Friday, 20 January 2012

Feed The Children (K) Project Coordinator,HIV Prevention Officer and Social Support Officer Jobs in Kenya

Feed The Children (K) is expanding its HIV/AIDS program coverage to Kajiado central District and requires a person who has wide experience in the HIV/AIDS field to coordinate project activities in the area.

The project emphasizes the delivery of HIV preventive services to the community. In addition, the project will increase care and support to people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in order to mitigate the effects of the epidemic.

Project Coordinator

The Project Coordinator will be responsible for the implementation of all project activities to ensure the project produces the results identified in the Annual Work Plan.

Key Performance Areas:

1. Liaise and consult regularly with the relevant local authorities, community leaders and beneficiaries, collaborating partners, and other stakeholders where appropriate, in conjunction with the Program Manager, in relation to the planning, designing and implementation of all the community-based project activities in the assigned area.

2. Coordinate t h e mobilization o f People Living with HIV/AIDS and Orphans Vulnerable Children to enable them identify viable activities geared towards self-reliance;

3. Prepare periodic project work plans and budgets as required

4. Make regular visits to all beneficiary sites within the project area to assess and verify existing
beneficiary caseloads, project needs, problems, delivery and utilization of project inputs and support to project beneficiaries, and advises the parties concerned accordingly;

5. Supervise the Project staff, Community volunteers/educators and take appropriate action to ensure efficient and effective services are delivered

6. Participate in developing monitoring and evaluation tools as part of FTC HIV/AIDS program team

7. Maintain an inventory of project assets and ensure the proper use of the same

8. Represent FTC in district Health coordination meetings as necessary

Qualifications
  • University degree in social sciences, public Health or related disciplines
  • Substantial knowledge of development and understanding of the HIV/AIDS issues;
  • At least 5 years of e x p e r i e n c e in the field of HIV/ AIDS project management
  • Previous work with Non-Governmental organizations
  • High integrity, motivated, self-driven, team player and mature person able to work with minimum Supervision.
  • Strong in people skills
  • Knowledge of the Maasai language an added advantage
HIV Prevention Officer

Feed The children HIV/AIDS program requires a HIV Prevention Officer to work in Mailwa & Maparasha locations of Kajiado Central District.

Duties and responsibilities:-
  1. Develop Innovative HIV prevention interventions for comprehensive HIV/AIDS information and education to the vulnerable, most at risk, youths in and out of school and the general population in the target areas.
  2. Organize community mobilization activities within the communities and train/assess performance of peer educators and home-based care volunteers.
  3. Establish and maintain partnership and good working relations with youth groups, women and men groups to facilitate implementation of planned activities.
  4. Collaborate and network with relevant partners and stakeholders to enhance service delivery to the community.
  5. Monitoring behavioral change of youths and other groups benefiting from the HIV interventions.
  6. Establish linkages/ referral with other organizations for youths, the HIV infected and the general community with various needs.
  7. Participate in HIV prevention -related coordination/stakeholders meetings on behalf of the organization.
  8. Set targets and indicators for implementation and evaluation of the interventions respectively, determining quality of outcomes and prepare monthly reports.
  9. Disseminate and d i s t r i b u t e HIV/AIDS materials to target audience, to improve knowledge and understanding and motivate behavior change.
  10. Organize and facilitate HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) services to the communities.
Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social/Health sciences or its equivalent
  • Experience with and technical knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues and trends.
  • Training on Behavior Change Communication
  • Good social and interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to work in a culturally sensitive community
  • Self-driven personality able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Prior experience of working with the Maasai community and Knowledge of the language an added advantage
Social Support Officer

Feed The children (K) HIV/AIDS program requires a HIV/AIDS Social Officer to work in Mailwa & Maparasha in Kajiado Central District.

Duties and responsibilities:-

He/she will set technical direction for social support undertaken by the project, including the development of support groups.
  • Conduct baseline studies using participatory approaches to identify the number of persons as well as orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) afflicted and affected by HIV/AIDS so as to determine their capacities, available resources and coping mechanisms.
  • Develop and implement social support programs, work with Community Health workers and caregivers to provide counseling, home-based care and psychosocial support to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) including orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) afflicted and affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Provide leadership using participatory community methods to improve the communities’ understanding of HIV/AIDS and their role in care and support of the infected people.
  • Develop strategies to reduce or eliminate stigma and discrimination related to HIV/AIDS.
  • Develop training/ education on HIV/AIDS for the people infected with HIV, their families and the community.
  • Establish support groups and counseling services to provide individual and group therapy to the PLHIVs
  • Initiate Income generating activities for selfreliance
  • Encourage the youth to attend voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) to reduce risk behaviors aimed at decreasing stigma as more people know their HIV status.
  • Prepare periodic progress reports and annual reports showing achievements against planned targets as well as providing justification for performance variances and areas of improvement
  • Identify and network with the relevant Government Ministries, local NGOs, CBOs and FBOs to enhance service delivery, referral and effective response to the beneficiaries.
Qualifications
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, or closely related discipline
  • Sound technical knowledge and experience of programs designed to prevent HIV.
  • Experience with and technical knowledge of current HIV/AIDS issues and trends.
  • Training on Behavior Change Communication
  • Good social and interpersonal skills.
  • Have the ability to work in a culturally sensitive community
  • Be Computer literate and a team player.
  • Self-driven personality able to work with minimum supervision.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Prior experience of working with the Maasai community and Knowledge of the their language will be an added advantage
If you meet the requirements of the above position, please send your application letter, detailed CV, and email contacts of three (3) references; to hr@feedthechildren.co.ke by 2nd February 2012

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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