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  • NACOSA: Programme Officer

    Networking HIV, AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, June 13, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA), is a dynamic non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the HIV/AIDS field.

    NACOSA seeks to appoint two Programme Officers, based in Pietermaritzburg.
     
    The purpose of the position is to provide NACOSA’s sub-recipient organisations with organisational development and programmatic support, mentoring, training and monitoring to ensure that they implement key activities specifically OVC and Community home-based care programmes in the province.
     
    Requirements:
    • Three to four years degree or advanced degree in Social Science / Public Health or related discipline;
    • Minimum of five years’ specific M&E and Programmatic work experience in the health and social development sectors; experience with HIV/AIDS as well as mentoring and training of organisations;
    • Preferred candidate will be a qualified Social Worker with OVC and / or CHBC experience;
    • Excellent computer skills in various applications;
    • Good written and verbal communications skills in two South African languages;
    • Valid drivers’ licence, own reliable vehicle and willingness to travel extensively within the province;
    • Applicant must reside in the area (Pietermaritzburg) for which position you are applying for.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter, copies of highest qualifications, driver’s licence and NACOSA application form to Verna Appollis at hr@nacosa.org.za or fax to 086 724 6582.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Application forms and the full details of the positions are available on our web site at www.nacosa.org.za (under the news section) or email HR for further details.

    Only candidates meeting the above minimum requirements should apply.

    For more information on the Networking HIV, AIDS Community of South Africa, refer to www.nacosa.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • NACOSA: Programme Specialist - Sex Work Programme

    Networking HIV, AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, May 23, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    Networking HIV/AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA), is a dynamic non-governmental organisation (NGO) in the HIV/AIDS field.

    NACOSA seeks to appoint a Programme Specialist for the Sex Work Programme, based in the Western Cape, Century City offices.

    Reporting to the Programme Director, the successful candidate will be primarily responsible for managing, coordinating and supporting the national Sex Work Programme implemented by NACOSA and its partners. To enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the services, the incumbent will be expected to engage with SWEAT as quality ensurer of the programme, a wide range of Sex Work and HIV stakeholders and all sub-recipients who will receive funding for outreach activities to sex workers.
     
    Requirements:
    • Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Science / Public Health or related discipline;
    • Minimum of five years specific key population related work experience in the health and social development sectors;
    • Experience in programme planning, implementation, management and M&E, including management of outsourced partners;
    • Knowledge about the inter-relationships between Sex Work and HIV as well as about evidence-based programming to address these at various levels;
    • Knowledge of the NSP and experience in the provision of HIV and AIDS services and programmes;
    • Excellent writing skills and ability to compile insightful and user-friendly reports;
    • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet and E-mail.);
    • Understanding of the NGO sector and Knowledge of big donor processes and requirements will be a benefit;
    • Driver’s licence and own vehicle;
    • Ability to advise field staff and mentor sub-recipients on Sex Work and HIV Prevention requirements;
    • Communication skills: read, write, and speak in two official South African languages, of which one must be English;
    • Must be deadline driven, analytically minded and have excellent references;
    • Ability to work under stress;
    • Proven ability to work as a team member with multidisciplinary teams;
    • Must be an Advocate for human rights with excellent networking and liaison skills and experienced in advocacy and lobbying for the health rights of key populations;
    • Willingness to travel.
    Remuneration is negotiable and commensurate with experience.
     
    To apply, contact Verna Appollis at 021 552 0804 or email; hr@nacosa.org.za alternatively refer to www.nacosa.org.za  to obtain an application form.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 

    If you have not been contacted within two weeks consider your application as unsuccessful. NACOSA reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position.

    For more information on the Networking HIV, AIDS Community of South Africa, refer to www.nacosa.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • Govt Conducts Survey to Combat TB

    Zambia’s deputy minister of health, Chitalu Chilufya, states that the country is conducting a national tuberculosis (TB) prevalence survey to present evidence that will ensure effective TB programming in future.

    Speaking at a research dissemination meeting organised by the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), Chilufya asserted that programme-based research will form a greater part of the national TB control programme.

    Chilufya is of the view that the fight against TB called for collaborative efforts between government and partners.

    To read the article titled, “Govt starts TB survey,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • TB Likely to Increase By 2017 in Angola

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that by 2017 the Tuberculosis (TB) rate may rise in Angola.

    Fight Against Tuberculosis Programme coordinator, Celestino Teixeira, stresses that the country has done everything to implement the WHO strategies on disease.

    Teixeira further states that in 2013, Angola reported a total of 60 807 cases of tuberculosis of all forms, observing an increase of 11 percent over the previous year.

    To read the article titled, “Tuberculosis cases may increase in country by 2017 - WHO,” click here.

    Source: 
    All Africa
  • NACOSA: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

    Networking HIV, AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Friday, March 7, 2014
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The Networking HIV, AIDS Community of South Africa (NACOSA) is a national civil society network of organisations working in the HIV, AIDS, TB and related social development fields. With more than 1 200 members - mainly community- based organisations but also nonprofit organisations and individuals - NACOSA works to build healthy communities through capacity development, networking and promoting dialogue. NACOSA, as a Principal Recipient for the Global Fund's Round 9, also channels and manages small grants funding to civil society organisations in South Africa.

    NACOSA seeks to appoint a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist, based in Century City Office, Cape Town.

    Responsibilities:
    • Design and implementation of M&E systems;
    • M&E Framework;
    • Work plan, data management system, data collection tools, training and technical support on M&E policies, procedures and systems and the management of programmatic M&E Staff.
    Requirements:
    • Advanced degree in public administration or related M&E qualification;
    • Three years M&E experience in a management capacity;
    • Proven skills and experience in developing and maintaining M&E systems, collection, analysis and reporting of quantitative and qualitative data,
    • Advanced computer skills;
    • Communication and report writing skills in two official languages, English and one other;
    • Valid South African driver’s licence, own vehicle and willing to travel extensively;
    • NGO experience and experience in HIV / AIDS and TB will be essential.
    To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter, highest qualifications, driver’s licence and NACOSA application form to Verna Appollis, at hr@nacosa.org.za or fax to 086 724 6582.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Application forms are available on the NACOSA website or email HR for further details.

    For more information on the Networking HIV, AIDS Community of South Africa, refer to www.nacosa.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • South African National AIDS Council: Campaigns Manager

    South African National AIDS Council (SANAC)
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) brings together government, civil society and the private sector to create a collective response to the scourges of HIV, TB and STIs in South Africa. The Council is chaired by the Deputy President of South Africa and meets four times per year.

    SANAC seeks to appoint a Campaigns Manager, based in Pretoria.

    This is a three year performance-based contract, renewable subject to satisfactory performance.

    Responsibilities:
    • Support practitioners and activists;
    • Ensure SANAC’s participation in HIV, TB and STI campaigns;
    • Support the Executive Manager IGSS in transforming the SANAC sectors by managing and implementing the SANAC civil society engagement strategy;
    • Capacity building plans and  guidelines to support NSP implementation;
    • Help them to plan and use provided resources effectively;
    • Record decisions and resolutions taken at Sector summits and forum meetings;
    • Provide a point of contact with SANAC for these sectors;
    Requirements:
    • Relevant degree, a postgraduate degree would be advantageous;
    • Minimum of six years experience in multi-sector stakeholder management with a good understanding of government and private-public partnership, strategies;
    • Writing and communication skills;
    • Ability to communicate in at least two official South African languages in addition to English will be advantageous;
    • Leader and a good team player;
    • Ability to identify areas of support for the sectors;
    • Ability to assist sectors to manage budget allocations and coach them on reporting requirements;
    • Ability to develop concepts and be able to research and design innovative methods that will ensure participation by sectors and partners in the SANAC-endorsed multi-sectoral campaigns through which the NSP will be implemented;
    • Valid driver’s licence.
    Remuneration: Negotiable at cost to company.  

    To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to hr@sanac.org.za

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    For more about South African National AIDS Council, refer to www.sanac.org.za.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • TB/HIV Care Association: Site Manager

    TB/HIV Care Association
    Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
    Opportunity closing date: 
    Monday, April 29, 2013
    Opportunity type: 
    Employment
    The TB/HIV Care Association is a nonprofit organisation that aims to empower communities by facilitating and providing treatment support, preventative, diagnosis, and rehabilitative services for TB and HIV clients.

    The TB/HIV Care Association seeks to appoint a Site Manager, based in Cape Town Metro.

    The Site Manager will be responsible for managing the operational functions of the field staff. Ensure an appropriate support for Nurse Mentors, professional nurses and health care auxiliary staff in a comprehensive integration of TB and HIV programmes.

    The association offers a competitive total cost of employment package, commensurate with experience. This is a one-year contract position with the possibility of renewal.

    Responsibilities:
    • Manage the administration and operations functions for the field staff, including but not limited to finance;
    • Ensure the management of TB and HIV diagnosis, care and adherence support of new clients;
    • Identify the needs for capacity building of all health care staff of the organisation to keep abreast with new policy guidelines;
    • Effective operational research on the mentorship programme and monitoring and evaluation;
    • Support of Infection control and review of infection control plans.
    Requirements:
    • Registration with the South African Nursing Council as a Professional Nurse;
    • Qualification in project management, community development or equivalent;
    • Post-basic training and certification in health assessment (primary health care);
    • PALSA Plus training;
    • Minimum of two years experience in leading a team of Nurse Mentors or equivalent;
    • Minimum of five years experience in TB/HIV care and ART of adults and children;
    • Valid code 8 driver’s licence;
    • Public speaking and community engagement;
    • Social analysis and community mapping;
    • Stakeholder management approaches;
    • Project management experience;
    • Strong financial literacy and ability to monitor and maintain budgets;
    • Problem solving, planning, interpersonal, teamwork, and communication skills coupled with the ability to work under pressure;
    • Ability to communicate in English and Afrikaans;
    • Advanced computer literacy in Microsoft Office.
    To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three contactable references and motivation letter to Ms Shannon McCann at recruitment@tbhivcare.org or fax to: 086 607 8246.

    Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

    Should you not hear from TB/HIV Care Association after a month of the closing date, consider your application unsuccessful.

    For more about the TB/HIV Care Association, refer to www.tbhivcare.org.

    For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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  • What is the Department of Health Doing to Eradicate TB?

    Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi addressed the concerns raised during the tuberculosis (TB) Conference in his presentation. He emphasised the government’s plans and strategies to stop the spread of TB, to increase the identification and treatment of TB patients.

    In his opening statement the Minister addressed the issue raised by Section 27 in regards of declaring TB as a state of emergency disease. “We can’t declare TB as a state of emergency disease, I don’t see a need. There are plans and programmes which we could implement to prevent the spread of TB but for these programmes to be successful they require help because they are massive and we would have to quantify the implementation. We have to move, work together and make noise about the TB programmes as much as we were vocal about HIV. We need to place TB treatment on the same hierarchy as we placed HIV in the past years” said Dr Motsoaledi.

    The South African Department of Health has partnered with Heath Departments from Lesotho, Mozambique and Swaziland with the goal to decrease the spreading of TB through miners and prisoners who have travelled through these different countries. These four countries are working on convincing other African countries to join this initiative.

    The Minister also addressed the issue of civil society making a lot of noise about the implementation of TB screening in provinces and treatment not realising that the country does not have enough doctors and nurses, therefore, it is difficult to increase service delivery without people who are going to oversee the success of the services.

    The minister mentioned that the Department is committed to:
    • Find every TB patient
    • Test every TB patient
    • Initiate treatment for every TB patient
    • Trace contacts of every TB patient
    • Trace every TB  patient lost to treatment
    In conclusion, Dr Motsoaledi highlighted that people do not know what to do to prevent themselves from contracting TB so they have to learn to manage it, furthermore, people need to work together to eliminate the spread of TB.
  • The New South African TB Management Guidelines - What’s New?

    The National Department of Health introduced latest developments of the new South Africa TB management guidelines.

    Dr Lindiwe Mvusi, Director in the TB Control and Management Cluster within the National Department of Health discussed the new developments of the South Africa TB management guidelines. The purpose of these guidelines is to serve as a guide for health practitioners in making appropriate decisions when managing TB patients.

    The new developments amongst others include:
    • Xpert diagnostic and follow up algorithm;
    • Lap diagnostic algorithm;
    • Case definitions;
    • Treatment regimen changes;
    • TB screening;
    • Contact and source investigation;
    • Management of side effects and medicines;
    • ART initiation for co-infected patients;
    • Approach to the management of patients who smoke, abuse alcohol, are diabetic and have silicosis;
    • Screening of pregnant women and children.
    Dr Lindiwe also talked about the Department’s TB intervention strategies which include:
    • Prevention
    • Screening and diagnosis
    • Treatment
    • Strengthening women and children programmes
    • Retention in care
    These guidelines provide advice on how to address the challenges of: TB control and successful management of TB patients, especially those co-infected with HIV as well as early detection of drug resistant TB. 
  • Vaccines to Prevent TB

    Tuberculosis (TB) is a serious condition that can be fatal if left untreated, it has claimed many lives in the past. There is an urgent need for vaccination to prevent the disease.

    Opening the second plenary of the conference was Dr Willem Hanekom, Director of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccines Initiative (SATVI) talking about the need for vaccination to prevent TB. During his opening statement he emphasised the necessity to replace or to improve the Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine.

    There are new groups of vaccines which the SATVI is researching in the hope that the vaccines will work better than the BCG vaccine. These vaccines include Recombinant live mycobacterial vaccines, Recombinant viral vectored vaccines and Recombinant protein vaccines. The SATVI is also working on introducing better models of testing vaccines so that they can be able to improve on the quality of the vaccines.

    Dr Hanekom furthermore highlighted that during their research they have realised that if they want to make an impact they have to cure and prevent the disease on older people then adults and adolescence before they could focus on the infants. Children do not show server symptoms of TB until they are adults and they become vulnerable and weak with time.

    “Patients with untreatable TB and living in our communities are contributing to the spreading of the infection,” said Prof Keertan Dheda, Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Pulmonology at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital. Prof Dheda spoke of the need for National strategy to provide funding for a combination of home based care, community stay facilities with multi-disciplinary teams for treatment failures and palliative care facilities to help prevent the spread of the disease.

    Prof Dheda also stressed the drawbacks of the TB drugs which include long duration, injectable agent adds cost and discomfort, toxic (Shean & Dheda, PLoS One, 2013), does not take advantage of rapidly available genotypic information (kat G and INHA), not individualised for evolving DR patterns globally and need an oral, short, efficacious and safe regimen.
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