The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington’s Department of Global Health that works in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco.
I-TECH has projects in more than 20 countries, and its worldwide staff work with local ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners to support efficient, well-ordered health care systems that provide high quality care to all citizens. I-TECH Malawi provides technical assistance to the Malawi Ministry of Health and its partners to support human resource development, health systems strengthening, HIV care and treatment, and HIV surveillance for epidemic control.
I-TECH has been privileged to provide technical support to the Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), since 2008, through seconded senior Technical Assistants, Program Officers and Public Health Fellows. The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was established in 2002 at the University of Washington in Seattle. I-TECH is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV and TB (CDC-DGHT) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
Position: Covid-19 Response District Officer ( 5 Positions )
The COVID-19 Response District Officer (DO) will be positioned in a district and based at the DHO. The DO will support the DHO staff in charge of response and partners coordination, data management (IDSR focal point) and contact tracing (Rapid Response Teams) with guidance from the Director of Health and Social Services (DHSS) and the District Environmental Health Officer (DEHO).
The DO will also support strengthening infection prevention and control (IPC) measures.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Facilitate COVID-19 response in the district through regular meetings at the DHO with all the response actors/pillars and partners to reinforce collaboration and coordination of the response
• Ensure that surveillance, laboratory and clinical data are collected and reported as required
• Support with compilation and reporting of required data
• Support data entry and management activities at district level
• Collaborate with district data staff to ensure high quality data
• Strengthen skills of district staff through peer learning
• Coordinate with the district RRT for necessary investigations to be conducted such as testing of suspect cases or follow-up of cases that need care
The DO may provide additional support based on the needs identified on the ground upon request from the DHSS/DEHO and after consulting with the Data and Evaluation Manager.
COVID-19 Surveillance survey
In order to estimate the prevalence of active COVID-19 infection in selected districts at different points of time and monitor the trend of the epidemic in Malawi, regular COVID-19 Surveillance surveys will be conducted. The DO will participate in those studies by conducting participants’ interviews and collecting data using tablets. If the DO has been trained on COVID-19 nasopharyngeal collection and/ or is experienced in blood puncture, she/he may be requested to participate in samples collection.
• Bachelor’s Degree in health-related field from a recognized institution and those with training in nursing, community nursing, laboratory or any other related health field are most preferred.
• Previous experience in surveillance work involving human subjects
• Previous experience in computing, monitoring and evaluation, health sciences, nursing or public health.
• Minimum 2 years’ experience in data entry and management
• Previous experience in coordination
• Minimum 2 years’ experience working in health-related operational research
• Previous experience in using tablets for data collection
• Ability to work within MOH health facilities
• Good communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience with implementation of health-related program at district level
• Experience with electronic data collection tools and database entry (e.g. EpiInfo, ODK)
• Strong knowledge and experience working with computer and MS packages (word, excel, etc)
• Strong numerical skills
• Understanding of basic medical concepts
• Experience with health information systems
• Strong attention to detail.
Deadline for applications is Monday, 22nd February, 2021. Please write the position being applied for in the subject line.
I-TECH Malawi, an equal opportunity employer, appreciates all applications. However, only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
For more information about I-TECH, visit our website: http://www.go2itech.org
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