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 : TB Infection Control Officer
Department: National TB & Leprosy Program
Project: SATBHSS Project
Responsible to: National TB & Leprosy Manager
One-year contract with the possibility of absorption to the government system.
The main objective of this position is to develop design and implement the national practice of IPC in the health facilities network of Lesotho, including the publicly, and privately owned health facilities
Design and implement the set of IPC guidelines, tools and SOPs for the health care facilities network, congregate settings and community in the country.
Introduce the practice of IPC among the health care workers in Lesotho.
Supervise the correct implementation of the IPC measures in the MoH and privately owned facilities.
Qualifications and Experience
A health professional with a minimum level of bachelor degree in health sciences like Nurses, Laboratory professionals, Microbiologist, a Medical Doctor (GP) Having a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), MSc in Microbiology or Epidemiology and having a certification on Infection Prevention and Control will be an added advantage.Have a minimum of three years’ experience in infection prevention and control or infectious disease surveillance.
Casic computer skills (office package) Able and willing to travel within the country or abroad if necessary
Able to speak English fluently
Able to work independently and within the team
Have strong knowledge of Lesotho Health system
Willingness to work for extended hours if necessary
Possess good coordination and organizational skills to plan and lead meetings, discussions etc.
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Interested and suitability qualified candidates should hand deliver their applications indicating the position on the subject line of letter and envelope together with detailed curriculum vitae with certified copies of Certificates indicating work experience, (day time telephone contacts, names and telephone contacts of 3 referees to reach the undersigned not later than April 25th , 2019 at 16:00 hours) to
Procurement Specialist office: Procurement Unit; Ground Floor, Office behind printers; Ministry of Health: Corner Constitution & Linare Roads; Telephone: Ms. M. Matello (+266) 27323277 or Mr. M Moeketsi (+266) 62474316
Only shortlisted and successful candidates will be contacted.