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1. DIAGNOSTIC NETWORK SPECIALIST

Job Summary
The Diagnostic Network Specialist coordinates the day-to-day implementation, coordination, positioning, maintenance, cartridge quantification, and result reporting and documentation for the mPIMA Analyser. He/she is required to work closely with the PACMan Study Coordinator to ensuring that facility and implementing partner staff use the mPIMA in accordance with requirements of the manufacturer and study protocol, Good Laboratory Practices and quality requirements.

Main Duties / Responsibilities:
• Overall coordination and supervision of PACMan study laboratory support activities in Lilongwe and Mangochi Districts.
• Work with the PACMan study Coordinator, District Laboratory Supervisors, and MOH and implementing partner staff to implement the mPIMA to advance PACMan study aims and national PMTCT program objects.
• Promote close collaboration between implementing partner and MOH counterparts on all laboratory activities, including the District Laboratory Supervisor, all MOH facility-based laboratory staff, and frontline health workers using the mPIMA, to ensure successful implementation of the work.
• Provide technical and programmatic support to MOH and implementing partner staff using the mPIMA at study sites during the intervention period.
• Establish and maintain linkages with facility and district laboratories during the course of PACMan study.
• In a collaborative manner, work with MOH and implementing partner teams to develop standardized diagnostic pathways for the use of the mPIMA in community settings.
• Support mPIMA-related training activities undertaken by PACMan in the study districts.
• With MOH counterparts, reorganize laboratory work flows and positioning of POC EID and viral load testing instruments to optimize result turn around time and efficient use of available diagnostic network resources.
• Provide longitudinal mentorship/coaching to MOH and implementing partner staff using the mPIMA diagnostic platform.
• With MOH and implementing partner counterparts, implement and monitor systems to ensure the proper storage and management of laboratory commodities to maintain high-quality services and reduce wastage.
• With MOH and implementing partner counterparts, support enforcement of laboratory safety and infection control practices, including proper management of hazardous waste.
• With MOH and implementing partner counterparts, reinforce and monitor internal and external quality assurance practices.
• Supervise the effective implementation of the mPIMA at community level, including trouble shooting any operational issues related to test errors and platform transportation.
• With MOH and implementing partner counterparts, ensure that all PACMan laboratory strengthening activities are in line with the MOH National Laboratory Strategic Plan and DHO laboratory standard operating procedures
• Participate in supportive supervision of all mPIMA activities at study health facilities during the intervention periods.
• Arrange purchases of laboratory supplies as designated under the direct supervision of the Study Coordinator and PI.
• With MOH and implementing partner counterparts, oversee all mPIMA and related procurement and supply chain/logistics management.
• Ensure integration of mPIMA community activities into facility laboratory activities.
• With MOH and implementing partner counterparts, develop and report on key indicators for community-level mPIMA use.
• Assist the PACMan Study Coordinator in the preparation of written reports on study activities.
• Attend regular project staff meetings.
• Act as a liaison between the UNC Project/ PACMan Study and senior MOH and implementing partner lab personnel where designated to do so under supervision of the PACMan Study Coordinator.
• Perform any other duties as assigned by the PACMan Study Coordinator, PACMan Study PI, and/or PRISM Program PI
• Work closely with MOH and implementing partner counterparts in the daily operation of the laboratory computer system for reporting results as well as monitoring workload and potential problems
• Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences or equivalent specialty
• Active registration, in good standing, with the Medical Council of Malawi
• At least 3 years of relevant professional experience in a laboratory or working on district/ provincial level network optimization.
• Experience in supervision and training of laboratory staff.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel.
• Fluency in Chichewa and English and demonstrated proficiency in writing in English.
• Willingness to move between sites in Mangochi and Lilongwe districts.
• Willingness to work at odd hours and on weekends as required to successfully carry out PACMan activities.
• Ability to work well in a dynamic team environment alongside counterparts from government and implementing partners as well as health workers, support staff and patients from a variety of backgrounds.

 

2. RESEARCH REGISTERED NURSE

Job Summary

The Research Registered Nurse in the UNC Project is responsible for consenting and counseling research subjects, collection of data, provision of full physical and pelvic examination, and collection of specimens. As a clinical care provider, she/he is expected to perform his\her duties with the dedication and professional zeal that the Malawi Nurses and Midwives council expects. She/he is expected to be in good standing with his/her professional bodies at all times. She/he is expected to help with supervision of subordinates and analyze financial activities of the Study She/he is working on.

Main Duties / Responsibilities
Clinic and Care Management
• Ensure the availability of clinic resources in collaboration with the Chief Nursing Officer.
• Organize counseling and examination rooms in preparation for clinical trials/ day’s activities.
• Conduct clinical research in accordance with the ICH, GCP,NHSRC on ethical conduct in research involving human beings.
• Assess and analyze each patient’s condition to establish the continuing care plan, appropriate action and future participation in the study in consultation with the treating clinician or the trial investigator.
• Ensure efficient use of clinic/research resources.
• Maintain safe environment for self and study subjects.
• Ensure effective and efficient channels of communication.
• Assist in visiting students in their orientation and projects.
• Provide clinical care for research clients to the best of his\her ability and in line with Malawi Government regulations and policies.
• Assume responsibility for daily operational issues in regard to clinical protocols and subject recruitment, in the absence of senior staff
• Resolve complaints timely and seek assistance where necessary.
• Adapt to a flexible approach to working hours in order to meet the requirements of the research protocols and subject recruitment.
• Perform HIV, pregnancy, hemoglobin, blood glucose, lactate, blood gas, and other assigned point-of-care testing and related quality control as per SOP.
• Perform any other duties assigned

Research
• Ensure collection of accurate and legible data
• Ensure that subjects are given detailed information about the study before commencement of any study procedures
• Endeavor to understand subjects’ views/problems
• Develop an awareness in the study subjects of the days study procedures
• Ensure that all other study activities are performed in line with ‘Good Clinical Practices
• Perform any other duties as assigned

Audit and Quality Control
• Participate in the development of Study Operational Procedures (SOPs) for all studies involved in
• Conduct study procedures according to the SOPs
• Ensure completeness of data collected
• Check for accuracy of data collected before data faxing
• Participate in completing quality control reports
• Participate in dispelling misconceptions about the study in the community through the Community Advisory Board (CAB)
• Perform any other duties assigned

Education and Personal Development
• Take own initiative in learning basic computer skills
• Take responsibility for own personal and professional development through advice from superiors and colleagues
• Participate in orientation of new research personnel
• Ensure personal and professional development by undertaking short/long term courses.
• Participate in National Health Programs

Qualifications and Experience
• Degree in Nursing
• Registered with Nurses and Midwife Council of Malawi
• From none to 8 years’ experience

 

3. COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSE (EDUCATOR)

Job Summary
A Community Health Nurse (Educator) at UNC Project assesses individual and community needs for health education, plans effective recruitment and retention programs. S/he is also responsible for implementation of sensitization programs and evaluation of effectiveness of the health education programs.

Specific Duties / Responsibilities
Assessing individual and community needs for health education
• Obtain health related data about social and cultural environments, growth and development factors, needs and interests.
• Distinguish between behaviors that foster, and those that hinder, recruitment and retention
• Infer needs for the sensitization on the basis of obtained data.

Planning effective recruitment and retention programs
• Recruit community organizations, resource people, and potential participants for support and assistance in program planning.
• Develop a logical scope and sequence plan for a health education program
• Formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives
• Design sensitization programs consistent with specified program objective

Implementing sensitization programs
• Exhibit competences in carrying out planned sensitization programs
• Infer enabling objectives as needed to implement sensitization programs in specified settings
• Select methods and media best suited to implement program plans for specific learners
• Monitor educational programs, adjusting objectives and activities as necessary

Evaluating effectiveness of health education programs
• Develop plans to assess achievement of programs objectives
• Carry out evaluation plans
• Interpret results of program evaluation
• Infer implication from findings for future program planning

General
• Provide clinical care for research clients to the best of his\her ability and in line with Malawi Government regulations and policies
• Resolve complaints timely and seek assistance where necessary,
• Perform HIV, pregnancy, hemoglobin, blood glucose, lactate, blood gas and other assigned point-of-care testing and related quality control as per SOP.
• Ensure collection of accurate and legible data
• Ensure that subjects are given detailed information about the study before commencement of any study procedures,
• Endeavor to understand subjects’ views/problems
• Develop an awareness in the study subjects of the days study Procedures
• Ensure that all other study activities are performed in line with ‘Good Clinical Practices’
• Participate in the development of Study Operational Procedures (SOPs) for all studies involved in,
• Conduct study procedures according to the SOPs
• Ensure completeness of data collected
• Check for accuracy of data collected before data dissemination
• Participate in completing quality control reports
• Participate in dispelling misconceptions about the study in the community through the Community Advisory Board (CAB)
• Perform any other duties assigned

Education and Personal Development
• Take own initiative in learning basic computer skills
• Take responsibility for own personal and professional development through advice from superiors and colleagues
• Participate in orientation of new research personnel
• Ensure personal and professional development by undertaking short/long term course.

Qualifications and Experience
• Diploma / Degree in Nursing PLUS Certificate in Community Health
• Diploma / Degree in Community Health
• Registered with Nurses and Midwife Council of Malawi
• From none to 8 years’ experience

 

4. COMMUNITY EDUCATOR

Job Summary
A Community Educator at UNC Project assesses individual and community needs for health education, plans effective recruitment and retention programs. S/he is also responsible for implementation of sensitization programs and evaluation of effectiveness of the health education programs.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities
Assess individual and community needs for health education
• Obtain data about social and cultural environments, growth and development factors, needs and interests.
• Distinguish between behaviors that foster, and those that hinder, recruitment and retention
• Infer needs for the sensitization on the basis of obtained data.

Plan effective recruitment and retention programs.
• Develop recruitment and retention plans with input from the CAB and study teams
• Formulate appropriate and measurable program objectives
• Design sensitization programs consistent with specified program objective
• Working with CAB to identify community education needs for specific study

Implement sensitization programs
• Exhibit competences in carrying out planned sensitization programs
• Infer enabling objectives as needed to implement sensitization programs in specified settings
• Select methods and media best suited to implement program plans for specific learners
• Monitor educational programs, adjusting objectives and activities as necessary

Evaluate effectiveness of health education programs
• Develop plans to assess achievement of programs objectives
• Carry out evaluation plans
• Interpret results of program evaluation
• Infer implication from findings for future program planning
• Resolve complaints timely and seek assistance where necessary
• Work with the CAB to reach areas where rumors originate
• Work with chiefs to plan for meetings

General
• Ensure collection of accurate and legible data
• Ensure that subjects are given detailed information about the study before commencement of any study procedures,
• Endeavor to understand subjects’ views/problems
• Participate in dispelling misconceptions about the study in the community through the Community Advisory Board (CAB)
• Perform any other duties assigned

Education and Personal Development
• Take own initiative in learning basic computer skills
• Take responsibility for own personal and professional development through advice from superiors and colleagues
• Participate in orientation of new research personnel
• Ensure personal and professional development by undertaking short/long term course.
Qualifications and Experience
• Malawi School Certificate of Education, Plus
• Diploma in Community Development
• From none to 4 years’ experience

 

5. DRIVER

Job Summary
The Driver at UNC Project is responsible for picking and delivering staff, study participants, goods/supplies and sundry from designated areas to designated and appropriate destinations. He/she is also responsible for taking good care of the vehicle under his/her control.

Specific Duties / Responsibilities
• Pick up study clients, staff or authorized groups of people on a regular schedule
• Collect and distribute study supplies
• Perform routine vehicle maintenance, such as regulating the pressure and adding fuel, oil and water.
• Apply local or regional geographical knowledge for transportation.
• Apply map reading techniques, e.g. GPS
• Perform safety inspections in transportation setting.
• Ensure vehicle is clean
• Follow established traffic laws or transportation procedures.
• Apply acceptable customer service in transportation.
• Use vehicle repair tools or safety equipment e.g. Use hand or power tools i.e. Jack.
• Perform any duties assigned from time to time.

Qualifications and Experience
• Malawi School Certificate of Education
• Driving License Class C1, PG
• At least two years’ driving experience, and in possession of a Defensive Driving Certificate

 

6. CLINIC AIDE

Job Summary
A Clinic Aide in UNC Project is responsible mainly for maintaining cleanliness in the research clinic and laboratories and for transporting specimen from the clinic to the laboratory, under strict supervision of Supervisors, photocopying study and administrative documents, moving mail from office to office, receiving and directing visitors accordingly, and assisting in servicing/repairing/maintenance of office equipment

Main Duties/Responsibilities
Operational Issues
• Sweep and mop the clinic and laboratory floors daily
• Remove cobwebs from clinic and laboratory every month
• Scrub the walls of clinic and laboratory every four months
• Change bed linen daily
• Dust clinic and laboratory furniture daily
• Take precautionary measures, under strict supervision of Supervisors, in transporting specimen to avoid contamination

Management
• Ensure effective and efficient channels of communication.
• Ensure economic use of clinic resources.
• Ensure safe custody of clinic resources.
• Ensure faults are timely reported to Supervisors
• Assist in other assigned duties.

Administrative Duties
• Photocopy study and administrative documents
• Laminate, fax and print documents
• Administer office supplies
• Move mail from office to office
• Receive and send mail timeously and accordingly
• Receive and direct visitors accordingly
• Assist in servicing/repairing/maintenance of office equipment
• Assist in switchboard operations
• Assist in general office logistics including supporting roles in meetings, conferences, trainings

Generalized Work Activities
• Handle and move Objects using arms and hands by installing, positioning, and moving materials
• Monitor and control resources by issuing and storing clinic supplies
• Document/record information by entering, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form
• Perform general physical activities that require considerable use of arms and legs and moving of whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
• Establish and maintain interpersonal relationships by developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others and maintaining them over time,
• Keep personal safety and safety of others at the workplace,
• Perform any other duties assigned.

A. Qualifications and Experience
• Malawi School Certificate of Education
• Good at English Speaking and writing
• From None to 2 years’ experience
Please send your applications via email to:

 

The Country Director
UNC Project
Lilongwe

Email:

administration@unclilongwe.org

Deadline for receiving applications:

 

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.