Southern Africa Tuberculosis Health System Support Project (SATBHSS P155658)
A. Project & Broad Objectives
Lesotho is one of the 30 high TB burden countries in the world with an estimated annual incidence of 788 TB cases per every 100,000 population. Seventy four percent of TB cases are co-infected with HIV. TB treatment success rate has not gone beyond 74%, TB case fatality ratio is high and only a small proportion of TB re-treatment cases are offered testing for drug resistant TB bacilli. The mortality rate in TB/HIV co-infected TB patients is 223 per 100,000 population. Additionally, MDR-TB is on the rise with 3.2% and 6.8% of new and retreatment respectively TB cases are estimated to have MDR-TB. Despite Lesotho’s high burden of TB, TB/HIV and MDR-TB cases, the TB case detection rate is 49% which means more than half TB are not diagnosed and treated.
The Kingdom of Lesotho is among four countries participating in the Southern Africa Tuberculosis and Health Systems Support Project funded by the World Bank. This is a five year project with overall objectives to: (i) improve coverage and quality of TB control and occupational lung disease services in targeted geographic areas of the participating countries; and (ii) strengthen regional capacity to manage the burden of TB and occupational diseases. The project will target underserved populations with a high TB and/or TB/HIV burden, including mining communities, transport corridors and cross -border areas. Even though the main focus of the proposed project is on strengthening the health sector response to TB, there will be selective support for joint multi-sectoral activities to enhance overall impact. The proposed operation includes three components: (i) Innovative interventions supporting prevention, detection and treatment of TB and occupational health; (ii) Regional capacity strengthening for enhanced disease surveillance, diagnostics and management of TB and occupational lung diseases; and (iii) Learning, knowledge and innovation at national and regional levels. The project will target (i) mining and peri-mining communities; (ii) high TB burden “hot spots” areas; (iii) border districts with high levels of movement of people and goods; (iv)transport corridors; (v) labor sending areas and (vi) areas of high incidence of poverty in order to significantly impact the burden of TB in Lesotho.
Job title : Occupational Health and Safety Officer
Department: Mines Occupational Health and Safety
Project: SATBHSS Project
Responsible to: Mining Commissioner (MOM), Occupational Health section head (MOLE) & SATBHSS Project CoordinatorOne-year contract with the possibility of absorption to the government system. The incumbent will work with Ministry of Mining for 80% and Ministry of Labour for 20%.
The Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) officer position aims at increasing awareness in employees and employers on OHS; reduce the exposure to work environment hazards implicated in the etiology of lung occupational diseases such as TB, Silicosis, and Pneumoconiosis, and other occupational diseases and accidents; reduce the prevalence and incidence of such OHDs and the progression to disability, through design and implementation of a solid and sustainable OHS program in the Ministry of Mining.
Design and implement the set of OHS guidelines and tools for the Mining sector in the country. Introduce and roll-out the practice of OHS amongst Mine owners and mine workers in Lesotho
Supervise the correct implementation of the OHS measures in the Mines in the country, including State and privately owned Mines.Develop a strong Inter-sectoral coordination with the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Labour in order to create synergies to prevent the occurrence of lung occupational health diseases
Assist Ministry of Labour to strengthen OHS guiding documents and reinforce OHS measures for the labour sector.
Qualifications and Experience
Master’s degree in Occupational Health and Safety management or Environmental health with at least five years’ experience in occupational Health and Safety related fields.
BA/BSc degree in Environmental health, Engineering degree or any related degree with more than eight years’ experience in occupational health and safety and a certificate in occupational health and safety
Proven minimum five years’ experience as health & safety officer in the mines
Experience in writing reports and policies for OHS
Familiarity with conducting data analysis and reporting Proficient in MS Office; Working knowledge of safety management information systems will be an added advantage
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