Community Systems Strengthening Nurse

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 oversight and direction from the Project Manager, the Nurse will be responsible for case finding, recruitment and enrolment of expected C/ALHIV quotas for the programme.  This involves actively strategizing ideas to ensure that at least 35% of C/ALHIV are enrolled into the OVC Comprehensive programme; ensuring capacity building of sub-partners aligned to SIMS for smooth integration of community and clinical service delivery with a focus on improving results towards “95-95-95” inclusive of HIV/AIDS, TB and COVID-19.

S/he will strengthen implementation of comprehensive, HIV-inclusive case management with a focus on improving paediatric and adolescent HIV and TB case identification, disclosure, and viral load reporting and suppression; strengthening HIV prevention, linkage to HIV testing services (HTS), care, and treatment; retention among both C/ALHIV and their caregivers. She/he will also ensure successful linkage and retention to Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for AGYW participating in the DREAMS Family Strengthening Program.

The Nurse is responsible to actively verify and validate all C/ALHIV and PrEP beneficiaries before reporting them to formal platforms such as CBIMS.

Requirements:

  • Degree in Nursing or equivalent qualification (covering Maternal Health, Child, and Community Health)
  • Registration with Nursing council of South Africa
  • Post qualification experience in a primary health care or a community setting.
  • Sound knowledge of HIV and Antiretroviral education
  • Sound knowledge of PrEP activities.
  • 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 and support of Monitoring and Evaluation requirements and reporting

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

Key Performance Areas:

  1. Effective and efficient use of HIVSAs resources through ensuring sub-partners are equipped with tools and equipment to implement all activities.
  2. Actively participate in networking and collaboration opportunities with DSPs and Health Facilities, to ensure smooth running of linkages for HTS, PrEP, SRHS and VMMC clinical services and make necessary recommendations. Including actively participating in relevant meetings/forums.
  3. Timely and accurate programme implementation by coordinating implementation strategies for the OVC Comprehensive Programme to ensure that programme teams and sub-partners comply with finding at least 35% C/ALHIV, screen and actively refer beneficiaries for TB and ensure effective treatment literacy using evidence based structured curriculum to improve 100% known status, initiation onto ART and ultimately viral suppression. Actively participate and guide DREAMS Family strengthening teams to improve PrEP demand and initiations.
  4. Validating and verification of C/ALHIV and other PrEP beneficiaries – as a requirement at reporting intervals at all stages of the programme.
  5. Development and implementation of electronic case management processes – ensure implementation and 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).
  6. 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 include sticking to SOPs to the letter, monitoring, supervising, and supporting teams and sub-partners, and mainstreaming COVID-19 messaging and practices in programme activities.

How 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

linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram