Elimination of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is a priority in Ghana.
According to the Multi-Center Point-Prevalence Survey on healthcare-acquired infections in Ghana, 14.4% of infections in secondary and tertiary health care facilities are HAIs (Labi, et al, 2019).
The percentage of HAIs is expected to be higher in primary health care facilities in deprived settings in Ghana where access to infrastructure and services that augment health delivery is limited. The containment, management, and elimination of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana and the World at large depends on effective Infection Prevention Control (IPC) measures in both Health Care Facilities (HCFs) and communities.
Effective IPC is fundamental to the quality of health care because it carries the potential benefit of reducing the disease burden on patients, health institutions, and the nation. The concentration of government support has been in urban areas and the major hospitals due to limited resources.
The HCFs in remote and hard-to-reach areas of Greater Accra Region lack access to the necessary support and equipment needed to tackle HAIs and community spread of the COVID-19. The project seeks to contribute towards the elimination of HAIs and containing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana.
Purpose of the Project Assistant position:
The Project assistant will support the Project Coordinator to be based in Accra to provide strategic implementation of the project to produce expected results.
The Project assistant will be responsible and ultimately accountable for supporting project’s implementation, co-ordination, quality programming, generating reports, ensuring donor policy compliance, stakeholder and partner relations, and donor deliverables.
The Project assistant will take active steps in supporting the project coordinator in liaising with the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, development partners and other stakeholders to ensure that all project milestones are achieved in accordance with the work plan and within the agreed time frame.
Project Assistant Project/Operational Responsibilities
To provide support to Project Coordinator on partner and community mobilization
Support Project Coordinator in the generation of Monthly Report and submitting activity reports
Work with stores and prepare the necessary documents for distribution of PPEs to Health Facilities
Support Project Coordinator in engagement of partners in the project implementation
Support Project Coordinator in monitoring and follow ups on project interventions
Support in project documentation processes
Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience
Minimum Qualification required: BSc Social Science and relevant field will be an added advantage
Good analytical and report writing skills
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Good communication skills (oral and written), able to make convincing presentations
Ability to speak the local language in project locations will be added advantage
Demonstrated ability to work with teams
Competency in the use of MS Office suite
Aptitude for community mobilization and capacity-building.
Team-player with good inter-personal skills.
Working Environment / Conditions:
Work environment: This is a field-based position and working and living conditions may be very different to that previously experienced.
Travel to health facility locations: Minimum 50% required