Deadline: 14 February 2022
Location: Province – Midlands
Type of Contract: Fixed Term Contract
Appointment is contingent upon availability of funding.
The Technical Officer – COVID-19 will be responsible for coordinating technical assistance to the MOHCC at national, provincial, district, and site level. He / She will be responsible for coordinating training, technical assistance, vaccine roll out and mentorship to district teams as well as coordinating and monitoring COVID-19 training (IPC, Case Management, Surveillance, Vaccination, Mental Health, and continuity of other essential services). The Covid-19 Technical Officer will be a clinician with experience in HIV/TB and infectious disease management and an experienced mentor with the ability to coach less-experienced clinical providers to implement COVID-19 care while maintaining essential services.
Coordination and Technical Support- Participate in National and provincial level COVID-19 planning (COVID-19 Case Management, PSM, and IPC pillar meetings) and review meetings;
Support roll-out of surveillance strategies and routine data analysis for COVID-19 illness and explore syndromic illness among HIV / TB clients through an understanding of the routine data sources of HIV Care (i.e EHR, EPMS OI / ART Registers) and how they may be utilised to obtain this information;
Coordinate program interventions for health care worker led COVID-19 community screening and self-care at all levels working with PMT and District teams;
Coordination of COVID-related trainings (IPC, Case Management, Mental Health to all priority sites and relevant communities);
Work with MOHCC to conduct effective support and supervisory visits to facilities which offer COVID treatment and care, isolation facilities, quarantine facilities and non – COVID designate facilities to monitor their preparedness and response;
Coordinate Site assessment with MOHCC to cover COVID-19 related activities (Case management, Vaccination response, leadership and coordination, surveillance and case investigation, port of entry response, laboratory response, oxygen supply and availability, IPC, Risk communication and community engagement,
Operational Support and logistics and Research); Coordinate the continuity of essential services through Outreaches supported and the use of tele OPD platforms; Mentorship and coaching;
Facilitate post-training mentorship to site-level health care workers (facility and community);
Support sites to ‘zone’ services and ensure COVID-19 care is managed as well as essential health services to avert indirect morbidity and mortality;
Build capacity of site level health care worker in non – COVID-19 sites to deliver high quality screening and referrals;
Support the mentorship of health care workers working at isolation / quarantine facilities to provide appropriate HIV / TB care services and other essential services including NCDs and MNCH services;
Provide technical assistance for documentation, aggregation, and reporting of COVID-19 care statistics in all COVID-19 care facilities;
Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings;
Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems in the COVID-19 preparedness and response activities with MOHCC;
Provide Consultation and Advice to Others – Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics in the COVID-19 response at national, provincial, district, and facility level.
COVID-19 Vaccination roll out; To support the mobilization and uptake COVID-19 vaccine among health care workers and community members;
To support and coordinate responses to address vaccine hesitancy through appropriate health messaging on importance of herd immunity, efficacy of vaccines and to demystify myths and misconceptions associated with COVID-19 vaccination;
Coordinate the COVID-19 vaccination implementation programme support to MOHCC at a DHE level working with PMT and District programs management teams;
Operations support and logistics management;
Coordinate and facilitate supply chain management of commodities and equipment procured to support COVID-19 management in support of MOHCC provincial and district health management structures;
To constantly ensure that OPHID supported HRH and the MOHCC casuals who will be contributing to attainment of HIV targets are protected from COVID-19;
To ensure that adequate PPE should be provided for facility teams, during outreaches and for the community volunteers supporting the TASQC program.
Qualifications and requirements
A degree in medicine; MBChB, MD or equivalent;
A master’s in public health will be added advantage;
A minimum of 3 years in public health- experience with infectious disease;
Be familiar with WHO and MOHCC guidelines for management of COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response at provincial, district, facility, and community level; Experience in quality improvement at the clinical level, with experience in management of infection prevention and control;
Sound understanding of public health technical areas;
Experience with HIV / TB programs would greatly enhance the application;
Familiarity with Zimbabwean public-sector health system highly desirable;
Ability to work independently and as a team player;
Sound interpersonal skills with the ability to establish and maintain relationships with various MOHCC stakeholders involved in the COVID-19 preparedness and response.
Step 1: complete online form here
Step 2: Submit your CV and application letter via email to firstname.lastname@example.org clearly indicating the position you are applying for on the subject of the email.
During the application process, ZHI will not charge any fee nor will it require any payment for an application to be considered. ZHI is an equal opportunity employer and employs personnel without regard to race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, language, citizenship, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, physical handicap or financial ability.