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Lay Counsellor

Employer: Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Ndawoni: Mthatha Province: Eastern Cape

Unjani: Contract Ngowantoni: Healthcare

Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Lay Counsellor Mthatha


  • This is a contract position, which requires experience in HIV counselling, testing, tracking and tracing of clients; basic knowledge of HIV and counselling, ability to conduct rapid HIV testing and interpret test results, as well as matric with HIV testing and counselling certificate.
  • The Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) project requires the services of 1 lay counselor that will be responsible for providing all HIV counselling and testing for AGYW.
  • The candidate will be responsible for the day-to-day testing within a cluster’s mobile clinic van.
  • Also, the candidate will be responsible for linking the clients with relevant comprehensive sexual and reproductive services, HIV treatment and care.
  • The candidate should be able to conduct finger prick HIV testing, interpretation of results and ensuring that clients remain in care.


  • Matric
  • Basic HIV Counselling and Testing training certificate (10 days) from a recognized training institution
  • Rapid testing continuous quality improvement (RTCQI) trained (3 days)
  • Proficiency in local language and English
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working within or supporting the public health sector
  • 1-year experience in rapid HIV testing and counselling
  • Experience and or understanding of HIV self-screening
  • Experience working with Adolescents, or on Adolescent health focused projects
  • Experience working in the community and providing quality HIV testing services at community level

Skills & Competencies

  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to navigate complex situations Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • People orientated
  • Basic Knowledge of HIV/AIDS
  • Strong work ethics
  • A demonstrated understanding on how to pre-counsel, conduct finger prick, interpret results, and post-test counsel, screen, assess, and refer clients for HIV, STI and TB for care
  • Good understanding of PrEP, FP, Pregnancy and ART services
  • Ability to conduct quality control for HIV test kits
  • Experience working in a donor funded organisation/ NGO or project-based environment
  • Experience of working with in and out of school youth
  • Past / present involvement in some aspect of the community
  • Knowledge of and passion for health related issues
  • Knowledge of youth (age 10-24) culture in South Africa
  • Team player, detail focused and reliable, able to work independently
  • Have a good knowledge of principles of customer service
  • Passion for helping people


  • Engagement with AGYW to build trust and rapport
  • Ability to assess the risk of possible infection
  • Give the client sufficient information to make an informed decision about whether or not to test
  • Assist the client to understand the test and what the results mean
  • Helping the person explore implications of HIV testing (options)
  • Ability to provide PrEP information
  • Provide report of number of clients counselled and opted for test
  • Conduct risk reduction counselling
  • Maintain the quality of test kits
  • Provide HIV testing ( finger prick)
  • Keep record confidential
  • Obtain informed consent for all clients
  • Together with the professional nurse, order test kits according to the DOH recommendations and keep record of stock in, stock-out
  • Registration of clients using the HTS register and other data collection tools
  • Open clinical charts for clients for both PrEP/ART
  • Finger prick -interpretation of results
  • Documentation of all relevant patient results and information
  • Stock management and control, including test kits and other commodities
  • Quality assessment and control
  • Produce statistics of clients tested for HIV
  • Produce reports on relevant out-reach activities and outcomes
  • Follow up referrals
  • Monitor PrEP uptake versus referrals on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis
  • Quality Control of source documents and ensure data collection tools are completed in line with protocol and good clinical practice guidelines

Additional Information

  • Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please submit (1.) a cover letter (maximum one page) that clearly states which vacancy you are applying for and (2.) a detailed CV to: Puleng Makau
  • Subject Heading of email must read: Advert reference number: PM027 – 2020 and Job Title of position applied for.
  • Those applicants that do not adhere to the above will not be considered for the respective position applied for.

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