Wits Health Consortium: Quality Improvement Advisors

Wits Health Reproductive Health HIV Institute
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 1 March, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The Wits Health Consortium (WHC) is a wholly-owned company of the University of the Witwatersrand under the Faculty of Health Sciences. WHC provides the latter with a legal framework within which to operate the research and other activities necessary to support its academic objectives. In addition, WHC offers a range of products and services to the academics conducting these activities in order to assist with the management thereof.

The WHC seeks to appoint Quality Improvement Advisors:

  • One to be based in Hillbrow, Johannesburg - Gauteng
  • Two based in Vryburg, North West
  • One based in Greater Taung, North West

The purpose of this position is to improve HIV and TB related outcomes by strengthening health and patient management systems at facility and sub district levels in line with key DoH strategies.

Responsibilities:

  • Support facilities and sub districts to conduct and analyse assessments and file audits;
  • Link with facility manager for QI planning and monitoring;
  • Apply QI methodology to ensure effective care cascade from HIV testing to retention in care and referral;
  • Clinical mentorship and training incl. support queue while DoH staff are being trained on site.

Psychosocial support

  • Training in recognition of common mental health disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse);
  • Support adherence/ disclosure across developmental cascade;
  • Support development of support groups.

PHC reengineering

  • Strengthening referral between clinical and community outreach (PHC);
  • Support facility Manager to link with PHC teams;
  • Support appropriate integration of services e.g. SRH, HIV, TB, mental health, GBV and MARPS.

Requirements:

  • Post basic nursing qualification (PHC or psychology will be preferred);
  • Valid South African driver’s licence;
  • Registration with the South African Nursing Council;
  • Minimum of three years public health experience post qualification including at least two years HIV experience;
  • Demonstrated understanding of psychosocial issues relating to HIV and other chronic illness;
  • Comfortable in managing paediatric, adolescent, pregnant and adult patients from both clinical and psychosocial;
  • Perspective (NIMART).Applied understanding of quality improvement (including data interpretation);
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office;
  • Training and mentoring experience and competence;
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to navigate complicated situations;
  • Excellent levels of written and verbal English;
  • Second SA language preferred appropriate for area.

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

  • Experience of operations research for programmatic improvement;
  • Experience of running support groups;
  • Keen understanding of rights based approach and gender sensitive programming;
  • Understanding of supportive supervision (including debriefing and burn out).

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to Lungile Vilakazi at lvilakazi@witshealth.co.za or fax to: 086 768 9817. Candidates must indicate in the subject line the position they are applying for.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

The WRHI will only respond to shortlisted candidates. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications unsuccessful. In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

For more about the Wits Health Consortium, refer to www.witshealth.co.za.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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