Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Malawi (BCM-CFM) is a not-for-profit organization partnering with the Government of Malawi in the health sector. The mission is to improve the health and lives of HIV-infected children and families through high quality, high impact, ethical, state-of-the-art, comprehensive care and treatment, training of health professionals, and clinical research. Baylor-Malawi has an international reputation for innovative, evidence-based HIV service delivery programming.
The Baylor-Tingathe program was designed in 2008 to respond to suboptimal uptake of PMTCT and pediatric HIV services In Malawi. The program seeks to support Malawi in reaching the ambitious UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals, by improving the identification of HIV-positive persons, timely treatment initiation, and long term engagement in care. The program is funded by USAID, and is currently operating in 7 districts in Malawi.
Baylor-Malawi is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of:
Job Title: Psychosocial Counsellors
Location: Machinga, Mulanje, Mangochi Salima, Balaka, Phalombe and Lilongwe
Reporting to: District Lead/District Coordinator
Reporting to the Program’s Psychosocial Care Liaison, the Psychosocial Counsellor will be required to provide high-quality psychosocial care services and related therapeutic functions to people living with HIV, their partners, families and caregivers and others affected by infection. S/he will be required to have such mental health expertise as health promotion, prevention, treatment, peer support and self-help that can help an individual living with HIV. To help improve our service delivery, the incumbent will ensure delivery of the under-prescribed duties and responsibilities in compliance with the existing Baylor College-of Medicine Standard Operating Procedures, Malawi Mental Health Treatment Act, Medical Practitioners and Dentist Act, Mental Health Policy and Medical Council of Malawi Code of Conduct and Patient Charter.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The incumbent will be required to:
- Provide a safe/conducive environment which will aid client’s free expression of feelings.
- Carry out routine psychological assessments on patients/clients through interviews, observations and tests including assessment for risk of suicidal thoughts.
- Develop and provide appropriate individual, family and group based psychotherapeutic interventions.
- Ensure that all clients benefit from psychosocial counseling assessment and appropriate intervention plan is drawn for each client.
- Ensure proper documentation and storage of client-related information such as assessment notes, diagnostic records, intervention plan and treatment/progress records.
- Maintain clients’ privacy and confidentiality of records concerning their treatment and general matters related to work.
- Regularly evaluate the impact of psychotherapeutic interventions and educational programs through operational research and other related developments that are appropriate and relevant to the clients’ and service needs and assist in strengthening the existing programs offered by the Program.
- Collaborate with other professionals to assess clients’ other needs and plan their treatments.
- Ensure relevant feedback is given to health care providers who referred the client for psychosocial care services in an appropriate and timely manner,
- Provide relevant consultation counseling services to the facility staff whenever necessary.
- Supervise other counsellors assigned to you and students on practical attachments.
- Represent the Program on matters of psychosocial care services.
- Prepare reports.
- Undertake other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
- A Diploma in Psychosocial Counselling from a recognized institution.
- At least two years’ experience in providing psychosocial counselling services including client assessment and providing psychotherapeutic interventions to individual patients, couples, families and communities.
- Experience in program designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
- High respect and care for persons living with HIV.
- In-depth knowledge of HIV program and Ministry of Health service delivery System is preferred.
- Certified HIV Testing Services providers (HTC Counsellors) and those with experience in working with people living with HIV, particularly children and adolescents will have an added advantage.
Skills and Abilities
- Proficiency in using the computer mainly Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook
- Open-minded and non-judgmental
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills in Chichewa and English.
- Ability in goals setting.
- Superior interpersonal, leadership, research, time management, organization and evaluation skills.
- Ability to listen patiently and carefully.
- Proficiency in conflict resolution, consensus based decision making and group facilitation.
- Ability to work in a team orientated environment is a must.
- Ability to work over some weekends is essential
Applicants must be willing to travel from their duty locations to facilities within their district and where necessary a candidate will require to take calls from patients/clients after work hours.
For physical delivery:
Tingathe Program Director
C/o Senior Human Resource Officer
Accord House, 2nd Floor
Lilongwe 3, Malawi
For email delivery: email@example.com
Closing date for receiving applications is on 13th September, 2019. Only shortlisted applicants will be acknowledged.