Infection Prevention and Control Focal Person

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Infection Prevention and Control Focal Person

  • Post Date:February 18, 2022
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  • Career Level Other
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 5-10 Years
  • Industry Health Care
Job Description

Grade: No grade
Contractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)
Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days): 6 months
Closing Date: Feb 22, 2022, 12:59:00 AM
Primary Location: Zimbabwe-Harare
Organization: AF_ZWE Zimbabwe
Schedule: Full-time

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Purpose of the Position:

In the context of the WHO Health Emergencies Incident Management System (IMS), at the Zimbabwe country office level, the incumbent will provide technical support to the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) and partners on organizational and operational aspects of a comprehensive Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programme activities. S/he will manage IPC activities to ensure alignment with the WHO recommended standards for IPC, monitor, and ensure accountability of the implementation of the WHO IPC programme activities throughout the full cycle of incident management.


Zimbabwe has been responding to the COVID-19 pandemic since the first case was reported in March 2020. This is being done through ten public health pillars of the response. WHO supports the country response through all the pillars and works closely with the Ministry of Health and Child Care and partners across civil society, bilateral partners, donors, private sector, and the UN agencies. The IPC Focal Person will provide key technical leadership in the areas of IPC within the context of the WCO incident management system and as an integral part of the national COVID-19 response mechanism.

Assigned/expected duties/work to be performed:

Reporting to the WHO Representative, and under the overall guidance of the Incident Manager, and working closely with counterparts at the Regional Office and HQ, the incumbent will act as an IPC specialist within the IPC pillar of the response. S/he will manage the IPC component of the incident management system, assessment, support the revision and update of the IPC measures and practices, and provide technical guidance to the MOHCC and partners. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating the implementation of the approved activities and to ensure alignment of purpose between all levels of the organization on matters related to IPC and WASH. S/he will also be responsible for reporting, performance assessment and evaluation of the planned activities.


  • Work within the incident management team to ensure IPC priorities and activities are managed effectively within the overall outbreaks and/or health emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities, in compliance with
  • the national standard operating procedures and the WHO IPC guidelines.
  • Assess IPC capacities and practices in emergency units, hospitals and health care facilities and identify action plans and priorities for improvement and prepare a written report according to WHO templates in collaboration with MOHCC authorities and partners. Provide technical recommendations to partners and key players to achieve improvement actions and monitor implementation.
  • Periodically review the IPC measures implemented and advise on prevention of healthcare-associated infections in healthcare settings.
  • Assess training needs, develop training plans and conduct IPC training for staff at district hospitals, and health facilities.
  • Regularly report to the IPC national lead, MOHCC/WHO IMT on assessments and improvement plans and other IPC activities.
  • Provide guidance on immediate IPC policies, resources, equipment and training needed for emergency units and healthcare facilities.
  • Provide technical support the MOHCC in documenting the response and health system restoration and strengthening activities, as and when required.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.


  • A functioning IPC system integrated with other interventions such as WASH, case management, surveillance, AMR and RCCE set up in liaison with MOHCC and other partners.
  • IPC guidelines, SOPs and tools developed for the COVID-19 response and other public health emergencies.
  • Health care workers trained in IPC at all levels including community.
  • Regular audits of IPC practices and data analysis done;
  • IPC reports and updates produced.

Technical supervision

  • The WHO Representative
  • The Incident Manager

Recruitment profile


  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Another UN language would be an added advantage


  • First level university degree in nursing, medicine, pharmacy, or microbiology.
  • Certified training in the area of IPC from an accredited/recognized institute.
  • Desirable: Master’s level degree in public health or related field.

4.3. Experience:

  • At least five years of progressive experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating IPC policies, procedures and tools in low resource settings, and outbreaks and or health emergency response.
  • Related experience in managing resources and working in a multi-stakeholder environment including developing and promoting collaborative actions with national authorities.
  • Desirable: previous experience with WHO, UN organizations/agencies, health cluster partners, humanitarian organizations or nongovernmental organizations, particularly in developing countries.

4.4. Skills and competencies

  • Proven knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control, and rapid assessment techniques.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills including ability to negotiate with national authorities and international partners.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with colleagues at national and international levels.
  • Strong ability to execute and manage national health programme.
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office, EPI Info, SPSS etc.