NURSE COUNSELOR needed at COMMON VISION FOR DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION  

Doctors Online Ethiopia, October 18 2021

NURSE COUNSELOR

  COMMON VISION FOR DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION   PUBLIC HEALTH  FULL TIME

  Oct 15, 2021 –   Oct 24, 2021

Description

Job Description

Internal/External Vacancy Announcement

Common Vision for Development Association (CVDA) is an indigenous, non-governmental, non-for-profit, humanitarian aid association. It was established on October 28, 2005 by a group of dedicated persons from diverse social, economic, professional and religious backgrounds.

CVDA has been re-registered and licensed by the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice, Charities and Societies Agency, on November 30, 2009 as an Ethiopian Residents charity in accordance with the Charities and Societies proclamation No. 621/2009 with registration No. 0588. As per 1113/2019 proclamation also re-registered on July 30, 2019.

It has permission to work at the national level so far operates marginal parts of BenshanguleGumuz Region, SNNPR(13 woredas inWolayta, south Omo, Dawro , Kaffa, Gedeo, Gurage and Silte zones), Sidama region (17 woredas), Oromia Region (16 woredas in West Showa Zone, Borena Zone, Guji Zone, west Guji and west Arsi) Afar Region; Zone 5; Delfefage, Dewe, Telalek, HadeleEle and SumuRobi Zone 3 ; Gewane and Gelalo and City Government of Addis Ababa.

CVDA is member of National Health Forum of NGOs and National Children and Youth Forum of NGOs under CCRDA. Beside this it is member of Consortium of Reproductive Health Association (CORHA), Union of Ethiopian Women Charitable Association (UEWCA), Ethiopian Extractive Industries Transparence Initiative/EEITI/, Ethiopia Civil Society Coalition for Scaling up Nutrition/ECSC-SUN/ and Afar Region Health Partner Forum.

The following are CVDA’s vision, mission, goals, principles and values:

Vision

  •  CVDA’s vision is to see where poverty is alleviated sustainably with favorable living environment in Ethiopia.

Mission

  •  CVDA’s mission is to work with & for the poor community with priority attention for children and women towards alleviating socio-economic problem, food insecurity, reducing unemployment, enhancing productivity, promoting health care, quality education, environment conservation , peace and democracy building at various level for sustainable development.

Goal

  • To contribute to the endeavors of poverty alleviation through its integrated community based development program in different regions of the country.

PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES

CVDA to realize its objectives has engaged in the following programs and activities:

1.Reproductive and Primary Health Program

According to the second Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP II 2020/21-2024/25), Primary Health coverage access estimated that one health post covers 5000 persons and one PHCU is for 25,000 and 40,000 populations in rural and urban set up respectively. During the first HSTP (2015/16-2020), the contraceptive prevalence rate (CPR) target was to reach 55% but the performance is 41% (HSTP one and the Ministry of health 2018/19 report) which is not achieved and the percentage of live birth delivered by a skilled provider is 50%.With this reality the population of Ethiopia is characterized by one of the fast growing populations in the world. According to the Central Statistics Authority (CSA), if the current trend continues, the population of Ethiopia is expected to be double every 24 years and expected to reach 120 million by the year 2022.

There are considerable numbers of people who are not accessed for basic health service and also there is limited awareness on RH/FP and HIV/AIDS.

  •  Establishing health posts to access the target groups of the community for the primary health service.
  • Raise the awareness of the community on RH/FP and unwanted pregnancy.
  • Promote maternal and child health interventions
  • Give alternative family planning service to hard to reach communities through outreach family planning service.
  • Capacitate health service providers to give quality demand based family planning service
  • Raise the awareness of the community on HIV/AIDS to prevent expansion and to alleviate the stigma. Under this program equal weight will be given to change the behavior of PLHIV to mitigate the personality they develop from their pervious life and to introduce entrepreneurship skill to enable them to be self-supportive.
  • Strengthen referral linkage between community actors and health facility on HIV and RH issues
  • Conduct community based HIV testing
  • Support achievement of zero new HIV infection in 2030
  • Provide care and support for PLWHA & AIDS orphans.

2. Water supply, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) Program

According to Ethiopian demographic and health survey (EDHS) 2016 only 64.8% of Ethiopian populations have access to utilize water source and 6.7% of the population have access to improved sanitation facility. Also 48% of the population travel more than 30 minutes to get water source. This shows Ethiopia still off track to achieve SDG target for access to improved water supply and sanitation facility.

  •  Therefore to contribute our country effort to increase access to water and sanitation facilities and promote effective utilization our organization works in the following activities
  • Promotion of hygienic practices of community using different social mobilization and IEC/ BCC.
  • Increase use of sanitation facility of community using CLTSH and other community based approach.
  • Maintaining and building protected water schemes such as borehole, shall well, spring water development, hand dug well, wind pump by incorporating government and community. At the same time build cloth washing stand, cattle through, shower facility
  • Promote use of household water treatment in the community.
  • Capacitate local community to produce improved sanitation technologies
  • Promote sanitation facilities marketing practice among community

3. Food Security, Livelihood Diversification and Natural Resource Conservation Program

Securing food and a livelihood is inextricably linked to the exploitation of the natural resources (land, water and forest) in Ethiopia, where over 85 percent of the population live in rural areas and depend on smallholder agriculture. The pressure of intense human activity and improper farming and management practices pose serious threats to the sustainability of the natural resources and maintaining ecological balance. There is a widespread problem related to intensive cultivation, overgrazing and deforestation, soil erosion and soil fertility decline, water scarcity, livestock feed and the fuel wood crisis. These factors often interact with one another resulting in a re-enforcing cycle of the “poverty, food insecurity and natural resources degradation trap”. This problem manifests itself in recurrent drought and famine affecting millions of people, particularly in the Ethiopian highlands. In order to address this problem, a community-based integrated natural resources management approach play significant role, which makes a systematic effort to improve soil and land productivity, agroforestry development and other rural energy sources, low-cost rainwater harvesting, livestock improvement and expanding the livelihood base in the non-farm sector under the existing National Extension Programme.

The community-based integrated natural resources management approach puts equal emphasis on stabilizing yields and reducing vulnerability (by broadening the livelihood base) among the large number of small-scale farmers who live in marginal, degraded and fragile ecosystems. It also provides a more flexible approach and a broad umbrella (not packages) under which extension-research-farmers and community organizations would develop activities/programmes to respond to various agro-ecological zones and local resource endowments and farmers’ capacity to invest in low-cost and environmentally sound soil, water and forest management techniques and livestock improvement in an integrated manner.

  • Livestock extension, forage development, bee keeping, poultry production, livestock health, animal fattening, dairy production, goat and sheep production.
  • Introduce small scale irrigation to enable the framers to produce in all season.
  • Produce and distribute indigenous and exotic tree seedling among the community.
  • Establish community nursery site and enhance afforestation and area closure.
  • Introduce different techniques of soil and water conservation for farmers.
  • Introduce alternative energy source such as biogas technology to replace fire wood.
  • Introduce urban gardening for urban destitute and other target group to access for balance diet and to raise their income.
  • Establish food grains bank for the farmers.
  • Raise the awareness of the farmers on importance of research output and accessing the farmers for research output.
  • Multiply high yield variety seed and distribute to farmers.
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Livelihood Diversification

This program focuses particularly to the target group. Under this program equal weight will be given to change the behavior of the beneficiaries to mitigate the personality they develop from their pervious life and to introduce entrepreneurship skill to enable them to be self-supportive.

  •  Establish vocational skill training and access the target group for the training.
  • Access the target group for different skill training such as hair dressing, embroidering, tailoring, pastry, bakery, weaving, and etc.
  • Provide entrepreneurship training and access for startup capital to enroll in different micro business activities upon their interest.

4, Education Program:

Education directly improves productivity, rates of return and earnings of people. In addition to this education has a wide range of indirect effects, which instigate positive changes in people’s attitudes. It makes it easier for people to learn new skills throughout their lives, and hence facilitates their participation in modern economics and societies. Therefore CVDA focus on the following activities.

  •  Construct schools to reduce the drop out of students and to increase the enrolment of school age children, who suffered a lot by walking long distance and deprived because of limited access.
  • Alternative basic education will be arranged to access the adult illiterate for education.
  • Access the target group of the community for formal education by providing all necessary education materials, and by paying tuition fee.
  • Improve literacy and numeracy skill of primary school children
  • Support schools to improve quality of education
  • Establish community based reading sites
  • Establish nursery school
  • Promote early child education

5. Emergency and Relief Program

Traditionally the majority of efforts in Ethiopia have been focused on relief work for droughts, with the formally approved policy on disaster prevention and management, the National Policy on Disaster Prevention and Management (1993) (“the 1993 Policy”), paying little attention to prevention of natural disasters more generally. This approach has now changed, following a series of institutional changes begun in 2007 with the government’s Business Process Re-engineering programme, which led to the establishment of a Disaster Risk Management and Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) under neath the Ministry of Agriculture. The DRMFSS has overseen a large shift in attitude and practice, moving towards an increasingly multi-hazard and multi-sectoral approach, and is overseeing the drafting of a new National Policy and Strategy on Disaster Risk Management (the NPSDRM) that contains a greater emphasis on the delegation of powers to the regional and local levels, as well as community involvement. In particular, it moves away from the 1993 policy’s focus on drought and aims to improve information on community vulnerability and flood preparedness.

The activities of the DRMFSS and the national policies on DRM are only one piece of a wider picture, as the legal framework applicable to DRR in Ethiopia extends far beyond current Ethiopian disaster law. Hence CVDA considering the gap in sector planned to intervene in this program believing that it contribute for sustainable development.

6/ Peace and democracy building

Peace is prominently included in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)6, and is the focus of major new international policies. The recent flagship document Pathways to Peace, produced jointly by the United Nations (UN) and the World Bank, calls for ‘a shift away from managing and responding to crises and toward preventing conflict’.The recognition that achieving all the SDGs depends on achieving peace.8

Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all, and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

Many regions of the world continue to suffer untold horror as a result of armed conflict or other forms of violence that occur within societies and at the domestic level.

Peace is the fruit of sustained and long-term peacebuilding efforts by communities, governments, civil society, businesses, international organizations and intergovernmental bodies. While peacebuilding involves using non-violent actions to stop, reduce or prevent immediate violence, this is never enough in itself, as violence can all-too-readily recur. Peacebuilding therefore encompasses longer-term initiatives that contribute to resilience, making conflicts less likely in the future, and strengthening people’s and societies’ ability to handle those that do without resorting to violence.

Democracy provides an environment that respects human rights and fundamental freedoms, and in which the freely expressed will of people is exercised. Women and men have equal rights and all people are free from discrimination. These values are embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The word democracy itself means rule by the people. A democracy is a system where people can change their rulers in a peaceful manner and the government is given the right to rule because the people say it.

Democracy ensures proper functioning of the government since it is the people who elect them and therefore this makes them more accountable.

By voting, citizens are participating in the democratic process. Citizens vote for leaders to represent them and their ideas, and the leaders support the citizens’ interests.

CVDA will work on

Changes in knowledge and attitudes of the target groups

  • To empower youth to play their role in the society.
  • Raise the awareness of the community on child right.
  • Greater empathy towards, and understanding of people from other groups.
  • Improved understanding of the underlying causes of violence among those affected

Change in behavior

  •  Promote stop using violence, & adopt other methods to resolve conflicts.
  • Promote exhibiting and calling for acceptance of others, active collaboration underway
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Structural changes

  • Working on norms, systems and institutions in way prevent and manage violence.

Key ACCOMPLISHMENTS

CVDA has successfully implemented different food security, environmental conservation, income generating and HIV/AIDS project in collaboration with different stakeholders. On environment conservation activity; highly degraded land rehabilitated through soil and water conservation measure, area enclosure, vetiver grass and indigenous tree plantation, gabion established, stone and soil bund established, conservation agriculture introduced, biogas  technology introduced and established, fuel wood saving stove established at HH level, spring water developed, washing stand,  shower established.

Food security and Income of target group improved through beekeeping, poultry farm, fruit tree plantation/ apple, mango and orange plantation/, vegetable garden, false banana plantation, vetiver grass bank. Other group established group and individual business such as hair dressing, tea room, sugar and edible oil distribution, dairy farm, stone production, shower room  and etc. On HIV prevention, care and support program target group and large community awareness raised on HIV prevention and living with HIV, counseling service, economic strengthen and improving balance diet intake, engaging in income generating activities, access for clinical service through referral linkage.

Food security and Income of target group improved through beekeeping, poultry farm, fruit tree plantation/ apple, mango and orange plantation/, vegetable garden, false banana plantation, vetiver grass bank. Other group established group and individual business such as hair dressing, tea room, sugar and edible oil distribution, dairy farm, stone production, shower room  and etc. On HIV prevention, care and support program target group and large community awareness raised on HIV prevention and living with HIV, counseling service, economic strengthen and improving balance diet intake, engaging in income generating activities, access for clinical service through referral linkage.

Over all over 60 projects were implemented in different region and woredas since its establishment. In 2020/21 it has involved about 1762 volunteers and it has 75 full time staffs.

Description of the Vacancy

Common Vision for Development Association (CVDA) is partner with PSI  to implement USAID HIV Services for Key and Priority Populations ( USAID HS-KPP) project up until October 2023.

Implementation under this Activity for FY22 is guided by six Strategic Objectives (SOs), including:

SO1: Improve case identification through targeted testing strategies including ICT/PNS, HIVST, and reaching sexual networks for key and priority populations.

SO2: Increase availability of high-quality HIV prevention services to reduce HIV incidence among key and priority populations in community-based service delivery points.

SO3: Achieve saturation through increased access to ART and improved coverage through provision of differentiated care models including referral and linkage for treatment from the drop-in centers for key and priority populations.

SO4: Reduce interruption in treatment (IIT) through improved linkage, adherence, and continuity of treatment (COT) interventions including same-day ART.

SO5: Increase viral load suppression through sample transport and results tracking from community service delivery points to viral load testing sites.

SO6: Reduce co-infection of HIV/STIs through increased use of SRH/GBV services integrated with HIV services by key and priority populations.

Major duty & responsibility include:

  • Ensure services provided at DIC are confidential, and meet the standard set by the project
  • Ensure clinical services provided at DIC are confidential, and meet the national standard
  • Coordinate and provide STI screening and treatment services for project beneficiaries at DICs
  • Provide HIV counseling for target beneficiaries
  • Provide ICS (HIV testing, STI,FP and condom at the center or organize regular mobile HCT
  • Provide risk reduction counseling to DIC beneficiaries
  • Provide successful referral services to network health facilities
  • Maintain functionality of the referral systems between DICs and PPN network health facilities
  • Establish a referral feedback mechanism and maintain records
  • Ensure IEC materials and condoms are kept at accessible places at the DIC
  • Initiate and attend meetings with private and public health facilities
  • Support women and girls to adjust attitudes and behaviors through counseling services
  • Make regular referrals to health centers for ART, TB, GBV, Rape cases, and other complications.
  • Take part in facilitating coordination of the peer education trainings
  • Ensure that DICs have enough stocks (equipment, detergents, prevention commodities,…) and request such materials in advance
  • Document clinical services, counseling efforts and referral cases confidentially
  • Advise the center coordinator possible improvements of drop in center services
  • Provide late hour, holiday and week end prevention and clinical services to DIC beneficiaries
  • Prepare monthly/quarterly report to the center coordinator about progress, challenges, and any other issues pertaining to his/her duties
  • Organize individual and group counseling for FSWs
  • Organize and facilitate awareness raising sessions on PMTCT, VCT, ART and condom promotion for FSWs
  • Ensure that the audio visual equipment are functioning
  • Ensure that beneficiaries follow the rules and regulations of DIC use
  • Create conducive environment for MARPs to access DICs
  • Make frequent field visits to villages where CSWs are working/living
  • Conduct group meetings/educative sessions to project beneficiaries at drop in centers
  • Perform additional tasks assigned by the center coordinator

Duration of employment: from date of employment up to September 30, 2022 with high possibility of extension based on performance and availability of fund.

Number of position: 2

MINIMUM HOURS OF WORK: 40 hours per week

REPORTS TO: DIC Coordinator

Job Requirements

Qualification & relevant work experience required

  • BSC/ Master’s in public Health or equivalent 4/2 years with professional experience in health and HIV/AIDS related project management/implementation specially USAID- HSKPP project
  • First Degree or Masters in Health or in related fields

Experience and Technical Skills

  • BSC/ Master’s in public Health or equivalent 4/2 years with professional experience in health and HIV/AIDS related project management/implementation specially USAID- HSKPP project
  • Extensive knowledge of HIV/AIDS situation in Ethiopia and Should have demonstrated experience in working with CSOs, CBOs, Government stakeholders and other community level actors.
  • Demonstrated analytical and report writing skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English.
  • Ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks, think creatively and strategically.

How to Apply

Application procedure: through email: cvda2005hr@gmail.com CC elsiz2010@gmail.com Write on subject of the email; position & duty station and also attach summary sheet

Form

Registration place: submit summary of your profile as per format below, copy of application letter, C.V stating 3 work related reference & minimum salary expectation and other confidential: Head office;  Bekele Eshte Tower, which is along Torhailoch Total road 5th floor, Room No.504 For further information contact 0113691051

You can deliver in hand or submit through email.

 

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