Overview

The Catholic Health Commission (CHC) of the Diocese of Chikwawa is one of the main Commissions under the Social Services Directorate of the diocese, and is an arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi. Its main function is to enhance the provision of equitable health services in the Diocese of Chikwawa. Catholic Health Commission is affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University – Jhpiego in developing innovations to enhance the capacity of health care workers, strengthening health systems and improve delivery of care towards improving the health and well-being.

The Catholic Health Commission, therefore, seeks to engage the services of a well experienced, highly motivated and suitably qualified person of Malawi origin to fill the following positions tenable at Chikwawa.

POSITION: TEAM LEADER (1)

Reports to: Projects Officer

Location: Chikwawa.

PURPOSE OF THE ROLE

In addition to providing safe medical male circumcision services to eligible persons at designated facilities supported by Jhpiego, the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Zone Team Leader will be responsible for providing oversight and supervision to the zone-based VMMC team of providers.

This includes coordinating service delivery and outreach schedules and working with demand creation staff to ensure a constant flow of clients.

The VMMC Zone Team Leader will also serve as the primary zone-based quality assurance focal person. The position entails frequent travel to support fixed, outreach and mass circumcision activities whenever and wherever in the zone the need arises. The candidate should expect to travel to the field about 90% of his/her time. The VMMC Zone Team Leader leads the rapid response team and reports to the Health Coordinator.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • As the leader of the VMMC Rapid Response team, s/he will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Prepare clients and conduct safe male circumcision procedures at designated health facilities as part of a comprehensive package of VMMC services in line with national and donor policies and guidelines.
  • Participate in VMMC activities at outreach sites and clinics during routine services.
  • Provide post-operative and follow-up care to clients and monitor progress appropriately.
  • Report any adverse events to VMMC Technical Advisor within 12 hours and attend to these clients.
  • Develop quarterly service delivery work plans for the district Participate in regular planning meetings with the VMMC Technical Advisor, CMCAs and CMs to coordinate service delivery schedules with demand creation activities
  • Provide financial input into activity budgets to ensure that district activities are implemented in a cost effective manner.
  • Supervise and manage the clinical and non-clinical members of the rapid response service delivery team including setting annual performance objectives and conducting performance evaluations.
  • Contribute to monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required
  • During times of low client demand provide support for demand creation activities
  • Perform any other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ABILITIES

  • Clinical Officer with Diploma in Clinical medicine with strong surgical skills OR State Registered Nurse with a Diploma or Degree in Nursing
  • Valid registration with the Malawi Medical Council OR with the Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi
  • At least two years of work experience in a hospital/clinic setting, with experience in VMMC service provision and/or management preferred.
  • Good knowledge in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care issues and understanding of the Malawi health services system.
  • Excellent problem-solving, decision making, organisational and communication skills, with ability to prioritise multiple tasks and work efficiently in a demanding environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including patience, flexibility, diplomacy, cross-cultural communication, willingness to listen, and respect to colleagues.
  • Possession of computer skills including MS Office, Power point and Excel.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Chichewa
  • Willingness to engage in frequent travel (about 90% of his/her time) to support outreach and mass circumcision activities within Malawi.
  • Training in and/or previous experience working in voluntary medical male circumcision programs is strongly desired.

REMUNERATION AND MODE OF APPLICATION

A competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered to the successful candidate.

If you believe you meet the above requirements, submit your application letter, up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and copies of certificates and names of three traceable referees to the address below indicating the position applied for.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 31st August 2021 and only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.

The Director of Social Services

Diocese of Chikwawa

P.O Box 162

CHIKWAWA.

Diocese of Chikwawa is an equal employer and qualified women are encouraged to apply.