MITS Assistant/Facility Interviewer

Application deadline closed.

Job Description


An international relief and development non-governmental organization (INGO) working in Sierra Leone with vulnerable and exploited  communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice through Health, Education, Anti trafficking in person, Water and Sanitation, Agriculture and Livelihoods interventions. We seek  applications from suitably, qualified and competent persons to fill the position of Minimally  Invasive Tissue Sampling (MITS) Assistant/Facility Interviewer. 

Position: MITS Assistant/Facility Interviewer Adult population (3 males and 3 females)  Reports to: Project Manager 

Contract: Fixed Term 

Salary: Very Attractive 

Location: Bo 

Job Summary: The MITS Assistant/Interviewer will report directly to the CHAMPS MS Team  Supervisors); and he/she is responsible for performing active surveillance to identify under-five  death, stillbirth and support in MITS sampling collection and processing as per established  protocols and conducting verbal autopsy per SOP. This position is highly team oriented, and all  candidates must be willing to be part of an active team. This position requires engagement in  facility and community and comfort with functioning in both urban and rural settings. 


● Perform active surveillance to identify under-five death and stillbirth within the specified  Catchment area and all facilities 

● Maintaining the Death Notification process – interacting with the facility and community  reporters on a regular basis and supporting the use of the 117 pathways 

● Immediate follow-up of all notifications from 117 and directly from any other sources ● Processing the death notification through Death Management and eligibility determination ● Interact with families to obtain consents 

● Facilitate movement of the corpse to the Lab following all protocols 

● Support in MITS sampling collection and processing as per established protocols ● Facilitate in the transportation of the bodies to family location after MITS procedures ● Conduct Verbal Autopsies per SOP and submit summary to MS supervisor ● Work closely with data management and information technology staff using electronic  

tools to provide high-quality data and observe requirements for data protection and  confidentiality 

● Take active role in training and Review Meetings and connecting with Facility and  community Reporters 

● Participate actively in Family Feedback – sharing the results of the DeCoDe  (Determination of the cause of death) with the individual families 

● Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed and ● Any other duties as may be assigned by his/her supervisor

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience: Minimum Certificate is State Enrolled Community Health Nurse (SECHN), CHA from an  accredited and approved Institution/University. Additional skills or training in community  development, computer training is a plus and highly desired. 

• Minimum 2 years proven working experience with an NGO, INGO or Health Facility in  similar position. 

• High level of sensitivity and empathy for bereaved families 

• Good problem-solving skills 

• Good written and verbal communication skills 

• Excellent interpersonal and good teamwork spirit. 

• Must be fluent in speaking Krio and local language within the area of operation • Proficiency in using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. 

Must NOT hold dual employment / be on payroll from a private or national entity to qualify for  this position. Including but not limited to government pin-code 

The ideal candidate will be available for the entire first year of project implementation without  any planned extended leave days and/or absences (longer than 2-weeks consecutively) to ensure  continuity of the project 

All Applicants should attach the following to their applications:

  • Recommendation Letter from Referees
  • Scan copies of National id card/ Passport/ Driver
  • Copies of relevant Certificates

Also, please find attached to this advertisement a Fraud & Integrety Declaration Form which you are to download, complete, and reattach to your application.

Suitably, qualified and skilled candidates are advised to send in their letter of application with  their updated CVs, current telephone number(s) and copies of their certificates to:  

Women and applicants who are familiar with the catchment and its environs are strongly  encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.