Deadline: 28 November 2016
Reporting to: District Project Officer
Zimbabwe AIDS Preventing Project Trust in Partnership with OPHID Trust is developing and implementing innovative approaches and strategies to strengthen HIV Care and Treatment Services in Gweru and Chitungwiza, Zimbabwe by providing enhanced access for communities to comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment.
The Community Linkages Nurse Tester will be engaged to provide HIV Testing Services outside health facilities and support linkage activities between health facilities and community to increase number of clients accessing HIV prevention Care and Treatment (HCT) services. The nurse should increase community HIV testing and linkages to care and reduce delays in initiation of ART.
Offer pre and post test counselling services to all clients in the community; Conduct targeted community HIV testing at identified sites in close collaboration with existing community based health workers; Identify index cases and offer Provider Initiated Testing and Counselling to family members; Liaise with City Health promoters and HCC members to identify high risk groups that need targeted community testing; Facilitate community Health days and Men’s Health days for joint community HIV testing with DAC in Chitungwiza; Refer HIV positive clients to the CRF/Sister- in- Charge at the local clinic for ART initiation; Ensure HIV positive clients referred from the community are initiated on ART at local clinics; Facilitate psychological and sociological support for families and care givers of those on ART; Compile weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual activity reports for sharing with the Project Officer, Matron and health facilities; Disseminate community HTS and progress reports at the quarterly District Program review meeting in Chitungwiza.
Qualifications, skills and knowledge
A qualified nurse practitioner with Rapid HIV Testing certificate; A diploma or degree in Health Education/ Health Promotion will be an added advantage; Not currently employed by MOHCC; Have leadership qualities and able to lead a team of lay health workers at community level; Able to compile, manage and interpret statistics into program context; Able to write technical reports as required by supervisor with minimal supervision; Have excellent writing and verbal communication skills at all levels; Must be honest, a team player, a good communicator and able to work with minimal supervision; Experience in implementing community health programs, preferably in the field of HIV and AIDS and TB, will be an added advantage.
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