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GAIN Neonatal Nurse Mentor at Partners In Health

  • Full Time
  • Neno
  • Salary: 00

Partners In Health


Partners in Health (PIH) is a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair.

PIH has programs in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kazakhstan and Boston.

PIH began working in Malawi in 2007, where today we support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to serve a catchment area of 165,000 through 12 health centers and two hospitals in partnership with our
sister organizations. Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) has its headquarters in Neno District with operations across the country.

We therefore seek to recruit suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following positions:

Post: GAIN Neonatal Nurse Mentor

Reports to: MCH Specialist

Commitment: Full Time (Monday-Friday)

Working Hours: Regular Office Hours (40-45Hrs/Week)

Location: Neno District, Malawi

Position Summary

The Global Action in Nursing (GAIN) project in the Neno District has previously focused on maternal and initial neonatal outcomes through mentorship and use of the WHO Safe Childbirth Checklist. In light of the need to improve further on neonatal outcomes especially following immediate birth, the program is expanding to provide support, clinical care, administrative guidance and educational opportunities to nurses and midwife who provide new-born and special neonatal care in Neno District.

Neonatal Nurse mentor will work for Neno District Hospital in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) to provide advanced medical care to sick, premature, and/or fragile infants. He/she will work closely with other Neonatal Nurses and Clinicians to ensure that infants receive the much-needed medical care before they reunite with their families. His/her job will be to assess new-borns right after birth, participate in potentially life-saving procedures, and operate medical equipment like a CPAP
(continuous positive airway pressure) to help new-borns breathe.

He/she may also interact directly with parents and other loved ones to discuss their new-born’s progress and care methods. He/she will work closely with nurses and midwives to improve neonatal care and outcomes in the district through direct clinical care, mentorship, leadership, and supportive supervision to strengthen the healthcare system. He/she is expected to work closely with the maternity and primary health care team, be responsible for leadership, organization and monitoring and evaluation of the neonatal program and liaise closely with Ministry of Health coordinators, health facilities and nursing teams.

Responsibilities and Duties:

Clinical Care Delivery, Mentorship and Education (60%)

  • Provide direct neonatal clinical and resuscitation care to the new-borns immediately after birth and at postnatal care visits.
  • Manage neonatal care and neonatal resuscitation following the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) format with coordination with COIN manual and Neonatal Resuscitation Program.
  • Provide teaching, counselling and support to obstetrical clients regarding new-born care under established clinical practice agreements and in close collaboration with other health professionals.
  • Collaborate with other health professionals in the management of selected complex medical problems in neonates and infants, using consultation and referral as appropriate.
  • Develop, implement, and train nurses/midwives and clinicians in high-quality neonatal care.
  • Direct didactic and clinical training in various applicable subjects, such as resuscitation, management of common neonatal conditions, leadership development, and quality improvement to all Neno District staff involved in neonatal care.
  • Participate in ward rounds, acts as a senior mentor and clinical resource, evaluating the practice environment and quality nursing care delivered and facilitates the generation and use of research and evidence based on nursing practice aligned with national & international standards.
  • Work in collaboration with the nurse educator in identifying nursing training needs at maternity and newborn unit, planning of training calendar and implement the continuous professional development training sessions in partnership with MoH colleagues as part of the PIH accompaniment model.
  • Participate in developing a robust Medical Education and Professional Development program that offers diverse learning opportunities to meet the evolving needs of nursing and midwifery staff.
  • Work as a clinical practice specialist to support the skills development of students, nurses, and midwives through knowledge and skills transfer to achieve competency-based excellence through the delivery of evidence-based nursing practice.
  • Participate in developing and monitoring key Nursing care quality indicator metrics to identify areas for improvement and drive quality improvement initiatives.
  • Contribute to the improvement of high level Neonatal indicators in Neno district.

Quality Improvement and Research (25%)

  • Work with District Nursing Officer, APZU and MOH Officers, and Managers to provide routine quality assurance for clinical care provided in the hospital, including evaluations of quality of care, documentation, and processes.
  • Participate in hospital quality improvement initiatives and support APZU Leadership to reinforce departmental and hospital accreditation through implementation of the stepwise quality improvement program.
  • Support research initiatives at the hospital and designated primary care facilities, focusing on MCH priorities to promote innovation.
  • Work with the clinical leadership and MEQ team to coordinate and facilitate research and training activities, increasing APZU’s research capacity and output.
  • Participate in a team on program monitoring and evaluation, including data collection and close
    collaboration with the national PIH/APZU monitoring and evaluation team.

Management (15%)

  • Provide logistical support for visiting collaborators and local recognition and ceremonial events
  • Regular travel to health facilities across Neno District to provide mentorship; this may involve staying overnight at health facilities in rural parts of the district
  • Collaborate with the maternity and new-born unit in charge and other Malawian Health Professionals to model inter-professional clinical care provision.
  • Collaborate with APZU’s Primary Healthcare (PHC) Leadership Team and Ministry of Health to implement educational and clinical improvement programs.
  • Provide leadership in comprehensive obstetrics and neonatal nursing care at all levels, linking community, ambulatory, and facility KMC in primary care settings and district hospital nursery care.
  • Help in the procurement process of the local supplies as required.

Qualifications, Attributes and Experience

  • Minimum of five years of full-time hands on experience as a nurse midwife and two years’ experience in nursing education, mentorship and supervision in neonatal care.
  • Minimum of Bachelors of Nursing and Midwifery level;
  • Master’s would be preferable
  • Experience in nursing/midwifery education, clinical teaching, clinical mentorship/ preceptorship, and workplace capacity building at an accredited school/university/ hospital is an added advantage.
  • Active Registered Nurse licensure and willingness to complete nursing registration in Malawi
  • Certification by the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi or the International Council of Midwifery if outside Malawi.
  • Commitment to values of health equity and collaboration
  • Willingness to live and work full-time in the rural hard to reach district of Neno
  • Experience working with diverse populations either locally or globally

Benefits & Remuneration

An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidates commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Method Of Application

Qualified and interested persons should send (to the Director of Human Resource and Administration) their cover letter, copies of relevant certificates and curriculum vitae indicating three names of traceable referees with valid telephone numbers and email addresses strictly to the following email address: [email protected] not later than Friday, 7th June, 2024. The subject of the email should be the title of the position that you are applying for.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

NB: Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU) is is an equal opportunity employer, so, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, tribe, disability status, or any othercharacteristic protected by law. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment.

Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU) is committed to safeguarding staff, children and communities with whom we work with. We are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work- including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and are protected from sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of
applicable background checks.

The Organisation does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process. If you are asked to make a payment at any stage of the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] and
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