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Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Manager - Sierra Leone

Tonkolili & Freetown | Freetown




Sierra Leone

Job Title:

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Manager

Contract Grade: B (€32,490 - €39,723 plus benefits)

Contract Length: 10 months (possible extension)

New Post or Replacement: Replacement

Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied

Exact Job Location: Tonkolili 80% & Freetown 20%

Reports To: National Health Coordinator

Responsible For: IPC Team Leader Tonkolili District, IPC Team Leader Western Area, and IPC Focal Person Magburaka Government Hospital

Liaises With: Programmes Director, Area Coordinator, Country Director, Programme Quality Unit, M&E Unit, Finance, Health staff all programme and systems staff, Ebola Response Consortium (ERC) partner organisations, District Health Management Teams (DHMT), Health NGOs, UN Agencies, and other stakeholders as required

Job Purpose:

In response to the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, the Ebola Response Consortium (ERC) was formed in August 2014. Made up of 10 international NGOs, including Concern Worldwide, the ERC provides support to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) to implement a comprehensive program to support Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). The ERC has received funding to undertake IPC trainings and intensive supervision and monitoring in health facilities across Sierra Leone. Concern Worldwide is responsible for the implementation of IPC in Peripheral Health Units (PHUs) in Western Area and Tonkolili District. Concern is also a lead agency supporting IPC interventions in the Magburaka Government Hospital in Tonkolili, where it is working alongside MSF which has taken on a three-year role in supporting management of maternity and paediatric wards, theatre and triage/isolation including mentoring on basic nursing care and other clinical skills.

The overall objective of the project and this role is to improve the quality of routine essential health services and protect healthcare workers and patients in health facilities by building the capacity of health facility staff at all levels to implement appropriate screening and isolation as necessary and to fully adhere to and implement infection, prevention & control (IPC) protocols.

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

The IPC Programme Manager will play a key role in the successful implementation of the IPC project. S/he will oversee the IPC programme in Western Area and Tonkolili District, supervising two IPC Team Leaders as well as an IPC Focal person for Magburaka Government Hospital, to ensure project objectives are achieved. The principal focus will be project management including budget, human resources and logistics management. The IPC Manager is responsible for developing strategies – together with government and ERC partners - in building the capacity of DHMT, hospital and PHU staff in IPC including training, supportive supervision and promoting/ advocating for best practice. S/he is also responsible for ensuring documentation of best practice of mentoring and will ensure quality and timely data collection, entry and analysis (with the support of the M&E Advisor). In addition, s/he will work very closely with other on-going health projects and provide support to the staff so as to better build capacity of communities, health centres and other duty bearers. S/he will provide technical guidance and backstopping to training and interventions. The jobholder will work closely with the DHMT IPC Focal Person and the IPC Committee at the hospital to provide consistent support and capacity development to MoHS staff.

Technical Support

  • Coordinate the implementation of IPC project in close collaboration with the National Health Coordinator, MoHS/DHMT, IPC Managers and IPC Focal Person for the hospital.

  • Build capacity of government staff and structures (DHMT and Peripheral Health Units) to manage and sustain IPC through working closely with the IPC Focal person and other key MoHS staff.

  • Provide technical oversight and mentoring on IPC requirements including monitoring and supervision on the application of IPC practices.

  • In collaboration with the MoHS and ERC, ensure that activities related to the IPC project are carried out successfully, including training of staff, assessments in the PHUs/hospital and adherence to guidelines. Identify areas of weakness in IPC and develop action plans to address these gaps.

  • Provide technical and capacity building support to the IPC committee and support the Hospital Patient Safety Committee to strengthen hospital IPC (for Magburaka Government Hospital).

  • Support the IPC Managers/Focal point to plan and conduct on-going training and mentoring programmes to ensure that all staff are knowledgeable on IPC practices.

  • Monitor staff adherence to IPC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and protocols (e.g. hand hygiene, decontamination, disinfection, and sterilisation) and ensure compliance with National IPC Guidelines.

  • Work closely with MoHS/DHMT and ensure technical learning review processes happen and identify needs for IPC improvement. This includes supporting data collection and reporting to feed in lessons learnt and improving IPC practices, as well as disseminate learning to key stakeholders and provision of recommendations for IPC in relation to Ebola recovery plan activities.

  • Participate and represent Concern as technical lead to the IPC project at relevant ERC, MoHS and other partner forums.

  • Liaise closely with the engineering team to support construction and rehabilitation of essential WASH facilities necessary to support comprehensive IPC across facilities.

  • Provide training and mentorship to Concern IPC mentors/supervisors working.

Project Management

  • Full management responsibility for the IPC grant budget (ensuring value for money and compliance with government, Concern and donor requirements) – including reviewing management accounts, engaging in budget revisions and ensuring that the budget is on track.

  • Manage the IPC team with particular emphasis on capacity building of staff through mentoring, training, and ensuring that all staff have up-to-date descriptions and Performance and Development Review (PDR) process as per policy.

  • Identify staff needs, ensuring that job descriptions are developed and well understood, properly qualified staff are recruited and inducted and trained.

  • In collaboration with the district IPC focal person, prepare reports on progress of IPC interventions including the joint MoHS/ERC assessment of the quality of IPC implementation, ensuring timely and accurate preparation of quality project updates and reports.

  • Support the team to develop, review and implement detailed project implementation plans and tools aligned with the MoHS 24-month Ebola Recovery Roadmap to ensure efficient running of the project.

  • Work with MoHS/DHMT, WHO, UNICEF, CDC and ERC to ensure joint programme monitoring and evaluation, ensuring effective quality data collection, entry, analysis and utilisation.

  • Ensure cordial relationships and strong coordination and collaboration with key partners, including the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health (MoHS) (especially District Health Management Teams (DHMTs)) and the IRC-led INGO consortium, Ebola Response Consortium (ERC).

Other responsibilities

  • Be aware of, understand, comply with and actively promote all of Concern’s policies and procedures (P4 and Code of Conduct, HR, finance, logistics etc.) and ensure all IPC team members are also aware of, understand and comply with these policies and procedures.

  • Ensure that work within the operation is planned and organised in a way which will meet the organisation’s needs in the most cost effective manner possible; ensuring that team members are given appropriate workloads and are working efficiently.

  • Identify and take appropriate and timely action to fill resource gaps (create new roles or launch timely recruitment to replace a leaver).

  • Ensure that all staff are aware of and comply with all of Concern’s policies and procedures, especially the Programme Participant Protection Policy (P4).

  • Contribute to organisational accountability initiatives, including overseeing the roll out of within the project of Concern Worldwide Sierra Leone’s accountability commitments and plans.

  • Take active measures to address equality issues, particularly relating to gender, in programme as well as operational (e.g. HR) activities.

  • Fully adhere to security protocols and procedures and ensure that all members of the project team also do so. Contribute to on-going security management and planning as necessary.

  • Undertake other related duties as may reasonably be assigned by the National Health Coordinator, Programmes Director or Country Director, including readiness to actively participate as reasonable in any emergency response if necessary.



Education, Qualifications & Experience:

  • A clinical background (Nurse, Midwife, Doctor) with MPH

  • 5 years of experience (at least 2 years of strong clinical/ acute care background)

  • Certification in Infection Control (CIC) is desirable.

  • Committed individual with the experience and desire to develop and implement IPC approaches, training, etc.

  • Demonstrated experience in training and/or mentoring, excellent facilitation skills and ability to lead training seminars and exercises with a working knowledge of IPC practice and theory

  • Knowledge and experience in patient care practices including: disinfection, sterilisation, adult education, infectious disease, communication and epidemiology.

  • Demonstrated experience in management of programs, personnel and working with multiple partners and stakeholders

  • Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:

  • Strong computer skills

  • Good financial management experience and skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills

  • Strong advocacy skills and experience of working closely with Health Ministries

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and cross cultural awareness

  • Comfortable working in resource limited setting and remote rural locations

  • Works well both independently and in teams

  • Willingness to travel frequently to sites

  • Flexible and adaptable approach to working in a changing environment

  • Proactive


Education, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Previous experience in Concern or a similar organisation

  • Experience in West African context

  • Experience with key donors - especially OFDA

  • Experience with working as part of a consortium

  • Research and basic statistical skills is also an advantage

All applications should be submitted through our website at by closing date. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.

All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline OR Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.

Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.

Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organisation, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organisation to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.

Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.

Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Organization: Concern Worldwide
  • Location: Tonkolili & Freetown | Freetown
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-28

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