Community Systems Strengthening (CSS): Social Worker

Fixed-term contract till 30 September 2022 with the probability of renewal

WHO IS HIVSA?

HIVSA is a not-for-profit company established in 2002 and is a strategic partner of the Gauteng Provincial Departments of Health and Social Development. We innovatively transform and empower individuals, community workers and organisations by developing their capacity and resilience to effectively address socio-economic and health issues in the context of high HIV and AIDS burden with the ultimate vision of creating an HIV free generation.

THE PHVP PROGRAMME

The CSS programme implements the Preventing HIV/AIDS in Vulnerable Populations (PHVP). The goal of the PHVP programme in Gauteng is to contribute towards HIV epidemic control by enhancing the quality, comprehensiveness and sustainability of care and support services to improve resilience, health and wellbeing of Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Adolescents and Youth (OVCA&Y) and Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW), in line with the South African Government (SAG)’s strategic goals for health and social development.

HIVSA’s implementation model is embedded in capacitating and strengthening Department of Social Development (DSD) funded Community Based Organisations (CBOs) to utilise a robust case management system and structured evidence-based interventions to provide holistic services to communities, OVCA&Y and AGYW. HIVSA implements the PHVP programme in the City of Johannesburg (COJ), City of Tshwane (COT) and Sedibeng.

Programme objectives

  • Strengthen the capacity of sub-partners to use HIV-sensitive case management to support vulnerable OVCA&Y and families through networking and integrating with clinical and social service providers.
  • Accelerate, sustain, strengthen and support OVCA&Y and their families to receive HIV services along the 95-95-95 cascade.
  • Strengthen the capacity of vulnerable households to protect and care for OVCA&Y.

The PHVP programme has three modalities namely, OVC Comprehensive, DREAMS Family Strengthening and OVC Preventive.

MAIN PURPOSE OF THIS POSITION

With guidance from the Team Lead, the Social Worker is responsible for the implementation of all the three programme modalities at sub-partner level, namely OVC Comprehensive, OVC Preventive and DREAMS Family Strengthening interventions which include championing strategies that ensure that at least 35% of Children and Adolescents Living with HIV (C/ALHIV) and only the most vulnerable OVC&Y according to the sub-population criteria per programme modality are enrolled into the programme. This includes programming and organizational (institutional) capacity building of sub-partners through training and mentorship aligned to SIMS.

The Social Worker will be tasked with mainstreaming quality in all programme activities by continually assessing programme performance and addressing challenges. This position requires a comprehensive and detailed understanding of OVC&Y programming issues, as well as a high degree of initiative, independent judgment, and communication abilities. The Social Worker is to actively conduct verification and validation of all beneficiaries to ensure quality data is reported into CBIMS.

KEY PERFORMANCE AREAS

  • Effective and efficient use of HIVSAs resources through monitoring sub-partners targets vs expenditure and ensuring sub-partners has sufficient resources to implement the programme.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with external stakeholders by networking and reporting weekly/ monthly / quarterly on progress and challenges and actively participate in forums and meetings where applicable.
  • Timely and accurate programme implementation by developing and implementing strategies to ensure that programme teams and sub-partners meet their age and gender disaggregated targets aligned to the three programme modalities (OVC Comprehensive, OVC Preventive and DREAMS Family Strengthening) and comply with finding at least 35% C/ALHIV and ensuring effective treatment literacy to improve viral suppression.
  • Validating and verification of C/ALHIV, PrEP and other OVC population segments – as a requirement at reporting intervals at all stages of the programme.
  • Implementation of electronic case management processes and ensuring the use of virtual/digital platforms by sub-partners in programme delivery. This includes beneficiary casework, supervision, case meetings/conferencing (in responsiveness to COVID-19 challenges).
  • Related to the above, compliance with HIVSA policies, procedures, and SOPS with special mention of remote working and COVID-19 processes and systems designed to respond to challenges and threats posed by COVID-19 – this includes sticking to SOPs to the letter, monitoring, supervising, and supporting sub-partners, and mainstreaming COVID-19 messaging and practices in programme activities.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Degree in Social Work or equivalent qualification
  • At least 2 years’ experience in community work and working with Community Based Organisations
  • Good report writing skills
  • Ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Sound decision making and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team setting
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and excellent patterns of communication
  • Strong supervision and mentorship skills
  • Sound understanding of Monitoring and Evaluation requirements and reporting

Must have a valid driver’s licence and be an active driver

What do you need to do to apply?

Candidates that meet the requirements and are interested in the position to send:

  1. A motivation letter and CV (not more than 5 pages),
  2. Three contactable referees

The HR Manager,
HIVSA
P O Box 3869,
Southgate, 2082
e-mail: hr@hivsa.com or
Fax: 086 244 5444.
Closing date for applications: 30 September 2022

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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