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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

University Research Co Quality Improvement Advisor - Nutrition Job Vacancy

Job functions:
Provide managerial and technical oversight and overall support for the implementation of the Quality Improvement for Nutrition Support in the context of HIV/AIDS
Liaise with USAID mission in country, NHP and focal person of MoH to implement Quality Improvement for Nutrition Assessment, Counseling and Support (NACS) program in HIV context
Coordinate with different levels of MOH, health facilities, communities and implementing partners, and work to develop capacity to design, manage and support quality improvement activities at the site level
With MOH, build capacity of health staff in implementing NACS to improve the quality of the management of severely acute malnourished HIV patients with therapeutic food; develop manuals for coaching, training and learning sessions
Work closely with the implementing partners, facilitate and provide technical support
Provide technical and programmatic support to local community partners
Provide support to develop quality indicators, data collection, analysis and reporting
Document promising practices and lessons learned through regular monitoring visits
Design and implement training in QI to a wider forum as an advocacy tool
Work closely with local counterparts and quality improvement team to develop strategies for monitoring quality improvement progress at all levels of services
Conduct field visits as necessary to provide support to HF staff and Community Health Workers
Provide regular updates and progress reports to URC Senior QI advisor in DC
This is a local position and will be based in Nyanza
Maintain close working relationships with partners, health facility, district and community level partners in order to understand implementation challenges and support improvements
Work closely with HCI OVC regional Quality Improvement Advisor in Kenya
Responsible for:
Development of work plan
Technical assistance for quality improvement
Development of manuals for training, coaching, and learning sessions
Providing technical support to teams to conduct training, coaching and learning sessions
Assistance to HF staff to revise/develop referrals, counter referrals and follow up
Preferred experiences:
More than five years experiences in working with PLHA in the area of Nutrition status assessment, nutrition education, and counseling
Worked with colleagues and counterparts at MoH up to the community level to identify and prioritize those aspects of the delivery services that most need quality improvement
Worked with colleagues to facilitate and provide technical assistance to achieve quality improvement, including implementation plans, monitoring and ensuring that critical activities are met in accordance with the standards (Protocols)
Possess knowledge in the following areas:
Malnutrition, it classification and nutrition assessment methodology
Health system from national to the community level
The relationship between HIV and nutrition
Skills in the following areas:
Nutrition education and counseling
Managing projects and documentation
Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to build networks and partnerships
Excellent verbal, written, facilitation, communication and presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to work independently and in teams
Administrative, financial and computer skills
Ability and willingness to travel in the field as and when required
Fluent in English, Swahili and/or Luo
Master degree in nutrition, public health or related field
To apply please send resumes to:

Subject line: Quality Improvement Advisor- Nutrition

Closing date: 19th January, 2011

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