The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a renowned African-led research institute that seeks solutions to Africa’s health challenges.
It is located within the University of the Witwatersrand and addresses some of the greatest public health concerns affecting our region, including HIV and its related problems, sexual and reproductive health and vaccinology. This is done through pioneering, multi-disciplinary research; responsive technical support and innovation in health services; and evidence-based policy development and advocacy with national, regional and global stakeholders.
Main purpose of the job
To provide oversight and technical support for the retention of HIV/TB patients and innovation services in the allocated sub districts by working with the sub districts and facility managers, Wits RHI community teams, community partners, community-based organizations and linkage hub to ensure that clients tested positive for HIV/TB are retained in care in line with the 90 90 90 strategy
Wits RHI Regional Office, Centurion, City of Tshwane
Key performance areas
Develop Retention implementation/operational plan for the sub-district in line with the district and national strategies with the support of the Retention/QI Programme Manager
Oversee the tracking and tracing activities for treatment initiation or follow-up visits for HIV/TB patients, including source documents and database updates by working with the different stakeholders (Treatment navigators, community teams and partners, PHC teams, linkage hub)
Provide technical support to ensure managers are monitoring capturing of lost to care patients from relevant paper-based systems by the relevant stakeholders, this includes the liaison with the relevant program stakeholders and teams to ensure that daily, reports are generated for early and ate missed appointments as per the reporting timelines
Lead the Return to Care strategy within WRHI in Tshwane Health District
Provide strategic guidance to managers to ensure that clients waiting for ART (for various reasons) and TB treatment, and uLTFU lists from Tier.net are followed up back into care and treatment by working with the different relevant stakeholders
Oversee that DOH facilities have smooth referral and transfer in and out of clients within facilities to ensure retention in care and treatment
Liaise with Wits RHI community staff, facilities and DOH staff about TB and HIV client’s management in terms of linkage and retention in care and treatment activities
Collaborate with DoH teams to organize community outreach activities (awareness, screening, mop up and tracing campaigns) to improve the management of HIV and TB clients and retention in care activities
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key external partners to coordinate the program, NGOs, CBOs/ NPOs, FBOs, WBPHCOTs DOH, Treatment Navigators etc.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with key internal role players (linkage hub, Decanting teams, community teams, Pharmaceuticals team, contracted CBOs, Training/capacity-building unit, PHC teams) to coordinate linkage and retention activities in the districts
Liaise with Wits RHI internal departments/ units in the coordination of services for the outputs/ key deliverables for the program (AFYS, Decanting teams, PHC teams, Linkage hub, Wits RHI community teams, contracted CBO, WBPHCOT staff, treatment Navigators etc.
Initiate and support the development of innovative strategies in line with the 90-90-90 strategy using available resources and technical knowledge
Provide guidance on innovative activities implemented by managers in allocated sub-districts to ensure that patients are retained in care
Provide strategic leadership and direction to all innovations discussions and activities while leading the institution of an innovation hub or team with the objectives to improve patient care and retention
Formalize and document innovations into CQIPs for reporting and presentation internally and externally (DoH)
Identify trainings needs and provide technical support for development of linkage to care curriculum
Support the capacitation of sub-district stakeholders (both internal and external) on the linkage and patient retention strategy in the subdistrict
Monitor stakeholders to ensure that patients are linked and retained in care and treatment services for all newly diagnosed and loss to follow up HIV and TB newly patients
Oversee the mentoring of the various stakeholders on the linkage and retention activities in sub-districts
Provide technical support to the sub-district regarding linkage and retention strategies i.e. decanting unit, hospital, PHC
Ensure that teams and different stakeholders report their activities as per the tools for the program
Ensure and monitor the use of data collection and reporting tools as set out for the program
Ensure that databases, dashboard and any kind of reporting format is updated and customized for linkage and retention activities
Required minimum education and training
A professional qualification in Nursing degree or equivalent
A valid driver’s license
Proficiency in MS office
Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
Teamwork and collaboration
Required minimum work experience
At least 2 years’ experience in working at facility and community with knowledge and experience in primary health care
Communications and relationships
Maintain effective working and communication relationships with the different stakeholders and (Facilities, community partners and organizations
Demands of the job
Working overtime or over weekends may be required from time to time
Able to work in a highly pressurized and challenging environment
May be required to work at sites that are under confidentiality, tact with discretion to be always maintained
Local travel may be required
Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experience as mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV – Please Apply Online
Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.
The closing date for all applications is 05 November 2020.
Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.
Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be 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.