Peer Educators - AM/00920/21

Johannesburg and Sedibeng Office - Fixed Term Contract (funded until end March 2022)


Anova’s Jab Smart project was set up in late-2017 to respond to HIV among people who Inject drugs (PWID) in City of Johannesburg & Sedibeng. PWID are at particular risk of HIV and suffer high levels of stigma and prejudice, often being denied access to essential health services. Jab Smart is a peer-led project that provides a range of harm reduction services to PWID. The project is implemented together with the COJ & Sedibeng Health District, and it is supported by Global Fund through its partner NACOSA.

Anova is looking for Peer Educators that are knowledgeable about drug-use and is familiar with PWID’s hotspots to promote health services to PWID clients in COJ or Sedibeng. The project is based on the idea that peer-to-peer contact among PWID increases accessibility of project clients to other clients .

As a peer educator you will always meet different people in these hotspots and you will be required to maintain confidentiality, to offer them access to comprehensive services including harm reduction packs (needle and syringe programme), HIV testing, TB screening and comprehensive sexual health treatment, and, where relevant, refer clients to Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST).

To qualify you will need to successfully complete a short training course on HIV and sexual health and be deemed competent.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Peer Mobilisation
    • Recruit at least 80 clients each month to introduce the programme and the available services.
    • Do risk assessment to those 80 clients reached each month.
    • Refer those 80 clients to Nurses, HTS, Linkage Officers, Advocacy officer, and the Social Auxiliary Worker
  • Field Support
    • Provide harm reduction information and package to at least 80 clients monthly.
    • Manage your cohort and ensure they are provided with services and report to the coordinator to update your register.
  • Mapping
    • Identify at least two new sites monthly.
    • All the sites must be added to your mapping tool.
  • Debriefing and Counselling Sessions
    • Ensure that you attend social debriefing and give monthly feedback to the coordinator.
    • Ensure that you attend psychosocial counselling and give monthly feedback to the coordinator.

Any other tasks as agreed with line manager.

Minimum Qualifications, Experience and Skills Required

  • Grade 12.
  • Must have numeracy and literacy skills.
  • An ability to establish trust and communicate effectively with active drug users.
  • Ability to follow strict confidentiality requirements.
  • An ability to maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Punctual and reliable.
  • Prior knowledge of HIV/AIDS and a recognised HIV counselling certificate would be an advantage.

Please specify the above reference number on the subject line of your email for a quicker response. Good luck!

Submit your CV and application letter to Ayanda Makhonza at;

Closing date: 26 Juy 2021

Unsolicited CVs from agencies will not be paid agency fees should their candidate be placed at Anova.

Applicants who have not been contacted within 4 weeks of submitting their application should assume that they have not been successful.

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