Opened on 04/01/19, this treatment center responds to the outbreak of new Ebola cases in Katwa. Located in the town of Butembo, Katwa Health Zone covers the western part of this urban area which has about 1 million inhabitants.
Opened on 04/01/19, this treatment center responds to the outbreak of new Ebola cases in Katwa. Located in the town of Butembo, Katwa Health Zone covers the western part of this urban area which has about 1 million inhabitants.
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Infection, Prevention & Control (IPC) Manager

Job description

INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL (IPC) MANAGER

INTERNATIONAL LOCATION TBD

Reports to: Project Medical Referent (PMR) or Nursing Activity Manager 

  1. Main Purpose

Responsible for the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) activities and leads the development & maintenance of an infection control program, according to MSF protocols and standards in order to ensure the quality of care and safety of patients, caretakers and staff 

     2.  Responsibilities

-Participating in the definition of the IPC objectives and in collaboration with the IPC committee, defining, implementing and monitoring the IPC annual plan. Setting up regular monitoring mechanisms for IPC activities, analyzing the results, identifying priorities and proposing solutions when necessary. Establishing, maintaining and improving surveillance systems for health care associated infections in the facility. Participating and contributing in the elaboration of the contingency plan and EPREP regarding the IPC aspects depending on context and possible scenarios. 

-In collaboration with each service activity manager, ensuring and maintaining the implementation of the standard precautions in health structures in all departments including sterilization, laundry and kitchen and providing technical supervision and expertise, support, training and guidance to the staff on IPC related issues using existing tools such as audits, checklist, surveillance, etc. and developing training plan and materials as required. 

-Setting up mechanisms for the implementation and monitoring of the adherence to additional precautions for air, droplet and contact transmissible diseases when indicated, adapting general guidelines to the health facility realities, putting isolation algorithms in place and ensuring adequate nosocomial outbreak detection and response. 

-Designing and ensuring the implementation of correct ‘clean and dirty flows’ inside the health facility. Ensuring that the environmental standards in the facility are respected and together with the Hospital Facilities Manager and WHS Supervisor, that the essential requirements are available in the health structures. 

-Guaranteeing compliance to aseptic care techniques and to the correct use of antiseptics, disinfectants and detergents. 

-Monitoring and analyzing the consumption and the quality of IPC materials and equipment 

-Planning and supervising, with the support of HR department, the associated HR processes (recruitment, training/induction, evaluation, potential detection, motivation, development and internal communication) of the staff in the project under his/her responsibility, in order to ensure having the appropriate team in terms of size, capabilities and skills. 

-Reporting any irregularities to the Hospital Director, Head Nurse or PMR and proposes immediate actions when necessary. Producing reports with information & recommendations for the monthly medical reporting. Follows up and consolidates data from different teams. 

Note: IPC standard precautions include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), hand hygiene, prevention of accidental exposure to body fluids, barrier nursing, safe and appropriate treatment of re-usable medical devices, waste management, cleaning and disinfection of surface and environment, respiratory hygiene and individual hygiene for staff, caretakers and patients IPC essential requirements include water supply, solid waste and waste water treatment/disposal, latrines and shower facilities, dead bodies management, vector control and medical waste management. 

        3.  Education

Nurse degree or MD/DO or PharmD 

Masters in Infection Prevention and Control is an asset 

        4.  Experience

Preferable: Previous experience working with MSF or other NGOs 

Management experience 

Experience working as nurse, with experience in OT or Intensive Care Unit is an asset 

French language (B2 or better) is also a strong asset

        5.  How to Apply

U.S residents only should send cover letter and CV to rogier.van.helmond@newyork.msf.org

Please visit our website for further employment details: www.doctorswithoutborders.org/work-field

Successful candidates will be contacted for a phone screening.