4 Counsellors

Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Job Summary

The Counsellor will provide a full package of HIV Prevention interventions and on-going psychosocial 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.

  • Minimum Qualification: Bachelor
  • Experience Level: Entry level
  • Experience Length: 2 years

Job Description/Requirements

Background

The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is a Ugandan not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with strong emphasis on infectious diseases, through research and capacity development. IDI has six operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research, Laboratory services (including the CAP-certified IDI Core Lab & Translational Lab), Global Health Security and Health System Strengthening.

In order to contribute to achievement of the above objectives, IDI wishes to recruit a motivated and competent individual for the position of Counsellor as indicated to fill the vacancy below:


Job Title: Counsellor (4)

Vacancy Code : CKHPX001

Classification : Full - Time

Reporting: Prevention Services Advisor

Duty Station : Kampala


General Summary

The Counsellor will provide a full package of HIV Prevention interventions and on-going psychosocial 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.


Role & Responsibilities

• Support mentorship and training efforts to build the capacity of facility teams to deliver high-quality psycho-social support and care services to individuals infected and affected by HIV.

• Participate in the 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 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 IDIsupported health facilities to guide the 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 the 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 a high level of ethical conduct.

• Has computer literacy including word processing, excel, the internet and powerpoint.

• 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


How to apply.

Candidates that meet the above criteria and have what it takes to excel in this position should send their CVs, including details of email address, present position, current remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus telephone contact to the stipulated email address not later than 30th, November 2021.

Please click on the 'Apply Here' section to apply.


Key Notes:

1. IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process.

2. Internal candidates who meet the required specifications and have worked with IDI for a period of at least one year will be given priority.

3. Make sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one PDF document.

4. Indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject line of your email.

5. Please note that if you DO NOT indicate the vacancy code as instructed above, your application will not be considered.

6. Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

7. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


The Senior Human Resource Manager Infectious Diseases Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre, Makerere University Main Campus College of Health Sciences, Makerere University P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda

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