Casual Social Worker

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Casual Social Worker

  • Post Date:May 19, 2021
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  • Career Level Other
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Health Care
Job Description

Reporting to: District Programs Coordinator
Type of Contract : Locum/Casual
Location: Chitungwiza, Bulawayo and Matabeleland South

The Organization for Public Health Interventions and Development (OPHID) PVO 31/16 develops and implements innovative approaches and strategies to strengthen HIV Care and Treatment services in Zimbabwe, by providing enhanced access for communities to comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and treatment. OPHID, works with the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MOHCC) in implementing these interventions. OPHID is looking for suitably qualified and motivated individuals to fill the following post:

Position Summary

The social worker is responsible for strengthening the HIV Sensitive Case Management through providing HIV related health education, strengthening referral Pathways, basic counselling to offer psychosocial support, and improving community facility linkages. The cadre will be responsible for counselling clients on adherence to treatment including adherence clubs in clinics and communities. The program will focus on strengthening “referral pathways” at local level and specialists (Social workers) will be supported to conduct outreach services to key sites with cases.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide onsite (facility and community) follow-up counselling and HIV prevention and treatment education to ‘at risk’ and vulnerable households;
  • Monitor and check minimum standard of index case testing in community, including review of IPV screening and referrals;
  • Build capacity of health care workers and to offer quality Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH) care services;
  • Participate in district case review meetings to strengthen GBV/IPV and mental health referral pathways;
  • Strengthen capacity of community cadres (COAC, COA, CCWs) to support and mentor community-based adherence counselling and psychosocial support for ART adherence through training and onsite observation and review of DSD models (CARGs, FARGs, OFCAD);
  • Participate in multidisciplinary team of health workers to support facilities with clients with unsuppressed viral load or advanced HIV disease or mental health referrals;
  • Build capacity of HCWs to offer quality counselling and psychosocial support to clients seeking PrEP., OI/ART, TB, Cervical Cancer clients

Person Specification

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work or higher;
  • Registered with the Council for Social Workers in Zimbabwe with at least 3 years’ experience in child protection and counselling;
  • Willing to work while on leave on a locum basis;
  • Proven understanding of quality adolescent sexual and reproductive health services and links between HIV/TB and Child Protection;
  • Experience with community-based models is an advantage;
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Health System and Child Protection System in Zimbabwe and proven coordination skills at district level;
  • Candidate should be highly productive with minimal supervision;
  • Computer literate (Microsoft word, PowerPoint and excel);
  • Ability to work in a remote community;
  • Good communication skills, a team player and be flexible to work weekends, after hours and to be on call in emergencies.

To apply

OPHID and its Consortium partners are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or job applicant on the basis of race, political affiliation, religion, tribe, national origin, gender, physical or mental disability, health status (including HIV status) or age.

OPHID does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, technical test, oral interviews, processing, training, or any other fees).

While OPHID may from time to time engage external consultants for the facilitation of the recruitment process, only OPHID has the right to offer employment to candidates. No third parties have been authorised to offer employment on behalf of OPHID.

Deadline: 31 May 2021