The primary focus of the Ipalamwa Health Clinic (IHC) is child and maternal health.
Qualification Level: Bachelor’s Degree plus Master’s Level Physician Assistant (PA) degree or Master’s Level Advance Practice Nursing/Nurse Practitioner degree
Experience Level: Clinical, with an emphasis on child and maternal health
Experience Length: 1 year
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the direction of the Chief Medical Officer, provide comprehensive health care for patients as established by clinic protocols and according to community standards. These services include health maintenance, acute episodic care, and patient education with a special emphasis on maternal and child health. This is a challenging and rewarding position requiring competency in medical practice. The successful applicant will need to relocate to Ipalamwa in new, very comfortable housing.
The IHC is part of the Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program which is being conducted in partnership between the ELCT–IRD and Global Volunteers, a US-based international human and economic development NGO. All funding for this program is provided by Global Volunteers - all medical staff are employed by ELCT–IRD but funded by Global Volunteers and all nonmedical staff are employed by Global Volunteers.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
- Current and valid Physician Assistant
Licensure or Nurse Practitioner Licensure.
- Minimum of one (1) years of experience as a
Physician Assistant or Nurse Practitioner, preferably in a community clinic
- English language fluency.
- The successful candidate must be able to work independently;
be extremely well organized and thorough, with a meticulous attention to
details. He/she must also:
- Identify and resolve
problems in a timely manner;
- Function well in a
- Have excellent
- Follow IRD policies
and procedures and all rules and laws of the country;
- Support the
organization's goals and values;
- Be technologically
literate and capable of applying information systems to day-to-day operations
and fully using word processing, spreadsheet and database computer
a firm understanding of, and commitment to, the RCP Demonstration Program.
- Perform routine physical and gynecologic exams.
- Take medical, gynecologic, contraceptive and sexual histories.
- Initiate, recommend, perform, and interpret laboratory screening and diagnostic procedures, including but not limited to: urinalysis, Pap smears, STI testing, wet mounts, pregnancy tests, etc.
- Initiate treatment measures where indicated.
- Assume responsibility for clinical management of acute and chronic illnesses.
- Collaborate with staff clinician on management and follow-up of abnormal lab and exam findings.
- Recommend treatments and evaluate their effectiveness. Make referrals to other medical specialties/facilities where appropriate.
- Provide unbiased patient education and counseling, including contraceptive education and counseling.
- Initiate and manage the use accepted treatment modalities.
- Complete electronic medical records in a timely fashion.
- Identify psychosocial factors affecting health decisions and practices, and counsel accordingly.
- Maintain appropriate medical records and documentation; learn and use the clinic’s electronic health records (EHR) system.
- Protect and maintain in good condition, all medical equipment appliances, hand instruments, and is responsible for the security and proper use of such instruments and equipment.
- Participate in lectures for health education training and updates, as needed.
- Participate in clinician and staff meetings.
- Assist other clinicians and clinic staff, as needed.
- Consult with the Chief Medical Officer regarding management of individual patients as needed and for interpretation of policies and protocols.
· Engage short-term volunteer healthcare professionals in support of the IHC and RCP program.
- Engage short-term volunteer healthcare students in clinic activities appropriate to their level of education and certification.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by most people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and requirements. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or it is a logical assignment to the position. The employee is expected to perform other duties necessary for the effective operation of the department.
This is a full-time, permanent position. Salary is very competitive and is based on education and experience. Housing is provided - a newly constructed facility with private entrance, private living/sleeping area, full bathroom and shower, with common kitchen, dining, living/resting area, and veranda. Shared private use of a Global Volunteers vehicle is also included.
HOW TO APPLY:
Your résumé and cover letter must explain why you want this position. In order for your application to be considered, your cover letter must include your annual compensation requirements. Both male and female candidates are encouraged to apply.
Global Volunteers is a US-based human and economic development NGO in consultative status with the United Nations. Founded in 1984, Global Volunteers engages short-term volunteers to serve developing communities throughout the world. At the invitation of the ELCT-IRD, Global Volunteers has been serving rural villages in the Iringa Region for more than 30 years.
In 2017, at the specific request of ELCT–IRD, and in cooperation with the Minister of Health and the Iringa Regional Commissioner, Global Volunteers initiated its Reaching Children’s Potential (RCP) Demonstration Program in Ipalamwa, Kilolo District to help eliminate stunting in rural communities. The RCP program is a child-focused, comprehensive, holistic development effort beginning with pregnancy and continuing through the 18th birthday. The objective is to improve the well-being of children and their families by eradicating hunger, improving health, and enhancing cognition. Learn more about the RCP Program at: https://globalvolunteers.org/tanzania/rcp-program/ .
One of the physical components of this effort is a physical complex which includes a health clinic, guesthouse, dining hall/conference area/kitchen, housing for a physician and his/her family, housing for the Operations Manager and his/her family, and housing for 10 support staff. The construction of the 5 buildings is well underway and is anticipated to be completed by April, 2018 with the clinic fully operational by August 1, 2018.