PNC Nurse: Khayelitsha

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Job title:              PNC Nurse
Work Location:   Khayelitsha, Cape Town
Duration:            12 Months
Start date:          1 March 2019 (as soon as possible)
Reports to:         PPP Medical Research Manager

Summary of the position:

The MSF Khayelitsha project provides support to HIV, TB and DR TB programmes being run by local government in the sub-district; part of this support involves piloting innovative models of HIV/TB care for specific at-risk groups of patients, along with strengthening the efficiencies of current health care delivery.

Despite improvements in PMTCT, there is still relatively high post-natal HIV transmission through breastfeeding due to poor retention in care and ART adherence in HIV mothers. Post-natal ART adherence clubs have been developed to provide holistic care for both the HIV positive mother and their exposed baby at the same clinical visit. The model integrates maternal child health services and HIV care, including EPI, IMCI, growth, nutrition, HIV repeat testing and prophylaxis for the baby and ART adherence, pap smear and family planning for the HIV positive mother. It also provides peer support, psychosocial support and early childhood developmental support. MSF seeks to employ a Nurse to lead the implementation and monitoring of the integrated postnatal maternal and child health model (called postnatal clubs (PNC) in at least two Khayelitsha facilities.
As well as to provide nursing care, treatment and follow-up of patients, according to MSF‘s standards in order to ensure the quality and continuity of care for the targeted population.

Responsibilities of the Nurse:

  • Assist with implementation and ensure the smooth running of the PNC model in participating facilities
  • Train and mentor facility nurses to provide holistic clinical care of HIV positive mothers and their HIV exposed children within the pilot adheres to pilot objectives.
  • Support a multidisciplinary team approach to managing patients in the PNCmodel of care, including collaboration with other partners such as Mothers to Mothers and TB /HIV Care Association.
  • Provide training to all facility staff as required on pilot design and objectives and current HIV/TB, PMTCT, STI, Family planning and clinical management guidelines
  • Support the facility PNC team to trace MIPs that default the post-natal clubs and connect back to care where possible.
  • Ensure that MIP blood results are followed up and acted on accordingly.
  • Support the PNC nurse in referring and discussing sick or problematic cases with the identified club doctor.
  • Participate in meetings at facility levels to engage facility management and clinic staff on the introduction and progress of PNC model.
  • Assist with the monitoring and evaluation of the PNC, including responding to data queries from the manager or data team, assisting with audits and reviewing data collection at facility level for completeness on a routine basis.
  • Attend continuing education programmes to ensure current knowledge of clinical care, protocols and guidelines.
  • Work together with the personnel from pilot facilities in finalizing recruitment schedules for the PNC.
  • Advocate for the integrated post-natal MCH model within the facility.
  • Assist in other programs within the project when needed.
  • Practice in accordance with South African Nursing Council regulations.
  • The PNC Nurse must be non-judgemental, non-discriminatory, trustworthy, emphatic, and be able to motivate and support the clinic staff and patients s/he is working with.
  • S/he must be flexible and adaptable to working in many different enviroments and accepting evolving job responsibilities as the PNC programme activities progress.

• Tertiary degree/diploma in professional nursing and relevant registration with the South African Nursing Council
• Minimum of at least 3-5 years of general nursing experience, with with a minimum of 6 -12 months of experience in HIV/TB and PMTCT care as well as treatment of children
• NIMART trained in HIV management.
• Experience in protocol or guideline implementation.
• Demonstrable experience in supervising and training others in a team setting.
• Prior experience with MSF or similar NGO would be an advantage.
• Proficient in English and isiXhosa (spoken and written)
• Prior experience with MSF or similar NGO will be an added advantage
• Word, Excel, Powerpoint and all other basic office software (essential)
• Skills in patient education and counselling, community-based care and training/capacity building.
• Ability to analyse and interpret data and write written reports.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.
• An ability to interact with a range of stakeholders.
• Excellent organisational and problem-solving skills, as well as time management.
• Ability to work independently and show initiative
• South African citizenship or a valid work visa is a must

Job advantages and Career opportunities
Experience in a well-known and professionally recognized international medical humanitarian organisation
• Salary package comparable to other non-profit organisations
• 100% medical aid, 13th cheque and 10% contribution to pension

TO APPLY: Please email a one-page application letter, your comprehensive CV with details of 3 contactable referees to

MSF reserves the right not to make an appointment if a suitable candidate cannot be found. While MSF thanks all interested applicants, only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Please note that MSF does not request a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
Closing date: 21 February 2020