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Aug 10, 2017

SHARP Study Health Advisors Jobs in Kenya

Job Vacancy: Health Advisor

(4 Positions)

The SHARP study aims to investigate the use of assisted partner services (APS) and phylogenetic testing to prevent the spread of HIV and hepatitis C among people who inject drugs (PWID) in Nairobi. 

We are looking to hire several positions for our research team based in Nairobi. 

We are committed to excellence in our research, and to working with vulnerable populations with the utmost respect and care. 

We require all team members to provide ethical and respectful services to vulnerable, key populations, and to maintain flexible hours in order to interface effectively with international partners.

Health Advisors will be responsible for the data collection activities for the study, including interviews and blood draws. 

Health Advisors must be comfortable working with PWID in the locations where PWID and their partners live and dwell. 

S/he will be report to the Study Coordinator. S/he must be able to work with minimal supervision and for long hours when necessary.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Screen and enroll eligible HIV-infected people who inject drugs (PWID) enrolled as index participants
  • Perform blood draws for PWID enrolled in the study
  • Conduct interviews with study participants using mobile data entry technology
  • Be responsible for follow up of sexual and injecting partners identified by either home visits or phone calls
  • Perform HIV testing and counseling (HTC) for index participants and partners
  • Maintain familiarity with the protocol and standard operation procedures of the study
  • Provide ongoing counseling and relevant referrals for participant support, including HIV care services, support groups, violence prevention organizations, and more
  • Document clinic, home visits and phone calls on source documents and CRFs
  • Safeguard source documents and CRFs and ensure data quality
  • Participate in community engagement activities and meetings
  • Prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly reports as needed for the Study coordinator
  • Meet the agreed targets
  • Any other duties as directed by study coordinator
Qualifications:
  • Certificate in Voluntary Counseling and Testing or HTC from NASCOP
  • Diploma or higher degree in: public health, nursing, clinical officer or other health-related fields
  • Certificate or formal training and experience in phlebotomy
  • Experience in Home-Based Counseling and Testing is desirable
  • Experience in social work and research projects will be an added advantage
  • At least one-year work experience in HTC service provision
  • Willingness to work as a team player
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Ability to maintain flexible work hours, including occasional nights and weekends, in order to interface with key populations and international partners
Desirable qualities, skills and abilities:
  • Experience working with key populations (particularly PWID) is desirable.
Please note that the appointment is on a one-year contract term renewable on mutual agreement and availability of funds.

Interested individuals who meet the above qualifications should submit the following via email to [email protected] by 25th August, 2017.
  1. Application letter
  2. Up-to-date CV
  3. Relevant certificates
All applications should be addressed to the Principal Investigator SHARP Study.

N/B: Applications without the above-mentioned qualifications or required certificates will NOT be considered.

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