Counsellor (4 Positions) – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

General Summary

The Counsellor will provide a full package of HIV Prevention interventions and on-going psycho-social support to individuals at high risk of contracting HIV, clients living with HIV, 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 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.
  • Participate in team-based clinical care of TB and HIV/AIDS patients attending IDI-supported health facilities in line with standard treatment guidelines.
  • Lead efforts in 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.
  • 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.
  • Participate in compilation and submission of accurate facility HMIS and programmatic reports according to project, donor and Ministry of Health timelines.
  • Any other duties as may reasonably be assigned from time to time.

Desirable Skills & Qualities

  • Up-to-date knowledge of national HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment policies.
  • Good communication, organization and management skills.
  • Understands client confidentiality and exhibits high level of ethical conduct.
  • Has computer literacy including word processing, excel, internet and power point.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with PEPFAR HIV programming
  • Ability to multi task
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment

Educational requirements:

  • Degree in Social sciences, Education, SWASA or related field.
  • Training in HIV/AIDS from a recognized institution

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