Deadline of this Job:
23 April 2021
Within Rwanda , Kigali , East Africa
Date Posted: Friday, April 09, 2021 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed
Why Choose IntraHealth
At IntraHealth, we are a global team of creative, committed humanitarians on a mission. We are advocates, technologists, health workers, and communicators. Program officers, finance experts, and technical leaders. We are passionate and diverse. And we’re united in our belief that everyone everywhere should have the health care they need to thrive. That’s why we work every day to improve the performance of health workers around the world and strengthen the systems in which they work.
For almost 40 years in over 100 countries, IntraHealth has partnered with local communities to make sure health workers are present where they’re needed most, ready to do the job, connected to the technology they need, and safe to do their very best work. Our programs are designed with a deep understanding of and appreciation for the context of human rights, gender equality and discrimination, economic empowerment, and changing populations. And the longstanding relationships we have built with government agencies, private-sector partners, and members of civil society make our efforts stronger and more effective. Join us and together we can make lasting changes in global health—for all of us.
The USAID Ingobyi Activity is a five-year cooperative agreement to improve the quality of reproductive, Maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH) and malaria services, in a sustainable manner with the goal of reducing neonatal, child and maternal mortality in Rwanda. The Ingobyi Activity builds upon the tremendous gains Rwanda has made in the health sector as well as previous USAID investments in the health sector to provide a healthier, more productive future for all Rwandans. Ingobyi works to improve the availability, quality, and utilization of RMNCH, malaria services with resilience & sustainability and fighting against COVID-19. .
Summary Of Role
• IntraHealth would like to hire One (1) Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Officer to be based in Rubavu, who will work under direct supervision of the Zonal Coordinator and receive technical guidance and support from the IPC Specialist, to build capacity of health care providers in Ingobyi-supported hospitals and health centers in infection prevention and control, and ensuring the IPC standards are met.
• The IPC Officer will be responsible for about 5 districts where s/he will work with zonal technical staff to increase overall infection prevention and control capacity, particularly the integration of disease outbreak response, prevention and preparedness within the broader Ingobyi IPC framework.
The Infection Prevention and Control Officer is responsible for the following functions:
• Capacity building/training
• Works in collaboration with other Ingobyi zonal staff and health facilities to build capacity of supported hospitals and health centers in infection prevention and control;
• Ensure the IPC standards practice and their sustainability, by also suggesting innovative measures and practices to improve a quality service delivery relative to standard IPC guidelines;
• Provides guidance and skills development in the integration of epidemics prevention as part of the overall Ingobyi infection control and prevention framework;
• Assesses and analyze IPC capacities and practices in hospitals and health centers in Ingobyi-supported districts/health facilities, and recommends improvements;
• Reviews IPC measures implemented by supported health facilities, coaches and advises health providers on how to strengthen infection prevention, including use of personal protective equipment where necessary, as part of ongoing capacity strengthening efforts;
• Reviews training needs, and based on findings, and together with facility-based trainers, conduct training in IPC for staff at district hospitals and health centers in Ingobyi supported-districts to improve infection prevention and control measures;
• Ensures integration of general IPC measures into routine RMNCH/malaria activities Ingobyi- supported health facilities; and
• Manages any other emerging activities related to IPC at Ingobyi-supported health facilities, in coordination with facility management.
• Coordination, monitoring and reporting
• Support in coordination of Ingobyi-led procurement and distribution of basic IPC equipment and commodities to health facilities, in collaboration with district hospitals and health centers in Ingobyi-supported districts;
• Coordinates with the other Ingobyi Activity staff to integrate IPC into routine RMNCH/Malaria activities;
• Work closely with the district health officers and hospital leaderships to advocate and share all IPC issues that may impact the community wellbeing;
• Closely monitors progress of IPC activities in supported hospitals and health centers and supports facility IPC focal points, IPC committees, C/EHOs and/or champions to address identified gaps;
• Documents and reports progress on IPC measures in Ingobyi-supported districts to IPC Specialist; and
• Performs other tasks assigned by supervisor.
The ideal candidate is expected to meet and or possess the following qualifications and requirements.
Education and training
• Bachelor’s degree in medicine, Public Health, pharmacy, nursing, laboratory technology or related fields
• Candidates must have A valid license issued by Rwanda National Council of Nurses and Midwives, Rwanda Allied Health Professions Council, or Rwanda Medical and Dental Council.
Experience and skills
• At least 3-5 years of experience as a trainer in infection prevention and control in Rwanda.
• At least 2 years of experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating infection.
• prevention and control procedures and tools in Rwanda.
• Knowledge of infection prevention and control, preferably in the context of epidemics or communicable diseases.
• Relevant working experience in IPC in health a facility setting.
• Skills in rapid assessment techniques, knowledge and experience in monitoring facility and community-based infection prevention and control interventions.
• Strong communication skills (written and oral) in English and Kinyarwanda – French language skills would be added advantage.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs, including MS Excel, MS Word and MS PowerPoint.
• Strong skills in teamwork and networking.
• Strong documentation and report writing skills; and
• Ability to travel frequently within the country.
Working Conditions/Physical Requirements
• Willingness and ability to travel within and outside the zone, and to work independently with all stakeholders
• Willingness to accept additional responsibilities
• Willingness to work overtime as required
• Managing Performance: Ability to plan and design practices, processes and procedures that allow for effective management of people, resources and processes to optimize overall organizational performance. Managing for performance includes the ability to delegate and encourage growth and leadership across the team(s) as part of maximizing performance and productivity.
• Strategic Thinking: Applies organizational knowledge to identify and maintain focus on key success factors for IntraHealth while recognizing, anticipating and resolving organizational challenges. Ability to develop organization- and industry-specific expertise and apply sound decision-making processes to reach productive resolutions that translates strategy into actionable business plans.
• Effective Communication (Oral & Written): Understands effective communication concepts, tools and techniques; ability to effectively transmit, explain complex technical concepts in simple, clear language appropriate to the audience; and receive, and accurately interpret ideas, information, and needs through the application of appropriate communication behaviors
• Risk Management: Knowledge of processes, tools and techniques for assessing and controlling the organization's exposure to risks of various kinds; ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to diverse situations.
• Innovation: Develops new, better or significantly different ideas, methods, solutions or initiatives within assigned role that result in improvement of IntraHealth’ s performance and meeting objectives, results and global commitments.
• Accountability: Holds self and others accountable for all work activities, research and personal actions and decisions; follows through on commitments and focuses on those activities that have the greatest impact on meeting measurable high-quality results for IntraHealth’ s success. Exercises ethical practices, respectful words and behaviors, and equitable treatment of others in all activities.
Summary of Benefits
• IntraHealth International, Inc. is a great place to work and prides itself on its comprehensive benefits package. We offer competitive salaries and a dynamic inclusive work environment which supports health workers so they can improve the lives of people throughout the world.
• IntraHealth International is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. This is also to include inquiry about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 24
Level of Education: Bachelor Degree
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