Overview

Georgetown University Center for Global Health Practice and Impact (CGHPI) 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

About CGHPI

The Georgetown University Center for Global Health Practice and Impact (CGHPI) serves countries to improve their population health and well-being and to safeguard against health-related threats by advancing the use of evidence and human-centered enterprise architecture on the path towards achieving equity and social justice. To achieve this mission, we catalyze the uptake, spread, and implementation of innovations; triangulate data from different sources, and tailor visualization of the information for each audience; design and implement integrated service delivery models; support communities of practice to inform policy and practice through efficient data use and horizontal and vertical collaboration; disseminate best practices and evidence globally through open source learning networks; build global, collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and interprofessional networks; undertake research that is informed by local needs; and invest in local leadership to own, provide oversight, and sustain implemented interventions.

The CGHPI is implementing an award from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through funding from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The program will support the Kingdom of Eswatini to provide community-based, comprehensive, quality-assured care, treatment, and prevention HIV/TB services in Manzini and Lubombo regions to maintain HIV Epidemic control, achieve TB epidemic control, and mitigate the impact on public health. The program will contribute to establishing or extending resilient, differentiated, and sustainable community-based services for prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care of HIV and TB, especially for the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations across the cascade, in ways that serve their needs; building an interface between health facilities and the community to ensure seamless service access and delivery;  building the capacity of community- and faith-based organizations to implement and monitor programs that can be used to address emerging public health threats, and support the community systems strengthening initiatives of the Ministry of Health. As a result, CGHPI is recruiting for the following position and seeks exceptional individuals to join the team and further enrich our unique offerings.

Job Location: Manzini/Lubombo Region, Eswatini

Job Overview:

The Linkages Assistant is responsible for community index/TB contact tracing, facilitating the community/facility linkages to HIV treatment and prevention using the national LCM framework as well as supporting newly diagnosed HIV-positive clients to understand, manage, and cope with their chronic illness.

Specific Duties:

  • Receive seed/index forms and TB contact tracing forms from facilities, conduct contact tracing (through phone calls or home visits) and facilitate HIV testing or TB investigation for all eligible index/TB contacts within allocated communities.
  • Assist newly diagnosed HIV clients in the community to understand, manage and cope with their chronic illness after a positive HIV test
  • Coordinates the enrolment to treatment by escorting and navigating clients within facilities
  • Elicit index contacts during the linkages and follow-up sessions and documents in seed /index forms
  • Documents HIV results in seed /index forms and outcomes of TB investigations and ensures feedback is sent back to facilities where forms have been collected for updating in index registers/TB contact tracing registers
  • Conduct community tracking for all clients who have interrupted their TB treatment.
  • Ensure linkage to TPT prevention therapy for all under 5s who screened negative for TB
  • Facilitate linkages to prevention services for all clients testing HIV-negative in the community.
  • Follow-up with clients to help ensure linkages to care and treatment and to help clients overcome barriers that prevent such linkages
  • Motivate, educate, and help patients to live healthy and positively
  • Keep and maintain referral and linkage guidelines/protocol/ LCM SOPs for consultation on his/her daily work
  • Completes all linkage program forms and registers
  • Ensure well-managed community profile and mapping referral systems of patients from the community to the facility and vice versa
  • Compile monthly reports for referral and linkage, submit to supervisor
  • Collect vital information useful for strengthening the referral and linkage program and share them with the supervisor
  • Support the monitoring and evaluation team with data collection, collation, and verifications related to the linkage in community and health facilities
  • Track linkage targets, prepares and submit monthly reports to the supervisor.
  • Participate in collaborative learning sessions, MDT, QA, and DQA exercises in their workstations
  • Ensure that all confidential information is kept safely and securely as laid out in the M&E protocol
  • Conduct him/herself professionally, always maintaining confidentiality and maturity.
  • Undertake any other tasks as assigned by the Supervisor.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • At least form 5 (high school) certificate and a certificate in psychosocial support or HIV management or any other relevant tertiary certificate
  • Ability to read, write, and comprehend English and Siswati
  • Basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS, counseling and previous experience in HIV and TB is preferred
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and high level of integrity
  • Good communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Accepted and respected by peers in the community
  • Non-judgemental attitude and demonstrated care, compassion, and respect for people affected by HIV/AIDS and TB
  • Self-motivated and committed to working with HIV and TB / MDR TB
  • Willingness to openly share own personal HIV and TB experiences

Instructions for Submitting Applications:

  1. All applications should be submitted electronically to cghpieswatini@georgetown.edu with the position applied for in the subject line.
  2. Applications should include 3 references that are familiar with the applicant’s work experience preferably in the last 5 years. References should include contact information including daytime phone and e-mail address.
  3. All applications should include a cover letter that details one’s suitability for the job highlighting key functional areas, expected qualifications, and experiences.
  4. Candidates should attach a 4-page CV/Resume that highlights one’s key achievements in areas relevant to the job.
  5. All applicants should include daytime phone contact information.
  6. Deadline for application is January 27, 2023, 5 PM Eswatini Time. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  7. Georgetown University Center for Global Health Practice and Impact through its local entity Georgetown Global Health is an equal opportunity employer and encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of gender, ethnicity, or any other status variable.