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HIV / AIDS Officer Job in Kisumu Kenya

Title: HIV / AIDS Officer

Reports To:
 Programs Manager

 Head Office (Kisumu)

Closing Date:
 26th December, 2011

Omega Foundation is seeking to recruit an HIV / AIDS Officer to perform the functions outlined below.

A. Main Purpose and Scope

The HIV/AIDS Officer will work with all stakeholders to promote HIV/AIDS initiatives that
 enhance prevention, care, treatment and mitigation of HIV/AIDS impact. 

The officer will be directly involved in addressing harmful social-cultural and economic norms in the target populations towards improving and strengthening systems, structures and services for protection of the target groups. 

She/he will also ensure access to HIV counseling and testing and treatment for HIV positive clients.

On the overall, she/he will form part of the core implementation team responsible for program implementation strategies, routine support supervision, and data quality assessment.

S/he will promote an integrated approach to sustainable health service delivery to targeted populations.

S/he will be responsible for providing technical support to other Health Programs to ensure that health services offered to target communities follow the national guidelines within the local context.

S/he will network closely with partners in the health sector to develop work plans, prepare periodic reports, hold technical meetings and work closely with other program coordinators and officers in ensuring that health project targets are met.

She/he, with the MoH team members’ support, will advance Omega Foundation desire to integrate and mainstream key health indicators in the implementation processes of all community programs.

B. Duties & Responsibilities:


  • Directly deliver mentoring, capacity building and impart up-to-date skills to CBOs members and individual clients in HIV/AIDS program result areas.
  • Impart and oversee promotion of skills transfer by CBOs to promote understanding of nutritional needs of different target groups.
  • Directly work with CBOs and MoH to support target groups increase access to HIV/AIDS services, health education, life skills and literacy initiatives that ultimately contribute to mitigating the impacts of HIV/AIDS.
  • Support initiatives of MoH and CBOs to ensure improved uptake of available HIV/ AIDS health related services in communities and schools that will lead to increased access to safe water, sanitation and improved hygiene.
  • Directly support the VCT/HTC services at Ahero VCT site and Kadinda Health Center.
  • Liaise closely with the Mageta Island Project Officer to ensure effective and efficient delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, treatment and mitigation in Mageta Island and the beach community.
  • Directly work with Omega Foundation partners implementing VCT, HTC and treatment initiatives for HIV positive clients, thus Port Florence Community hospital main and annex, and Kadibo Youth Friendly VCT.
1.2 Health Services:
  • Provide technical assistance to CBOs in prevention, care and impact mitigation of ill health within targeted communities
  • Monitor and regularly review the progress of health interventions with CBOs and MoH the services provided to target clients
  • Collaborate with Training and Organizational Development Officer and participate in the planning and facilitation of technical training for capacity building in health programs
  • Monitor and report on the implementation of the project and participate in project evaluations and assessments
  • Lead CBOs/partners in developing workable innovative health strategies that are responsive to health issues in the target communities
  • Ensure that the appropriate links are made between key health actors and other service areas of Omega Foundation
  • Conduct monthly monitoring and supervision of health services offered by the implementing partners
  • Provide technical oversight in the running of Kadinda Health Center,
  • Act as the contact person in the partnership between Omega Foundation and Port Florence Community Hospital.
C. Qualifications:
  • Bachelors Degree in Sociology, Anthropology, Nursing, Public Health & other relevant areas of study
  • Have solid working knowledge (practical skills) in the following areas: OVC, HTC, AB and ART, malaria, and TB and dealing with social determinants of health.
  • At least 3 years experience working in health projects, preferably in an NGO setting, with a focus on integrated HIV/AIDS programming that endeavors to address a holistic human need in Western Kenya.
  • Have a good understanding of GOK, HIV/AIDS Policies and Guidelines
  • Have a good grasp of challenges facing PLWH, OVC and other vulnerable/ marginalized poor communities in western Kenya.
  • Excellent written, oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability foster integration in programming approach
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team
D. Critical Competencies

The incumbent must have strong analytical skills; have excellent interpersonal; communication, strong results orientation, organizational, creative and multitasking ability; Proficient in Project cycle management, excellent computer skills (Microsoft Office Programs).

Should posses excellent oral/written communication; aptitude for report writing; Willing to work under pressure and within tight deadlines; Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge through formal and informal training approaches.

E. Desirable Characteristics
  • Mature and professional composure
  • Highest level of honesty and integrity
  • Eagerness to develop personally/professionally, willingness to learn, develop new skills, and take on more responsibilities
  • Openness to working in a flexible work environment with fast evolving systems and Procedures
  • High level of initiative in improving the organization’s working environment
  • Results oriented to the point that person is willing to engage hands-on with duties of all variety
F. Terms & Conditions

1. Applicants MUST quote current and expected salary.

2. Availability for interviews in the week of 27th - 30th December 2011.

3. One year contract – renewable depending on performance and availability of funds.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit application with CV and testimonials to the

Human Resources Office,
Omega Foundation,
P.O. Box 3246-40100,
Kisumu, Kenya.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by email for an interview.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and the position may be filled prior to the application deadline.

Application deadline is 26th December 2011.

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