Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ)
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District TB/HIV Clinical Mentor (DTCM)

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It’s a complicated process, but Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is uniquely positioned to guide it. Using our strong technical expertise and years of experience in the field, our strong relationships with the Zambian government, and our ability to leverage funding from multiple international donors, we are uniquely positioned to identify and address health problems in the country and the African region.

The CIDRZ approach is effective. We conduct intensive needs assessments to understand the ongoing challenges for the local health systems. We engage relevant partners to design and implement realistic solutions. We monitor our progress towards improved health outcomes, both at the individual and population level. The interplay between each step is critical and the result is a continuous loop that allows us to take past experiences to inform future decisions. Through this process, we have steadily expanded access to care and improved healthcare quality across a range of services. In addition, because our sole focus is on Zambia, we have a nuanced understanding of health systems on the ground and are able to nimbly respond to priorities identified by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health.

Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Clinical care specialist –TB, the DTCM is responsible for the coordination of TB/HIV activities and provision of TB technical support at district level. The DTCM is an experienced practicing Clinician or Nurse competent in TB/HIV clinical medicine and TB management in general. The position is expected to work in collaboration/ liaison with the MOH district TB focal point person, and is , responsible for training and mentoring Ministry of Health staff and CIDRZ staff (i.e. Nurses, Clinical Officers, Medical Officers, Midwives, Pharmacy and other support staff) in the management of TB and works closely with the ART (adult and pediatric), PMTCT, and MCH departments at district level to ensure smooth integration of TB programs and implementation of TB/HIV collaborative activities.

Serve as the liaison between CIDRZ and the District Health Office as well as other implementing partners/stakeholders at the district level including community based organizations, on issues relating to the implementation of TB/HIV collaborative activities

Document and analyze records of TB/HIV collaborative activities at supported facilities, as well as case-based information in electronic format

Provide support to the effective referral system of tuberculosis and HIV patients to ensure integration of TB and HIV services within the district

Conduct supportive and supervisory visits to TB and HIV care facilities, prepare reports on supervisory visits, and provide remedial actions on constraints to the district and the facilities supported

Participate in all TB/HIV forums at local level and provide updates as required

Work with the district TB and leprosy coordinators, HIV focal nurses and other focal persons and support them to provide regular updates to stakeholders regarding implementation of the TB/HIV collaborative activities

Support local TB/HIV training efforts at district and provincial level

Coordinate and assist with supportive supervision and mentoring of community-based and facility-based Health Care Workers in the day-to-day implementation of TB/HIV collaborative activities

Liaise with District TB/HIV staff, focal persons, Clinical Mentors, quality improvement focal persons, laboratory technologists and other key staff involved in quality improvement, clinical mentorship and supportive supervision to integrate TB/HIV collaborative activities into existing health service delivery platforms and build sustainable systems for TB/HIV

Compile monthly, quarterly, annual and ad-hoc reports as required in required formats

Provide support for all aspects of data collection and reporting by all stakeholders, and help to identify barriers/challenges and work with the DHO and District TB/HIV Coordinator to address these in a timely manner

Qualifications

A diploma or degree in a health-related field (Nurse or Clinical officer)

Knowledge / Experience:

Three (3)- five 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of TB and HIV control activities with at least one year in a supervisory role

Qualified mentor with experience in mentoring and training HCWs at district and provincial level

Has Basic TB/HIV Clinical training, Advanced HIV Training, Pediatric trainings and/or PMTCT training

Experience with recording, reporting and other monitoring and evaluation activities

Computer literate, with high competency in using Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Behavioral competencies:

Good management and co-ordination skills

Excellent interpersonal skills and good team spirit

Passionate about health-service delivery, and a desire to end the suffering of those affected by TB disease.

Ability to meet deadlines, and pays attention to detail

Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English

How to apply

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting the reference number above, relevant academic and professional certificates, and detailed CV with day-time telephone number(s) to:

The CIDRZ Human Resources Director,

PO Box 34681,

Lusaka.

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