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9 Sep 2021

Contract NATIONAL MALARIA CASE MANAGEMENT OFFICER

World Health Organization –  Port Vila, Efate

Job Description

The National Malaria Case Management Officer will be based with the Ministry of Health in Port Vila, and will work with national and provincial staff to strengthen malaria diagnosis and treatment, to reduce malaria burden and to achieve and sustain malaria elimination. The staff member will work under direct supervision of the Ministry’s Coordinator of the Malaria and Other Vector Borne Diseases Control Program and the WHO Technical Officer for Malaria and Other Vector-Borne Diseases.

Summary of Duties
1. Strengthen malaria case management activities in Vanuatu, through the following key activities:

  • Implement malaria case management (diagnosis and treatment) education programs in the public and private sectors, including training and routine refresher training that focus on health care workers providing appropriate diagnosis and treatment of malaria and other febrile illnesses.
  • Make routine supervisory field visits in connection with case management, including to provide support to health care workers (nurse aids, midwifes, and others) as required and implement immediate action to address issues of concern.
  • Proactively engage with health care workers to find out what their information needs are for effective malaria case management, and provide up-to-date technical advice and information to respond to identified needs.
  • Work together with the National Malaria Monitoring & Evaluation Officer to monitor, evaluate and report to the Malaria Coordinator on implementation performance of malaria case management activities against agreed National Malaria Plan objectives.
  • Routinely engaging with the National Malaria & OVBD Program Coordinator and WHO as a multi-organization team, to discuss implementation of Vanuatu’s malaria case management work plan, and evaluate opportunities for ongoing strengthening of activities and outcomes.
  • Provide routine (monthly, quarterly, 6-monthly, or annual) reports as required, in relation to diagnosis and treatment of malaria.
  • As required, work closely with WHO and other technical partners (including universities and malaria collaborating centres) to undertake malaria case management audits and other operational research questions at sentinel sites, with a focus on improving malaria case management outcomes.
  • Build and maintain strong links with the School of Nursing, with a focus on supporting the Director of Nursing to include appropriate malaria case management in the curriculum for all nurse training and refresher training.
  • Proactively encourage strong collaboration between health care workers and malaria microscopists at all health care level,to enhance use of appropriate diagnostics for the particular setting, emphasiing the role of rapid diagnostic tests at peripheral levels.

2. Perform other reasonable duties that may be assigned bythe Director of Public Health or the WHO Technical Officer.

Required knowledge, skills and values

  • Able to think analytically, practically, comprehensively and be open minded
  • Good writing and communication skills
  • Be able to meet the reporting datelines
  • Computer skills: Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Strong training and motivation skills
  • Driving license desirable

Educational requirements

  • Registered Nurse with the Vanuatu Nursing Council
  • Nurse practitioner qualifications an advantage

Experience

  • At least 5 years’ full time work as a registered nurse
  • Good background of malaria case management
  • Must have experience in both urban and rural nursing
  • At least 1 year full time work in a training or supervisory capacity (for example, managed a team or health facility.

How to Apply

Submit your application in writing with a cover letter and CV addressed to the e-mail address ([email protected]).
Application close on 30 September 2021 by 5.00pm . For more information, please call 27683.

Job Category: Healthcare. Job Type: Contract. Job Salary: Not stated.
Closes 01/10/2021

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