Paediatric Clinical Officer – Ref: CO/AC/06/12/17

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Reports Paediatric Clinical Care Specialist/Facility Coordinator. The Paediatric Clinical Officer shall be an experienced practicing clinician competent in paediatric HIV clinical medicine. S/he should possess well developed interpersonal communication skills and should be able to impart knowledge to others.  S/he should be well experienced with working in ART clinics (adult and paediatric), in Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV, and in Infant and Young Child Feeding. In addition s/he should have both paediatric and adolescent counselling skills and should   be a qualified mentor for nurses and clinical officers in HIV medicine. S/he should have strong understanding of all HIV guidelines (adult HIV, Paediatric HIV and PMTCT guidelines).  S/he shall be responsible for quality clinical care of paediatric and adolescent HIV services.

Main Duties

To work closely with the linkage officers to ensure all HIV infected children and adolescents in the assigned facilities are initiated on treatment. To conduct quality clinical care to paediatric HIV clients. To mentor health workers in paediatric and adolescent HIV management. To assist the facility health workers to review paediatric patient files to identify areas of improvement and institute remedial action. To conduct training needs assessments jointly with the facility/ART in-charges. To work in collaboration with other staff members to plan and conduct trainings in areas related to paediatric HIV including but not limited to Comprehensive Paediatric HIV Care and adolescent HIV management. Ensure onsite orientation on new paediatric ART guidelines. Offer consultation on complicated cases to health care workers in HIV clinics. To guide clinical decision making in a professional manner to both mentees and other health care workers. To help with mentoring of the nurses undertaking the HIV Nurse Practitioners Training especially Paediatric HIV. To review complicated/difficult cases with the clinicians/nurses and guide on the best options available and need for referral/consultation. To ensure clinicians are taking relevant medical history and conducting appropriate clinical examination for the patients they manage. To ensure that clinicians are able to assess disease stage for both children and adolescents using the WHO staging criteria. To guide other clinicians on the assessment, recognition and management of treatment failure using the recommended national guidelines. To perform other functions as requested by the supervisors

Qualifications and experience

Diploma in clinical medicine with at least 3 years’ experience working in an HIV care setting and training in paediatric HIV management. Experience with clinical training for HIV trainings (Mentoring Trainings, Advanced HIV training, Paediatric HIV trainings, PMTCT trainings) with clinical mentoring. Proficiency in Microsoft word, PowerPoint and working knowledge of excel

Suitably qualified candidates are invited to apply; however only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please send application letter quoting the reference number above, relevant academic and professional certificates, and detailed CV with day-time telephone number(s) to: CIDRZ Human Resources Director, PO Box 34681, LUSAKA or email:

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