Friday, May 09, 2008

Clinical Mentor: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Medical Doctors

Clinical Mentor: Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, and Medical Doctors

Clinton Foundation

Location: Indonesia (Papua Province)
Closing date: 02 Jun 2008

Job Description
Clinical Mentor - Indonesia

The Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) works with partner governments in more than sixty countries on five continents to help bring effective, high-quality HIV treatment and care to people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Free antiretroviral (ARV) medication and patient care are now widely available in clinics throughout our programs. These local programs need highly experienced nurses, nurse practitioners, and medical doctors to mentor their colleagues in the identification of infected patients, the provision of comprehensive care including ART, and integration of HIV treatment into primary care. Assistance in the management of a busy, resource-poor clinic is also indispensable.

CHAI is looking for motivated nurses, nurse practitioners, and/or medical doctors with at least 3 years of clinical experience in HIV/AIDS treatment. Experience working in a developing country is also helpful. We are looking for clinicians who have expertise in both didactic and practical teaching, as well as those with the management skills necessary to help a clinic become more efficient, capable, and ultimately self-sustainable in its ability to handle an increasing volume of HIV-infected patients.

HIV treatment and free ARV medication is currently available in Indonesia. The Indonesian Ministry of Health and the Provincial Health Offices in Tanah Papua (consisting of Papua and Papua Barat provinces) plans to scale up HIV identification and treatment on the island with the aid of expert clinicians who can improve clinical education and system management in hospitals and clinics. CHAI is committed to assist with this goal by placing expert clinicians in strategic ART sites to educate staff, advise on efficient HIV clinical management, and improve VCT capacity and Home Based Care while enhancing sustainability.

The term of this contract is 6 months to one year.
* Note that Tanah Papua belongs to Indonesia and is located west of Papua New Guinea (PNG). Safety concerns in Papua are low and do not reflect security warnings associated with travel to PNG. Violent crime, civil unrest and political tension in Tanah Papua are minimal and should not be confused with the high rates of violence and opportunistic crime in PNG.

- Provide didactic and practical instruction on antiretroviral use and the identification of HIV exposed and infected children and adults
- Strengthen existing mentoring team in Jayapura (capital of Papua Province) and develop additional mentoring teams in other sites within TanahPapua
- Collaborate with CHAI Program Coordinator, provincial and district health offices and referral hospitals to create strategic plan(s) for a well
-coordinated, integrated HIV/AIDS response.
- Advocate and/or implement policies to scale up VCT at hospitals and community health centers (CHC) and improve Care & Treatment delivery
- Develop a robust internal referral network within hospitals (e.g. TB, in-patient wards, maternal-child health) and a referral network from CHC to hospitals
- Increase the appropriate use of PMTCT as well as solidify PMTCT protocol
- Provide analysis to CHAI country team of possible interventions to improve care systems- Provide technical expertise on organization of work and task shifting
- Implement monitoring & evaluation tools to assess clinic progress
- Create standard operating procedures

Skills Required:
- Strong knowledge of HIV/AIDS and at least 3 years of clinical HIV/AIDS experience
- Fluency in English; proficiency in Bahasa Indonesia is a plus
- Experience in teaching adult learners, case presentation skills and the use of powerpoint presentations
- Understanding of healthcare systems in resource-limited settings
- Excellent communication skills– both written and oral
- Proficiency with Microsoft office software, i.e. Word, Excel and Powerpoint
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Willingness to work in rural, low-resource settings
- Ability to work productively in a multi-cultural, international setting and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with counterparts in international agencies, local government bodies, non-governmental organizations, professional institutions and internal CHAI Team
- Respect for the political processes and protocols involved in foreign government programs

- MD, RN, Nurse practitioner or similar degree with at least 3 years experience in HIV clinical care- International work experience, preferably in HIV treatment
- Strong leadership skills
- Self-motivated – able to work well with minimal supervision
- Good team player
- Open to learning in addition to an eagerness and desire to help others learn

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