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COUNSELLORS AND INTERVIEWER NEEDED AT THE MARYLAND GLOBAL INITIATIVE CORPORATION OF NIGERIA.

JOB DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND:

The Maryland Global Initiative Corporation of Nigeria ( MG 1C) an affiliate of the University of Maryland Baltimore is a Non- Governmental Organization funded by the US Government through the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The Organization is seeking qualified candidates to work on its recent award on “the Nigeria indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) is a population -based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) Survey that was developed to enable countries obtain HIV specific indicator, including the impact of the expansion of HIV prevention and treatment program to facilitate effective monitoring of national HIV program

INTERVIEWER

  • Survey interviewers must have prior experience in large-scale, household based surveys involving sensitive questions.
  • S/he will participate in a structured training on fieldwork procedures before the pilot and survey implementation.
  • Interviewers will be trained on the basics of HIV/AIDS, identification of sampled clusters, identifying eligible households and individuals, ethics and informed consent, use of objective interviewing techniques with adults and children, use of electronic data capture techniques, field logistics and conduct, map reading, and administration of questionnaires.
  • The interviewers will request consent for the interview and conduct interviews.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identifies eligible households and individuals Ensures ethics are adhered to
  • Locates the site assigned by the Team Lead for the interview
  • Ensures informed consent are administered to survey participants/respondents
  • Conducts interviews of eligible adults and children using electronic data capture techniques
  • Ensures each question Is well understood by the respondents
  • Ensures each questionnaire is properly completed
  • Ensures confidentiality of information provided by the respondent
  • Reports any problem or concern to the Team Lead
  • Ensures he/she returns to the site to interview respondents who were not available during the initial visits and callbacks (maximum of 3 recall visits are recommended)

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience:

  • All candidates must be able to read, write, and do basic arithmetic
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Attributes:
  • Previous experience in HIV/AIDS programs/survey

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Previous experience in HIV/AIDS programs/survey
  • Excellent (fluent) English written and verbal communication skills Excellent (fluent) in a local language of the zone of work Ability to operate smart phones
  • Candidate must be available throughout the duration of the survey (4-6 months) Candidate must be able to work during evenings and weekends
  • Candidate must be willing to work in rural areas

COUNSELLORS

Duties and Responsibilities

  • The HIV counsellor will ensure informed consent are administered as at when due.
  • S/he will conduct pre- and post-test HIV counseling for all paticipants who consent to the survey.
  • The counsellor will ensure ethics are adhered to on the field and confidentiality of survey participants is protected.
  • Receives respondents’ consent to be tested and offers pre- and post- test counselling for all participants who consent to the survey.
  • Directs participants to lab technicians for testing
  • Discloses result to respondents
  • Assists in referrals of HIV infected individuals to CBOs foe linkage to treatment and care.
  • S/he will serve as an interviewer if need arises
  • S/he will assist in the team lead in resolving conflicts and difficult disclosure scenarios on the field.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Experience:

  • A tertiary education is required.
  • Participation in the 10-day core training based on the Nigerian National Guideline on HIV counselling will be an added advantage.
  • Has had 3-month supervised service delivery and has been evaluated by a trained counsellor- tester supervisor Additional training in home-based counseling is an added advantage An understanding of HIV/AIDS surveys in resource constrained settings.

Knowledge, Skills, and Attribute:

  • Knowledge of and practical experience in HIV community-based research and ethical requirements. Previous participation in conducting surveys is an added advantage
  • Excellent (fluent) English written and verbal communication skills. Excellent (fluent) a local language of the zone is essential. Knowledge of another local dialect will be an added I advantage.
  • Should have strong interpersonal skills (active listening, empathy, social awareness, emotional awareness) and the ability to resolve different disclosure scenarios during the survey.
  • Should be knowledgeable in the culture of the zone of data collection.
  • Flexible, willing to travel to any part of zone and work weekends during the survey implementation period.

DURATION

6 – Month with the possibility of renewal subject to the availability of funds. How to apply: All applicants should please click on the link below and fill the form. https://goo.gl/forms/nvRjHCZdYUvqkuq52

NOTE:

  • Applicants who are not able to fill the form on line should summit hard copies of their applications and photo copies of their credentials to their State Ministry of Health, Director of Public Health office.
  • All applicants should indicate the Geo- Political Zone where they would have preferred to work, and note that their assignment will cover all the states within the Zone.
  • Those who have applied before should not reapply, as this just an extension of the deadline.

CLOSING DATE: 31ST March 2018.

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