South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world – over 7 million people. To turn the tide on HIV and AIDS, we need to bring all sectors of society together and strengthen the community systems that support people.
NACOSA is a networking organisation that brings communities together to tackle HIV and its impact on vulnerable people. We have a 19 year track record of working with donors, government and communities to strengthen community systems and turn the tide on HIV, AIDS and TB.
We do this through mobilizing our network of over 1,900 organisations, promoting dialogue between government and affected people, building capacity with accredited training, mentoring and technical assistance and channeling resources to support service delivery on the ground, particularly for children and youth, key populations and women and girls.
Job Title: Health Connectors
Location: Newcastle, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Reference #: 2021011
Contract Type: Contract 36 Months
Salary: Market Related
The Health Connector ensures proper linkage to care promotes emotional wellness to communities and individuals by providing quality HTS services to AGYW in order to become an integral part of the broader comprehensive care and treatment in a non-clinical site that links the community to care.
Duties and Responsibilities:
•Ensures that proper linkage to care of all clients is done according to DoH guideline
•Ensure that all clients who tested HIV positive are linked into care and keep record of how many are initiated on ART
•Provides HIV Testing Services to clients in line with DoH policies and guidelines
•Conduct tracing of patients who have missed their appointments or defaulted from care
•Keep an update record of number of clients offered HTS, tested, tested HIV positive, linked to care, etc.,
•Attend facility meetings as required to discuss HTS/TB related issues
•Educate clients on HIV, AIDS and STI’s and their implications
•Provides unbiased information on HIV testing to his/her clients & explains the testing process in simple way.
•Keep all the records, data about a patient confidential safe.
•Maintains a list of certifications of Rapid HIV Test.
•Conducts a report of risk assessment in which report he explains the implications of risk behaviours to clients.
•Prepares a medical follow up for critical cases that have high risk of HIV infection.
•Submits a monthly statistical report as required by the program supervisor to look after every client properly on time.
Education, skills and experience Required:
•Matric / Grade 12 / NQF4
•2 – 3 year’s relevant experience as a HAST Coordinator working in a HAST programme or health facility
•Successful completion of basic counselling course
•Completion of HIV/AIDS courses or certifications
•Practical experience working in the HIV/AIDS and Education field within the NGO and NPO sector working with AGYW
•Read, write, and speak in two official South African languages, of which one must be English.
•Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions
•Good computer and reporting skills
•Ability to keep good records
• Ability to work as part of a team
• Good communication skills, verbal and written
• Ability to listen to others without interrupting
• Write clearly and informatively
• Works with integrity and ethically
• Flexible and self-motivated
• Organised and able to keep track of tasks to keep all relevant parties informed
Application Deadline: 06/02/2021
•Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks consider your application as unsuccessful. NACOSA reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position.
•NACOSA respects the privacy of its stakeholders and will treat all personal information provided in line with our recruitment policy and in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act.