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Adolescent and Women’s Health Nurse Mentor

Date Posted: Aug 27, 2021

Job Description

Partners in Health (PIH) is a non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, whose mission is to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Through service delivery, training, advocacy and research, PIH works globally to bring the benefits of modern science to those most in need and to serve as an antidote to despair. PIH has programs in Haiti, Peru, Mexico, Russia, Rwanda, Lesotho, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Kazakhstan and Boston.


PIH began working in Malawi in 2007, where today we support the Ministry of Health (MOH) to serve a catchment area of 165,000 through 12 health centers and two hospitals in partnership with our sister organizations. Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (APZU) is in Neno District and we seek to recruit suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the following positions:

 Adolescent and Women’s Health Nurse Mentor

Reports to:
 Primary Health Care Nurse Manager

 Full Time (Monday-Friday)

Working Hours:
 Regular Office Hours (40Hrs/Week)

 Lower Neno, Malawi

Program Overview

Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Uyomo (PIH/APZU) seeks an Adolescent and Women’s Health Nurse Mentor for the following program: “No Woman or Girl Left Behind” which seeks to enhance and improve provision of and demand for gender-sensitive and rights-based sexual and reproductive health services. These improved services will be adolescent-friendly and will focus on the provision of a comprehensive array of family planning options (including long acting contraceptives), high-quality obstetric care, treatment and support services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). They will run in parallel to SGBV education initiatives geared for adolescents, teen clubs to support youth living with HIV, and Healthy Futures clubs for teens that cover SRHR topics, life skills, and awareness around rights especially for girls.

Position Description Overview

All APZU nurses are responsible for ensuring delivery of high-quality patient care to all patients in Neno district. The Adolescent and Women’s Health nurse mentors are required to provide mentorship on management of family planning, gender based violence, sexually transmitted infections, and maternal and child health care to health workers working in project supported facilities. Additionally, the mentor will be expected to assist in data collection and review and work on and lead trainings and quality improvement projects.

The mentor will work closely with clinicians and nurses from both MOH and APZU in the clinical and community health departments with liaising with finance, monitoring and evaluation and other
multidisciplinary teams. He/she also expected to work in a dynamic team environment with a respectful and supportive attitude of colleagues at all levels.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Liaising, building relationships, mentoring and supporting nurses and healthcare staff health care facilities in sexually transmitted infections (STI), provision of family planning (FP) services, gender based violence (GBV) and maternal health and child health (MCH) services, and provision of Youth Friendly Health Services (YFHS) in supported facilities
  • Identifying, training and mentoring health centre nurses to ensure an integrated daily women’s health program with provision of YFHS and adolescent care
  • Mentoring and supporting nurses at facility to provide sustained high quality women’s care and ensuring adequate equipment and supplies are available for provision of services for women’s health
  • Designing and developing a system of ensuring adequateequipment and supplies are available for provision of services for women’s health.
  • Assisting in provision of screening and creation of screening programme for FP, STI, GBV for each adolescent at the health facility
  • Ensuring that current and up to date policies, guidelines, protocols and standard operating procedures are available for implementation of adolesecnt SHARC, FP, GBV, MCH and YFHS
  • Supporting, assisting and mentoring community health teams for active case finding and sensitization of the community in STI and FP counseling and provision, GBV screening and care,
    MCH services, and provision of YFHS
  • Coordinating with MOH and APZU community health team members (Health Service Assistants, Community Health Workers) to strengthen and support clinical and community programmatic ties
  • Assisting in preparation of teaching materials and curriculum for Health Futures teen clubs with community programs coordinators
  • Ensuring provision of high quality FP, STI and GBV screening services with some provision of management to adolescents through YFHS at adoloscent Screening for Health And Referral at the Community (SHARC) events.
  • Leadership, Data Monitoring and Training
  • Liaising and assisting MOH and APZU implement new guidelines, protocols and programs at health center level with presentation and education at hospital, health center level and community
  • Taking a leading role in training of health centre staff, police and community memebrs on YFHS, GBV and adolescent or wormen’s health.
  • Co-creating and mentoring quality improvement and practice changes with all nurses and other health care staff at the facility and in the community
  • Working with the Monitoring and Evaluation Department to ensure adequate data collection and use for GAC project activities.
  • Any other duties assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Attributes and Experience Required:

Technical Competencies

  • Minimum of Diploma in Nursing and Midwifery, a Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field is an added advantage
  • Minimum of 2 years in providing nursing care
  • Those with experience as a program coordinator, experience in or managing a health program or public health intervention have an added advantage
  • Active registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council of Malawi
  • Native of Malawi with fluent in Chichewa and English
  • Computer literate including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with data collection and interpretation/analysis preferred.

Behavioral Competencies

  • Willingness to live in a rural setting
  • Ability to work in a dynamic team environment alongside health workers, support staff and patients from a variety of backgrounds
  • Proven skills in managing change, achieving results, ensuring quality, and building capacity
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including cultural sensitivity, assertiveness, and negotiating skills
  • Ability to work well in a dynamic team environment alongside health workers, support staff and patients from a variety of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated passion for strengthening the health system in Malawi
  • A strong interest in learning social medicine, that is, a willingness to look at disease of poverty through a wide ‘biopsychosocial’ lens that draws upon knowledge from a wealth of discipline
    including medicine, sociology, anthropology and public health.

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Benefits & Remuneration

An attractive remuneration package will be offered to the successful candidates commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Qualified and interested persons should apply to the address below, enclosing their cover letter; copies of relevant certificates and Curriculum Vitae indicating three names of traceable referees with valid telephone numbers and email addresses not later than 3rd September, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

The Director of Human Resources

Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU)

P.O. Box 56



P.O. Box 1774




NB: Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU) is is an equal opportunity employer, so, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, tribe, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive working environment.

Partners In Health/Abwenzi Pa Za Umoyo (PIH/APZU) is committed to safeguarding staff, children and communities with whom we work.

We are committed to ensuring that those who benefit from our work-including our patients, families and community members – as well as our staff are treated with dignity and respect and protected from
sexual exploitation, abuse and sexual harassment. Therefore, any offer of employment is conditional upon the successful completion of applicable background checks.

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