I-TECH Malawi has been privileged to provide technical support to the Government of Malawi Ministry of Health (MoH), since 2008, through seconded senior Technical Assistants, Programme Officers and Public Health Fellows. The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) was established in 2002 at the University of Washington in Seattle. I-TECH is funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Global HIV and TB (CDC-DGHT) under the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
I-TECH is implementing a recent HIV infection surveillance project through inclusion of a test for recent infection (TRI) in routine HIV testing services at entry points to monitor epidemiology of recent HIV infections.
Recency results will aid in the identification of individuals who have acquired HIV within the past several months and may be at higher risk of transmitting HIV. This surveillance work can be used to inform HIV programming and improve targeting of prevention activities to sub‐ populations and locations where high levels of transmission may be occurring.
I-TECH is seeking to hire a qualified candidate for the following position to support the activity
Recency Surveillance Site Coordinator (10 Positions)
Site Coordinators will facilitate and monitor Recency Surveillance (RS) at health facilities. The coordinators will support RS facility level operations and provide technical assistance to HDAs and staff conducting HIV testing in carrying out recency testing.
The project will provide supervision to ensure efficiency and productivity in their services at the facilities. The SC will be work with the health facility teams under the supervision of I-TECH district/zonal coordinators.
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities
- Train, mentor and support facility staff on RS SOPs
- Facilitate effective integration of RS into routine facility HIV testing services
- Ensure compliance to National HTS guidelines including the Recency Surveillance informed consent, testing and documentation procedures
- Conduct data collection, electronic data entry and reporting, using both paper forms and tablets
- Coordinate the shipping of DBS samples for quality assurance and viral load testing.
- Support recency test quality control activities at facility level
- Collaborate with the RS management and the facility pharmacy in-charge to ensure availability and timely resupply of recency test kits and other consumables
- In coordination with the HTS site supervisors, support HIV testing services and reporting at entry points offering recency testing, as appropriate
- Submit a comprehensive technical report monthly to zonal office as per TORs
- Develop and share monthly activity workplan and hold weekly review meetings remotely with supervisor
- Attend periodic meetings to review RS activities at district/zonal level and share reports and updates as appropriate.
Qualifications and Experience
- A Diploma in health-related field from a recognised institution and those with training in nursing, community nursing, laboratory or any other related health field are most preferred.
- Those with certificate in HIV testing services and/or HTS supervision will have added advantage
- Previous experience in surveillance work involving human subjects such as HIV testing services
- Minimum 2 years work experience in a research or health setting
- Previous experience in using tablets for data collection
Applications with Curriculum Vitae (CV), three traceable referees and relevant copy certificates should be emailed to the following email address:
Deadline for receiving applications is Monday 30th June 2021. Please write the position being applied for in the subject line. Attachments should only be in Ms Word or PDF. Zipped files must NOT be attached. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.
I-TECH Malawi, an equal opportunity employer, appreciates all applications. However, only shortlisted candidates will be acknowledged.
For more information about I-TECH, visit our website: http://www.go2itech.org/