WHO Health Care Associated Infection Consultant (Harare)

Closes: 26 April 2023

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The purpose of this post which will be supported by the Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) grant is to support the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare (MOHCC) Zimbabwe in setting up and/or strengthening the national Healthcare-Associated infection (HAI) Surveillance at National Level and at Sally Mugabe and Parirenyatwa Hospitals to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases, among patients and staff. 

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Overall Responsibilities:

Under the overall leadership and guidance of the AMR Focal Point in liaison with the Directorate of Nursing Services and oversight of the National IPC Coordinator, the HAI Consultant will assist in the development and implementation of National HAI surveillance activities and liaison with relevant MOHCC departments to the organization of HAI surveillance activities within the MOHCC. He/she will work under the oversight of the National Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Manager. Evidence generated will contribute to the strengthening of IPC practices and updating of the IPC training curricula for pre-and in-service training and relevant modules. The HAI Consultant will be based within the Nursing Directorate in the MOHCC

Host NationZimbabwe
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Closing Date26 April 2023
Eligible CandidateDegree
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Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Act as a resource person in HAI matters with the MOHCC under the direction of the Director of Nursing Services and
  2. Participate in the organization of HAI meetings within the MOHCC and with other stakeholders
  3. Assist in the organisation of relevant HAI workshops country-wide
  4. The HAI Consultant will participate as a co-opted member of the relevant IPC working groups and committees when required
  5. Collaborate with the various MOHCC and partners in providing mentorship and monitoring and evaluation of HAI surveillance implementation
  6. Support the National IPC Coordinator to provide progress reports to keep the Director of Nursing Services updated on HAI-related activities


  1. HAI infection surveillance plan
  2. HAI surveillance data collection tools
  3. Training module for HAI surveillance
  4. HAI report for the two pilot hospitals

Technical supervision

  • Health Systems Strengthening Advisor
  • AMR Project Coordinator

Qualifications and Skills:


  • First-degree Medical Microbiology or Nursing
  • Master’s degree in Medical Microbiology or Clinical Epidemiology


  • Diploma in Infection Prevention and Control or Higher qualification in IPC

Experience (5 years)

  • Experience in investigating HAI infections and antimicrobial resistance

Technical skills

  • Ability to use Microsoft products: MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • Ability to write comprehensive but concise reports and analyse data
  • Have good analytic and writing skills to produce relevant IPC reports for the ministry     

            and other stakeholders

  • Excellent oral and communication skills
  • Computer literate with good word processing skills
  • Ability to work in a team setting
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Language skills

  • Essential: Expert knowledge (written and spoken fluency) of English.

WHO Competencies

  • Communicating in a credible and effective way
  • Producing results
  • Teamwork
  • Knowing and managing yourself
  • Moving forward in a changing environment

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