- To provide overall IPC support on an as- needed basis, both remotely and in- country, within the scope of the project, including direct support to the IPC Country Manager and Principal Investigator (PI) or designee.
- To oversee development of frameworks and tools for the national IPC program within Quality Management Unit at Ministry of Health
Language required: English
Starting date: Q1, 2018
Duration of contract: 6 months (total engagement time) spread over 18 month engagement with approximately 120 days spent in Liberia Job Location: On-site support (60-70%) in Liberia and 30-40% remote assistance; work is primarily in Monrovia with limited field travel ______________________________________ Background
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) is seeking an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Consultant to support the IPC component in a two-year extension of a health systems strengthening project entitled, “Sustained Strengthening of Public Health Laboratory, Transfusion Services, and Health Care Worker Infection Control Practices for Ebola Virus Disease in Liberia.” This project is funded through a multi-year Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The project is being implemented in partnership with the Liberian College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) through an academic consortium called the Academic Consortium Combating Ebola in Liberia (ACCEL), and the project is commonly known as the ACCEL Project.
During the first two years of the ACCEL Project close to 4,000 healthcare workers at Liberian hospitals were trained in basic IPC through delivery of a national curriculum focusing on standard precautions. High performing trainees now serve as IPC mentors at public hospitals in the country, supporting their fellow healthcare workers as they implement IPC recommendations at the facility. The focus is now to transition the responsibility for IPC training and implementation from ACCEL Project staff to the Liberia Ministry of Health (MOH) and to develop a sustainable IPC program, based on quality improvement methodology, geared to maintaining and furthering the skills gained.
Description of Responsibilities
The focus of the IPC Consultant will be to support the ACCEL Project IPC Country Manager to provide technical assistance and mentorship to the National IPC Coordinator at QMU.
Key activities include: • Review of National IPC policy and sustainability framework; • Development of various IPC training content packages and IPC monitoring and auditing strategies; • Management and analysis of IPC data; • Design, monitoring and evaluation of a pilot focused-IPC intervention at a large public hospital; and • Development of a plan for scaling up this focused-IPC intervention.
The IPC Consultant will report directly to the project’s IPC Country Manager and the project PI or designee.
1. Revise and provide feedback, in coordination with the Quality Management Unit (QMU)-IPC team, on the updated national IPC policy document. a. Prepare a SWOT analyses of current QMU-IPC system in-country b. Participate in the development of the draft updated national IPC policy c. Facilitate a workshop with stakeholders to discuss updated policy d. Incorporate feedback into final document for submission to Minister
2. Develop, with the assistance of the QMU-IPC team, a framework and work plan to maintain IPC and SQS skills through standardized in-service training at public hospitals, including: a. County Health Team (CHT) activities: i. Review current roles and responsibilities for the CHT IPC leads, and submit any suggestions. ii. Curriculum to train County Health Team IPC Leads including pre and post training evaluations. iii. Framework for sustainable IPC monitoring and supervision b. Review and update training / program component i. Update tools for focused biannual MOH IPC audits (hand washing + other IPC) ii. Update post-EVD IPC training package 1. Update the current standard IPC training package to reflect updated guidelines 2. Supporting materials for updated IPC training package (e.g., desktop flip books, facilitators guide, job aids and posters) iii. Design an effective in-service training program that can be standardized for the country
3. Develop a national IPC data management plan, in coordination with the QMU-IPC leadership a. Review existing reporting tools and develop new tools, as needed for capturing indicators proposed in national IPC monitoring and evaluation plan b. Develop a plan for a national database to consolidate results of routine IPC audits and related health facility IPC assessments c. Assist the QMU-IPC leadership and IPC Mentor in IPC data analysis. 4. Develop a pilot and scale up plan for a focused-IPC intervention (topic TBD) at a large public hospital, in collaboration with the QMU-IPC team. a. Design a focused-IPC intervention pilot (topic TBD) at a large public Hospital, including Monitoring and Evaluation framework b. Monitor and evaluate pilot c. Draft plan for scaling up the piloted focused IPC intervention.
Deliverables and Time Frame