ART Specialist/Clinician Consultant

Position Title: ART Specialist/Clinician Consultant
Position Type: Short-term Consultancy (Immediate placement – 1 – 6 months)
Location: Central Province – (selected hospitals, health centres, urban/rural areas and isolated clinics within Central Province).

Job Summary

The USAID/PEPFAR SAFE Project works closely with GRZ health facilities to provide HIV/AIDS services in Central, Copperbelt and North-western Provinces. The project now seeks the services of experienced, qualified and energetic health professionals to fill the position of ART providers/facility-based clinicians who will be based in the districts across the Province This position will report to the SAFE Provincial Director of Clinical Services and staff at the facility TBD.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide the complete range of services to ART clients on a daily basis;
  • Initiate new clients on to treatment using the most recent treatment guidelines from MOH;
  • Ensure that ART clients have their laboratory investigations and receive their results as per GRZ standards;
  • Follow up with the Laboratory on outstanding results;
  • Inform SAFE/Facility about any signs of drug resistance that you observe
  • Work with treatment adherence supporters to ensure that all patients are retained on treatment and that they get positive outcomes from treatment;
  • Refer clients who are not ART adherent to treatment adherence supporters for counselling and to develop adherence plan including parents struggling with paediatric adherence.
  • Work with district and SAFE Project nutritionists to provide all clients with a Nutrition Assessment and Counselling service
  • Work with the M&E unit and project Data Entry Clerks (DEK’s) to compile trends related to the UNAIDS strategy of 90-90-90;
  • Work with M+E unit to observe and document trends related to viral load results for each client and per facility and report cases of high VL through relevant channels;
  • Establish a system for daily data review on key indicators which includes reporting anomalies or data spikes to supervisor. Develop responsive action plan where appropriate;
  • Attend facility and district led meetings on ART particularly those involving SAFE supported facilities;
  • Conduct consultative facility level meetings with the aim of sharing and reviewing data and making action plans;
  • Establish communication pattern with the TB department to make bidirectional referrals and to rule out co-morbidity of HIV and TB;
  • Provide on-site mentorship to facility staff on new developments in ART;
  • Complete monthly and quarterly reports as well as participate in DQA activities;
  • Work closely with and supervise community volunteers to ensure that they are maximizing time, attending to duties and following and supporting clients, which includes the indexing of newly HIV diagnosed clients, following-up with pre-ART clients who need initiation and active tracking of defaulters.
  • Any other duty assigned by SAFE Senior staff;

Qualifications, competencies and core operational behaviours:

  • Diploma in Clinical Sciences or Clinical Medicine with additional training and experience in adult and paediatric ART;
  • Willingness and ability to work long hours and hours outside of 8-5;
  • Willingness to work in the field and to support and supervise volunteers outside the facility;
  • Ability to work in harmony with GRZ and SAFE staff and adhere to code of conduct and ethics;
  • Maintain positive communication skills and personality appropriate for mentoring health workers and on the job training;
  • Able to exhibit professionalism, respect, confidentiality and positivity;
  • Ability to be flexible and innovative while adhering to best practices;
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding – practice of both WHO and Zambian treatment guidelines;
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and prioritize activities in support of Project goals and deadlines;
  • Willingness to support roving/mobile teams when called upon.

Applicants should be ready for immediate placement to facilities in both rural and urban settings. GRZ applicants must have proof of valid approval of time off from their facilities in order for them to be considered.

Apply to: [email protected]

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Closing Date: May 28, 2018

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