Regional Nurse Mentor – AIDS Healthcare Foundation

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)  is an International Non-Governmental Organization that was founded in 1987 and has been at the fore front of the HIV response, currently supporting HIV/AIDS programs in 43 countries including Rwanda.

AHF’s mission is to provide cutting edge medicine and advocacy, regardless of ability to pay and core values are to be Patient-Centered, Valued Employees, Respect for Diversity, Nimble, and Fight for What’s Right

AHF Rwanda is looking for very competent candidates to fill up the position of  Regional Nurse Mentor.


The HIV/AIDS Nurse Mentor is responsible for the coordination and supervision and mentorship of activities at AHF -Rwanda supported sites. He/she will support the improvement of quality care and treatment for people living with HIV in the supported sites.

The HIV/AIDS Nurse Mentor ensures that AHF’s mission statement, core values, key partnership standards, and practices are the foundation of AHF’s overall strategies and work.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Site Level Activities:

Reinforce Pediatric, adolescents, and adult HIV testing services, enrollment, retention and to enable implementation of PITC/index testing:

  • Support staff at sites to the institute /reinforce targeted HIV testing at different entry points for children and adults
  • Support the sites to improve the quality of pre-test and post-test counseling at all adult and pediatric entry points.
  • Support sites to reinforce linkage and retention system of HIV positive clients to ART
  • Provide CMEs to site staff on appropriate testing procedures and tools for exposed infants, children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Ensure that testing systems including PCR for early infant diagnosis and provision of prophylaxis is done and supervise its quality.

Improve pediatric, adolescent, and adult HIV care and treatment(C&T):

  • Assist sites to strengthen systems for identification and follow up of exposed infants.
  • Support sites to strengthen appropriate referral and linkage systems for infected infants and children, adolescents, and adults to care and treatment.
  • Support sites to strengthen the quality of care and treatment
  • Train/verify proper OIs prevention, diagnosis, and management.
  • Support sites to reinforce integrated clinical care and prevention including immunizations, malaria, NCDs, STIs, hepatitis, etc
  • Offer patient consultations as per national guidelines
  • Support sites to institute/reinforce medical and psychosocial follow up consultations.
  • Assist site staff to manage client flow and referral system intra and extra site.
  • Support sites to strengthen clear systems for HIV Viral load, CD4 and other laboratory examinations done according to national guidelines.
  • Support sites to institute/reinforce pediatric diagnostic disclosure and psychosocial support sessions in sites.
  • Promote viral load suppression for the patients infected with HIV through enhanced adherence counseling and clinical follow-up.
  • Verify if all Clients receive ART and other drugs according to the national guidelines.
  • Provide available support materials/tools and train site staff to understand them.
  • Support sites to strengthen pre (PrEP) and post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP):
  • Support sites to institute/ reinforce an identification system for clients who missed appointment and those lost to follow up
    • Ensure availability and use of appointment systems within consultations & pharmacy service points and ensure proper record keeping
    • Institution of regular clients files, agenda, assessment to identify children with failing treatment outcomes
    • Support sites to reinforce the tracing and follow up for clients that are lost to follow up.
  • Support sites to institute/ reinforce regular pediatric, adolescent& adult support groups.

Integrate Family planning:

  • Train site staff on family planning HIV integration.
  • Support sites to institute/reinforce sensitization sessions on FP.
  • Facilitate client access to family planning methods.
  • Support sites to institute/reinforce behavior change counseling in PMTCT, in VCT, ART clinic, and link them to family planning practices.
  • Ensure FP tools are made available in the sites.

Logistical support for ART & OI drugs, reagents, test kits, equipment, and other medical supplies:

  • Support site staff on quantification and requisition of drugs using the approved National tools and data collection tools
  • Support site staff to identify equipment needs support and support acquisition
  • Ensure the availability of basic materials and supplies.
  • Support and train sites on the preparation of timely consumption reports and use of the different reporting and monitoring tools.

Activities to support TB/HIV integration:

  • Strengthen the capacity of staff at ART and TB clinics in integrated TB and HIV/AIDS services through ongoing supervision visits and mentoring.
  • Provide technical support for implementation of TB screening of PLHIV attending HIV care and treatment services.
  • Establish and support multidisciplinary team meetings at sites to discuss case management of HIV+ patients with TB.
  • Participate in TB/HIV trainings for staff at health-facility level.
  • Serve as a resource for AHF – Rwanda in the evaluation of ongoing programs, and in the subsequent development of new and/or expanded programs for integrated TB and HIV/AIDS.

 Activities to support sites to do nutrition support to HIV infected patient:

  • Mentor site staff on proper nutrition screening, monitoring, and management
  • Train providers in infant feeding practices and nutritional counseling.
  • Support sites to institute/integrate group nutritional education including cooking and gardening demonstrations and food distribution when available/possible.

 Improve PMTCT:

  • Train PMTCT nurses in PMTCT National guideline, protocols and follow up of pregnant women, their partners, and infants
  • Reinforce HIV testing services in ANC, labor and delivery as per guidelines
  • Support the site to strengthen communication and referral systems between ANC, maternity, and PMTCT services .
  • Ensure clear client flow and develop a Client flow algorithm.
  • Support sites to strengthen linkages between PMTCT – Maternity – and exposed infant follow- up.
  • Improve lab specimen collection eg for VL, CD4 for women in PMTCT, and verify proper result record.
  • Support sites to institute/ reinforce regularly scheduled PMTCT care coordination staff meetings between PMTCT/maternity and VCT/Exposed infant follow-up/ART/Community outreach services.
  • Support sites to institute/reinforce peer mother groups support in PMTCT

 Improve site coordination of activities :

  • Support sites to institute/reinforce monthly coordination meetings to monitor ongoing of activities and reinforce linkages between services.
  • Help site staff to identify clients that need Health insurance.
  • Support sites to strengthen the link between the health facility and the community.

Support site in M&E functions:

  • Support site staff to utilize M& E tools and ensure they are always available at the site. These should include
    • Client’s files: exposed infant files, HIV infected children files, Adults infected files.
    • Registers:  Pre ART and ART Register, PMTCT/ANC register, VCT/PIT Register, PMTCT Labor/Delivery register, etc.
    • Reporting forms: VCT/PMTCT form, Pediatric form, ART form, etc.
  • Support site staff in data analysis.
  • Support Quality improvement and documentation activities at the site
  • Conducted a baseline assessment for the site when required.
  • Conduct quality care assessment on a quarterly basis.
  • Identify priority areas of intervention in sites.
  • Share targets and achievements with site staff.
  • Strengthen District/RBC/MOH/ AHF -Rwanda reporting systems.
    • Perform reviews in collaboration with the site’s staff on reporting systems and forms

Non site Activities

  • Coordinate and organize formal training in collaboration with RBC/ AHF
  • Participate in RBC/MOH activities to improve the national HIV care and treatment training program through the development and introduction of new modules on pediatrics and psychosocial care and support and nurse-focused training methodologies etc.
  • Participate in RBC/MOH activities to revise national HIV care and treatment protocols and the development of different tools.
  • Facilitate site provision of different materials/tools in collaboration with RBC, Medical Supplies Systems, and National Reference Lab.
  • Facilitate medical supplies requisition and procurement as per national guidelines
  • Organise provider’s refresher training and workshops to share experiences.
  • Participate in site targeted evaluation to determine barriers to uptake.
  • Disseminate national policies at the site level.


Education: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent health-related degree in Nursing

Additional training in Clinical Psychology will be an added advantage

·          Experience: More than 3 years of relevant field experience in managing public health programs.

  • Proficient in Computer and Internet skills, including MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Proven skills in management, supervision, leadership, and networking, with at least 1-3 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and health-related issues.
  • Team player.
  • The position will be based out of Kigali. Must be able to travel more than 80% of the time to the regional sites.
  • Must be culturally sensitive and able to work in a wide variety of settings and cultures.

 How to apply

Submission of applications – to include a 1-page Cover letter, an updated CV and names, title, and contacts of three professional referees and copies of qualification certificates – should be submitted via email  [email protected]  with subject  RWANDA_   REGIONAL   NURSE MENTOR . The deadline for submission of applications is  02 October 2020  at  23:45hrs

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