University Research Co, ILL (URC)

Lay Counselor Location:  Lubombo, Swaziland   Duration: 1 year renewable

University Research Co., LLC (URC)
URC is a global organization dedicated to improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education worldwide. URC’s mission is to provide innovative, evidence-based solutions to health and social challenges worldwide. In Swaziland, URC works with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to provide technical assistance for scaling up provision and access to comprehensive, integrated and decentralized HIV/TB services. URC is implementing the CDC-funded Strengthening Local capacity to deliver sustainable quality assured Universal coverage of clinical HIV/TB services in Lubombo region and provision of central level technical assistance to SNAP under PEPFAR. Please join us in carrying out our mission (http://www.urc-chs.com/).   Job Summary: The Facility based Lay Counselor will be responsible for the provision of HIV testing and counselling services to clients at the facility and linking clients to treatment for HIV positive clients. The Lay Counselor will facilitate early access to ART including same day ART initiation for HIV positive clients.   Roles and Responsibilities:
 

  • Provide pre-test, post-test and on-going counseling to clients seen at health care facility according to National HTC Guidelines.
  • Perform HIV rapid testing, adhering to the nationally recommended rapid testing algorithm.
  • Link HIV positive clients to care and treatment
  • Refer HIV positive clients to on-going counseling, sexual reproductive health, medical and psychosocial care and support services when needed.
  • Establish appropriate collaborative relationships for referrals and maintain documented & an up-to-date referral directory.
  • Conduct individual/group health education sessions on HIV for clients and their partners in the VCT and MCH clinics and educate patients on Test and Start and Viral Load monitoring for HIV positive patients.
  • Promote HIV prevention by providing prevention messages and methods, including group education sessions, demonstrations and providing one-on-one information, to the community.
  • Participate in activities aimed at promotion and advocacy for HTC and HIV treatment and care with other health professionals, disciplines, NGOs in the catchment area.
  • Update HTC clinic registers on HIV testing and counselling conducted and facilitate timely submission of reports.
  • Submit monthly complete, accurate, and timely statistical and narrative reports on lay counselor activities using the standard reporting format.
  • Report any problem arising in the service immediately to supervisor.
  • Carryout any other duties upon request.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Completed Form 5 (high school) or higher
  • Training and certification in HIV Counselling & Rapid HIV Testing
  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend English and Siswati
  • Self-motivated and committed to working with HIV and TB / MDR TB
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and high level of integrity
  • Good communication, listening and interpersonal skills

To Apply: For immediate consideration, please visit URC’s Career Opportunities page at www.urc-chs.com/careers. You must upload your CV/Résumé and your Cover Letter where indicated Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well or hand deliver to the URC offices at the Mbabane office Park, Building 1, 3rd floor, North Wing. If you are not contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date please consider your application unsuccessful. However, since we are active around the world in the field of public health, we may wish to retain your CV in our database for other/future opportunities, unless you direct us otherwise.   URC is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer.
We value and seek diversity in our workforce.