MDR-TB Clinical Volunteer
MDR-TB Clinical Volunteer
Reports to: Chief Medical Officer
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Duration: 6 months with possibility of renewal pending funding
Partners In Health (PIH) is an international health organization relentlessly committed to improving the health of the poor and marginalized. PIH partners with local governments to build local capacity and works closely with impoverished communities to deliver high-quality health care, address the root causes of illness, train providers, advance research, and advocate for global policy change.
Partners In Health Sierra Leone (PIH-SL) helped to lead the effort to combat the Ebola outbreak and now is focusing to rebuild the health systems in West Africa. The Ebola epidemic further devastated an already weakened health system, and most health programs ceased to function during the outbreak, including many HIV and TB program activities. The Sierra Leonean National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLCP) is now working to improve TB and MDRTB case detection and treatment, and has just launched its MDR-TB program in early 2017 with support from PIH-SL.
The MDR TB Clinical Volunteer will support the Lakka TB Hospital clinical staff in providing direct clinical care to DR-TB patients and sensitive TB patients in the implementation of the National DR-TB Program. This position will work closely with the National TB Program (NTLCP) to provide clinical support, mentorship and supervision to the clinical staff at the TB hospital in the country. This position will also provide support to patient follow-up on ambulatory care, supporting the district-based TB Supervisors and providing adequate support to reduce loss-to-follow-up. This position will give technical advice based in field work for Global Fund activities related to DR-TB management and will work with the NLTCP and WHO in implementing revised treatment guidelines based on emerging evidence in the field of DR-TB. Specific Responsibilities and Duties:
- Perform clinical daily teaching, mentorship and capacity building of clinicians in TB and MDR-TB management at Lakka Government hospital in Freetown Sierra Leone in partnership with the NTLCP.
- Provide supervision and mentorship to other clinical staff (nurses, nursing assistants, laboratory technicians, pharmacists and other care providers) working with TB and MDR-TB patients at Lakka Government hospital to provide direct patient care and support improved clinical outcomes.
- Ensure that clinical systems, protocols, and procedures are established, fully implemented and assessed for effectiveness. Ensure that the NTLCP and PIH protocols are consistent with international standards, guidelines and recommendations for the management of TB and MDR-TB.
- Collaborate with the Lab, Pharmacy and Operations teams to ensure infrastructure, equipment, medications and other supplies meet TB clinical needs, avoid stock-outs, and support strengthened care at the Lakka Government hospital.
- Provide follow-up to patients on ambulatory care in partnership with the MDR-TB Programme Officer and NLTCP.
- Support expansion of MDR-TB clinical and community activities, in collaboration with the NTLCP and the PIH SL team.
- Work closely with the Chief Medical Officer, Director of Policy & Partnership and HIV/TB Clinical manager to support clinical strategic planning in management of TB and MDR-TB in partnership with NTLCP in the country.
- Lead by example, embodying the values of PIH, including: doing whatever it takes to provide the highest level of service to our patients; treating every member of our organization and community with equal respect and dignity; fostering a sense of generosity and teamwork; and working patiently, yet persistently, to accompany our government partners to achieve our shared goals.
- Work closely with the Director of the NTLCP to build and maintain relationships with our government partners, including the MOHS, NAS/NACP, district health management team (DHMT), hospital medical superintendents, other international organizations, and health centre leaders.
- Collaborate with PIH clinical team in Boston, members from the district and national MOHS, and other international organizations to share best practices.
- MD or equivalent medical training and board certification with specific expertise in MDR-TB clinical care and TB program clinical management.
- At least three years of experience managing TB and MDR-TB patients.
- At least two years of clinical experience in a low-resource health care setting.
- Experience in training, mentoring and leading strong and diverse teams with an Academic perspective to develop a Curriculum in training experts on MDR-TB clinical management.
- Prior experience in linking clinical departments with abroad academic partners.
- Ability to be flexible and effective in the face of unexpected challenges.
- Exemplary interpersonal communication skills, verbal and written, required to effectively engage with senior leadership, partners, and clinicians on sensitive political and confidential issues.
- Evidence of providing culturally sensitive and competent quality care in an extremely stressful environment.
- Proven ability to exercise good judgment, demonstrate political astuteness, and tact.
- Commitment to social justice in health care issues.
- Sense of humour and flexible disposition very helpful.
- Ability to live in Sierra Leone for duration of contract.
Application with detailed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages) including names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) referees including current and previous employers, photocopies of all certificates and attestations should be addressed to 27 Sahr Lebbie Street, Koidu City, Kono; 25 Sequee Drive, Off Wilkinson Road Freetown, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org not later than 5:00pm on Friday, 21st September, 2018.
PIH is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, religion, tribe or region.
Female applicants are encouraged to apply and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
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