HIV Testing Counsellor – Windoek – UNDP

Background
UNDP is one the agencies supporting the Ministry of Health and Social Services to undertake a prevalence survey to determine the true burden of disease due to TB in Namibia.

The project has three objectives;

To measure the prevalence of bacteriologically confirmed TB among the adult population
To contribute to more updated population-based estimates of the burden of TB disease and
To provide a baseline for future measurement of trends of TB disease burden.

The survey will be population-based and extensive fieldwork will be conducted over a period of 6 months. The survey will be conducted by the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (NTLP) within the Ministry of Health and Social Services

Under the direct supervision of the Field Nurse, the HIV Testing Counsellor works to provide HIV testing services to patients. This entails provision of counselling prior to HIV testing and post-test counselling and rapid HIV testing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct pre and post-test counselling services
Conduct pre- and post- test counseling in line with the relevant HTC standard procedures and Guidelines;
Perform HIV Rapid Testing and other Rapid Diagnostic Tests;
Performing administrative duties
Maintain confidentiality of clients’ test results and all medical and personal information;
Maintain good quality counseling and testing records;
File and maintain paper records;
Liaising with the Field Nurse on a regular basis;
Performs any administrative duties as assigned by supervisor;

Competencies
OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS
Ability to perform a variety of repetitive and routine tasks and duties;
Ability to review data, identify and adjust discrepancies;
Ability to handle a large volume of work possibly under time constraints;
Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations;
Ability to operate and maintain a variety of computerized business machines and office equipment in order to provide efficient delivery of service;
Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;

MANAGING DATA
Collects and compiles data with speed and accuracy identifying what is relevant and discarding what is not, records it in an accessible manner and maintains data bases;
Thoroughly and methodically collects, verifies and records data demonstrating attention to detail and identifying and correcting errors on own initiative;
Transmits file data; creates and generate queries, reports and documents utilizing databases, spreadsheets, communications and other software packages with speed and accuracy;
Interprets data, draws conclusions and/or identifies patterns which support the work of others;

MANAGING DOCUMENTS, CORRESPONDENCE AND REPORTS
Creates, edits and presents information (queries, reports, documents) in visually pleasing, clear and presentable formats such as tables, forms, presentations, briefing notes/books and reports using advanced word processing and presentation functions and basic database and spreadsheet software;
Ability to produce accurate and well documented records conforming to the required standard;

PLANNING, ORGANIZING AND MULTI-TASKING
Organises and accurately completes multiple tasks by establishing priorities while taking into consideration special assignments, frequent interruptions, deadlines, available resources and multiple reporting relationships;
Plans, coordinates and organises workload while remaining aware of changing priorities and competing deadlines;
Demonstrates ability to quickly shift from one task to another to meet multiple support needs;
Establishes, builds and maintains effective working relationships with staff and clients to facilitate the provision of support;
Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.

Required Skills and Experience
Education:
Completion of secondary education is a requirement; Additional qualifications will be an added advantage;
Certification to perform HIV Rapid Testing through the Namibia Institute of Pathology is a requirement;
Experience:
2 years’ work experience in a similar role;
HIV Testing counselling experience is an advantage;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is desirable;
Language Requirements:
Fluency in written and spoken English and one local language;

Disclaimer
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