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Clinical Officer at Partners in Hope

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

Partners in Hope

Partners in Hope (PIH) is a Malawian, Christ-centered, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
founded in 2001 on a robust commitment to support the National HIV and AIDS Response in Malawi.

PIH has a Medical Centre that operates a general clinic (Dalitso); inpatient ward (Thandizo); an HIV and AIDS clinic (Moyo); and providing support to Ministry of Health, CHAM and Private health facilities in Nine districts. PI was awarded a Cooperative Agreement No: 72061221CA00010 *Client-Oriented Response for HIV Epidemic Control (CORE) Activity Component One (1)” by the United States of America PEPFAR through USAID. This award is for HIV Care and Treatment implementation in 9 districts: Scale up (Mulanje, Chikwawa and Lilongwe) Sustained (Nsanje, Dowa, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Karonga, and Chitipa).

Under the CORE Cooperative Agreement, PIH is seeking to recruit highly motivated individuals in various positions to be deployed in various locations:

CLINICAL OFFICER 1 (POSITION) – LILONGWE

Job Overview
While working under the PIH Moyo Centre of Excellence (COE), the Clinical officer shall provide direct patient care which shall include performing general medical duties such as diagnosis and treatment of disease, ordering and interpreting medical tests, performing routine medical procedures and referring patients to senior medical practitioners when necessary. The Clinical officer forms part of the Medical center Clinical team and may be assigned to work at Dalitso private wing as well as conducting Ward Rounds and, where possible, providing overnight and weekend Clinical call duties.

The Clinical Officer shall, also, attend to Adolescents and Young children who come for Teen Club activities; s/he shall support other scheduled HIV Care Clinics such as IHCC/AHD clinics. In the absence of a PI nurse the Clinical Officer will work directly with HDAs, Psychosocial Counsellor and Patient Supporter to ensure clients are linked, retained and referred to other required services including psychosocial support and community services.

Responsibilities

    1. Support COE sustenance
      • Ensure that s/he understands the operations of a CO and supports all activities that helps sustain it
    2. HIV/TB Integration
      • Provide HIV and TB care as one stop care
      • Work with the Clinic Coordinator to place TB screening tools and Standard Operating
      • Procedures at designated points and places in the clinic
      • Work closely with clinic staff to ensure eligible clients are offered and have completed TPT
      • Work with all clinic staff to strengthen linkage to diagnostics of all presumptive cases and link to care confirmed TB cases.
      • Work with clinic team to ensure availability of TB infection control measures at the facility
    3. Viral load testing and result management
      • Ensure that all clients due for routine and targeted VL are collected
      • Work closely with clinic staff to ensure that results are filed properly and documentation is complete in the viral load registers and patient master card
      • Ensure that all viraemia clients are followed up according to PIH tracing and follow up protocol
      • Provide Enhanced Adherence Counseling (AC) and ensure complete documentation on the monitoring tools
      • Ensure that all clients due for repeat viral load testing have second sample collected
      • Work closely with facility clinic staff to switch patients with confirmed failure and where possible send application to HIV drug resistant committee
    4. DSD
      • Work with clinic stat to enrollin ISl models that are avalable at the facily and community such as, IHCC/Viraemia clinics, teen clubs, community ART distribution and 6MMSD
      • Support Cervical Cancer screening activities in liaison with Nurse provider
    5. Preventive services including PrEP
      • Work with clinic staff to ensure preventive services such as PrEP are available at the facility and clients are offered, enrolled and managed accordingly.
    6. Demand creation for HIV services
      • Ensure demand creation services are offered at the clinic with fidelity using appropriate messaging tools
      • Work with clinic staff to conduct daily health education sessions at Moyo COE
    7. Optimizing linkage to care and treatment
      • Work with the Clinic Coordinator to ensure treatment supporters are placed at designated places where they can ably escort and link New HIV+ dients to ART and other treatment and services
      • Work with relevant clinic staff to assign all newly diagnosed HIV positive clients to treatment supporters and ensure they are documented in the ART referral register and outcomes well documented
    8. Back to care program and linkage systems
      • Work with the Clinic Coordinator and staff to strengthen and monitor patient tracking and back to care activities for the clients enrolled at Moyo COE. This shall include having in place Standards operating procedures (SOPs) in the clinic, facility-based phones for tracing for treatment supporters and other monitoring tools.
      • Support adherence to standard operating procedures and guidelines on booking of clients for next appointment, generation of list of missed appointment and Lost to follow up, and others, transferring and documentation of clients and follow up of clients.
      • In liaison with the Clinic Coordinator, s/he will provide technical support on the implementation of back to care program to clinic-based staffs i.e. patient supporters, HIV diagnostic assistants, and Data clerk mentors etc.
      • Document and report patient supporters tracing efforts and back to care outcomes on monthly basis.
      • Identify challenges on back to care programs and devise strategies that will surmount the challenges using the available resources
    9. Knowledge sharing and capacity building
      • Participate in and, where necessary, conduct CPD sessions (Clinical presentation)
      • Conduct one on one mentorship during ART clinic consultation, where necessary
      • Support organization of facility clinical review meeting
      • Participate in morning Clinical meetings and contribute to the discussion aimed at improving patient care
    10. Reporting and M&E
      • Participates in generating relevant reports for the clinic
      • Work with other colleagues to compile and analyze data to monitor progress and identify gaps and address them accordingly
      • Participate in regular data driven meetings for Moyo COE

Qualifications 

Required

    • 2nd line Certified HIV Provider with minimum of Diploma in Clinical Medicine and must be licensed by the Medical Council of Malawi (Recent registration receipt required).
    • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in HIV and AIDS management, preferably, at a COE
    • Demonstrated technical skills in HIV and /AIDS care, treatment and support
    • Good communication and didactic skills in English and Chichewa

Preferred

    • Operational Research experience
    • Computer skills – minimum of Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel.
    • Candidates with BS. Clinical Medicine will have an added advantage

Method Of Application

Eligible candidates meeting the required qualifications and experience above should submit their applications together with detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), relevant copies of Certificates, three traceable referees, include the job title and deliver their applications either by hand/ Post to

The Human Resource Manager
Partners in Hope
P.O. Box 302.
LILONGWE.
Or e-mail: corejobs@pihmalawi.com

The deadline for receiving application is Friday, 13th January, 2023 by close of business.

Please note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Partners in Hope thanks all applicants for their interest

To apply for this job email your details to corejobs@pihmalawi.com