Linkage Officer


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TB HIV Care (THC), in existence since 1929, is an internationally recognised non-profit organisation. TB HIV Care provides health care services throughout South Africa to both the general population and communities at increased risk for HIV and TB, including adolescent girls and young women, sex workers and people who use drugs. TB HIV Care provides a stimulating work environment and the opportunity to work with leaders in the field of HIV and TB prevention and care. Our work culture is adapted to the constantly-evolving South African health care environment and will suit solution-driven team players interested in opportunities for career development while working to connect people with care.(This is a contract position renewable based on funding) Purpose of the position The HTS/linkage officer will be responsible for the HIV testing of PWID in the PWID Programme, as well as navigating PWID through the referral processes and ensuring linkage to care.Minimum Requirements
• Matric / grade 12 • 1-2 years working experience with PWID/PWUD • Experience working in HIV, TB, STI & gender-based violence programmes • Computer literacy (Intermediate level in MS Office package) • Ability to communicate in English and IsiZulu or another South African language • Clear criminal recordDuties and Responsibilities
• HIV testing and counselling – provide an integrated, holistic client-centred HTS with support and guidance from the Professional Nurse • Conduct workplace and community combination HIV prevention initiatives including STI’s, TB, HIV, risk reduction counselling, screening and appropriate referrals • Quality assurance – ensuring all HTS equipment is in working order • Support the Professional Nurse with the implementation of quality assurance programmes for HIV testing and counselling, including Rapid Test Continuous Quality Improvement (RTCQI) and participating in proficiency testing • Referrals and linkage – develop strong relationships with health facilities in implementing district to ensure linkage to care for referred PWID • Navigate PWID into health facility to ensure linkage to care • Administration and reporting – data collection on HTS and referrals and record keeping into DoH HTS register • Monitoring HTS data and ensuring targets are met • Personal development – participate in learning and development opportunities (trainings, workshops, information sessions etc.) • Stay abreast of developments in the fields of HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB • Organisational responsibilities – attend meetings, briefings, debriefing, staff meetings and other as directed to do so on a regular basis • Represent the organisation with pride and ensure you adhere to the ethos and principles • Act as a role model to strengthen positive behaviour change of PWID and peer educators
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