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Psychosocial Advisor
       


Health Systems Strengthening Unit

Psychosocial Advisor


The Health Systems Trust (HST) wishes to appoint a Psychosocial Advisor for a health systems strengthening project implemented in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health (KZN-DoH) in three districts in KZN. The project uses quality improvement strategies to accelerate the identification of HIV-positive children and adolescents and their enrolment in treatment, ensuring that clinical and community care linkages are improved so that they are retained in care.

The Psychosocial Advisor will be responsible for the successful implementation of models that enhance testing, referral for treatment and retention in care for children and adolescents at facility and community levels.

District location: eThekwini

This is a fixed-term contract position renewable based on continuation of funding.


KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Strengthen and support referral systems between the community, clinics and hospitals relating to psychosocial services to ensure that patients are linked to and retained in care
  • Develop and test new change ideas to improve psychosocial services at the facility and community levels in collaboration with DoH personnel
  • Build capacity through the provision of training and mentorship in the following areas: HIV counselling and testing; disclosure; adherence support; and caregiver support groups
  • Schedule and conduct supportive supervision sessions at facility level
  • Integrate quality improvement approaches in supportive supervision sessions conducted
  • Develop collaborative relationships with DoH personnel and management at partner-supported facilities
  • Compile monthly and quarterly reports on training, supportive supervision assessment, and mentorship sessions
  • Participate in regular meetings and strengthening sessions with the psychosocial and DoH teams
  • Document and disseminate psychosocial success stories
  • Train and mentor facility staff on paediatric and adolescent friendly strategies
  • Scale strategies aimed at improving facility and community collaboration.


EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • A degree in Social Work or relevant qualification, or extensive experience in child psychosocial services
  • A minimum of five years' experience in training in the field of social development or health, ideally with experience in capacity-building with development partners
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in working with children and families 
  • Experience in facilitation, mentorship and supportive supervision
  • Exposure to and involvement in quality improvement projects
  • Experience of working in a donor-funded organisation/NGO or project-based environment
  • Excellent report-writing skills
  • Good time-management skills and the ability to prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and organisational skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, including the ability to create graphs in Excel
  • Willingness to work as part of a team
  • A valid driver's license.


REMUNERATION

A salary package commensurate with the successful candidate's experience and qualifications and in line with HST's job grading system will be offered.


APPLICATION ENQUIRIES

  • Interested applicants must complete their application online at: https://careers.hst.org.za/
  • Applicants are to ensure that their online applications are completed in full, and that comprehensive CVs are uploaded with the online application in order to be considered.
  • Your CV must be saved with a filename reflecting your name and surname.
  • No applications sent via e-mail will be considered for the job, as all applicants must submit their applications online at the provided link.


PLEASE NOTE:

  • All personal information collected is processed lawfully in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA).
  • Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit certified copies of all qualifications and identity documents.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates.
  • All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to reference and credential checks.
  • If you have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.
  • HST reserves the right to not fill this position.

      

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 05 October 2022, at 16h30


Health Systems Trust subscribes to diversity and inclusivity, which is informed by the Company's Employment Equity Plan.

Based on this, African males and people with disabilities who meet the job specifications (including but not limited to the required skills, knowledge and education), are encouraged to apply.