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 position tenable at Chikwawa.
Position : VMMC Service Provider
Reports to : The Site Team Leader
Location : Chikwawa
Purpose of the role
The Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) Clinical Provider will be responsible for providing safe Medical Male Circumcision Services to eligible persons in Malawi at designated facilities supported by Jhpiego and Catholic Health Commission. The position entails frequent travel to support fixed, outreach and campaign VMMC activities whenever and wherever in the district the need arises. The candidate should expect to travel to the field about 50% of his/her time. The VMMC Clinical Provider is an integral member of Jhpiego’s VMMC team and reports to VMMC Team Leader. The provider will be based in Chikwawa district.
Duties and responsibilities
- 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 VMMC campaigns.
- Provide post-operative and follow-up care to clients and monitor progress appropriately.
- Report any adverse events to a Technical advisor within 12 hours and attend to clients.
- Conduct the procedures efficiently and apply innovative methods to improve quality and efficiency.
- Provide support for group education, informed consent, and client eligibility screening as needed.
- Ensure that stringent infection control measures are maintained prior, during, and after procedures
- Maintain equipment and supplies in good working condition.
- Actively participate in quality assurance activities, and take a leading role in quality improvement.
- Ensure the procedure room/area is well-prepared and clean before and after the procedure.
- Contribute to monthly, quarterly, and annual reports as required
- Implement VMMC demand creation strategies i.e. VMMC mass campaigns and continuous demand creation.
- Support demand creation activities as and when assigned by the team leader
- Perform any other VMMC related duties as required.
- Identifies lessons learned, and share them within the team and across the program.
- Represents the project in the community and professional circles as and when assigned by the supervisor.
- Contributes to documentation and dissemination of best practices and innovative program approaches in the program.
- Maintain excellent image with the donor, MOH, partners and stakeholders;
- Contributes to abstracts, presentations, manuscripts, and success stories, and collaborate with the communications specialist to develop stories for internal/ external use
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 Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi
- At least two years of work experience in a hospital/clinic setting.
- Training in and/or previous experience working in VMMC programs strongly desired.
- Fluent written and spoken English and Chichewa
- Willingness to engage in frequent travel (about 50% of his/her time) to support outreach and mass circumcision activities within Malawi.
Remuneration and Mode of Application
A competitive remuneration package commensurate with qualifications and experience will be offered to the successful candidate.
How to apply
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 and email below. Closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 4th May, 2021 and only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
The Director of Social Services
Diocese of Chikwawa
PO Box 162
Diocese of Chikwawa is an equal employer and qualified women are encouraged to apply