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SSA – Infection Prevention and Control Officer 26 Posts at WHO May, 2020

SSA - Infection Prevention and Control Officer 26 Posts at WHO May, 2020

Rationale

Purpose of the SSA:

Background

Tanzania is experiencing increased COVID-19 transmission. To date, more than 16 regions in the country are reporting cases. Most of the regions have designated/repurposed isolation and treatment facilities ready to receive COVID-19 patients.

WHO is providing financial and technical assistance to the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) in strengthening response measures aimed at mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on human lives.

A critical component of response in COVID-19 is Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). In this regard, WHO wants to recruit temporary staff to support the regions in IPC for COVID-19 response. Recruited staff will be deployed to the regions (as per needs) to support the regions as per theTORs below.

Scope and Methodology

Under the general guidance and supervision of the Incident Manager (IM) and general guidance of the Emergency Officer, the incumbent will perform the following:

Summary of Assigned Duties:

  1. Build capacity of front-line health care workers in IPC and WASH through on-site mentorship and supportive supervision.
  2. Strengthen overall IPC competencies at health facilities through training of practitioners in IPC and Health Care Waste Management and conducting simulation exercises and assessing isolation units’readiness. This will also include use of online platforms to deliver these trainings (zoom, google hang-out, etc).
  3. In consultation with the Risk communication and Community Engagement pillar, develop timely messages on IPC to be disseminated to the community.
  4. Reconstitute/reactivate district level IPC committees to better respond to the outbreak.
  5. Join regional Rapid Response Teams and provide support in IPC/WASH
  6. Conduct IPC infrastructure assessment in COVID-19 identified isolation and treatment centres.
  7. Contribute to revision of SOPs, guidelines, and standards on IPC for COVID-19 response
  8. Perform any task provided by the Incident Manager and the Case Management and IPC team

TECHNICAL SUPERVISION

Objectives of the Review

The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.

SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS

LANGUAGE:

Essential: Fluency in both Kiswahili and English language.

Desirable: Working knowledge of other UN language is an added advantage.

EDUCATION:

Essential: Minimum university degree in Nursing, Medical Degree, Public Health, Environmental Health, Health Sciences, or another related field. Desirable: A master’s degree in Nursing, Medical Degree, Public Health, Environmental Health, Health Sciences, or another related field related to the functions of the position, from a recognized university.

Experience:

  • Essential: At least 3 years’experience in working in healthcare setting, field epidemiology or emergency management.
  • Desirable: expertise in infection prevention and control, within healthcare settings or in the context of outbreaks.

SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the dynamics around COVID-19 emergency response; with focus on IPC and/or Healthcare Waste Management
  • Experience in supporting Water Sanitation and Hygiene at national or regional level is important.]
  • Submission of weekly activity plans and end of week update reports
  • Ability to report on the rapid IPC infrastructural and operational analysis of isolation and treatment units of designated facilities. This should include HCWM infrastructure, supplies needs, capacity/no. of beds, staffing needs for HCWM, coordination, diversion of non-essential staff, supplies, equipment, etc.
  • Preparation of the end of contract report documenting all activities including gaps and recommendations.

COMPETENCIES REQUIRED

  1. Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  2. Producing results
  3. Ensuring the effective use of resources
  4. Teamwork
  5. Communication

Other Skills (e.g. IT):

  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office applications.
  • Basic competency in Microsoft office applications.

PLACE OF ASSIGNMENT

The Infection Prevention and Control officer will be working in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar.

TIMELINE AND REPORTING

Duration

  • The contract will be for six (06) months

Salary

  • Grade: NOB-01

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Interested and qualified applicants should send cover letter and comprehensive resume to the WHO Country Representative via the following email addresses [email protected]; [email protected] or use the following link to apply online https://careers.who.int/careersection/ex/jobsearch.ftl

Deadline for submission of applications is Friday 8th May 2020

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