Consultant – Outreach Officer, Kingston & St. Andrew Tek It To Dem Project Phase III

Overall Purpose

The Consultant will have primary responsibility to reach, test, and coordinate the continuity of services, and quality of care specifically for homeless drug using persons living with HIV/AIDS in Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine.  He/she will also be responsible to build partnerships that will offer psychosocial support and medical services that will improve the quality of lives of the target population and conduct needs assessments among homeless persons in the targeted parishes to ascertain service delivery needs.

 

Main Tasks and Deliverables

  • Implementation of the work plan
  • Identify, reach and test individuals from  the target population for drug, HIV and other STIs
  • Coordinate and conduct needs assessments among target population
  • Conduct mapping to ascertain hot spots
  • Linked to care and coordinate clinic visits with clinic staff and assist in scheduling clients’ appointments
  • Accompany clients to medical appointments (especially for first visit)
  • Submit monthly reports to the Project Manager
  • Attend meetings as assigned or requested
  • Perform other project related duties as assigned.

 

Deliverables/ Performance Standards

  • Draft work plan
  • Reached at least ten (10) homeless per month and referred for testing.
  • Link homeless to Care
  • Assist with Mapping of hotspots and need assessments
  • Completed and submitted a monthly itinerary at the end of each month to assigned supervisor.
  • Collaborated with outreach team

 

Key Competencies

  • Confidential, open-minded, flexible, dependable and non- judgemental
  • Excellent networking skills
  • Communication skills – Oral and Written, along with group facilitation and counselling skills, programme development and proposal writing.
  • Ability to work well with others and maintain a professional decorum at all times
  • Good report writing and presentation skills
  • Strong leadership qualities
  • Passionate about providing service to vulnerable groups
  • Basic knowledge of HIV/STIs, and behaviour change
  • Excellent work ethics
  • Must be empathetic
  • Flexibility (including work on weekends and Public Holidays) and adaptability.
  • Ability to handle high volumes of activity in a timely, professional and efficient manner
  • Skill in organizing resources and establishing priorities
  • Ability to work professionally and cooperate with team members and representatives of other agencies.

 

Qualifications

The successful applicant should possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum five (5) CXC subjects
  • At least three (3)  years experience working with the target population or other vulnerable groups
  • Monitor and track client progress which includes; regular site visits, hospital visits when necessary and facilitate linkages for assistance to support access to treatment services.
  • Basic knowledge in counselling techniques
  • Training in Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention would be an asset
  • Must have experience working with Excel, Microsoft Office and Word
  • Must have a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in behaviour communication change or public health programmes for marginalised populations or comparable experiences
  • Knowledge of HIV/STI and Outreach Testing & Counselling Services
  • Ability to work on his/her own initiative
  • Assist clients in overcoming barriers in obtaining needed services
  • Must possess a valid Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) and reliable Motor Vehicle

 

Contract Period

The contract period will run for six (6) months between May 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019.

 

Remuneration

The Consultant will be remunerated at a total budget of J$1,080,000.00 for the period of the contract. The Consultant will be paid based on the satisfactory completion of monthly activities as per the schedule of deliverables.

 

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Interested persons may apply in writing accompanied by resumes. Applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, March 27, 2019 to:

The Director
Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10
jobapplications.moh@gmail.com

Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only.