Social Worker Job Careers – Hospice Africa Uganda

Job Title:      Social Worker
Organisation: Hospice Africa
Uganda
Duty Station: Mobile Hospice
Mbarara, Uganda
About US:
Hospice Africa Uganda (HAU) is a national organization which was
founded in 1993 to promote modern methods of pain and symptom control as well as
“whole-person” (holistic) care for patients living with cancer and
HIV/AIDS. HAU strives to uphold excellent clinical standards and provide
quality education courses and advocacy activities to promote the spread of
palliative care throughout Uganda and Africa.
Job Summary: The Social
Worker will provide social work support to patients, train and educate
colleagues at HAU and train health workers attending courses in the education
department.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
Direct Patient Care:
·        
Take lead in psychosocial work with the team to
identify and support patients that may need social welfare;
·        
Follow-up patients on comfort fund and ensure
accountability and transparency;
·        
Network patients with other organizations
according to their needs;
·        
Provide counseling and use effective
communication skills to identify psychosocial problems & find suitable
options/ solutions;
·        
Participate in health education and health
promotion of patients and family members;
·        
Develop & maintain appropriate information,
education & communication materials for patients & their families;
·        
Work closely with other health professionals for
appropriate patient consultations and referrals for care;
·        
Attend to documentation of patient and family
interactions in the case notes;
·        
Ensure adequate discharge planning;
·        
Follow-up patients;
·        
Coordinate day care activities.
Teaching and Training:
·        
Teach, train and provide supervision for
colleagues (clinicians, volunteers, interns) at HAU regarding social work
issues;
·        
Offer timely support, supervise and mentor
social work students on placement and training programs at HAU;
·        
Assist in building a reservoir of resource
persons, materials and audiovisual aids for training in Palliative care;
·        
Teach and reinforce learning of psychosocial
skills for patients and their families so that they cope with their illness and
have increased resilience.
Project Leadership (Coordinate the Give A Chance (GAC) projects):
·        
Make school fees, scholastic and sundries
requests for Give A Chance beneficiaries every term;
·        
Make school fees payment for GAC beneficiaries
and ensure all receive scholastic materials and sundries;
·        
Provide support and supervision for children’s
schooling every term and make termly reports; Write annual reports for Give A
Chance projects.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting: Monitor, evaluate and
report on social work activities at HAU
Advocacy:
·        
Advocate for welfare of patients admitted in
hospitals, in the community and those enrolled on research studies;
·        
Actively promote access to comprehensive quality
palliative care to people living with HIV/AIDS and cancer and their families.
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicant should preferably hold a
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration
·        
At least three years’ experience caring for
terminally ill patients and families, and managing their psychosocial issues;
·        
Good teaching skills
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
their applications including a resume with three work related referees and a
cover letter via E-mail to: humanresource@hospiceafrica.or.ug
Address your applications to:
The Human Resources and Administration Office,
Hospice Africa Uganda,
Plot 130, Makindye Road, Opposite Makindye Country Club,
P.O. Box 7757, Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 19th November 2016
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