Posted on :
21 Aug, 2018
21 Aug, 2018
Society for Family Health (SFH) is a South African affiliate of Population Services International (PSI), an international NGO network operational in over 70 countries. SFH in South Africa concentrates on issues of HIV/ AIDS. As part of their HIV/AIDS control efforts, SFH is using social marketing to motivate behaviour change with respect to consistent condom use, HIV testing and other safer behaviours.
In collaboration with the National Department of Health, we present the vacancy for the Medical Male Circumcision Quality Assurance Technical Advisor (seconded to NDOH).
The National VMMC programme has ambitious targets and is rapidly scaling up its performance to ensure targets are met. In its quest to meet its target and circumcise HIV negative men to prevent new HIV infections, this surgical intervention can easily lead to unnecessary adverse events which can be detrimental for the implementation and success of the programme. Quality assurance is a crucial component of the VMMC services to maintain consistent high levels of patient safety and confidence. Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is currently provided only in 27 PEPFAR priority districts and a process to replicate CQI across the country is prudent.
The programme seeks to shift the focus from merely providing VMMC services but to also ensure that care provided is of high quality and meets the expectations of the clients or users of the health care system. In instances where care is sub-optimal, it is the responsibility of managers and all service providers to ensure that the care provided is adapted so as to meet the required standards.
This can be achieved through the use of scientific evidence-based approaches of generating and inculcating new knowledge to improve responsiveness and competence of staff for efficiency and effectiveness. Quality Improvement in the VMMC programme is also intended to promote use of data to inform planning and improvement. The overall process of External Quality Assurance(EQA) and CQI includes an initial baseline assessment, followed by CQI feedback, follow up, problem-solving and mentoring on an ongoing manner. In order to ensure steady progress, there should be CQI reassessment visits conducted every quarter.
Linking to the National Core Standards, the National VMMC guideline outlines envisaged standards and steps towards implementation of a robust Quality improvement strategy for MMC at all levels of care by everyone involved in the services.
Comprehensive Quality systems encompass internal and external Quality Assurance (IQA / EQA) as well as Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) mechanisms. The development of a well-coordinated, comprehensive quality assurance and continuous quality improvement system is critical to the national VMMC programme.
Title: Medical Male Circumcision Quality Assurance Technical Advisor (Seconded to the National Department of Health)
Location: NDOH offices
Employment status: 3 Years (01/10/2018 – 31/09/2021) Subject to annual performance and availability of funding for the role.
The Quality Assurance Technical Advisor will:
How to apply:
Please send your full application to [email protected]; with a closing date of 31/08/2018.
All application submissions will be reviewed and considered, only the most qualified candidates will be short listed and contacted for interviews. SFH is an equal opportunity employer.