VMMC/IIT Professional Counselors x80

  • Consultancy
  • Multiple Locations
  • Based on Agreed Daily rate ZMW / Month
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Pact

Locations

Copperbelt Province (35), Northwestern Province (20), Central Province (25)

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow.  The promise of a healthy life.  Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities.  Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their solutions and take ownership of their future.

Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Department Overview

Pact seeks highly qualified and accomplished individuals for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/PEPFAR-funded Zambia Integrated Health HIV Activity – (ZIHA) Project. The five-year project will be led by Pact in partnership with the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, Circles of Hope, Mothers2Mothers, Copper Rose Zambia, Zambia Network of Young People Living with HIV – and a US small business, Viamo. Integrated Health will improve the health outcomes of Zambians through equitable access to high-quality health services in the areas of client-centered HIV, Tuberculosis; Maternal; Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning, and Reproductive Health. It will reduce mortality, morbidity, and HIV transmission for sub-populations in Northwestern, Copperbelt, and Central Provinces. Pact will work closely with the Zambian Ministry of Health to attain the country’s goal of reaching HIV epidemic control (95-95-95) by 2030. The activity will be delivered through three main components namely:

  1. Increase coverage of comprehensive and person-centered HIV, TB/HIV, FP/RH, MNCH prevention, diagnosis, care, treatment and support services in both communities and health facilities.
  2. Increase utilization of community and facility-based quality and person-centered integrated HIV, TB/HIV, FP/RH, MNCH services; and
  3. Increase capacities of Provincial and District Health Offices to improve quality and sustain Direct Service Delivery of integrated HIV, TB/HIV, FP/RH, MNCH during and beyond the life of the activity.

Pact exists to help create a world where those who are poor and marginalized exercise their voice, build their own solutions and take ownership of their future.  The VMMC/ IIT Professional Counselor contributes to realizing this purpose by:

Position Purpose

Pact seeks experienced VMMC/IIT Professional Counselors for the USAID Zambia Integrated Health Activity, a $120M contract to support the USAID and PEPFAR objectives of 95/95/95. USAID Zambia Integrated Health will improve the health outcomes of Zambians through equitable access to high-quality, client-centered HIV, TB/HIV, MNCH, and FP/RH services, products, and information, and strengthen the integration of these services at the health facility and community levels when applicable. The Consultant will provide oversight on VMMC demand creation activities including other integrated services such as HTS, Linkage, and Retention in target facilities and communities. Provide day to day supervision to Community-Based Volunteers (CBVs).  He/ she will be reporting to the Community and Clinical Services Coordinator.

Specific tasks /responsibilities

  • Capacity building and day to day supervision of CBVs
  • Ensure that set target for integrated VMMC activities are met.
  • Ensure that all clients that have not been circumcised are reached especially 15yrs and above.
  • Ensure integration of services in the catchment area during the activity such as IIT tracking and VL sample collection is conducted.
  • Ensure all VMMCs conducted are well documented and reported daily.
  • Achieve 100% of our VMMC surge targets and 85% of our annual targets the end of three months.
  • Increase access to and uptake of HIV testing services.
  • Increase access to and uptake of treatment services.
  • Increased number of people who are linked to treatment who are virally suppressed.
  • Reduced IITs by 90% with clear, auditable documentation of all tracking outcomes
  • Provides a link between the Community and clinical integration coordinator and CBVs
  • Ensures daily, weekly, and monthly operational plans are executed and monitored.
  • Provides support to CBVs on HTS, Linkage to care, Retention, care and support and prevention services.
  • Collaborates with other units to increase access, uptake and utilization of integrated HIV/ TB, RH/FP, services.
  • Ensure quality documentation in relevant registers.

Minimum Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Must be a Zambian Citizen with a Grade 12 Certificate
  • Diploma in Basic counselling or HIV/AIDS or Social work training with 2 years experience. Additional diploma in community nursing or public health will be an advantage.
  • Psycho-social counselling certificate is a MUST with full registration.
  • 2 to 3 years’ experience implementing HIV prevention, care, and treatment.
  • Strong skills and track record in providing psychosocial support counselling and patient tracking for retention in care.
  • Able to provide effective hands-on mentorship to Health Care Workers, Counsellors, and Community Based Volunteers
  • Ability to work in a complex environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines, and intense pressure to perform.
  • Ability to communicate and write in English and at least one or two local Language.
  • Ability to spend 80% in the field / catchment community.

Note: staff employed by the GRZ/MOH are not eligible for this consultancy

Knowledge, skills, and ability

  • Excellent strategic, analytical, systems thinking, and problem-solving skills with capacity to see the big picture and ability to make sound judgment and decisions.
  • Strong relations management abilities. Ability to relate to people at all levels internally and externally. Strategic in how you approach each relationship.
  • Team leadership abilities
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proactive, resourceful, solutions oriented and results oriented.
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience using MS Office packages (Excel, Word, PowerPoint), Web Conferencing Applications

Place of Performance: 

  • Consultants will be assigned to support specific high-volume facilities in Copperbelt, Northwestern and Central Province.
  • They will be placed at facility level and will oversee one or two facilities depending on proximate.
  • 35 will be placed in Copperbelt Province, 20 in Northwestern Province and 25 in Central Province.

Duration: 2 months (1 April to 31 May 2024)

Application: State the Position Title and Province you are applying for in the subject Line.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, citizenship status, genetic information, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, credit information, tobacco use (except in the workplace), membership in an employee organization, or other protected classifications or non-merit factors.


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