Project Officer - HIV Prevention and Community Linkages USAID NGO Jobs - TASO Uganda

Organisation: The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda)
Project Name: USAID-funded Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E
Duty Station: Uganda
VA No.: TASO-2017-HR/7
Reports to: Cluster Team Leader

About Us:
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda) is an organisation contributing to a process of preventing HIV infection, restoring hope and improving the quality of Life of persons, families and communities affected by HIV infection and disease.

About USAID Project:
TASO is part of a consortium led by Intra Health Uganda as a Prime Partner to implement a five-year USAID-funded Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in Eastern Uganda (RHITES-E) Project. The project's overarching goal is to support the Government of Uganda (GOU) and key stakeholders increase availability and utilization of high quality health services in 21 districts in Eastern Uganda and 2 in Karamoja by strengthening health systems and improving the quality of, access to, and demand for health services with attention to equity and underserved populations. RHITES-E will increase availability and utilization of high-quality health services for integrated HIV/AIDS, TB, maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH), reproductive health (RH), nutrition, malaria and limited water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; increasing availability of, access to, and demand for these services with careful attention to equity and underserved populations and supporting the health sector to sustain higher service utilization..

Job Summary: The Project Officer-HIV Prevention and Community Linkages will provide technical assistance to project and Health facility staff, Facility-Community-Based Linkage Facilitators and District Health Teams (DHTs) to ensure effective linkages and referrals for quality accelerated HIV/AIDS epidemic control through evidence-based high impact prevention, care, treatment and support responses in the Cluster area.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:   
  • Case Finding Approaches in the community and facility setting implemented
  • Adherence and Disclosure guidelines in community setting implemented and monitored
  • Patient tracking logbooks and interventions to bring those lost to follow- up back into care through SMS, phone calls or home visits implemented and monitored
  • Child and adolescent and adult PLHIV tracing and retention in the HIV care system implemented
  • Build stronger collaboration between the linkage officer and Facility-Community Linkage Facilitators ensured
  • Provide technical support in community based adherence clubs to ensure clients adherence plans
  • Differentiated service delivery models and community support programs plans in collaboration with health facilities implemented with HCWs
  • Quality Improvement approaches applied in improving linkage to care so as to reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets
  • Family Support Groups, Peer Support Groups, Expert Clients and other community structures assisted to develop action plans which are aligned to the 90-90-90 strategy and the key result areas of the project focusing on accelerated epidemic control.
  • Monthly and quarterly stats and narrative reports compiled and submitted

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the USAID Project Officer-HIV Prevention and Community Linkages job opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s degree in any of the following fields; Social Sciences, Education, SWASA, Development Studies, Community and Adult Education, Community Psychology, Public Health, Guidance and counseling, BSc. Nursing or a related field.
  • Evidence of having attended specialized training in HIV/AIDS
  • Possession of a post graduate qualification is an added advantage
  • Fluency in Karamojong dialects is a MUST
  • A minimum of three years’ experience in providing technical assistance and mentorship of HCWs in HIV/AIDS prevention and community linkages within MoH structures and systems
  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in HIV/AIDS management, prevention and community referral and linkages as per the national community referral and linkages framework.
  • Extensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention programs, strategies, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results of HIV/AIDS programs.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to work effectively in a team. Knowledge of USG programming policies and regulations, MoH and district procedures and practices.
  • Relevant tertiary qualification in Community Development, Social and Auxiliary Work or Nursing Specialized knowledge and experience in Community Health and stakeholder engagement skills and attributes
  • Proven ability to ride a motor cycle is a MUST.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office Applications Willingness to work in rural settings
  • Personal Attributes: Integrity, Emotional control, Confidentiality and Openness, Team player, Ability to work under mental and physical stress and Empathy 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are invited to send an application letter, resume, copies of academic certificates, testimonials and three referees. All interested Candidates MUST attach a fully filled Application Form, download here, or pick it from any TASO Centre and register in the applications book.

Note: Please firmly staple your papers together only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please forward your applications to:                 
The Director, Human Resource & Administration,
P.O. Box 10443, Kampala. Uganda
OR Hand deliver your application to TASO HQ level II, located at Old Mulago Hospital

Deadline: 19th July 2017 by 4:30pm

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