Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation is a proven leader in the global fight to end HIV and AIDS, and an advocate for every child to live a full and healthy life into adulthood. Founded through a mother’s determination, we are driven to see a world where no other mother, child or family is devastated by this disease. For more than 30 years, EGPAF has been a leader in meeting urgent needs in pediatric HIV and AIDS in the world’s most affected regions. For more information, please visit http://www.pedaids.org

EGPAF Uganda Country program scope involves: 1) the USAID Regional Health Integration to Enhance Services in the South West Uganda project that aims to increase the availability, accessibility, and quality of integrated health services including HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment; maternal, neonatal, and child health services; family planning; nutrition assessment and counseling and support; malaria prevention and treatment; and other primary care services. 2) ELMA-funded Unfinished business project that focuses on closing the Adult-Pediatric ART gap; 3) Catalyzing Pediatric TB Innovations (CaP – TB) and 4) Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DnDI); 5) New Horizons project focusing on ALHIV Treatment Access and 6) The Pediatric HIV Breakthrough Partnership (ViiV Project).

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and competent candidates for the following position at the Foundation:

Position:                                             Social Worker – Pediatric Care and Treatment

Location:                                            Mbarara, Uganda

Reports To:                                        Program Officer – Pediatric Care and Treatment

Job summary

The social worker will offer technical support, monitor and evaluate provision of psychosocial support for HIV infected and affected children in accordance with national HIV/AIDS policies and standards. S/He will be expected to work closely with the EGPAF technical team, BP members to ensure smooth implementation of the project.

Core Responsibilities:

  • S/He will participate in the provision of technical support to Improve identification, treatment initiation, retention and viral suppression of children and adolescents living with or exposed to HIV
  • New & optimized programming necessary to cover the retention gap for adolescent girls who are pregnant and lactating including retention in PMTCT/HIV Care with an aim of covering drop off along the PMTCT cascade (only 60-70% of infants reached within first 2 months if life).
  • The successful candidate will be working closely with the EGPAF technical team to build capacity of service providers and partners targeting 95-95-95.
  • Continuously examine emerging programming gaps due to the shifting landscape so as to remain responsive to the needs of the national program.
  • Promote the documentation of best practices and lessons learned that can be shared at subnational, national and international fora
  • Write progress reports on pediatric HIV care to be shared with stakeholder
  • Perform other duties to support the program as assigned

Required Qualifications and Capabilities:

  • A bachelors degree in counseling from a recognized institution. Further training in HIV program is of added advantage
  • At least 3 years’ experience in planning and implementing Pediatric HIV/AIDS prevention, care and case management.
  • Experience working/collaborating with Ministries of Health and other Implementing Partners on the implementation of technically sound public health programmes, including HIV, prevention, care and treatment interventions
  • Practical experience in working with health systems at the district level
  • Sound understanding of current issues and developments in the field of HIV/AIDS and especially PMTCT, ART and Pediatric care and treatment.
  • Prior experience coordinating HIV & AIDS quality improvement initiatives is an added advantage
  • Ability to work in a team (good team player)
  • Excellent training and mentorship/coaching skills and experience in coordinating large scale capacity building initiatives.
  • In-depth knowledge in health care operations research and formulating project proposals
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills including the development of reports