HPCA: Lay Counsellors


Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa (HPCA) is a national organisation operating in all nine provinces in South Africa with 134 members and affiliated hospices countrywide.

HPCA seeks to appoint a Lay Counsellors to be based in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga.

The purpose of this position is to provide testing and counselling services and become an integral part of the broader comprehensive care and treatment program in a non-Clinical site and/or community that links the community into care.


Implement Targeted Community HIV Testing Services

  • HIV pre-test, post-test counselling
  • Adherence counselling
  • Conduct Index Testing and Mobile testing
  • Give health education on health-related issues
  • Give support to both infected and affected clients
  • Provide education on HIV, TB and STIs prevention strategies
  • Participate in organizing HIVAIDS awareness events
  • Promote HIV counselling, testing and condom use
  • Conduct screening for TB and STIs
  • Collect data

Implement Active Referral and Linkage to Care

  • Refer and link all new HIV, TB STI cases
  • Link HIV negative patients to preventative service providers
  • Trace defaulters and link them back to the mainstream
  • Collect data

Implement Adherence Support

  • Facilitate community-based adherence clubs
  • Introduce a risk reduction plan for clients in the post-test counselling and the adherence support


  • Matric / Grade 12 Certificate or equivalent
  • Accredited training certificates: Basic HIV information course, Intensive Counselling course and Adherence Counselling course
  • Finger prick certificate
  • Ability to communicate in English and one or more South African language(s) commonly spoken in the Sub-District
  • Basic knowledge of HIV/AIDS and TB
  • Involvement in some aspect of community work will be an added advantage
  • Clear criminal record
  • Minimum one to two years’ experience in HIV Counselling, Finger prick and Intensive Adherence counselling
  • Interpersonal skills Must be a respected member of the community
  • Ability to counsel using the ACTS method
  • Attention to detail
  • Communication skills
  • Integrity
  • Counselling skills
  • Compassion
  • Non-judgmental, trustworthy and empathic
  • Committed and motivated to preventing HIV and supporting people living with HIV
  • Willing to work flexible hours, including weekends

To apply, submit a detailed CV, covering letter and names of three contactable references including email contact to [email protected]

Preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups in line with the provisions of the Employment Equity Act, No. 55 of 1998 (and any amendments thereto), the relevant internal recruitment policy as well as the organisation’s employment equity plan.

For more about HPCA, refer to https://hpca.co.za/