In the advent of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) related to COVID-19 outbreak, USAID through its Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) program, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH), is providing technical assistance to the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI) to support the COVID-19 response in the areas of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). MTaPS has been tasked to strengthen IPC capabilities of designated health facilities likely to receive COVID-19 infected patients and support Ethiopia’s efforts in assuring the safety of healthcare workers fighting covid-19. Support to healthcare professionals includes trainings and supervision in the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), management of medical waste and production/adaptation of various guidelines. WHO, CDC and the national government have existing training materials that can be adapted for this training.
The purpose of this scope of work is to hire an IPC program management consultant to provide technical support to EPHI as the country braces up for a COVID-19 outbreak. This scope includes work with the national emergency preparedness committee and assessment of and capacity building for health facilities and isolation centers that will receive COVID-19 patients (preparedness assessment and capacity building to meet WHO requirements).
This work will require public health professionals with expertise in infection prevention and control within healthcare settings or in the context of outbreaks, and who are skilled in capacity building of hospital/healthcare practitioners.
Scope of Work
- Develop or adopt/adapt guidelines on the following areas and support facilities to implement the protocols for COVID-19;
- Screening and triage protocols and checklists at facility access points for early recognition of cases
- Standard and additional empirical precautions
- Surge fatality management protocols and administrative controls on IPC
- Proper collection and disposal of contaminated medical waste
- Safe burial of deceased patient infected with COVID-19
- Developing TOR for Identifying staff competencies and potential responsibilities in case of an outbreak.
- Assess the IPC readiness of selected health facilities to respond to COVID-19 outbreak, using standard checklist.
- Support training of health care workers on the WHO Covid-19-specific IPC prevention and control guidance and just-in-time (i.e. refresher) training on response procedures for IPC, for surge response staff.
- Building the capacity of IPC committees (or similarly functioning committees) where they exist or establishing them as accountability structures during an outbreak
- Adapting and implementing WHO Covid-19 case management protocols that emphasize biosafety and personal protection of staff.
- Support in identifying or designating areas to manage COVID-19 patient isolation units following standard recommendations (CDC, WHO).
- Assist health facilities in planning, conducting, and evaluating facility-wide Covid-19 simulation exercises (e.g., drills, table-top exercises) in collaboration with national authorities to test IPC capabilities in health facilities.
- Support regular monitoring of IPC compliance at facility access points and isolation units
- Conduct implementation research to identify and solve barriers to the delivery of effective response measures for IPC in real time during the response.
- Facilitate after-action review workshops that include the IPC component of the response and document lessons learnt.
- Facility capacity assessment report on COVID-19 emergency preparedness and gaps identified
- Rapid improvement plan to effectively implement and sustain IPC practice for COVID-19
- Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) for 1) screening and triage, 2) standard and additional empirical precautions, 3) surge fatality management protocols , 4) proper collection and disposal of contaminated medical waste, 5) safe burial of deceased patient infected with COVID-19
The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor of Medicine ( MD)/Master in Public Health (MPH) or epidemiology, disease control, global health or any related field. Degree, diploma or certification in field epidemiology, disease control, global health or any related field. At least 5 year experience working in healthcare, field epidemiology or emergency management at Senior Level. Certification in emergency management is an added advantage.
S/he should have k nowledge and understanding of the dynamics about COVID-19 emergency. Expertise in outbreak management/infection transmission (e.g. ebola) is an added advantage.
S/he should have at least 5 years’ experience in healthcare settings, field epidemiology or emergency outbreak management. Proven track record in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC).
The candidate should have a good mastery of the Ethiopia health system and should be have the w illingness to work with different stakeholders during epidemics to save lives.
In addition, s/he should be proficient in relevant computer applications which includes word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentations (Microsoft Office applications preferred. The successful candidate needs to be a strong team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills. S/he should work with minimal supervision with ability to work independently and in a team.
Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.
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