Human Resources Officer

Towards an HIV Free Generation

WHO IS HIVSA?

HIVSA is a not-for-profit company established in 2002 and is a strategic partner of the Provincial Departments of Health and Social Development. We innovatively transform and empower individuals, community workers and organisations by developing their capacities to effectively respond to the socio-economic and health challenges that burden communities.

MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE:

The role will support HIVSA’s HR Manager in the pursuit of the broader HR Agenda at strategic, tactical, and operational levels. Accordingly, the successful candidate will be responsible and accountable for the full employee life cycle and will be involved in all areas of the Human Resources Function. Occasionally the position is expected to deputise for the HR Manager in various forums were invited and or warranted.

Minimum Requirements:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources.
  • Labor Relations certification – may be advantageous.

Experience:

  • Knowledge of employment legislation.
  • Experience with USAID or other international donor – will be advantageous.

Knowledge ,Skills and Attributes:

  • Full understanding of HR functions and best practices
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Established written and verbal communication skills.
  • Adequate numerical skills and abilities
  • Proficient with time keeping and management of priorities.
  • The ability to function effectively under pressure and a client – service orientation.
  • Above average conflict management skills
  • Assertive whilst remaining respectful when dealing across operations levels of the organisation.
  • Able to work with limited supervision expediting value-adding initiatives
  • Ability to keep confidentiality always.

Key Performance Areas:

  • HR Strategy, HR Policy, Procedure and Resources
  • Recruitment and Selection.

Skills Development/Employee Training:

  • HR Support, Generalist Functions & Administration
  • Statutory Reporting and Compliance
  • Provide support and assistance with the Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Driving for ad-hoc HIVSA admin duties.

HOW TO APPLY:

  • Candidates that meet the requirements and are interested in the position should send motivation letter and CV with three contactable referees to: The HR Manager, HIVSA, e-mail: hr@hivsa.com. Use Ref Nr: NW-HR001 in subject line.
  • Closing date for applications: 1st April 2024 (Whilst all applications will be carefully considered, only short-listed applicants will be interviewed. If you do not hear from us within 21 days of the closing date, this will mean that your application has been unsuccessful.)
  • Compliance: Kindly provide current and relevant references for background checks
    All appointments are subject to the preferred candidates obtaining the necessary security clearance, reference checking, and competency assessment.
  • EE: We embrace employment equity and are committed to the achievement of fair and equal representation of our workforce. Preference will be given to applicants residing in the Northwest Province and candidates from previously disadvantaged backgrounds.

Sobering thoughts and moments from the closure of the 11th SA AIDS Conference 2023

As the curtain came down on the 11th SA AIDS Conference in Durban on Friday (23 June), there were several sobering moments and thoughts that HIVSA will be considering in the spirit of strengthening its service offerings. Although, generally, it was noted by some speakers that there has been a remarkable decline in new HIV infections over the last two decades, it is the observation that there has been a stagnation in the reduction of new cases that we should be concerned about. The stagnation could be attributable to weakened psychosocial support programmes in certain geographies and populations. Some speakers explained that, if our ARV (antiretroviral) programme has no efficient psychosocial support system extended to care and support, nothing will work effectively to halt the spread of HIV. These observations challenge HIVSA to innovate and strengthen its psychosocial support programme, which is the hallmark of the organization.

The dividend that youth and other marginalized groups can bring to the fight against HIV was emphasized. We need to arm youth with skills to get ahead in life, and build a better future. We can do this by exposing them to the multiple effective prevention interventions that are in existence. But what does this mean for HIVSA? It means we need to go beyond creating demand for HIV testing and treatment and other related services, by challenging ourselves to do more in addressing the socio-economic challenges that youth encounter daily, which exacerbates their vulnerabilities to HIV infection. We should do more to celebrate and inspire youth to be changemakers. Our programmes must give youth agency and the ability to make choices to shape and change their lives. We must appreciate that the future belongs to the youth, and thus, our programmes must leverage young people’s strengths, ideas, and innovation. We need to give them the space to flourish!

The plight of sex workers and the LGBTQI+ society is something that the global community need to confront. HIVSA will never stop fighting alongside the LGBTQIA+ and sex workers community for the human rights, equality, and freedoms they deserve. The fundamental rights of key and vulnerable populations, inclusive of young people – particularly adolescent girls and young women, should be rectified and guaranteed. Health services and treatment should not just be available but also accessible to them. South Africa is urged to urgently decriminalise sex work by speedily passing the Amended Sexual Offences and Related MattersBill that decriminalises sex work. Countries such as Uganda, where the president has waged a deadly attack on the rights of LGBTQI+ by signing authoritarian, anti-human rights legislation, should be condemned with all the scorn that they deserve. Thus, HIVSA joins other activists calling for President Cyril Ramaphosa to call on President Museveni to stop the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

A sobering and emotional experience that will no doubt stay with delegates for a very long time was having Professor Hoosen “Jerry” Coovadia recognised for his priceless contribution to the fight for HIV “acknowledgement” and treatment for all during an era of AIDS denialism in South Africa. The much-loved Professor Coovadia received the Dira Sengwe Lifetime Achievement Award for his formidable and influential determination that paved the way for HIV treatment. There are lessons that the life of Professor Coovadia should impart to all of us. For HIVSA, the impactful and life-changing contribution of Professor Coovadia is testimony to the need to be true to science and be kind to patients. With the current statistics that show us that more effort is needed to place and retain more people with HIV on treatment to achieve the 95-95-95 targets, the life of the good professor is a challenge for us to be courageous in defending scientific integrity, and to implement and campaign for access to better services for all!

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Course outline: HIVSAs basic HIV training (Basic HAST)

 

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Entry requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Submit a Certified copy of Identification (not older than 3 months)
  • Payment of course fee
  • Minimum of grade 11
  • Ability to read and write

Who should attend?

  • All health care professionals, including clinical and administrative staff members.
  • Any members of the public wanting to gain more understanding on HIV counselling and testing.
  • All HIV Lay Counsellors and Health Care Professionals who conduct HIV testing and counselling.

Course duration 

  • 5 days in class (with a practical element on the last day)

Course content 

  • Introduction to HIV
  • Introduction to Pre and Post HIV Test Counselling
  • Anti-retroviral treatment (ART)
  • HIV Prevention
  • Medical Male Circumcision
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD’s)
  • Immune Reconstruction Inflammatory Syndrome
  • Tuberculosis
  • Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (EMTCT)
  • Family Planning
  • HIV and Nutrition

Instructional method

  • Facilitation to be conducted by a qualified and experienced trainer

Certification

  • Certificates of attendance will be issued to learners who attended on the scheduled days of the course
  • Only learners whose course fees have been paid in full will be considered for certification.

Cost:

  • Cost per delegate R1500.00

 

Course outline: HIV Counselling and Testing (HTS)

 

Overview: Education on HIV counselling and Testing.

  • The course aims to equip people who will function as HIV counsellors with knowledge and skills of counselling and testing, and being able to provide testing and give correct results to clients.
  • The course also equips lay-counsellors with skills to provide general counselling to people who are experiencing different kinds of problems in their lives.

Entry requirements

  • Completed application form
  • Submit a Certified copy of Identification (not older than 3 months)
  • Payment of course fee
  • Minimum of grade 11
  • Ability to read and write

Who should attend?

  • All health care professionals, including clinical and administrative staff members.
  • Any members of the public wanting to gain more understanding on HIV counselling and testing.
  • All HIV Lay Counsellors and Health Care Professionals who conduct HIV testing and counselling.

Course duration 

  • 5 days in class (with a practical element on the last day)

Course content 

  • Background of HTS
  • The 5Cs
  • Introduction to Pre and Post-test counselling
  • STIs and TB
  • Priority populations:
  • 90.90.90/95.95.95 strategy
  • What is counselling: aims of counselling
  • Attitudes of a good counsellor
  • Principles of counselling
  • Techniques of counselling
  • Effective communication
  • Different types of HIV tests
  • Who can conduct HIV testing
  • The HIV counselling process
  • Benefits of knowing one’s status
  • Recommended testing algorithm
  • Core ethical/legal principles
  • Confidentiality, shared confidentiality, non-discrimination, record keeping, dual role relationships, infection control, informed consent
    HIV counselling and testing in children
  • Assessment of best interests of the child
  • Counselling children under the age of 12
  • Qualities and competencies of a child counselor
  • Child-friendly spaces
  • Assessing risk of HIV and risk reduction
    Identifying clients at risk
  • Risk reduction: condom demonstration
  • Crisis counselling
  • Skills and techniques of counselling in crisis.
  • Referrals and which clients to refer
  • Promotion of well-being
  • Self-awareness
  • Spirituality and well-ness
  • Integration of HIV Rapid Testing in HIV Prevention and Treatment Programs
  • Overview of HIV Testing Technologies
  • HIV Testing Strategies and Algorithms
  • Quality Control
  • Professional Ethics
  • Assuring the Quality of HIV Rapid Testing: Proficiency testing, record keeping.
  • Safety At the HIV Rapid Testing Site
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • SPI-RIT Checklist
  • Use and Care of Equipment
  • Preparation for Testing – Supplies and Kits
  • Blood Collection – Finger Prick
  • Performing HIV Rapid Tests (Practicals)

Instructional method

  • Facilitation to be conducted by a qualified and experienced trainer

Certification

  • Certificates of attendance will be issued to learners who attended on the scheduled days of the course
  • Only learners whose course fees have been paid in full will be considered for certification.

Cost:

  • Cost per delegate R1500.00
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