Main purpose of the job
To provide counselling and support to participants on the clinical trial.
Key performance areas
Assist with the initial intake (induction) of participants.
Lead one-on-one counselling sessions and support groups.
Establishing a relationship of trust and respect with patients.
Actively listen to patients and empathise with them.
Provide pre and post-test counselling.
Provide bereavement counselling.
Provide HIV Aids information to patients that include but are not limited to adherence, ARVs, nutrition and hygiene.
Carry out home visits as and when required.
Make referrals as and when required.
Review, evaluate and document patient progress.
Record all patient information on files.
Required minimum education and training
Relevant Bachelors degree.
Certification in basic HIV Aids, Counselling, and Adherence with a recognised institution.
Required minimum work experience
Minimum 1-year HIV counselling experience.
Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities
A thorough understanding of treatment, HIV care and pre & post HIV test counselling knowledge.
Be respectful with sound work ethic.
Sound communication and listening skills.
Ability to speak and understand multiple languages.
Must be able to work with patients who are HIV positive and emotional due to the effects of the HIV disease. Debriefing sessions will have to be attended.
Confidentiality, tact and discretion must be maintained at all times.
Travelling may be required for training and home visit purposes.
Ability to work under stressful conditions.