PWID Peer Educators

Johannesburg: Fixed term
Ref No: MZ/0093/19

Anova is an NGO that empowers people and changes lives. Good health and quality of life are what motivates us to provide healthcare solutions and support for those who need it most.

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. 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 Health Department, and it is supported by Global Fund through its partner NACOSA.

Anova is looking Peer Educators who are knowledgeable about the drug-using scene and popular sites to promote health services to PWID clients in COJ. Peer Educators are people who are current or former drug users and the project is based on the idea that peer-to-peer contact among PWID increases receptivity of clients.

As a peer educator you will meet with PWID in private, at all times respecting their confidentiality, to offer them access to comprehensive services including a 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

  • Identify the sites frequented by PWID
  • Make contact with PWID at these and other sites based on the micro planning methodology, and provide them with harm reduction services
  • Distribute harm reduction packs and safer sex commodities and educational materials.
  • Provide accurate health information to PWID/PWUD on harm reduction and safe injecting practices, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, TB, SRH and human rights.
  • Make referrals/ linkages to Jab Smart service delivery points, including a mobile clinic unit and accompany clients to these when needed
  • Promote HIV testing and screenings for sexual infections and TB
  • Refer PWID to a project Social Auxiliary Worker as well as selected community services and facilities
  • Recruit PWID/PWUD for Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) and complete eligibility criteria.
  • Ensure all outreach tools are completed correctly.
  • Take part in weekly team meetings.

Essential qualifications and experience

  • 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.

Submit your CV and application letter to Malligan Zondi at suppserv@anovahealth.co.za
Please specify the above position and reference number on the subject line for a quicker response.

Applicants who have not been contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date should assume that their application has not been successful. Anova Health Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

Good luck!

Closing date: 30 June 2019

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