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.
- 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