AFSA: Psychosocial Project Officer

AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 28 August, 2019
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Fixed term contract until March 2022

The AIDS Foundation of South Africa (AFSA) is a well-respected organisation that exists to support local, national and regional efforts to reduce new HIV, STI and TB infections, address the social and structural drivers of HIV, remove the barriers to the realisation of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) and build resilient communities.

AFSA is looking for a Psychosocial Project Officer.  The successful candidate will be responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring of activities aimed at strengthening psychosocial support for CLWHIV and ALWHIV.  The position will be based at either the Durban or Pietermaritzburg AFSA Offices. Candidates must have the ability to work in a fast paced and high pressured environment.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the implementation of Case Finding and Case Management in eThekwini and uMgungundlovu district.
  • Strengthen referral linkages within the health systems, especially between DOH AFSA supported facilities, CBO’s and AFSA.
  • Oversee the implementation of AFSA uMngani children and Adolescent Case Management Model and the national adherence strategy.
  • Provide support to Case Finding and Case Management personnel.
  • Ensure the teams have a weekly and monthly schedule of areas to cover.
  • Ensure that all clients screened positive for: HIV, mental health and Gender Based Violence receive care and support immediately
  • Assist in identifying capacity needs for the AFSA supported facilities team.
  • Prepare and submit weekly, monthly, quarterly progress reports to Program coordinator.
  • Participate in partnership strengthening meetings within the districts.
  • Ensure proper keeping of all documents in secure lockable cupboards

Requirements:

  • Diploma (or higher) in: social sciences, community development, social studies or related fields.
  • 10 day certificate in HIV counselling and testing.
  • Experience in working with DHIS, HPRS and Tier.net.
  • Aptitude for community mobilization and capacity building.
  • Two or more years supervising community health programs.
  • Experience working with HIV, TB and malnutrition patients and families, at community level.
  • Valid and unendorsed driver’s license.

Competencies: 

  • Planning and Time Management
  • Decision Making
  • Problem solving
  • Team work and Interpersonal skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Continuous learning

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of HIV prevention, sexual reproductive health, gender mainstreaming into HIV and AIDS programming
  • Can work independently and self-motivated
  • Good knowledge of basic IT skills (email, Internet, Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Fluent in both Isizulu and English

Interested persons need to submit a brief CV (no more than 4 pages) and certified copies of certificates via e-mail to recruitment@aids.org.co.za no later than 28th August 2019.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted – should you not hear from us two weeks after closing date, you may consider your application unsuccessful.

Please note that shortlisted candidates will be required to undergo a competency based assessment.

AFSA reserves the right not to make an appointment and/or to extend the closing date in order to facilitate further searches.

AFSA is an equal opportunity employer. We particularly encourage applications from people living with HIV and AIDS (PLWHA), people living with disabilities, women and previously disadvantaged people.

Competitive salary packages will be negotiable in accordance with AFSA’s remuneration policies.

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