Adherence and Retention Officer

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Adherence and Retention Officer

  • Post Date:March 10, 2021
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  • Career Level Officer
    Qualification Diploma
    Industry Health Care
Job Description

Zimbabwe Association of Church-related Hospitals – MUKOHWE VALLEY CLINIC – MASHONALAND WEST PROVINCE

Position Summary

This post supports the hospital to attain it’s 95, 95,95 targets through implementation of linkages, adherence and retention strategies.

Job Description

  • Support linkages, Adherence and retention strategies at site level;
  • Conduct training for HCW on Operation Triple Zero;
  • Training of caregivers on the programme (I day training at site level);
  • Identification and rolling in of AYPLHIV into the programme;
  • Training of AYPLHIV on the OTZ in areas such as treatment literacy, understanding body changes as a result of HIV, ARVs and desired ART Goals;
  • Form Clubs for AYPLHIV, designing OTZ Logos, motto and pledge into local language;
  • Roll out the tool for screening mental health for all clients on ART;
  • Facilities identify clients with advanced disease and create a list;
  • Facilitate home visits for ART delivery, Viral load Monitoring and Enhanced Adherence Counselling for clients with advanced HIV disease;
  • Support community dialogues for P&L women;
  • Support community dialogues for P&L women in communities with high new HIV infections in children;
  • Train and support Peer Adherence and Retention Facilitators and Young Mentor Mothers (YMM) in selected key entry points for the administration of screening tools in low yield entry points;
  • Mentor the YMM and Adherence and Retention Facilitators in psychosocial counselling skills necessary to conduct successful sexual partner elicitation, Intimate partner violence (IPV) and gender-based violence (GBV);
  • Provide psychosocial counselling services to patients in DSD and on MMD;
  • In collaboration with the site HIV focal person, nurse counsellors generate a list of daily appointments, DSD and list of patients on MMD;
  • The retention prioritization shall be based on the following criteria;
  • Newly identified treatment naïve patients;
  • Patients with unsuppressed viral loads (VL above 1000 copies/mL); Recently ART initiated (below 3 months) patients;
  • Patients on DSD, MDD and on TPT;

Work with nurse counsellors and VIAC nurses, Adherence and Retention Facilitators and YMM to:

  • Follow all contacts from all index clients as per provided list so that they come to the facility for testing;
  • Follow up positive patients from the community and linking all to Treatment, Care and Support services;
  • Work with the District Nurse coordinator to develop work schedules and performance enhancement interventions for Adherence and Retention Facilitators and YMM;
  • Demand creation and support VIAC screening and managing to all eligible HIV positive women;
  • Implementing of community DSD, TLD transition, MMD, TB prevention and VL to patients;
  • Work to complete the retention documentation in all Registers (HTS, Appointment, VL, Defaulter, Index & linkage);
  • Mentor & work with YMM and Adherence and Retention Facilitators in the complete documentation and filing in the patient files;
  • Provide daily/weekly/monthly/ quarterly updates to the District Nurse Coordinator on daily/weekly activities and identify challenges so that they are addressed on time;
  • Work with District Nurse coordinator to prevent attrition among ART patients by daily compiling of missed appointment lists in collaboration with the data clerk;
  • Support retention activities such as effective referral through use of referral slips and defaulter identification and tracking registers;
  • Plan activities for timely (daily) tracking of missed appointment;
  • Support routine data collection, weekly and monthly timely reporting;
  • Any other duties and responsibilities as tasked by the District Nurse Coordinator.


  • Minimum of a relevant Nursing Degree/Diploma, Diploma or Degree in Counselling, HIV Rapid testing qualification a distinct advantage;
  • Previous mobilizing, HIV testing and M&E experience would be an added advantage;
  • Good standing with the community being served is a must
  • Good knowledge of English and report writing skills required.

Key Result Areas/ZACH Competencies

  • Producing Results through measuring progress in attaining the 95,95,95 targets;
  • Moving forward in a changing environment;
  • Fostering integration and teamwork;
  • Knowing and managing yourself;
  • Communicating in a credible and effective way

To apply

Interested candidates should send certified copies of academic and professional certificates, CV and a motivational letter in an envelope clearly marked with the position applied for to:
PMD Mashonaland West Province,

C/O ZACH Provincial Technical Officer,

Deadline: 16 March 2021