JOB TITLE: SHIMS 3 ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER
LOCATION: Matsapha, Eswatini, with field travel
REPORTS TO: SHIMS 3 Laboratory Manager
ICAP-Eswatini, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, and with funding from the United States Government will soon be conducting the Eswatini Population-based HIV Impact Assessment survey SHIMS3 2020 among a nationally representative sample of adults. aged 15 years and older. This survey will generate essential population-level data on key HIV indicators to track national progress towards 95-95-95 targets, and contribute to evaluating national initiatives to end the HIV epidemic. SHIMS3 2020 will be implemented as part of the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment Surveys (PHIA2) initiative implemented in. multiple countries by ICAP at Columbia University.
The Environmental Health & Safety Officer will be responsible for overseeing general and bio-hazard waste management for the SHIMS3 2020 survey. The Environmental Health & Safety Officer will work closely with the Assistant Lab Manager, Regional Coordinators, Eswatini Health Laboratory Services (EHLS), and Ministry of Health(Environmental Health Department), to ensure that general and bio-hazard waste generated during the survey is appropriately segregated, transported. treated and disposed of correctly according to Waste regulations, National Healthcare Waste Management guidelines and pre-determined SOPS, and that relevant documentation is completed in a timely manner.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Assist with development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for waste management,
• Develop, supervise and monitor the implementation of a comprehensive waste management plan for the entire survey,
• Collaborate with the social safeguard team in the implementation of the environmental and social risks mitigation plan for the survey.
• Prepare central and regional laboratories for handling waste including ensuring adequate temporary waste holding areas.
• Implement waste management. health & safety interventions in the course of the survey.
• Ensure waste is handled and contained appropriately during field activities, implement a decentralized waste management system for SHIMS3 2020 through use of regional hubs in collaboration with MoH ensure that all infectious waste generated from the survey is properly treated before disposal,
• Keep track of all waste generated by the survey to inform future studies.
• A University degree in public health discipline and/or a BSc. Environmental Health Sciences degree, with vast experience in Healthcare waste management would be preferred
• Previous participation in large surveys which included an aspect on bio-hazard waste management preferred.
How to Apply
Interested applicants should log on to https://icapacity.icap.columbia.edu and follow the instructions.
Closing date for applications to be submitted: Friday 6th December 2019 at 17:00pm.
Please do not attach any certificates when submitting on line. Only short listed applicants will be contacted with preference given to qualifying Swati nationals. Please consider your application unsuccessful if you don’t hear from us 3 weeks after the closing date.