HIV Linkage Advisor

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Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer is needed to work as an HIV Linkage Advisor with Youth Alive Uganda (YAU). YAU is prioritizing delivery of critical services for children and adolescents living with HIV, HIV-infected and exposed infants 0-2, sexual abuse survivors, and children of female sex workers, with a secondary focus on child-headed households and children of HIV+ caregivers. YAU is working on scaling up an integrated case management system that links schools, clinics, and community safe spaces as platforms for layering multiple services tailored to children’s age and stage and households’ specific vulnerabilities. YAU works within sectors to strengthen key systems as well as at the intersections of education, social welfare, and health, recognizing the inter-relationship of learning and resilience, vulnerability to school-related gender-based violence and HIV risk, and positive youth development and the ability of adolescents to adhere to treatment. There is a need to contribute to and support HIV epidemic control through direct delivery of comprehensive orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) service packages along the HIV cascade of care in line with the PEPFAR 3.0 goals in the Northern, Western, Eastern and Central regions. The Volunteer will be working with the program team, health partners and health facility teams to provide technical guidance in identification, assessment, enrollment and case intervention, strengthening the realization of the community-facility-facility-community bi-directional deliverables.

A Volunteer with a master’s degree in health, social science, development studies, or in a related field and experience in development management and public health is needed to support the goals of YAU. The PCRV is expected to work with the Case Management Specialist to provide mentorship, support supervision and coaching to the YAU program team to enable them spearhead the delivery of comprehensive case management services and referral system for the HIV infected, affected and exposed children, infants and their OVC households. The Volunteer will also work with the Community Linkage Facilitators and Documentation Assistants at facilities to ensure effective documentation and tracking of the various indicators for children and adolescents living with HIV, HIV-infected and exposed infants and those newly tested positive for complete linkage into the continuum of care. The Volunteer will work with a robust, community-grounded program as well as a set of well-motivated, hardworking and passionate team of staff. YAU will equally gain from the skills sets that the PCRV will share with the program team for their learning. This collaboration will equally strengthen the capacity and potential of YAU in implementing an integrated, health, OVC program.

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 Uganda together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Youth Alive Uganda (YAU)

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 health, social sciences, development studies and any other relevant discipline
• 3 years of experience in community work within a government institution, health facility setting, NGO or USAID funded programs/projects
• Practical application and understanding of public health care services
• Experience in health service provision, especially working on issues of HIV/AIDS among children and infants
• Practical experience in building capacity of staff and community structures in health outcomes

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.

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Medical Considerations

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