Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation – Malawi (BCMCF-M) is a not-for-profit organization working in partnership with the Malawi Government in the health sector. Through a public-private partnership between the Government of Malawi, Abbott Fund and Baylor Foundation-Malawi, the first dedicated stand-alone pediatric HIV/AIDS care and treatment clinic in Malawi, popularly known as the Centre of Excellence (COE) was established. Our Mission is to provide high-quality, high-impact, highly ethical pediatric and family-centered health care, health professional training and clinical research, focused on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, malnutrition, Maternal Child Health (MCH) and Pediatric Hematology Oncology (PHO) as well as other conditions impacting the health and well-being of children and families in Malawi.
BCMCF-M is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of:
Job Title: Community Health Worker – Neurodevelopmental Examiner
Immediate Supervisor: Principle Investigator
Location: Baylor Foundation Malawi Centre of Excellence and related sites
Status: Full time (40 hours per week)
Job Summary/Overall Responsibility
As part of the Prevention of Developmental Delay and Xylitol (PDDaX) grant, we will perform neurodevelopmental assessments on 1000 5-8 year old children as a follow up to the Prevention of Prematurity and Xylitol (PPaX) trial. The psychologist will be responsible for performing, documenting, and ensuring quality of data entry for neurodevelopmental assessments as part of this study. S/he will be responsible for giving acceptable standards of care to patients /clients under the supervision of the PI and assigned investigators. S/he assists in the assessment of study participants including the recruitment, enrollment, and consent process. She/he performed neurodevelopmental assessments, records/documents the data, and collects other necessary data from all study participants in order to execute aims of grant.
Specific duties and responsibilities will include but not be limited to:
- Recruit, enroll, and consent individuals (both previous PPaX mothers and their children) for study participation
- Document study consent and maintain records according to COE, Baylor Foundation Malawi, and UW policies
- Prepare the rooms for counseling and examinations, including and especially neurodevelopmental assessments
- Perform neurodevelopmental assessments after being trained in how to properly administer them
- Attend trainings in how to perform, score, and record neurodevelopmental assessments
- Ensures that all clients have their respective height, weight, mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) and vital signs obtained during the study visit
- Obtain appropriate data from patients/clients/study participants
- Maintain a clean and safe environment for self/staff and client care at all times
- Counsel and provide optimizing neurodevelopment-related messages
- Collect data and information from the individual patient/client in a non-judgmental environmental where patients and caregivers feel safe and comfortable
- Continue to counsel and teach client’s guardian the importance of good nutrition and a safe environment
- Participate in outreach and training programs which may be conducted outside the clinic
- Ensure availability of clinic resources in collaboration with the superiors
- Ensures data entry is accurate, valid, and entered in a timely manner
- Communicates frequently with primary and co-investigators of grant
- Be child-friendly and ensure all testing is performed in a manner appropriate for 5-8 year old children
- Assist in providing follow-up to nutritional services, neurodevelopmental non-profits, dentists, or other referral entities that may be needed based on testing and subsequent results that occur as part of this study.
- Maintain clients’ privacy and confidentiality of records concerning their treatment and general matters related to work.
- Attend all relevant Program meetings.
- Prepare reports.
- Undertake other duties as assigned.
COMPETENCIES AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED
- Minimum of a certificate in MSCE obtained from a recognized institution
- 1 year relevant experience
- Candidates who were trained in prenatal care, neurodevelopmental assessments in children and preterm birth will have an added advantage.
- Excellent communication skills in Chichewa and English
- Ability to listen patiently and carefully and work with minimum supervision
- Ability to work in a team environment a must high respect and care for patients/clients.
- Willing and able to work with children 5-8 years of age.
- Perform neurodevelopmental assessments in a child-friendly manner
Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should forward their applications, including a detailed Curriculum Vitae and names of three traceable referees to:
The Executive Director
Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation-Malawi
Closing date for receiving applications is 12th August, 2022. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.