International Rescue Committee Adheherence Counselor Job in Kakuma Kenya

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Kenya serves vulnerable populations in the Turkana and Garissa regions as well as in Eastleigh, Nairobi. 
The IRC implements programs in the areas of comprehensive primary health care, nutrition, protection, peace building, water and sanitation and hygiene (WASH), HIV/AIDS prevention, response to gender based violence, disaster risk reduction (DRR), livelihoods and governance.  
Applications are invited for the position of Adheherence Counselor to be based in Kakuma.

Working under the guidance and supervision of the HIV Focal Person, the Adherence Counselor will be directly responsible for:
 

Key responsibilities
  • Conduct daily assessment, observation and triaging of patients attending the CCC clinic
  • Ensure follow up of all HIV/TB patients in liaison with PwP facilitators.
  • Provide adherence counseling to all patients on HAART using the 5A’s approach in adherence
  • Conduct routine nutrition assessment of patients and monitor their BMI’s
  • Strengthen the existing linkages between HTC , CCC and PwP
  • Provide appropriate PwP messages to patients based on their needs at facility level
  • Strengthen the existing community based structures i.e. patient support groups, buddy system and community PwP intervention
  • Offer counseling on reproductive health services including FP to patients and promote uptake
  • Ensure that all assessment and treatments provided are properly documented on patient’s files.
  • Maintain an accurate and updated records keeping system in the HIV/TB Program.
  • Attend the monthly program staff meetings.
  • Mentor and support refugee staffs attached to the clinic through on-the-job training
  • Provide health talks to patients/clients on day-to-day basis.
  • In liaison with other partners ensure holistic need of the patients are met using the existing referral mechanism
  • Keep all program assets under their disposal safe and ensure their good use
  • Ensure all patients information (registers and files) are kept confidential
  • Liaise with the DASCO and ensure that patients are managed as per current protocols and regimens.
  • Carry out any other tasks that may be assigned by your supervisor.
Required Qualifications:
  • Clinical Officer registered with the Clinical officers Council in Kenya or Diploma in Nursing registered with Nursing Council of Kenya
  • Certificate or diploma in psychology an added advantage
  • Trained in HIV counseling
  • Trained on Rational use of ARV/OI drugs
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge in computer packages – Microsoft office, Ms Excel.
  • Work experience in a high volume CCC clinic.
  • Ability to work in hardship areas (Previous experience in a Camp setting will be an added advantage).
  • Fluency in Turkana/Somali will be an added advantage
Full job description can be downloaded at http://www.rescue.org/careers.
 
Please apply on or before October 30, 2012. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

IRC leading the way from harm to home

IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. 



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