Management Sciences for Health

HIV Clinical Nurse Supervisor

Grade
H
Job ID
13-9803
Angola-Luanda
# of Positions
1
Group/Office
HPG
Dept/Unit
GEN (General)
Project/Program
A474 - Angola LINKAGES
Reports To
LINKAGES Technical Advisor for Testing, Care, and Treatment

Overview

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 35 country offices and our Arlington, Virginia and Cambridge, Massachusetts US headquarters, our staff from more than 74 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health. We live our mission to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health.

LINKAGES is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and implemented by FHI 360 in partnership with Pact, IntraHealth International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). In Angola, MSH is LINKAGES’ operating partner. The project aims to accelerate the ability of governments, key population (KP) organizations and private sector providers to collaboratively plan, deliver, and optimize services that reduce HIV transmission among KPs – sex workers (SW), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender (TG) persons and people who inject drugs (PWIDs) – and their sexual partners and extend life for those who are HIV-positive. The project goal will be achieved through the following results:

 

  • Result 1: Increased availability of comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services including reliable coverage across the continuum of care for key populations.
  • Result 2: Demand for comprehensive prevention, care and treatment services among key populations enhanced and sustained.
  • Result 3: Strengthened systems for planning, monitoring, evaluating and assuring the quality of programs for key populations.

 

The LINKAGES Angola program is a four-year program tasked with strengthening the Government of the Republic of Angola (GRA) and community responses to KP to help reduce HIV transmission among FSW, MSM, and TG, and to improve capacity and systems required to enroll and maintain KP in care.  LINKAGES will work with the Ministry of Health, National Institute for the Fight Against AIDS (INLS in Portuguese) to accelerate emerging GRA programming toward KP.  The objective is to strengthen the care cascade for KP and leveraging other PEPFAR programs in high impact sites of priority provinces.  LINKAGES will then reach KP through scaling up proven peer interventions, testing, and strengthened facility, community and GRA outreach, with specific focus on minimizing stigma and discrimination.

 

 

 

The HIV Clinical Nurse Supervisor will act as the community clinical nurse specialist for HIV for KP patients under the LINKAGES Project. The ideal candidate is a highly specialist nurse and directly responsible for the coaching of partner CSOs and supervision of at least 10 other part-time nurses on the management of a community clinical caseload and the provision of STI presumptive treatment in the community.  The Clinical Nurse Supervisor will provide:

  • Clinical advice to  community  based  professionals  and  key  stakeholders regarding all aspects of HIV care from testing onw
  • Clinical assessments, advice, support and care coordination to trained nurses providing STI presumptive treatment in the community.
  • Actively facilitate a collaborative approach to HIV care provision including but not exclusive to specialist and non-specialist clinicians, other PEPFAR and government partners.
  • Coaching and supportive supervision at least 60% of the team in community settings.

Overall responsibilities:

The clinical nurse supervisor acts as an advocate for the needs of KP service users, contributing to LINKAGES’ and the Government of Angola’s efforts to develop appropriate models of care to meet specific sexual health needs of KPs. The supervisor contributes to coaching HIV community teams and health care professionals on the provision of services to ensure they meet national and international standards. The supervisor is part of the Testing, Care and Treatment team. The nurse supervisor also provides highly  specialist  advice  to  others,  across  professional  and organizational boundaries on all matters related to HIV testing, care and treatment for KPs.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Work with the HIV Testing, Care and Treatment team of LINKAGES and its CSO and government partners to ensure that quality clinical services are delivered to at the right time by the right person for sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender individuals both in a community and institutional setting.
  • Provide clinical service demonstrations and trainings to other nurses and lay workers on HIV counselling and testing, STI screening, management and treatment, including presumptive, ART management including management of opportunistic diseases
  • Manage the provision of presumptive treatment for STIs with female workers and suspected cases among men who have sex with men who have also a history of anal sex, in accordance with WHO’s recommendations.
  • Support CSO partner teams to strengthen referral and count referrals of KP patients with target ART facilities for ART initiation, CD4 and viral load testing.
  • Supervise proficiency testing with CSO community teams on a quarterly basis.
  • Ensure that CSO partner teams are compliant with biosecurity and environmental compliance measures.
  • Manages referrals to STI testing and treatment, especially from MSM and transgender individuals contacted via online groups and applications as well as through contact networks.  Ensures that referrals are monitored and managed effectively by CSO partners.
  • Regularly monitors key quality indicators and produces an annual quality improvement plan for CSO community teams that promotes the continual improvement of the service within the clinical governance framework.
  • Contributes to maintaining an effective system for data collection and activity reporting weekly and quarterly, to inform performance management and ongoing service development.
  • Supervises and assists other team members in fulfilling the clinical component of their role.
  • Must at all times maintain the confidentiality of the material and information about patients with which they come in to contact.

Qualifications and Experience

Education

Required:

  • Specialized nursing degree recognized by Angolan law. 

Experience

Required:

  • At least 5 years in direct service delivery provision of HIV related services in Angola and at least 3 years of supervisory experience.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Able to contribute to a multi-professional, cross-organizational approach to HIV care provision working jointly with other professionals, community and clients to provide individualized care to Key populations and persons living with HIV. This often requires the use of sensitive negotiating skills in complex or contentious situations.
  • Able to be a role model and provide expert clinical advice to professionals inside and outside health facilities. She/he works alongside provincial government HIV supervisors and with other health professionals and facilitates joint visits and supervision.
  • Demonstrates advanced practice skills by undertaking complex patient assessments, development of management plans and evaluations.
  • Demonstrates and maintain highly specialist knowledge and skills within the specialty of HIV.
  • Skilled at anticipating and identifying  clinical  issues  and  incidents  that  compromise  the quality of care provided to KPs who are HIV positive. Devises strategies and interventions to counter these and to ensure the delivery of safe and effective care.

Competencies

  • Desire to promote the human rights of FSWs, MSM and Transgender individuals
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete numerous tasks with a high degree of organization and limited resources.
  • Demonstrated experience working with civil society organizations to plan and implement health-related activities.
  • Demonstrated experience of proactively identifying risk, addressing issues and appropriately communicating these to the project senior staff.
  • Demonstrated experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different organizations and cultures.
  • Ability to meet deadlines with strong attention to consistency, detail, and quality.

Physical Demands

  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within up to 50% of his/her time as required.

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

LINKAGES Technical Advisor for Testing, Care, and Treatment

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