Outreach Officer

FHI 360

Job Summary:

EPIC/KPIF Outreach Worker Officer is a full-time position within FHI360/EPIC/KPIF project establishment.  Outreach Worker Officers will support KP networks /organizations to implement community-based HIV biomedical interventions among key population (KP) under the EPIC/KPIF. S/he will lead implementation of KP demand creation and information education and counselling within Balaka hospital and or Phalombe hospital catchment areas in communities through peer-led KP program. In collaboration with the Balaka District Health Office and or Phalombe District Health Office and KP networks/organizations, the Outreach Officer will identify KP peers in hotspots and train them as peer educators (PEs) to provide comprehensive HIV prevention and care activities including navigation of KP living with HIV through peer navigators (PNs). S/HE support PE to mobilize peers and link them to health facilities or outreach mobile clinics for HIV clinical and support services including an ART refills, family planning services, screening for tuberculosis, cervical cancer and sexually transmitted infections including behavioural and structural interventions response among Key Populations. S/he will work with KP networks/organizations, the District Health Office outreach team and the EPIC/KPIF District Coordinator to ensure sustained KP demand for HIV services

Duties and Responsibilities

  • 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 check
  • Conduct quality checks and assessment of peer educators’ sessions using recommended tools as provided by the M&E Officer
  • 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.
  • Work with KP networks/organizations to Identify cases of sexual exploitation among sex workers, and other forms of exploitation, provide appropriate support and make appropriate referrals and interventions
  • In collaboration with the KP networks/organization, organize 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 master registers, PE registers and weekly activity data sheets have credible data when submitted to the M&E Officer
  • Build good working relationships with health care workers from health facilities in designated catchment areas
  • Help improve HIV+ FSW attendance at scheduled appointments and facilitate their participation in support group and other activities
  • Organize and attend weekly program support groups for HIV positive KPs.
  • Refer female sex workers for health services where applicable
  • Write weekly reports documenting number of HIV+ female sex workers that have supported and other information as may be required on the monitoring tool

Educational and Work Experience

  • Malawi school Certificate of Education/ Diploma in public health, social sciences
  • At least 3 + years of previous experience working with key population programs and possessing the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform this job.

Specific experience/other requirements

  • Trained and Certified HTS Counsellor
  • Understands the HIV-related needs of key population groups in Malawi, including female sex workers, and/or men who have sex with men and/or transgender individuals and have worked to support and implement activities to reduce stigma and discrimination.
  • Ability to manage and complete numerous tasks with a high degree of organization and limited resources.
  • Experience working with key population is desired.
  • Candidates from KP community are encouraged to apply

Technology to be Used:

  • Personal Computer, Microsoft Office (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), e-mail, telephone, printer, calculator, copier, cell phones, PDAs and other hand held devices.

Travel Requirements:

  • 10%-25%

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