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HIV Counselor (NGO Job Vacancies) at International Rescue Committee

Requisition ID: req29587

Job Title: HIV Counselor

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Compensation: UGX 0 – 0 Salary

Location: Imvepi, Uganda

Job Description

Organization Background 
Founded in 1933, the International Rescue Committee (www.rescue.org) is a world leader in relief, rehabilitation and post-conflict development services for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries around the world, addressing both the immediate and lifesaving needs of conflict affected people in emergencies and the reconstruction needs of post-conflict societies.

The IRC began programming in northern Uganda in 1998 in response to mass displacement and devastation wrought by rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2002, the IRC expanded to the remote, conflict-affected region of Karamoja and in 2011, began working with refugees in Kampala. Monitoring the influx of South Sudanese refugees at the end of 2015, the IRC began scaling up its response to refugees arriving in the West Nile region. By promoting durable solutions that deliver on the interdependent aims of saving lives, strengthening institutions, and supporting social cohesion, the IRC in Uganda is laying the building blocks for long-term stability and development –bringing people from harm to home. The IRC currently works in 9 districts in Uganda, including Kitgum, Lamwo, Kyegegwa, Moroto, Amudat, Yumbe, Arua, Kasese and Kampala

The IRC is currently implementing its health and nutrition program in West Nile and Acholi focusing on providing primary health care services to refugees in their settlements.

Job Overview
Under the supervision of the health facility in-charge, the HIV counselor shall provide quality counseling of clients, patient follow-up in coordination with the community health workers.
Ensuring the non-disclosure of any information whatsoever relating to the practices and business of IRC acquired in the course of duty, to any other person or organization without authority, except in the normal execution of duty. The enrolled midwife shall be responsible for providing health education talks to women and their partners in the reproductive health facility and in the community. He/She will provide HIV/AIDS services including but not limited to counseling, eMTCT, EID and HAART services.

Roles and Responsibilities
•Utilize Community Health data management tools and systems to record information about HIV clients accessing services, in line with the principle of confidentiality and utilize aggregate information to improve service delivery.
•Develop strategies for retention of psychosocial groups and evaluate performance of individual psychosocial groups.
•Conduct counseling of individual clients and encouraging forms of psychosocial support.
•Conduct awareness raising activities.
•Maintain a positive relationship with community health workers, VHT’s and other community-based groups to ensure they are involved in the activities of the community health and they play an active role in the referral pathway.
•Maintain a collaborative relationship with all organizations working in the context to facilitate referrals and joint activities, while upholding IRC’s standard in Health programming.
•Conduct regular follow-ups, compile daily & weekly reports, and attend weekly case review meetings.
•Provide information and linkage to elimination of mother to child transmission of HIV services.
•Participate in conducting community health activities related to HIV/TB.
•Adhere to the professional code of conduct and ethics.
•Participate in any other activity as directed by supervisor.

Qualifications

•Must have at least a certificate in nursing or midwifery certificate or its equivalent.
•Must be registered with the Nurses and Midwives council.
•Must have a valid practicing license.
•Relevant work experience of at least two years in a similar position will be an added advantage.
•Be able to work in a stressful setting and adapt quickly to changing environments.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Please note: Applications will be reviewed on rolling basis.

Standards of Professional Conduct
The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons, and several others.

Gender Equality & Equal Opportunity
We are committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer generous benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances. We welcome and strongly encourage qualified female professionals to apply.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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