In the advent of Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) related to COVID-19 outbreak, USAID through its Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) program is providing technical assistance to the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC) to support the COVID-19 response in the areas of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) related to medical waste management and Supply Chain Preparedness for Emergency response. MTaPS has been tasked to support health facilities likely to receive COVID-19 infected patients to strengthen IPC capabilities and biosafety of professional staff related to medical waste management, preparation of alternative care facilities, and IPC training for selected regions. This will also include strengthening procurement, distribution and management of IPC and waste management commodities for the facilities.
The purpose of this scope of work is to hire an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC)/ Healthcare Waste Management (HCWM) Consultant to provide additional technical support to the MTaPS team in Tanzania to deliver immediate technical assistance to the MOHCDGEC as the country braces up for a COVID-19 outbreak. This scope includes work that will be done at the health facility level, especially in hospitals that are likely to receive COVID-19 patients to prepare them for medical waste management and alternative care facilities for insolation and quarantine of COVID-19 suspected cases.
This work will require a senior practitioner, with expertise in infection prevention and control, within healthcare settings or in the context of outbreaks. It will also require someone with experience of working with MOHCDGEC at a central level, with well-established connections.