Job Title: Counsellors (26 Fresher Job Opportunities)
Organisation: John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Facility In-Charge
John Snow, Inc. (JSI), a leader in the field of international public health, is currently inviting suitably qualified applicants for the position of HIV/AIDS Counsellors for the USAID-Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services-North, Lango (USAID-RHITES-N, Lango) Project. USAID-RHITES- N, Lango will improve the use of integrated health services in Northern Uganda’s-Lango region and strengthen the health system to sustain gains made by earlier projects. USAID-RHITES-N, Lango will contribute to improving key population-based national health indicators; build the capacity of the Ugandan government to carry out a sustainable and locally- driven response to the HIV epidemic, while also improving TB, malaria, nutrition, MNCH+A, and WASH outcomes. JSI will work with Ugandan stakeholders to design and implement health system strengthening strategies to scale up high- impact, evidence-based interventions at the national, sub-regional, district, and community levels. Interventions will include VMMC, virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, antiretroviral therapy, and condom education and distribution. JSI will focus where the greatest impact can be realized, with a priority on hard-to-reach and high-HIV- prevalence locations. RHITES-N, Lango is a five-year contract. The JSI team includes Amref Health Africa, Doctors with Africa CUAMM, Another Option, and Medical Concierge Group.
Job Summary: The Counsellor will provide comprehensive psychosocial support services to care givers and patients in chronic care in the HIV clinic, antenatal care/ Mother baby care points and Tuberculosis Units to improve clinical outcomes.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Support HIV testing especially index testing /APN services specifically providing pretest and post-test counselling, including disclosure to partners and linkage to partner testing services for all eligible clients.
- Facilitate linkage to care using linkages facilitators and CSO, and networks for PLHIV
- Identify, manage and report on barriers to access care like GBV, stigma, alcohol and substance abuse.
- Ensure adequate treatment preparation and address potential barriers to early retention
- Provide continuous routine adherence support, including patient and caregiver education, establish and facilitate peer support groups for clients
- Monitor retention, track missed appointments and lost clients, and provide intensive adherence support for clients returned to care.
- Provide weekly, and monthly reports and quarterly viral load mop up activity reports.
- Work with community structures to conduct home visits to clients on ART and TB for adherence support, home-based HIV testing services, and TB screening for household members
- Work with clinic teams to ensure appropriate client flow to identify clients eligible for HIV testing, VL, IAC and other services.
- Track viral load results and ensure documentation in all tools and ensure filing in client cards.
- Ensure that all non-suppressing patients are contacted within one week after receipt of results and IAC is provided to all non-suppressed patients as per guidelines
- Ensure that the non-suppressing register and IAC session forms are, up-to-date and correctly filled in both PMTCT/ and ART clinic
- Identify and link non-supressed clients to partner testing services and repeat VL when eligible.
- Participate in switch committee meetings and CQI meetings
- Participate in the mobilization and support of communities to offer HIV care, and link communities to other HIV services.
- Participate in the drawing and implementation of the clinic work plans.
- Facilitate linkages and referral to other community services including OVC services.
- Key Performing areas
- HIV testing including, partner testing services
- Linkages to care and referrals to other services
- Comprehensive OVC services delivered
- Adherence monitoring and support
- Retention in care
- Viral load access and suppression
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- A minimum of a Diploma in Counselling, nursing, social work and Clinical psychology. A certificate in midwifery will be added advantage.
- Short term capacity development courses on HIV counselling is an added advantage
- The applicant should preferably have at least a year’s experience in HIV Counselling.
- A clear and concise understanding of the psychosocial issues relating to health and illness
- Deep knowledge of care planning procedures
- Good communication, team building, innovative skills
- Knowledge of the local language is desirable.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their applications by email to: [email protected] addressed to the Human Resource, attaching their application letters and CV
Deadline: 13th April 2021.
NB: JSI is an equal opportunity employer so women are encouraged to apply.