CareWorks seeks to appoint a Professional Nurse (NIMART)
Contract Type: Event Based linked to funding
Location: Sedibeng (1), Cape Winelands (1), Nkangala (1)
CareWorks’ KPIF project is South Africa is aimed at reducing the number of new HIV infections in Key Population groups, specifically Men who have Sex with Men (MSM). We therefore seek to employ 3 qualified Professional Nurses (NIMART qualified with Dispensing Licence) who will be seconded to locally identified CSOs within specific sub-districts, responsible for overseeing HIV services tailored at meeting the needs of the MSM clients. The comprehensive package of services available to MSM clients includes HTS, STI screening and treatment, ART initiation and PrEP initiation with ongoing patient management support in order to reach the 95/95/95 PEPFAR targets. The position will also include elements of supervisory duties, logistics management, and reporting.
The program provides community-based outreach services and, therefore, this position is not a clinic-based position but rather required to work in the field, linked to outreach and mobile service delivery. The sub-districts for the project are Sedibeng (Gauteng), Cape Winelands (Western Cape) and Nkangala (Mpumalanga).
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Clinical assessment of MSM to deliver a comprehensive package of care including HIV diagnosis and treatment (ART), STI diagnosis and treatment and PrEP for high-risk negative clients
Assessment for ART initiation according to SA Guidelines as well as WHO staging, same day initiation, UTT, etc
Taking clinical history and conducting physical examination
Collect bloods at initiation and later follow-up as per guideline (6th and 12th month intervals)
Dispensing of ART treatment to eligible clients
Conduct adherence counselling
Follow up support of ART initiated clients
Referral of TB clients according to National TB clients
Assessment of PrEP clients for eligibility
Dispensing of PrEP according to NDoH guidelines
Monitoring of PrEP clients
Linkage into ART for sero-converting clients
Engage with Private Network GP’s to support follow up of clients
Assist with procurement of commodities and treatment
Update client ART and PrEP files held at GP offices
Conduct file audits
Conduct training with network GPs
Work with local DoH to procure commodities for HTS, ART and STI Treatment and clinical stationery;
Manage and supervise a working and up-to-date dispensary to record all stock received and dispensed
Collect and collate monthly stats for reporting to funders and DoH
Work with Peer Navigators and Patient Management Counsellors to trace defaulting treatment clients and re-link into care
Coordinate the safe disposal of medical waste and correct recording of supporting documents in this regard
Performs other duties as assigned
This position has some supervisory duties.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
Degree/Diploma in Nursing with a minimum of 5 years’ experience
NIMART Qualified with valid Dispensing Licence is essential – candidates who do not have a Dispensing Licence will not be assessed
Diploma in Clinical Assessment, diagnosis and treatment will be advantageous
Postgraduate training in Primary Health Care Nursing or Public Health is highly desirable
5 years' proven experience in working in a primary health care setting
Must have extensive experience in HIV, AIDS and STI treatment and care
Must have experience in managing patients on ART
Must have proven experience of working with Key Population groups, specifically MSM
Previous experience working with the private sector (private GP/retail pharmacies/private clinic) is advantageous
Expert knowledge of South African HIV/AIDS/STI/TB Management guidelines
Registration with the South African Nursing Council (current)
Familiar with TIER.Net advantageous
Valid Driver's License (own vehicle for daily use is essential)
Intermediate computer literacy and report writing
As this is a field-based position, the incumbent must have the ability to work remotely and without supervision
Ability to work non-traditional hours (i.e. night outreach and weekends)
Comfortable with field based service delivery
Reliable and responsible
Non-judgemental of Key Population groups, specifically MSM
Customer service skills
Organised and task-orientated
Problem solving and decision-making ability
Should have good written, oral and interpersonal English communication skills. Knowledge and fluency in local languages (dependant on location) is an advantage. Ability to read, analyse and interpret training materials and clinical/technical guidelines and protocols is required.
Must be adept with using the MS Office suite particularly MS Word and MS Excel.
Competitive based on qualifications, skills and experience.
Please note that only candidates who meet the above requirements will be considered.
Should you qualify and be interested in applying for the above-mentioned vacancy, please forward your updated CV, Certificates with a covering letter and your salary expectations