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Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (CIHEB) – HTS Counsellors.

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HTS COUNSELLORS (24 positions)

Background:

The Center for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (CIHEB) — Kenya is a local non-governmental organization collaborating with the Ministry of Health and County Health Management Teams to strengthen health systems for improved quality of healthcare in Kenya. Ciheb-Kenya is collaborating with the county governments of Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Machakos, Makueni, Kitui, Nairobi, Kisumu, and Migori to support the implementation and expansion of high quality, sustainable, and comprehensive HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs, and expansion of COVID-19 vaccination with funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Through the County Ownership and Networks to maintain Nairobi Epidemic Control (CONNECT) program, CIHEB-Kenya and the Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) are working on a collaborative project towards the provision of high quality HIV prevention, care and treatment services to select health facilities in Nairobi City County. The project is therefore seeking for suitably qualified persons able to fill the positions of the positions below. The positions will be based at the various county health facilities in Nairobi within the County Health Services Department and mainstreamed into the county structures. These are one year fixed term contracts, renewable based on performance and availability of funding.

HTS COUNSELLORS (24)

REPORTS TO: FACILITY IN-CHARGE 

LOCATION: NAIROBI, KENYA 

 Overall Function:

Reporting to the facility in-charge, the HTS provider provides HIV Counselling and testing services to all individuals at facility and community level and support successful linkage of HIV-infected individuals in HIV care services.

 Roles and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide HIV counselling and testing services as per Kenya HTS national guidelines.
  2. Provide assisted partner notification services for all index clients.
  3. Provide health education to clients as a strategy to increase demand for HIV testing services.
  4. Optimize testing for all eligible clients at facility level and ensure testing efficiency.
  5. Provide counselling services addressing HIV prevention including risk reduction interventions and behavior change, use of ART for HIV prevention, etc.
  6. Conduct risk screening for HTS clients and provide prevention services for the HIV negative clients including PrEP and distribute condoms and lubricant at facility and community.
  7. Ensure confirmed linkage (target of 95%) of HIV positive clients.
  8. Conduct defaulter tracing of pre-enrollment clients not linked to care in supported facilities.
  9. Assess and document all referrals, make follow-up and report on referral outcomes.
  10. Compile and submit monthly HTS reports.
  11. Initiate and conduct posttest clubs and support groups.
  12. Participate in the site HTS QA/QC processes i.e., proficiency testing, direct observed practice sessions, support supervision.
  13. Conduct CQI activities to improve gaps identified based on data.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate in HTC Counselling (NASCOP Certified)
  • Training in Assisted Partner Notification Services (aPNS)
  • Diploma in Counselling Psychology
  • Two (2) years’ experience in HIV counselling and testing

How to Apply:

Kindly send your application that includes a cover letter and an updated CV including names of three professional referees to CIHEBKENYA_Recruitment@cihebkenya.org on or before 5th August 2022. Applicants are advised to include the title “HTS COUNSELLOR” on the subject line.

The Centre for International Health, Education and Biosecurity (Ciheb) — Kenya is an equal opportunity employer.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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