Dec 6, 2017

Kenya: PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV (PMTCT) SPECIALIST

NGO/UN Job Vacancy



Organization: University of Maryland
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 12 Dec 2017

POSITION TITLE: PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV (PMTCT) SPECIALIST

REPORTS TO : SENIOR TECHNICAL ADVISOR

LOCATION : KISII

PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION OF HIV (PMTCT) IMPROVEMENT SPECIALIST

The University of Maryland Baltimore Global Health Initiatives through its operating arm Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation (MGIC) Kenya implements comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment programs to facilitate the Ministry of Health in Kenya to control the spread of HIV and rapidly scale up HIV services, institute continuous quality improvement methods as well as the M & E infrastructure necessary to support these services. MGIC Kenya is seeking suitably qualified persons able to fill the following position based in our UMB PACT TIMIZA Program based Kisii and Migori.

The PMTCT Improvement Specialist will work with the County and Sub-County Health Management Team to provide guidance related to Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV services to pregnant and lactating women in the supported health facilities and ensure that identified HIV infected women are supported from enrollment, adherence and treatment support and follow up of the mother baby pairs until 24 months of age.

JOB SUMMARY
The overall function of this position is to ensure that pregnant and lactating women and their infants receive sustainable, high quality and client focused Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV, HIV exposed infants receive recommended follow up and HIV infected children receive Pediatric HIV services as per the National guidance.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

· Organize and oversee capacity building activities for health providers and case managers working within MNCH clinics through trainings, update sessions etc

· Providing supportive supervision, mentorship and on the job training for all the clinical staff at UMB supported health facilities

· Work to improve patient management through identifying and improving client flow systems, data capture, clinical management, clinical recording, referral to laboratory and pharmacy and preventing loses to follow for Pregnant women and children

· Oversee eligibility testing amongst pregnant and lactating women in supported health facilities in line with the elimination agenda

· Support facilities to ensure good client monitoring and viral suppression among pregnant and breastfeeding women

· Institutionalize continuous quality improvement systems for, continuity of care and patient care improvement

· Develop and strengthen adherence and retention Innovations and evidence based interventions through staff mentorship and follow-up and document best practices

· Develops and distributes appropriate job aides, educational material and reporting tools for eMTCT support health facility staff and counselors

· Support collection, collation and review of critical PMTCT data, indicators and activities on a monthly and quarterly basis detailing proposed objectives and activities for PMTCT/Pediatric HIV at UMB supported facilities

· To represent the Program and PMTCT Advisor in technical working groups at sub-county and county levels when called upon

· Represent the organization at stakeholder meetings within their supported areas of work

· Evaluate outcomes of PMTCT related activities and shares recommendations for program improvement

Qualification

· Diploma in Nursing or Clinical Medicine or any other related health discipline and registration with professional body; Bachelor’s degree will be an added advantage

· NASCOP ToT on PMTCT/ART related field is an added Training in PMTCT and Adult/Pediatric ART is an added advantage

· 5 years’ experience providing and/or overseeing PMTCT services at facility and sub-county/County level

· Good report writing skills and data use to inform programming.


How to apply:

How to apply

Interested candidates who meet the above-mentioned qualifications, are requested to send their cover letter and resume to MGIC_Recruitment@mgic.umaryland.edu indicating the position being applied for on the subject line of the email by 12th December 2017. Applicants are advised to include the position title “Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) Specialist” as the subject.

The University of Maryland is an equal opportunity employer.

Only short listed candidates will be contacted.