Outreach Worker

  • Anywhere

Location: Mangochi

Job Description

Pakachere Institute of Health and Development Communication is a registered local NGO that specialises in social and behaviour change communication and delivery of specialised HIV and sexual and reproductive health services for key populations in Malawi. We aim to empower all Malawians to choose and sustain healthy behaviours though evidence-based health and development communication, community mobilization, advocacy and delivery of stigma free health care services. Pakachere IHDC is implementing a 5-year PEPFAR funded activity, Local Endeavours for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment (LEAP). The activity aims to reduce HIV infections and transmission among key populations.

Pakachere therefore wish to recruit highly competent, proactive, and self-driven individuals to fill the position of Outreach Worker who will support activities under LEAP.

Responsible to:             DIC Manager

Key relationship:           District Coordinator, M&E Officer

Working hours:             40 hours a week

Contract:                      Full time, 1 year contract – renewable

Location:                      Mangochi

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Reporting to the DIC Manager, the Outreach Worker will support the implementation of LEAP activities in selected hotspots within Mangochi District. S/he will be responsible for supervising a cadre of peer educators and peer navigators who are responsible for mobilising and reaching female sex workers with behaviour change communication messages that create demand for HIV related services ranging from HTS, STI screening, Cervical Cancer screening and support services for female sex workers who are on ART. S/he will also be responsible in ensuring that appropriate data is collected from peer educators and peer navigators at recommended frequencies. S/he will endeavour to build strategic relationships with peer educators and peer navigators working in her/his area of influence, conduct a variety of outreach activities, and ensure that recruited PE and PN performance meet the recommended standards.

SPECIFICALLY, S/HE WILL

    • Develop and implement a monthly outreach plan covering all the hotspots and peer educators in designated location
    • Support the development and implementation of PE micro plans and oversee their effective implementation by conducting on spot checks
    • Conduct quality checks and assessment of peer educators’ sessions using recommended tools as provided by the M&E Officer
    • Work with the district coordinator to recruit new peer educators/navigators where efficiency gaps are observed
    • Support the recruitment and retaining of peer educators through a systematic selection criterion and ensure that they are mentored and couched to deliver on key program indicators
    • Provide information, support and referrals to sex workers on issues including but not limited to; negotiation and the use of condoms and other safe sex products, sexually transmitted infections, other aspects of safe sex work including safe working conditions and referrals to health/protective services where required
    • Identify cases of gender-based violence among sex workers, and other forms of exploitation, provide appropriate support and make appropriate referrals and interventions
    • Attends relevant meetings representing the organisation where possible
    • In collaboration with the district coordinator and DIC managers, organise monthly meetings for peer educators to review micro plans and re-plan for another month.
    • Validate the activeness of hot spots in designated location of influence using necessary tools from the M&E department
    • Validate the different data that PE/PN submits monthly to ensure that PE registers and weekly activity data sheets have credible data when submitted to the M&E Officer
    • Support PE/PN and DIC Managers in follow ups on all referrals made at hot spot level and drop in centre level.
    • Build good working relationships with health care workers from health facilities in designated location of influence
    • Provide risk assessment and risk reduction counselling and facilitate health education sessions for female sex workers in designated area of influence
    • Document lessons learnt and challenges to inform program decisions
    • Submit timely reports to the DIC manager and District Coordinators where appropriate
    • Attend all coordination meetings.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE JOBS

    • Hold a Diploma in any related field.
    • Those with MSCE but excellent experience may also be considered.
    • At least three (2) years’ experience working with female sex workers either as a peer educator or in any other related role
    • Experience and knowledge in HIV prevention, treatment and care

KEY COMPETENCIES

    • Computer literacy in the use of MS Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
    • Ability to communicate effectively one on one and in group settings
    • Ability to connect with others and forge strong relationships
    • Ability to maintain confidential information
    • Ability to organize and maintain detailed records; complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines
    • Ability to work and deliver results with minimum supervision.
    • Aptitude suited to dealing with difficult situations reflecting resilience and creativity
    • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and time management skills.

MODE OF APPLICATION:

Suitably qualified, experienced candidates should submit their applications, including detailed Curriculum vitae (CV) with three traceable referees clearly marked with the position being applied for.

E-mail: pakacherevacancies@gmail.com

and addressed to:

The Human Resources Manager.
Pakachere IHDC, Delamare House,
P.O Box 30248,
Blantyre 3.

Please do not attach any certificates when submitting. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Those residing in Mangochi are strongly encouraged to apply. Pakachere IHDC is an equal opportunities employer; therefore, all qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.