Meharry Medical College Global Health and HIV Clinical services
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Senior Supervising Paediatrician – One (x1)

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The PEPFAR-funded Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Global Health Consortium (GHC) project is designed to transform clinical HIV practice to provide high quality, comprehensive, inter-professional care, and treatment to people living with HIV with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of healthcare, clinic workflow, and team building leading to improved health outcomes.

Meharry Medical College Global Health and HIV Clinical Services is a consortium of the HBCU project and is currently implementing projects aimed at improving the quality of care for mothers and babies in selected Ministry of Health (MOH) healthcare facilities in the country. Meharry is working on expanding its work to additional MOH facilities. As a result of this expansion, the project is recruiting for the following full-time positions to be based at the scale up sites in Lusaka.

  • The Senior Supervising Paediatrician will be an experienced practicing physician who will help alleviate clinic congestion and improve quality of paediatric ART care in high volume HIV treatment sites. The successful candidate will work at identified first level hospitals to ensure ART clients, especially babies are referred and receive early treatment service. In addition, the Senior Supervising Paediatrician should have both paediatric and adolescent counselling skills and should be a qualified mentor to both nurses and clinical officers. The successful candidate will be required to undertake appropriate tasks leading to the following deliverables and furnish evidence of completion of duties and responsibilities to Meharry Medical College clinical lead.
  • Provide overall supervision to staff paediatricians responsible for HIV continuum of care for babies and adolescents.
  • Hold regular clinical staff meetings to determine achievements of clinical goals and achievements for meeting the 95:95:95 targets.
  • Must ensure that all paediatric clinical guidelines are implemented in a standardized way at each facility under supervision.
  • Work directly with Meharry, hospital and its MCH clinical staff to ensure patient-centered clinical care for moms and babies, including paediatric ART and viral suppression.
  • Provide targeted and data-driven training, to address appropriate interventions for patient retention through clinical mentorship on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and paediatric ART in the expansion health facilities.
  • Provide technical support and supervision in initiating and improving ongoing clinical care for early infant diagnosis (EID), linkage, and retention in HIV continuum of care cascades of moms and babies.
  • Ensure that all clinical services are targeted towards eradication of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
  • Participate in HIV Technical Meetings at district level and provide updates as required.
  • Initiate, develop and implement continuous quality improvement (CQI) plan for paediatric care to ensure high quality care for moms and babies at each facility.
  • Document trends related to viral load (VL) results for moms and babies at the facility and report cases of high VL through the CQI process including established Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) methods.
  • Lead or participate in the CQI process in which regular data reviews of key indicators are included that report anomalies.
  • Attend Facility and Provincial led meetings convened by key stakeholders.
  • Compile weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as well as participate in data quality activities at the facility.
  • Build capacity with the HBCU consortium capacity of community-based healthcare facilities in the management of ART patients focusing on adherence support, monitoring of adverse drug reactions (ADR) and compliance with clinic appointments.
  • Work with the facility in charge to build the capacity of facilities in the management of paediatric ART patients focusing on adherence support, monitoring of ADR and compliance with clinic appointments.
  • Ensure required and mandated reports including MERs are submitted to the clinical staff (Project Manager) at Meharry Medical College Global Health and HIV Clinical Services headquarters, and copies to the In-Country Director.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by Meharry Management.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Licensed Practicing Paediatrician.
  • Demonstrated supervision experience.
  • Registered with the Health Professions Council of Zambia.
  • Knowledge of Care Coordination, Quality Assurance, and HIV Testing Requirements.
  • Knowledge on current HIV treatment guidelines including adherence support and ADR monitoring for paediatric patients (ages 0 – 14 years old).
  • Experience with practicing paediatric medicine within the hospital environment.
  • Commitment and dedication to retaining patient confidentiality.
  • Must have training in antiretroviral drug formulations and experience with paediatric ART.
  • Experience in health care and community-based health programming for HIV.
  • Practice of current HIV treatment guidelines for paediatric patients.
  • Knowledge of health facility operations, screening tools, registers, client files and other necessary health documents.

Method of Application

For consideration please send cover letter and CV with position applied for in the subject line to this email below:

Please note that due to high volume of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Application deadline
21 Aug 20:23
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