Position: Professional Nurse Mentor
Opportunity Type: Fixed Term Contract
Start Date: 1 December 2022
Location: uMkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal Province
Application Closing Date: 8 November 2022

THINK is a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by TB and HIV. As a health delivery and research organisation, THINK engages with the local community, government consortia, and international funders to provide care for over 100,000 people in KwaZulu-Natal and carry out cutting-edge clinical research that has already contributed to changing treatment guidelines internationally and locally.

THINK is looking for a qualified Professional Nurse Mentor to support the implementation of the THINK USAID TB LON project in KwaZulu-Natal Districts. The aim of the project is to safeguard advances of TB treatment by strengthening the TB health care platform in the district. The Professional Nurse Mentor will be based in KwaZulu-Natal Province (uMkhanyakude) and report to the THINK TB Technical Lead.

Duties and Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Develop a long-term strategy to address the TB Mentoring needs at the designated facility
  • Assist health facility teams in the development of clinical standards and procedures for TB services
  • Support the integration of TB, HIV and NCDs aligned to PHC reengineering, ICSM and ideal clinic strategies
  • Conduct and facilitate training related to TB, HIV and NCDs management, both clinical and managerial with the intension of improving TB treatment outcomes in the designated facilities
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
  • Other project management activities may occur as the needs of this project evolve
  • Alignment of Project objectives with THINK Strategic intent
  • Provide mentoring and technical assistance in the implementation and operationalization of the projects TB, HIV and NCDs interventions at health facility level.
  • Lead in facility baseline assessments.
  • Support the development and implementation of Quality Improvement Plans.
  • Provide direct on-site support for nurses and auxiliary staff during patient visits at the facility
  • Supervise the implementation of FAST
  • Supervise the implementation of Urinary LAM testing
  • Conduct TB, HIV and NCDs training needs assessments at the health facilities
  • Reinforce all TB, HIV and NCDs related training during case studies, lectures, presentations, and grand rounds
  • Work in collaboration with the other clinicians and promote a multidisciplinary team approach to TB, HIV and NCDs management, including an expanded role for nurses
  • Advocate a conducive environment for good patient care and provider development
  • Work with health facility management teams in the design, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the TB implementation plans of the health facility and associated community institutions
  • Establish program linkages and referrals between the health facilities and associated referral facilities and community institutions supporting the TB care cascade within the district
  • Collaborate with NGOs/CBOs to facilitate continuity of care and improve TB, HIV and NCD treatment outcomes
  • Provide services to the surrounding communities
  • Alignment with funder expectations and requirements
  • Participate in the recruitment and training of programme staff
  • Facilitate training and capacity building of Direct Service Providers (NGOs and DOH)
  • Support, train and mentor programme staff based at SAFT supported facilities through-out the district
  • Capacity building through attending appropriate training programmes
  • Ensure THINK vision, mission and values are reflected in all job outcomes
  • Comply with all THINK rules and regulations and policies and procedures
  • Be passionate about making the difference and add value to THINK
  • Perform other duties as required
  • Contribute to the betterment of THINK
  • Ensure THINK vision, mission and values are reflected in all job outcomes
  • Perform other duties as required

Requirements:

  • Degree or diploma in Nursing
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in TB/Case Management
  • Nursing Qualification or Post Graduate in Public Health qualification with mentoring and programs experience is desirable
  • Experience in program planning, assessment and implementation of TB clinical and community care
  • Experience in the provision of health worker training, coaching skills, mentoring, team building
  • Clear criminal record

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for appointment soonest. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date. THINK reserves the right in special circumstances to accept late applications or to extend the above date in order to facilitate further searches. Furthermore, THINK reserves the right not to make an appointment. Internal applicants will get preference for shortlisting. THINK is unable to provide relocation assistance.