one hour each via Skype or WebEx) to selected GGHH members in Latin America that have applied to the Hospitales que curan el planeta annual call (shortlist will be provided by the project coordinator). Timeline: March 1st to April 15th
- Analysis of interviews and data processing. Evaluation and selection of cases to be published in the annual report. *Health Care Without Harm and the consultant will perform the analysis of the interviews/data together. This stage may include conducting second interviews with a smaller group of leaders and requesting more information. Timeline: April 1st to May 15th
- Content development for case studies to be included in the Hospitals que curan el planeta report (20-25, to be determined after initial interviews/data analysis), following Health Care Without Harm’s quality criteria. Compilation of images and data reports from members. Eventually, might require new interviews of leaders. *Health Care Without Harm and the consultant will perform the analysis of the results together. This stage may include more interviews and asking more information from members. Timeline: May 1st to June 30th
- Final review of case studies to be published (20-25, to be determined), in collaboration with HCWH team. Timeline: June 15th to June 30th
- Collaborate with content editor and designer as requested during edition/design of Hospitales que curan el planeta report. Timeline: July 1st to September 15th
- Analyze data and reports submitted in response to the Menos huella, más salud awards annual call (100-150 applications on waste, energy, carbon footprint and sustainable procurement, to be confirmed according to submissions). Timeline: July 1st to August 31st, in coordination with HCWH Technical Assistant of Projects
- Data analysis to develop the Menos huella, más salud index on waste, energy, carbon footprint and sustainable procurement (in collaboration with project leader). Timeline: October 1st to December 15th
- Participate in coordination calls with HCWH LAC team (weekly, scheduled in advance). Timeline: From March to December
- Participate and collaborate in the organization of training sessions and SHiPP related meetings in Chile, in partnership with local actors (as the Ministry of Health). Timeline: From March to December (number of seminars/meetings and dates to be determined and agreed with project leader)
- Provide technical assistance on sustainable procurement to GGHH members in Chile (online and on-site, might require travelling). Timeline: From April to December
- Participate in SHiPP global follow-up calls (one hour, monthly, previously scheduled). Timeline: From March to December
- Develop a strategy to strengthen the work on sustainable procurement in the health sector in Chile, identifying local opportunities (in collaboration with HCWH LAC team and local stakeholders). Timeline: From April to December
- Collaborate with HCWH LAC team in the regional implementation of SHiPP and the development of technical tools and resources. Timeline: From April to December
- The consultant must be able to identify the best experiences of the GGHH Network members, with the aim of showing how Health Care Without Harm, through its initiatives, contributes to build healthier and ecologically sustainable environments.
- Through the annual awards call and the Hospitales que curan el planeta report, identify best practices in the prioritized sustainable goals.
- In the Hospitales que curan el planeta report, publish cases with remarkable results, along with profiles or stories of health care teams leading these projects.
- We need to process and systematize the data to be able to compare it and elaborate valuable indicators.
- The consultant will be responsible for collecting images and seeking image rights, developing graphics and metrics, and compiling other materials that will serve to illustrate and better explain the selected cases.
- Strengthen the work of HCWH in Chile and collaborate with GGHH members committed on sustainable procurement and the successful implementation of the SHiPP project globally.
- The consultant will also participate in HCWH LAC regular team meetings and collaborate with the overall implementation of Menos huella, más salud program and SHiPP project in Latin America.
Qualifications & Competencies
- The ideal candidate for the Technical Consultancy contractor will have/be:
- Education: Degree in environmental sciences and/or health. Combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education. Advanced degree in public health, public policy, sustainability, or equivalent is also preferred.
- Experience: At least five years of experience in program/project implementation in a nonprofit, private/public sector and/or health care setting. Proven track record in program development working on environmental health or sustainability issues, including projects, campaigns and/or policy advocacy for sustainable procurement.
- Field of expertise: Development and analysis of waste management, energy consumption, carbon footprint and sustainable procurement indicators. Familiarity with the health care sector, public health and environmental issues, or familiarity with Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) for a major entity. Work experience in advocacy, sustainability, or EPP as part of a health care institution/organization is also preferred.
- Languages: Spanish (native). Fluency in English is required. Portuguese is a plus.
- Excellent writing skills are required.
- Intermediate to expert knowledge of Microsoft Office, Excel and Google Drive.
- Availability to travel (3 or 4 times per year, less than one week at a time, according to work plan).
- Ability to think proactively, take initiative and see tasks through to completion with appropriate follow-up.
- Self-disciplined, action-oriented style that can prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. Strong work ethic.
- Flexibility to provide expertise to a team or independently to meet goals in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Self-directed to take action and resolve issues.
- Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationship with others to achieve the organization's goals.
- Accountability: takes responsibility for all work activities and personal actions; follows through on commitments; implements decisions that have been agreed upon; maintains confidentiality with sensitive information; acknowledges and learns from mistakes without blaming others; meets deadlines and satisfies promises; recognizes the impact of one's behavior on others.
- Initiative: provides expertise to take action to improve a situation without waiting for explicit instructions; understands how one's own actions relate to the organization's strategic goals; recognizes and responds to opportunities in order to reach a goal; seeks new and improved techniques, solutions, and approaches to completing assignments.
- Managing Resources: allocates time and resources efficiently and effectively; prioritizes work.
- Working Collaboratively: works collegially with others, cooperating in both interpersonal and team relationships; fosters enthusiasm and maintains mutual trust, candor and respect; adds value in collaborative processes rather than merely passing challenges forward.
- Clear Communication: expresses oneself clearly and effectively when speaking and/or writing to individuals or groups; listens attentively; ensures that information is understood by all parties; shares information in a timely manner using the most appropriate method; presents well-organized information in a group setting; chooses appropriate audience(s) for communications.
- Organization/Project Management: organizes large amounts of information by creating and maintaining well organized systems; follows logical approaches to completing work; brings a project from inception to successful completion, and follows up, as appropriate; translates strategies into step-by-step plans for action; monitors work progress to completion; pays close attention to detail.
What’s In It For You?
- Work for an organization where the mission is inspiring and your colleagues are passionate and motivated.
- Work with staff that care deeply for the mission and the network of people carrying out that mission.
- Play a role in helping drive growth, influence impact, and advance efforts to create a more sustainable health care sector and community.
- Be part of an inspirational eclectic network.
To Apply or Inquire
Upload a cover letter and resume, in English, to Carolina Gil Posse, HCWH Programs and Communications Coordinator for Latin America, Here . Questions can be addressed to email@example.com . Only competitive candidates will be invited to participate further in the recruitment process. Position open through Friday, 14 February 2020.
Health Care Without Harm and Practice Greenhealth are committed to seeking and sustaining culturally and ethnically diverse organizations, and to the principles that promote inclusive practices. We are dedicated to building a diverse staff with expertise and interest in serving the mission of the organizations in respectful ways. HCWH is an Equal Opportunity Employer.