Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) Coordinator at Partners In Health (PIH)/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB): (Deadline 2 August 2020)

Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) Coordinator at Partners In Health (PIH)/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB): (Deadline 2 August 2020)
  • Full Time
  • Rwanda

Partners In Health

Partners In Health

Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) Coordinator at Partners In Health (PIH)/Inshuti Mu Buzima (IMB): (Deadline 2 August 2020)

The Pediatric Development Clinic (PDC) is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Partners In Health/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) that provides medical, nutritional, and developmental care to high-risk infants, primarily that born preterm, low birth weight, with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy who are referred from hospital neonatal units to the PDC for follow-up. The PDC is run by an interdisciplinary team, primarily by trained nurses and social workers with regular support from general practitioners, and PIH/IMB technical staff including nutritionists, pediatricians, and early childhood development specialists. Care is delivered using structured protocols to prevent, early identify, and provide early intervention for medical, nutritional, and developmental complications or issues. The PDC clinics are embedded into the public health facilities and they are currently established at 2 district hospitals and 8 health centers in Kayonza and Kirehe Districts.

The PDC Coordinator will be responsible for leading all aspects of the implementation of PDC interventions in the district hospital catchment area. The coordinator’s role will include a combination of coordinating and supporting the district MOH team to ensure PDC services are decentralized at health centers, providing clinical mentorship to PDC care providers to optimize the continuous delivery of quality PDC services to children and their families, conducting training and monitoring and evaluation.  The PDC coordinator will work closely with PDC team and members of the Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, Community Health, Mentorship and Quality Improvement (MESH-QI), and Health Information System (HIS) teams at PIH/IMB as well as other IMB programs for successful implementation of PDC activities in the assigned district. The coordinator will also work closely with the PIH district teams on all aspects of her/his work. He/she will work with the hospital PDC team, health center Titulaires and care providers to support MOH/IMB joint implementation of PDC activities.

Detailed Responsibilities:

Specific duties include and are not limited to the following:

Service delivery and administrative duties

  • Coordinate with other district IMB teams (such as Nutrition, Mental Health Program, Integrated Non-Communicable Disease, Right to Health Care, Program on Social and Economic Rights (POSER), Community Health Department, etc.) to ensure linkage of PDC interventions with other interventions and well-coordinated care and referrals for additional treatment or social support for children enrolled in PDC as needed
  • Coordinate PDC decentralization activities to health centers in the catchment district area
  • Coordinate regular PDC Task Force meetings with the hospital team to discuss cross-cutting issues identified during mentorship and care delivery
  • Coordination and logistical support for all aspects of the PDC program including:
    • Training preparation and logistics, including drafting training concept notes
    • Logistics for district coordination and task force meetings
    • Routine reporting and writing stories for PDC
    • Effective and professional communication with MOH partners, MCH/PDC colleagues, and IMB leadership as needed
    • Identification, training, and equipping of vulnerable families with skills and materials to improve household food security and nutritional outcomes
    • Ensure timely distribution of food packages to vulnerable families
    • Work closely with PDC teams to develop a work plan and lead its implementation

Clinical Training, Mentorship and Quality Care of PDC

  • Routinely visit all health center and hospital PDCs to provide mentorship, on the job training of health facility staff and monitoring of care provision to inform programmatic interventions and continuous quality improvement of the program to meet the needs of patients and families
  • Support PDC teams to develop, implement and monitor quality improvement projects in the health centers and district hospital
  • Work closely with hospital PDC mentors to monitor the performance, identify gaps in service delivery and intervene early as appropriate
  • Coach health center staff in PDC to address any identified gaps
  • Support the development and delivery of training for healthcare providers as needed on PDC protocol or related topics
  • Support additional PDC care provider training as needs arise
  • Identify areas in need of learning and together with the manager, prepare a focused refresher training
  • Routine reporting on mentorship and quality improvement activities

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Work closely with EMR team and PDC care providers to ensure that client data is recorded with high quality, routine data monitoring and collect feedback from care providers for improvements of EMR systems to support the delivery of quality care
  • Collect and analyze monthly and quarterly EMR and M&E reports and provide related information to the PDC manager, MCH Director, and District Clinical Director
  • Prepare and participate in the district-wide data sharing and QI debriefing meetings
  • Prepares IMB quarterly indicator report for PDC
  • Participate in PDC research activities including coordinating routine and research data collection activities for PDC research projects

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in nursing with extensive pediatric experience (strong preference for a pediatric nurse)
  • Active license to practice required
  • Clinical experience in neonatal/newborn care either through maternity or pediatric/neonatal ward assignments
  • Experience with data interpretation, collection, and usage either through academic, quality improvement, or research experience
  • Experience with facilitation, training, and mentorship (rather than direct clinical practice only)
  • Computer skills with experience with using electronic medical records
  • Fluency in Kinyarwanda and English required
  • French fluency strongly preferred
  • Passion for working with infants and children, and their families
  • Passionate about disability inclusion
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Willingness to live and work in rural areas, with frequent travel to health facilities

How to apply:  

If you believe that you are the right candidate for the above position, please follow the link http://www.pih.org/pages/employment and submit a CV and application letter only in MS Word or pdf formats. Applications should be submitted not later than August 2, 2020.

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