Triage Officer; EVD Emergency Response Team

Name of Company/Organization: 
Save The Children International
Location for Performance: 
Deadline to Apply: 
Wed, 10/15/2014
Description of Job: 
CHILD SAFEGUARDING Level 3. The responsibilities of this post may require the post holder to have regular contact with children and young people. In the overseas context all posts are considered to be level 3. As part of these responsibilities the post hold will support the establishment of child safeguarding systems, promote a culture of keeping children safe, and ensure that potential harm to children (by our own staff and/or as a result of how we do our work) is identified and addressed on an ongoing basis. Report and respond to interventions as determined by your position and responsibilities identified in the Child Safeguarding Policy. INTRODUCTION The 2014 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in West Africa has deteriorated rapidly in the past one month. Liberia is the most severely affected West African country and despite efforts to contain the outbreak, Ebola has now spread to13 out of 15 counties in the country. With the rate at which the epidemic is spreading, current interventions of treating cases of EVD at the Ebola Treatment Centers are able to provide care to only 30% of cases that need it. Save the Children’s approach for isolation and care of EVD cases will prioritize “closer to the community” approaches through Ebola Care Centers (ECC) that expand the coverage of cases, are easy to access and can be set up rapidly, with care being provided by family members with the protective equipment and clinical support through mobile health and support teams Additionally, Save the Children will revitalize non-Ebola care services with a specific focus on the health of women and children through provision of drugs and commodities to PHCs, the County Hospital and community case management. Complementing the above will be robust behavior change communication, community mobilization and full participation in design and implementation of community initiatives, community contact tracing, WASH, commodity provision, building core capacities in SC and partner staff, access to ancillary services and continuous surveillance and monitoring. ROLE The Triage Officer represents the first point of contact in the ECC. S/he will perform the initial screening of all patients reporting to the ECC and make clinical decisions according to the clinical protocols developed for the ECC.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES • Meet and greet all the cases reporting to the ECC. • Provide information to patients and care givers about the ECC/the processes/pathways/services provided • Use the opportunity to provide further information on EVD and dispel myths and misperceptions • Take detailed/extensive history of each case, including contact history, addresses, time of contact, symptoms, duration. Make detailed notes and records in the ECC Register • Observe IPC protocols to ensure self-protection; conduct patient examination as per standard protocols; categorize patients as Suspect/Probable/Non-EVD • Refer Non EVD cases to CHWs for further follow up through PHC referral/home based observation and follow up, maintain detailed records of the same • Explain and orient suspect and probable cases and their care givers to the procedures of the ECCs and the necessity for adherence to the protocols; explain admission and testing procedures and procedures following receipt of results • With the other members of the Health Team ensure that the procedures are fully understood and the care givers are provided with the necessary information and training to protect themselves while caring for their sick • Admit all suspect and probable cases, record admissions and coordinate with the ECC team members to ensure that they are comfortably housed and provided with all the standard issue items • Make a detailed case report on every inpatient, especially of all contacts, and share it with the Health Team to ensure that all contacts are traced and followed up • Coordinate with the Health Team to ensure that all the necessary supplies and commodities for triage are in place • Assist the Support Teams during their visits when necessary • Participate in the daily health meetings with the Health Team • Coordinate with community members and leaders and provide information whenever necessary to ensure transparency • Comply with Save the Children policies and practice with respect to child protection, code of conduct, health and safety, equal opportunities and other relevant policies and procedures. • CORE BEHAVIOURSDemonstrates flexibility to adapt plans and make decisions in rapidly changing environments • Actively manages risk and takes action to reduce risk • Makes changes to improve performance as a result of information received • Documents lessons learned and applies them • Uses negotiation and conflict resolution skills to support positive outcomes for patients and caregivers • Reduces vulnerability by complying with protocols set by the organisation QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE Essential • Qualified Medical Doctor/Medical Assistant or Nurse with primary healthcare experience of five years • Strong clinical decision making skills Understanding of infection control risks. • Ability to work under stressful conditions • Strong recording and reporting skills • Good inter-personal skills • Fluency in written and spoken English. Desirable • Good communication skills • Well known in the local community • Prior experience with infectious diseases WORKING CONDITIONS Save the Children places the highest priority on the safety and security of its personnel and will take all the necessary measures to ensure that risks are reduced to the minimum. All staff will receive pre-departure briefing. Save the Children will ensure the health and welfare of staff in Liberia through linkages with pre-identified health providers. Save the Children will provide Infection Prevention and Control training for frontline staff through accredited providers. How to Apply: Letter of applications along with a copy of your resume, a contact telephone number and the names of 3 referees who you have previously worked for, quoting their email addresses properly and send to this email address to the HR/Support Services Department. Clearly label/quote the job title above on your envelope and hand deliver to the Security Guard at Save the Children’s nearest offices in (Monrovia, Margibi, Gbarnga, Zwedru & Nimba). Deadline for the submission of application is Wednesday-15th October 2014 at 4:00 PM. If you fail to indicate the job title on the envelope, your application will not be accepted. Only short listed candidates will be contacted. Phone calls are not acceptable. Save the Children is an equal opportunities employer - Women are encouraged to apply.
Description of Company/Organization: 
Save the Children saves children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfill their potentials. Save the Children started work in Liberia in 1991 with an emergency program focusing on the immediate needs of children affected by the conflict. Save the Children currently operates in eight counties across Liberia and works in: education, health and child protection, child rights governance and response to humanitarian emergencies. Commitment to Child Protection: Save the Children is committed to keeping children safe from abuse and harm. Candidates applying for these positions will be subject to the Child Safeguarding recruitment procedures and checks. Accountability Commitment: Save the Children is committed to be transparent to children, their carers and communities with whom it works by promoting and abiding by existing organizational accountability system which includes - sharing relevant information on its work with children, their carers and communities with whom Save the Children works; reporting concerns raised by children, their carers and communities about the intervention and involving children at all stages of the intervention. We are seeking for qualified professionals with solid background and demonstrated experience to be hired for the current Ebola Response in the below positions:
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