Request for Consultancy: Short-Term Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Consultants (2 positions: Colombia and Paraguay)

Brief Project Description

This project aims to pilot both the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) targeted assessment for prevention tool (TAP) for bloodstream infections (BSI) and associated automated feedback report in Colombia and Paraguay to validate assessment tool content, evaluate usability, and inform modifications to the methodology prior to scaling up usage in NICUs across other low- and middle- income countries (LMICs).

The assessment tool and automated feedback report will be piloted simultaneously in two level 2 or 3 NICUs in each country. In Paraguay and Colombia, the field team will be comprised of an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Consultant with significant IPC experience and an FETP fellow. Orientation sessions will be conducted by International Infection Control Program (IICP) support staff for the IPC consultant and FETP fellow to review overall objectives of the pilot, deliverables and expectations, and to ensure they are familiar with the assessment tool and the feedback report. IICP staff will provide continuous mentorship and technical assistance throughout the pilot.

Overview of Role
  • Lead preparations for on-site piloting, including coordination with facility contacts (such as IPC focal person).
  • Schedule kick-off call and other project calls with project team and take minutes during the calls.
  • Coordinate translation (as needed) of TAP tool, automated feedback report, and interim/final reports.
  • Conduct pilot on-site assessment of IPC practices in NICU of tertiary care facility (complete TAP tool, enter data into database and review feedback report).
  • Provide and compile feedback on NICU TAP tool and feedback report, including validity of content and usability using provided feedback forms.
  • Assign tasks to FETP Fellow and provide mentorship during TAP pilot/assessment of NICU.
  • Produce interim progress report and final summary report for the project.
  • Mentor FETP fellow.
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, preferably in nursing or medicine.
  • Prior inpatient clinical experience and greater than two years of experience as infection prevention and control (IPC) professional (Desired: Specialty training in IPC through an accredited institution).
  • Prior experience with implementing quality improvement initiatives.
  • Located in Colombia or Paraguay. Remote work will not be possible.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish, oral and written.
  • Ability to provide mentorship to FETP Fellow.
Contract Period: February 2021-April 2021

The selected candidate will be expected to start in February 2021.

Application Process

Who can apply: Independent consultants with experience in infection prevention and control (IPC).

When to apply: Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2021.

Required documents for submission:

  • Background/qualifications (Resume, Curriculum Vitae)
  • Cover Letter including summary of applicable work experience
  • Consultant fees requirement

How to apply: Please submit required documents and/or any questions you may have to Dominique Bozarth, Project Manager, at dbozarth [at] tephinet [dot] org. Please copy (cc:) soliveira [at] tephinet [dot] org on the email.