MENTAL HEALTH LAY COUNSELOR - #366480

Desmond Tutu Health Foundation


Date: 1 week ago
City: East London, Eastern Cape
Contract type: Contractor
FIFTEEN (15) MONTHS FIXED-TERM CONTRACT

OR TAMBO, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE

The Desmond Tutu Health Foundation (DTHF) is a registered non-profit organisation focused on the pursuit of excellence in research, treatment, training and prevention of HIV and related infections in Southern Africa.

We have fantastic job opportunities across our businesses for talented people wanting to realize their full potential. Could that be you? If so, we invite you to explore the possibility of joining us to play your part in Desmond Tutu Health Foundations’ exciting future.

The main purpose of this position is to recruit, consent, and enrol study participants; conduct tablet-based interviews with enrolled participants, and deliver a brief 4- session of structured counselling intervention for TB patients with depressive symptoms.

Minimum Requirements

  • Grade 12 Certificate/ Matric
  • At least 1 year of previous experience in health counselling e.g. HIV counselling
  • Must have received Interpersonal Counselling training and able to conduct sessions
  • Computer and tablet literacy (Microsoft Office), including data entry (preferably REDCap)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) - Fluent in isiXhosa and English
  • Motivated to have direct interaction with patients
  • Good planning, and organising
  • Client (participant) focus
  • Able to work as a member of a team and individually
  • Be proactive as an individual
  • Detail-oriented
  • Maintain study participant confidentiality
  • Ability to work under pressure, whilst maintaining the ability to remain professional
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Lateral creative thinking
  • Adaptive to change
  • Ability to multi-task

Advantageous

  • Knowledge of Good Clinical Practices and Human Subjects Protections in research
  • Valid code 8 driver’s license
  • Previous electronic data collection using laptops, tablets, mobile/smartphones
  • Previous experience conducting research interviews and administering questionnaires
  • Previous experience working in a primary healthcare environment
  • Experience in working with TB/HIV patients
  • General mental health knowledge and awareness
  • Previous experience recruiting participants for research studies

Responsibilities

  • Support the Study Coordinator and Project Manager in implementing field-based study activities
  • Schedule and deliver private and confidential counselling sessions for individuals with depressive symptoms
  • Liaise with TB clinic staff to screen, consent, enrol, and retain study participants
  • Conduct structured interviews (questionnaires) with participants
  • Administer electronic questionnaires to study participants
  • Manage, maintain, and secure all paper and electronic data tools
  • Protect and maintain the confidentiality of study participants
  • Transcribe and translate study data collection tools and audio obtained from participants during interviews
  • Upload and back up daily collected data
  • Submit timely accurate reports and tally sheets
  • Adhere to DTHF and study standard operating procedures
  • Attend study/project meetings and participate in all study training and supervision sessions as required
  • Build interpersonal relationships and maintain rapport

Values fit: Passion Innovation Progress Integrity Respect Excellence

Submit a detailed cover letter, updated CV with certified copy of highest qualification and details of two (2) current contactable referees in a single PDF file by 29 May 2024. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are a foreign national applying for this position, please attach a copy of your work permit to your application.

Visit the DTHF Career page to view the advert (Reference number: DTHF-C037) and apply: DTHF Career Page

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

If you have not heard from us within four weeks after the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful.

We are committed to equity in our employment practices. It is our intention to appoint individuals with the aim of meeting our equity objectives. We reserve the right not to appoint if no suitable candidates are identified.

I understand and accept that by applying for this position, I authorized DTHF to process my personal information in accordance with its internal operational requirements.

I further understand that the personal information I disclose to DTHF will be processed in accordance with the requirements set out in the Protection of Personal Information Act and may include the transferring thereof to third parties for the purposes of verification.

This job may be removed before it expires.

Desmond Tutu Health Foundation is a child-friendly organisation committed to the protection of children.

For more information about the organization please visit our website.
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