HPCA: Temporary Linkage Officers

Hospice Pallaitive Care AssociatioN (HPCA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Thursday, 25 July, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Temporary Linkage Officers (2 Months Period)

MP Province: Ehlanzeni District (14),                            
Free State Province: Thabo Mofutsanyane (4)

MP Gert Sibande District (11),                                        
KZN Province: UGU District (3)

MP Nkangala District (4),                                                 
KZN Province: King Cetshwayo District (5)

The primary purpose of this position is to support HIV Lay Counsellor testing services and strengthen linkages from community-based HIV testing points to HIV care and treatment

THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL:

  • Support Community HIV Testing Services as per HPCA annual Work plan
    • Collaborate with community stakeholders and DoH to create increased demand for community-based HTS
    • Support Lay Counsellors with newly initiated clients
    • ​Support Lay Counsellors to assist in clients undertaking the HIV self-test (HIVSS)
  • Implement Linkage to Care as per HPCA annual Work plan

    • Link all referred reactive clients tested to facility for treatment initiation
    • Encourage clients who have a reactive screening on sight to have a Rapid Test immediately to confirm their status
    • Follow up on clients who have accepted non-assisted HIVSS who used the test and provide support.
    • Follow up on clients who have received a reactive result after self- testing and are not willing to undertake a Rapid Test
    • Confirm the correctness of all contact information and complete clinical forms
    • Provide enhanced adherence support to all clients who have been initiated on treatment
    • Follow up and trace reactive clients who have not been linked to care by collaborating with WBPHCOTs and CBOs
    • Maintain Linkage standards in line with the National HTS policy guideline and HPCA Linkage and Referral SOP.
  • Monitoring and Reporting as per HPCA annual Work plan

    • Advise the TLRO on newly initiated clients, to liaise with the data capturer to verify on Tier.Net
    • Advise the TLRO if a client is initiated on treatment to enable updating of the tracking and tracing tool
    • Advise the TLRO on outcomes of linkage activities for both rapid and HIVSS testing
    • Report any challenges related to supporting testing or linkage to care to TLRM

QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE (Minimum requirements):

  • Matric / Grade 12 Certificate or equivalent
  • Accredited training certificates: Basic HIV information course, Intensive Counselling course and Adherence Counselling course
  • Finger prick certificate (advantageous)
  • Ability to communicate in English and one or more South African language(s) commonly spoken in the Sub-District
  • Basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS and TB & Supporting people living with HIV
  • Involvement in some aspect of community work
  • Valid EB Driver’s License (Advantageous)
  • Clear criminal record                                             
  • Minimum one to two years’ experience in:
    • HIV Counselling and adherence Counselling

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: 

  • Technical Skill and expertise
  • Good communication Skills
  • Customer Service orientation
  • Detail Orientation
  • High level of integrity
  • Team work
  • Adaptability 
  • Compassion

Please submit a detailed CV, covering letter and names of three contactable references including email contact to hr@hpca.co.za. Closing date for applications is Thursday, 25 July 2019.
 
Preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups in line with the provisions of the Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998 (and any amendments thereto), the relevant internal recruitment policy as well as the organisation’s employment equity plan

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