Adolescent Health Nurse

AIHA

Position Title: Adolescent Health Nurse Department: Program
Location: Lusaka, Zambia
Reports to: Program Director

The Adolescent Health Nurse will work closely with the HBCU Global Health Consortium Program Directors*, Program Coordinator, Assistant Community Engagement Coordinator, Peer Navigators and Chawama Hospital staff, to implement “Rise Up!”.  “Rise Up!” is an innovative program that provides empowerment, educational, recreational and health promotion opportunities for 15- 24-year-old adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). The health promotion activities in “Rise Up!” include linkage of AGYW to clinical services such as Maternal Child Health (MCH) support and HIV treatment. The Adolescent Health Nurse will be embedded at Chawama Hospital where s/he will work closely with Chawama Hospital staff to coordinate and deliver adolescent friendly MCH and HIV services to youth enrolled in the program. In addition, s/he will work some weekly shifts alongside hospital staff, to deliver services to the general patient population within the Chawama Hospital MCH, ART and HIV Testing units.  S/he will also provide off-site clinical services at a satellite location of Chawama Hospital that has been established to serve as an alternative setting for the delivery of a wide range of youth friendly activities and services.

*The HBCU Global Health Consortium Program Directors for this part of the program are from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California, USA

ESSENTIAL ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide adolescent friendly HIV clinical services for 15-24-year-old HIV-positive adolescent girls and young women served by the program in Lusaka, Zambia.
  • Work closely with Chawama Hospital HIV specialty staff to ensure core clinical services are provided in an adolescent friendly manner as defined by the Rise Up! program.
  • Supervise Peer Navigators at Chawama Hospital to ensure appropriate implementation of the defined “Navigation and Advocacy Package for AGYW”.
  • Ensure day-to-day implementation of HIV clinical services aligns with the annual work plan, and program objectives and commitments.
  • Working collaboratively with the Program Coordinator, Assistant Community Engagement Coordinator, Community Volunteers (Peer Navigators), and the Chawama Hospital staff regarding all referrals.
  • Attend Chawama Hospital team huddles and departmental meetings on a regular basis and as needed in order to ensure coordination of referrals with appropriate treatment and care services, and all program related linkages.
  • Participate in clinical supervision meetings of all Rise Up! program staff, as well as participate in regular distance led supervision by Program Directors when they are not in Lusaka.
  • Liaise with HBCU Project Director, Senior Program Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Assistant Community Engagement Coordinator and Chawama Hospital staff on project related issues.
  • In collaboration with the Program Coordinator and Assistant Community Engagement Coordinator, conduct regular monitoring field visits of program partner’s (identified DREAMS, HIV Testing partners, and other community partner organizations) sites to keep abreast of key issues associated with overall project efficiency and effectiveness and to ensure appropriate support and mentoring of the Community Volunteers and their day-to-day activities.
  • Review regularly the identified evaluation data collected by the HIV clinical services to ensure quality and integrity, and submit as scheduled.
  • Ensure that all reports are submitted to the HBCU Project Director in a timely manner.
  • Collaborate with the Rise Up! program team with all related events such as workshops, assessment visits, annual work planning, and stigma reduction activities.
  • In collaboration with the Rise Up! staff, contribute to annual work planning activities.
  • Represent Rise Up! and AIHA as requested at various stakeholder meetings.
  • Liaise with the HBCU Project Director, Senior Program Coordinator, Program Coordinator, Assistant Community Engagement Coordinator and the HBCU Global Health Consortium Program Directors on project related issues.
  • Liaise with other U.S. Government partners working in similar health program areas as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Nurse’s Degree or a related clinical degree with at least 3 years of experience in providing HIV reatment and care to adolescents (or similar experience with adolescents). Must have an active license that allows providing clinical services in Zambia. Training and ability to practice as a Midwife preferred but not required.
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to understand, relate to and motivate adolescent girls and young women, as well as to work effectively with program and hospital colleagues.
  • Deep, demonstrated commitment to empowering and working with youth as partners.
  • Experience in collaborating with multiple projects/partners; demonstrated ability to function effectively on a diverse team.
  • Knowledge of program design and monitoring tools.
  • Significant experience with the HIV/ART prevention, treatment and care continuum.
  • Knowledge of financial and human resources management preferred but not required.
  • Demonstrated group facilitation skills.
  • Knowledge of Chawama Hospital/local health care systems and resources, as well as local DREAMS and HIV Testing partners.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Competency with computer skills (e.g. Word, Excel and basic data file management).
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including well-developed organizational and time prioritization skills.

Interested candidates should send their applications by email to [email protected] Please ensure that you mention www.gozambiajobs.com as the source of this job advertisement.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@aiha.co.zm

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