Counsellor SWSS: Anova Health Institute NPC – South Africa

We are looking for a Counsellor – Facility and Community to be responsible for HTS services and ensure that proper linkage to care of all HIV infected patients is done according to Department of Health guidelines, and to perform HTS at community level during outreach campaigns when required.

Key Duties and Responsibilities  

Provide HIV testing services (HTS) to clients in line with DoH policies and guidelines and in line with District 909090 DIP and Sub-district IP 909090 plans 

Provide HTS at facility and community level and other out-of-facility sites whenever required.

Promote HTS through health talks and by participating in social mobilisation activities.

Provide post-test counselling and adherence support to clients.

Link HIV positive clients to facility for ARV initiation or mobile van

Trace all positive tested clients who were not initiated same day.

Be available to assist all HIV patients in the facility and community with relevant counselling needs.

Ensure that all clients tested HIV positive are linked into care and keep a record of how many are initiated on Antiretroviral treatment.

Report challenges related to the referral system and linkage to care to Community Coordinator.

Keep an updated record of number of clients who were offered HTS, tested, tested HIV positive, and linked into care, in line with tools used by DoH and Anova (should there be additional data capturing tools) and record it daily in the facility register.

Identify critical programme stakeholders and establish working relationships with them.

Provide feedback to the Community Coordinator on facility and community on social dynamics that impact on project activities.

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required

Matric qualification 

Training and certification in Basic HIV and Aids, STI and TB (HAST), HIV Counselling, Adherence counselling, and finger pricking.

ROTF support counselling

Adherence clubs

Certificate in Couple counselling, RTCQI, disclosure and paediatric consent is advantageous.

Minimum two years’ experience as a counsellor

Minimum two-year experience in HIV or public health environment

Knowledge of DoH HTS guidelines and protocols

General knowledge of health education

General knowledge of TB/HIV/PMTCT programme guidelines/counselling messages

Counselling skills

Good oral and written communication skills

Ability to manage relationships.

Strong organizational skills, including task and time management, ability to multi-task, establish priorities, and meet deadlines, and work without daily supervision.

Location: Southern and Western (Southern Suburbs up to Fish Hoek)

Closing date: 5 December 2023

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