Psychosocial and Community Linkages Officer job at The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda)

The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda)

Psychosocial and Community Linkages Officer job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 28 October 2021

Hiring Organization: The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda)

Job Details:

About Us
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda), was founded to contribute to a process of preventing HIV infection, restoring hope and improving the quality of life of persons, families and communities affected by HIV infection and disease. TASO is implementing various projects funded by the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Global Fund in partnership with various Implementing Partners to support the Government of Uganda accelerate epidemic control and the attainment of the UNAIDS 95 95 95 goals. TASO requires the services of dedicated, competent, innovative and result-oriented individuals for employment on a contract basis for the posts below;

Job Title (3) REF: TS/HR/PMCD 49: Psychosocial and Community Linkages Officer (01)
Classification: Contract, Full-time
Reporting to: Center Program Manager
Salary: Commensurate with training and experience
Duty Station: TASO Soroti CoE
Directly Supervises: Counsellors VMMC/EMTCT/VLS/Adol and Community Linkages Assist

Main Purpose of the Job:
To supervise and coordinate the provision of all psychosocial servic TASO Centre of Excellence and Public Health Facilities and promote care, treatment and sup programs in accordance to the set procedures, policies, regulations, guidelines, standards and target

Key Outputs
• Plans and budgets for psychosocial department at the Centre
• Psychosocial components of Care, Treatment and Support services are well-coordinated at T. center and PHFs • HIV Prevention activities well-coordinated and monitored
Human resources and other resources in the department managed
• Quality of service delivery ensured
• Policies, guidelines, procedures, standards and regulations adhered too
• HSS Psychosocial activities well-coordinated and implemented
• Periodic reports written, reviewed and submitted on time

Duties and Responsibilities
1.Develop, harmonize and manage departmental work plans and budgets
2 Supervise and monitor implementation of department activities
3. Lead the provision of care, treatment and support services to PLHIV at the Facilities and communities.
4. Provide guidance to implementation of HIV prevention services
5. Coordinate center clinics and community Outreach activities
6. Lead the mapping and identification of OVC Households
7. Plan, supervise and monitor provision of comprehensive OVC services
8. Plan, supervise and monitor implementation of ARV delivery at the center and Community
9. Ensure an updated Pre-ART Register.
10. Conduct psychosocial HSS activities at PHFs
11. Ensure effective follow-up of clients both at TASO centers and PHFs to improve client retention in care
12. Ensure all HIV Positive individuals are linked into care, treatment and support services
13. Provide support to the Centre Manager on partnership issues related to counselling, community and social support activities and psychosocial activities
14. Ensure compliance to the set TASO standards, procedures and guidelines in the delivery of counselling services.
15. Carry out performance planning, review and appraisals for the subordinates in the department.
16. Conduct quarterly programmatic reviews of counselling and manage smooth transitions as staffs are rotated in the different service arms.
17. Ensure effective documentation of psychosocial activities and success stories
18. Prepare, review and submit periodic reports on psychosocial activities as required

PERSON SPECIFICATIONS: Psychosocial & Community Linkages Officer
Minimum Academic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in any of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, Education, SWSA, Development Studies, Community and Adult Education, Community Psychology, or Guidance and Counselling.

Additional Training Necessary: Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management, HIV/AIDS Counselling Certificate, Supervisory Skills Training, Management Improvement Training OR TOT in Community Care.

Minimum Experience and Exposure: 7 years' experience in a HIV/AIDS counseling work, 2 of which should have been in a supervisory position.

Special Knowledge
• Trends and developments in HIV Counselling programming
• Rights of PLHIV

Key Skills: Counselling skills, Motorcycle riding, Leadership skills, Supervisory skills and Computer skills.

Other Qualities/Attributes: Integrity, Emotional control, Confidentiality, Empathy, Patience and Ability to work under mental and physical stress

Application procedure

Only qualified candidates who meet all the above requirements are invited to submit their resume, copies of certified academic certificates, testimonials and three referees, two of who should be the present employer / immediate supervisor or last employer if unemployed, or any other if it is the first employment being applied for. None of the referees should be a relative, friend or business associate. All referees' designations should be stated and contact details included i.e. physical address, telephone/ mobile numbers and email contacts.
All interested candidates MUST fully fill the TASO Online Job Application Form, scan and save all the relevant documents as one document (labeled with candidate's full names) and forward only online applications with the relevant credentials to:
Please visit the TASO Website at to access the detailed job advert. Also note that only applications received online shall be considered.
Closing Date: October 28, 2021 at 04:30 pm
While TASO appreciates all the interested applicants, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. In case you do not hear from TASO Uganda One (01) month after the closing date, please consider yourself unsuccessful.

Date Posted: 2021-10-20