Health Referrals and Linkage Specialist

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Project Description

A Health Referrals and Linkage Specialist with a degree in public health, social science or related field and five years of experience in HIV services and field work with an organization in public health or Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programming is needed to support Pact South Africa. Pact South Africa is funded by USAID to implement the Government Capacity Building and Support (GCBS) program, which aims to strengthen the Department of Social Development’s (DSD) systems at the national, provincial, and district levels, with a specific goal of improved direct service delivery to children and reduced incidence of HIV and AIDS. The program is tailored toward strengthening the overall social welfare system, providing prevention, care (including access to HIV counseling, testing, and treatment), and support services to Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Youth (OVCY) at all levels, with a specific emphasis on demonstrating the results and outcomes of site-level support in priority districts. The support of a Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) has been requested to provide additional technical support and capacity to guide and support Social Workers and Social Auxiliary Workers to incorporate HIV testing and support services in interventions with children.

The PCRV will work in close collaboration with the social workers and social auxiliary workers on HIV prevention and treatment referrals and linkages, and the PCRV should be knowledgeable on antiretroviral treatment, pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis, HIV testing and linkage to care. Among the required tasks will be working with district teams to complete facility-community mapping of GCBS supported sites to catchment area health facilities, training social service providers (SSPs) in HIV Testing Services (HTS) and supportive counseling, and contributing to the development and technical writing of concept notes, proposals and sections for grant application bids. The overall goal of the assignment is to assist Pact South Africa to build added capacity in the management of health system referrals and in particular, on HIV related prevention, early intervention, disclosure management and follow-up services including supportive HIV counseling and care.

Please note that departure dates and other details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations. Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in South Africa together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Pact South Africa

Required Skills

• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility – some details of this project could change because of the uncertainties as Peace Corps and local partners resume volunteer operations
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Public Health or related field
• In-depth knowledge of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment,including but not limited to ART treatment, HIV testing, PrEP and PEP
• Strong M&E skills and experience in strategic information
• Five years or more experience in HIV services, with management of clinical and community programs preferred
• At least five years’ experience in a field position with an organization in public health or Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programming
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including report writing
• Excellent training skills in working with adult learners, particularly at the community level
• Able and willing to work flexible hours as needed and without constant or close supervision
• Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.

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