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Peer Link (PL)

Date Posted
17th July 2017
Reference
VAC-26381
Sector
Healthcare & Medical
Job Type
Permanent
Location
Montego Bay, St. Ann & Kingston
Salary
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

These members assist their peers to adopt healthier behaviours to reduce risk and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and improve their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes.

Job Description

OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF PEER PROGRAMME

JASL’s Peer Programme is a component of its broader Behaviour Change programme. It engages members from the key populations of Sex Workers (SW), Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM), Transgenders (TG) and persons living with HIV (PLHIV). These members assist their peers to adopt healthier behaviours to reduce risk and vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and improve their sexual and reproductive health (SRH) outcomes.

 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES

  • Work as an essential part of the team to develop and implement creative, caring interventions with the various targeted groups.
  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the targeted groups through street/site visits, encourages and recruits members to participate in different programme activities of JASL.
  • Provides members of the targeted groups with up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS and other STIs and related issues through various outreach activities including one-on-one contact, group discussion or broader behaviour communication targeted activities.
  • Make referrals for counselling and guidance regarding sexual behaviours and practices
  • Encourage and link members of the targeted groups to get tested
  • Distribute sex commodities (condoms, lubricants, etc) and information/educational material to MSM, SW and TG.
  • Attends weekly/monthly meetings such as Team Briefings, staff support, Outreach Meetings etc.

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES

  • Conduct personal intervention in HIV/STI education among peers
  • Mobilise peers for training sessions
  • Collate weekly individual interventions for submission to the Peer Navigator
  • Attend selected Peer Links’ group interventions.
  • Attends weekly/monthly meetings such as Team Briefings, staff support Groups, Outreach meetings etc.
  • Complete individual and group peer reporting form
  • Provide basic HIV prevention education HIV 101
  • Connects peers to JASL services and other friendly HIV service providers
  • Identify, reach and mobilise members of the target populations for testing
  • Encourages peers to do HIV testing and counselling (HTC) and direct to testing sites
  • Disseminate condom and lubricants as part of behaviour change communication (BCC) activities
  • Perform receptionist functions and other duties as assigned.
  • Performs other programmes-related duties as assigned.

 

DELIVERABLES

  • Conduct a minimum of five (5) interventions reaching at least twenty (20) persons (50%) new 50% repeats) per month.
  • Link (5) new persons to JASL’s HIV testing services monthly
  • Prepare at least a one (1) page report on each intervention, for submission to the Peer Navigator
  • Prepare and submit weekly work schedule to the Peer Navigator
  • By the 20th working day of the month, the PL will submit monthly reports to the Peer Navigator

 

Note: The specific duties listed above are intended to describe the normal duties of this job. These duties are not intended to be an exhaustive list of duties.

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

  • Excellent networking skills – Have a far reach into the targeted communities
  • Confidential, open-minded, dependable and non-judgmental
  • Good communication skills – Oral and Written, along with group facilitation and counselling skills.
  • Able to work on own initiative with minimum supervision
  • Good work ethic
  • Report writing skills using MS Word and Excel.
  • Flexibility (including some Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays) and adaptability.
  • Strong team player

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB

  • Be available to work weekends, late nights and public holidays when necessary.

 

EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS

  • A minimum of three (3) “O” Levels/CXC or a certificate in an HIV- related programme
  • One year experience working among the targeted communities.

 


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