Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI)
DUE : 20 JAN 2023
Type Of Contract: Part- time Contract
Zimbabwe Health Interventions (ZHI) is a not-for-profit human development organisation which is registered as a Private Voluntary Organisation (PVO 17/22). ZHI’s mission is to develop and deliver innovative and sustainable high impact integrated health interventions with local communities while working with and strengthening existing institutions.
The Accelerated and Comprehensive HIV Care for Epidemic Control in Zimbabwe (ACCE) project’s objective is to complement the government of Zimbabwe (GOZ)’s efforts towards epidemic control by targeting testing to efficiently identify PLHIV, ensuring all newly diagnosed PLHIV are immediately linked to treatment, and all PLHIV on treatment have ready access to antiretroviral therapy (ART), are retained on treatment, and remain virally suppressed. The program is being implemented in 9 districts in Midlands (Gweru, Kwekwe, Mberengwa and Gokwe South) and in Manicaland (Makoni, Mutare, Chipinge, Mutasa and Buhera).
Reporting to the District HIV Care and Treatment Coordinator, the DSD Cluster Nurse will be expected to provide comprehensive, quality HIV testing, care and treatment services at a cluster of health facilities and in the community around them. The cadre will support linkages in close collaboration with the MOHCC District and Health facility staff, community-based health workers and other implementing partners. The DSD Cluster Nurse will be responsible for implementation of project activities in communities around a cluster of health facilities. He or she is part of the decentralized district ACCE project team comprising of: District HIV Care Coordinator, Nurse mentors Cervical Cancer District officer, District Implementation Fidelity Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant and community-based cadres.
Provide support and mentorship in HIV prevention, care, treatment, and retention to the health facilities in their cluster including testing, VL, TPT, DREAMS, Cervical cancer and mental health screening; Provide targeted HIV Testing Services including integrated symptom screening, at the health facilities in their cluster and at community level and ensuring linkages to care and treatment; Optimize community index case testing by offering index testing to all eligible clients, contact elicitation, screen for IPV and refer for LIVES support, ensure appropriate handover and updating of information from community; Working with community to provide targeted mobile testing; Support the scale up HIV screening tool and HIV-ST on the ACCE community program to reduce program inefficiencies;
Ensure that all clients identified to be living with HIV care are linked to ART at the nearest health facility though community ART initiation; Ensure linkage to ART at nearest health facility or/and provide community ART; Initiation to clients identified to be living with HIV at community level; Micro plan community work and ensure efficient provision of comprehensive quality integrated HIV care and treatment services; Strengthen health facility and community linkages through working closely with MOHCC site nurses and community-based health workers in the development of robust referral systems for PLWHIV; Working closely with the facility-based nurses and health centre committee, engage and recruit community-based cadres to support project implementation;
Capacitate and supervise the community-based cadres working to support implementation of ACCE project activities and administer a performance-based incentive scheme to the community-based cadres; Ensure retention in care of PLHIV and treatment continuity through formation and maintenance of community HIV DSD models, Support groups; Working with project and facility staff and support the identification, the line listing of clients interrupting treatment and tracking and tracing; Provide VL testing, TB screening and TPT initiations as appropriate to PLHIV at facility and those in community DSD models accessing care within the supported cluster of health facilities and CARGS;
Support the management of clients with high viral loads through implementation of Enhanced Adherence Counselling (EAC) clinics to PLHIV at community level and referring to health facilities and other service providers as maybe needed; Ensure that client in community DSD models are provided with HIV care and treatment services VL, TPT, Cervical cancer and mental health screening; Ensure implementation fidelity in all aspects of the program work towards meeting the programme set targets for the site which are reviewed on a weekly, month and quarterly basis; Any other activities as directed by the supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
Proficiency in English and relevant local language; Knowledge of community health practices and general medical ethics; Demonstrated ability to work effectively and efficiently within a team; Ability to analyse and report relevant activities; Sound knowledge of HIV care and treatment practices in Zimbabwe; Results oriented and able to meet project deliverables; Computer literacy is a must
Qualifications And Experience
RGN/PCN/Primary Care Nursing or equivalent; Certificate in Rapid HIV Testing and Counselling is a must; At least two years of managing HIV interventions at community level; Registration with Nurses Council of Zimbabwe; License to practice as a nurse in Zimbabwe; Class 3 license or willingness to ride a motorbike is a must; Motorbike riding experience is an added advantage; Training in Advance HIV management is an added advantage; Sound knowledge and experience in M&E is an added advantage.
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During the application process, ZHI will not charge any fee nor will it require any payment for an application to be considered. ZHI is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical handicap or financial ability.