PSYCHOSOCIAL ADVISOR ‒ DO ART PROJECT COMPANY INFORMATION

Company
HST Careers
Division
HSS
Health Systems Trust is an innovative non-profit organisation working to strengthen ongoing development of comprehensive health systems in southern Africa
Province
KwaZulu-Natal
JOB SPECIFICATION INFORMATION
Title
Psychosocial Advisor ‒ DO ART Project
Description
Health Systems Trust (HST) is committed to an equitable healthcare system that recognises basic socio-economic needs as an important determinant of health outcomes. We are implementing a study demonstration project on delivery of community-based delivery of antiretroviral therapy (ART) to determine the health impacts of community-based clinical care and facilitating access to fast, reliable, locally based and patient-centred care as an essential component of healthcare services. HST seeks to employ two Psychosocial Advisors, one in Zululand and another in Ethekwini, to support the DO ART Demonstration Project. These incumbents will provide psychosocial support services to patients at Community level, and link qualifying clients with DMoC services available in the community. The incumbents will work closely with the DO ART Community Mobilisation Co-ordinator to implement evidence-based activities, review programme performance, assess and guide project outcomes and outputs, and report to funders and stakeholders. This is a fixed-term contract
Key Responsibilities
• Strengthen and support referral systems between the community, community mobile clinics and hospitals relating to psychosocial services to ensure that patients are linked to and retained in care. • Develop and test new change ideas to improve psychosocial services at the community level in collaboration with DoH and DSD. • Build capacity through the provision of training and mentorship in the following areas: HIV counselling and testing, disclosure, adherence support. • Establish and strengthen existing adherence platforms in the community for patients on ART. • Develop collaborative relationships with DoH personnel and management at partner-supported facilities. • Support implementation of adherence clubs and support groups in the community. • Document and disseminate psychosocial success stories. • Scale strategies aimed at improving facility and community collaboration.
Key Attributes
• A strong work ethic and ability to work in a pressurised environment. • Skills to build and maintain relationships with multiple stakeholders. • Ability to work with minimal supervision and be deadline-driven.
Education Required
Degree
Qualification Required
• A degree in Social Work or relevant qualification, or extensive experience in psychosocial services. • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including the ability to create graphs in Excel. • Willingness to work as part of a team. • A valid driver’s license.
Experience Required
• A minimum of five years’ experience in training in the field of social development or health, ideally with experience in capacity-building with development partners. • Demonstrated experience and interest in working with children and families. • Experience in facilitation, mentorship and supportive supervision. • Exposure to and involvement in quality improvement projects. • Experience of working in a donor-funded organisation/NGO or project-based environment.
Remuneration
A salary package commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications and in line with HST’s Job Grading System will be offered.
Other Job Details
• Interested applicants must complete their application online at: https://careers.hst.org.za/ • Applicants are to ensure that their online applications are completed in full, and that comprehensive CVs are uploaded with the online application in order to be considered. • Your CV must be saved with a filename reflecting your name and surname. • No applications sent via e-mail will be considered for the job, as all applicants must submit their applications online at the provided link. PLEASE NOTE: • All personal information collected is processed lawfully in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA). • Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit certified copies of all qualifications and identity documents. • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. • Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates. • All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to reference and credential checks. • If you have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful. • HST reserves the right to not fill this position. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 19 May 2022 Health Systems Trust subscribes to diversity and inclusivity, which is informed by the Company’s Employment Equity Plan. Based on this, African males and people with disabilities who meet the job specifications (including but not limited to the required skills, knowledge and education), are encouraged to apply.

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