Project Overview and Role:
The emergence of the COVID-19 global pandemic has posed new challenges to already strained health systems worldwide. Governments have had to start prevention, containment and mitigation measures without a complete understanding of viral transmission, epidemiology or effective supportive treatments for COVID-19. The USAID HP+ Activity is supporting developing countries strengthen their health system to respond to COVID-19 emergency. The IPC consultant will be based in the target country and will work with MoH and partners to improve IPC measures related to COVID-19.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
In collaboration with Ministry of Health (MoH), local partners and HP+ Activity, the consultant will undertake the following activities to strengthen case management in target countries in relation to COVID-19 Pandemic:
- Provide specialized advice and expertise in reviewing existing MoH infection prevention guidelines and incorporate COVID-19 related measures considering the internationally recommended standards.
- Technically support development of job aides, training materials, information sheets on COVID-19 related infection prevention and control.
- Provide advice, education and support to frontline health workers in select health facilities caring for COVID 19 patients.
- Provide advice to health facilities designated for COVID-19 patients on IPC requirements and if possible, to other health facilities operating in hot spots.
- Support development of basic IPC measures for home care for cases of COVID-19 quarantined at home.
- Provide advice on the procurement of IPC equipment and supplies.
- Provide training to frontline health workers at health facility as well as community level on infection prevention and control.
- Review IPC data on regular bases in collaboration with local partners (Hospitals, health facilities, community level teams etc) and ensure compliance with standards using improvement methods.
- Support health facilities in developing infection prevention and control annual plan.
- Support development of tools on IPC for patients, families and communities and conduct training and orientation on how to implement and use these tools.
- Develop basic tools for monitoring COVID-19 related IPC indicators and data collection tools.
- Activate IPC committees in communities and health facilities with training, tools, measurement packages, job aides.
- Coaching IPC coordinators on leadership role in driving reliable practices.
A clinical degree (Medical Doctor, nurse or equivalent) is required with minimum of 2 years’ clinical experience.
- At least two years’ experience in infection prevention and control in health sector preferably hospitals.
- Ability to translate and adapt international guidelines into local context. In dept understanding of the country’s health system.
- Demonstrated ability to work with senior MoH officials at national and subnational levels.
- A diploma or certificate in Infection prevention and control preferred.
- Basic computer literacy in using (Word, Excel, Power point)
- Ability to work alone and in teams and have strong interpersonal communication skills
- Able to travel to different sites within country based on need.
- Must currently reside in target country (El Salvador, Guatemala)
- Spanish fluency required (preference given to native speakers); English skills desirable
- 120 days spread over 9 months
- El Salvador, Guatemala (1 person in each country)
- Relevant Education - 30% weighting
- Relevant Experience - 60% weighting
- Cost - 10% weighting
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