24 May 2017

14 No Experience Counsellor NGO Careers - Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Organisation: Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Prevention Services Advisor

About US:
The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit organization which is a partnership of infectious diseases and public health specialists. The overall objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems with strong emphasis on Infectious Diseases, through Research and Capacity Development. IDI has five operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided through a partnership with the Makerere University - John Hopkins University Core Lab) and Outreach.

About CDC / PEPFAR Project:
IDI received funding from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/PEPFAR, IDI is implementing comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in the Kampala region of Uganda under the project: “Accelerating epidemic control in Kampala region of Uganda through scale up of evidence based and high impact interventions towards achievement of UNAIDS 90:90:90 targets.”

Job Summary: The Counsellor will provide on-going psycho-social support interventions to clients, their families and community members to ensure holistic HIV/AIDS care and strengthen uptake of all service packages delivered within IDI-supported facilities and communities.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Support mentorship and training efforts to build capacity of facility teams to deliver high quality psycho-social support and care services to individuals infected and affected by HIV.
  • Actively participate in team-based clinical care of TB and HIV/AIDS patients attending IDI-supported health facilities in line with standard treatment guidelines.
  • Take lead in efforts of identification and linkage of new PLHIV through optimization of facility-based HTC activities, implementation of partner services, and through targeted community HTC initiatives.
  • Support establishment and functionalization of psycho-social support groups including adolescent clubs, Sero-discordant couple clubs, and family support groups to strengthen adherence to HIV/AIDS treatment and to promote uptake of preventive service packages.
  • Guide facility teams to deliver high quality HIV/AIDS care and preventive services for Key Populations using non-discriminatory gender-sensitive models.
  • Participate in client education and facility sensitization to continuously build knowledge among patients attending IDI-supported health facilities.
  • Participate in performance monitoring initiatives and routine data use activities at IDI-supported health facilities to guide implementation of project activities.
  • Actively participate in identification, implementation and documentation of continuous quality improvement activities along the HIV continuum of response and along client care and treatment cascades.
  • Participate in facility and community efforts to improve linkage, retention and viral suppression rates among clients in HIV care.
  • Take part in the compilation and submission of accurate facility HMIS and programmatic reports according to project, donor and Ministry of Health timelines.
  • Perform any other duties as may reasonably be assigned from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Counsellor job opportunity should preferably hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Social sciences, SWASA or related field.
  • Additional training in HIV/AIDS counselling modules from a recognized institution
  • Up-to-date knowledge of national HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment policies.
  • Excellent communication, organization and management skills.
  • Understands client confidentiality and exhibits high level of ethical conduct.
  • Basic computer literacy including word processing, excel, internet and power point.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested persons may apply through e-mail or hand-deliver their application letter with a detailed CV, copies of academic credentials with at least two referees to:

The Manager Human Resources,
Infectious Diseases Institute,
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala. Uganda

Deadline:  31st May 2017


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