Overview

     

Background

Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation — Eswatini Centre of Excellence (BCMCF-E COE) Eswatini situate in Mbabane and the associated Satellite Centres of Excellence (SCOE) at Hlathikulu Government Hospital and RFM Hospital in Manzini are a manifestation of a public-private partnership between the Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini and Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA BCMCF-Eswatini will collaborate with ICAP on the Violence Against Children Survey (VACS). Baylor will support development of survey communication and training materials and serve as a referral and linkage site for participants identified as needing clinical management and psychosocial management. The Foundation seeks to immediately fill the following position:

HTS LINKAGES OFFICERS (3) – 4 MONTHS CONTRACT

OVERALL JOB FUNCTION:

The Linkage Officer will work closely with field teams and report to the Linkages coordinator to ensure proper referral and linkages for children and youth who have experienced violence to community, social and clinical support. This include referral and linkages of children and youth who are diagnosed with HIV and not yet (or no longer) on antiretroviral therapy in order to ensure re-engagement in care and viral load suppression. Where applicable, face to face meetings and escorts of participants to referral sites will be conducted.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Actively participate and support survey protocol development activities focusing on referral and linkages

• Support development of training materials, SOPS including information, education, and communication (IEC) materials

• Support translation of the developed documents and materials

• In liaison with survey team, facilitate survey trainings focusing on linkages and referrals module

• Contact eligible participants either by phone call or conduct home visit to assess, offer information about referral services including access to referral sites.

• Keep track of all participants contacted and document response and outcome

• Facilitate participants to navigate through the process of enrolling for HIV care and treatment services and support groups Remain a constant liaison between participants and the referral sites, provide additional information as needed

• Working with the Linkages Coordinator, provide weekly reports of numbers of participants that have linked

• Ensure confidentiality and protection of patient information at all times

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS:

• Candidate must hold a diploma or professional equivalent, preferably in a health-related discipline.

•  A degree is an advantage Formal training as an HTS Counsellor or Social worker

• At least 3 months experience providing HTS services

• Experience of working on linkages or Social worker will be an advantage

• Experience of working in a similar or related study that involves household HTS.

• Experience with HTS and Social work in a community setting.


SOCIAL WORKER (1) – 4 MONTHS CONTRACT

Reporting to the Programs Manager and working closely with study team, the social worker will be responsible for implementing the response plan for children and youth who have experienced violence. The Social worker will be scheduling follow-up and ensuring referred children receive intervention, in liaison with relevant teams from the Deputy Prime Minister’s officer. In addition, the Social Worker will coordinate provision of psychosocial support services for children and their families with broad range of psychosocial issues and stresses related to coping with violence experienced and living with HIV.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• Working closely with DPMs office and study team, coordinate implementation of the VACS response plan for children and youth who have experienced violence

• Contribute to protocol, training material and SOPs development focusing on the response modules

• Following study SOPs, in liaison with the DPMs office, schedule follow-up visits and ensure referred children receive intervention

• Ensure provision of psychosocial support services for children and their families with broad range of psychosocial issues and stresses related to coping with violence experienced and living with HIV.

• Track and keep records of referred participants, response activities and associated outcomes

• Prepare regular weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as required by the donor.

Minimum Requirements:

• Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Psychology or related from a recognized institution

• Three years relevant experience in project management health, HIV,TB will be an added advantage

• Fluent in both English and SiSwati.

• Good computer skills

• Excellent written and verbal communication


RESEARCH ASSOCIATE (1) – 6 MONTHS CONTRACT

The Research Associate will support development of training materials for the capacity building activities. In liaison with the National Health Research Innovation Department (NHRID), the Research Associate will coordinate trainings on new approaches utilizing genetic sequencing and ethical review emerging topical issues such as genornic research and studies involving pediatric populations. This training will target building research capacity for MOH staff and Eswatini researchers more broadly, and NHRID and EHHRB staff more specifically.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

• In liaison with the National Health Research Innovation Department (NHRID), lead development of training materials for the capacity building activities

• Lead training preparatory activities including scheduling and facilitation of trainings

• Prepare tools to assess and measure trainings outcome

• Ensure regular reporting on supported activities including preparation of minutes and, monthly reports

• Track all communication relevant to portfolio and archive related documentation (electronic and hardcopies)

QUALIFICATIONS

• Candidate must hold a degree in health-related or social sciences field majoring in statistics.

• A postgraduate degree is preferred

EXPERIENCE

• At least 2 years of research experience, experience with health systems, health facilities or data systems.

• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite Applications

• Must be attentive to detail and conscientious about timeliness of activities and deadlines

• Strong problem-solving skills and analytical capabilities

• Excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills.

• Flexible and adaptable and able to multi-task effectively

Applications

Application Letter addressed to the

Executive Director,

Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation- Eswatini, and

P.O. Box 110,

Mbabane

Should be submitted to the Finance and Administration Manager at BCMCF Swaziland, Cnr. Somhlolo and Sigwili Street, Kent Rock, Mbabane or

by E-mail to: hr@baylorswaziland.org.sz all applications should be accompanied by a cover letter and copies of certificates.

Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Only short- listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 09 April 2021.