In partnership with the Ministry of Social Development and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICAP will conduct a nationwide household based survey among children and young adults aged 13-24 years in 2018, also called Violence Against Children Surveys (VACS). VACS will collect information that can be used to estimate the prevalence of emotional, physical and sexual violence against children and youth in Lesotho. The data from VACS are intended to inform the Government of Lesotho to develop and review programs and policies and refine laws related to the protection of children.
Interviewer – VACS
POSITION Interviewers-VACS (90)
REPORTS TO Team Leader – VACS
LOCATION All Districts, Lesotho
OVERALL JOB FUNCTION
Reporting to the Team Leader- VACS, the Interviewer will be responsible for conducting interviews from selected households. The interviewer will ensure that he/she attains written consent from participants before taking part in the survey. Interviewers will offer HIV testing and provide referrals to participants who report having been victims of violence.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Visit identified Enumeration Areas (EA) and conduct updated household listing
- Visit selected households according to VACS sample design and as assigned by Team Leader.
- Conduct individual interviews by administering VACS approved questionnaire.
- Obtain consent from all individuals for interview and HIV test, by using VACS approved consent forms.
- Handle and fill in questionnaire through digital device (tablets), ensuring data is consistent across tables and that all interviews / tablets are adequately completed.
- Validate and revalidate all information and answers collected through the survey.
- Collect finger-prick sample (using a capillary collection device) and run HIV rapid test in line with Ministry of Health Guidelines.
- Assure confidentiality of all information provided by survey participants.
- Study and understand all instruction included in the Interviewers Manual /VACS Standard of Procedures (SOP) and provided through training.
- Coordinate with the Team Leader on how to carry out the survey and to report daily work done.
- Inform the Team Leader of interviews completed and partially completed on a daily basis.
- Schedule and inform Team Leader of return visits for any incomplete interview
- Provide referral to Care and. Treatment and Social Services to all eligible survey participants.
- Collect, handle and assure safety of all material needed for fieldwork
- Report any unanticipated incident to the Team Leader
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Counselling, Nursing’ or Diploma in Nursing
- Previous experience as an enumerator / interviewer in any national survey like Demographic Health survey (DHS), Lesotho Population Based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA) or national census is highly advantageous.
- Social service experience and/or experience as counsellor, conducting HIV tests and maintaining confidential data is highly recommended.
- Training / interest in gender based violence, violence against women and/or violence against children.
- Strong interpersonal and communication (written and spoken) skills in English as well as Sesotho.
- Personable and able to build.trusting relationships with strong counseling skills.
- Ability to gather information in an objective, appropriate and sensitive way by carefully observing, by actively listening, by paying full attention to the situation and the information of the various sources, and understand the points being made.
- Familiar with appropriate medical, psychosocial and legal services and program referrals in case of violence, neglect and/or abuse.
- Ability to pose appropriate questions incl. gender sensitive, child or vulnerable community-focused;
- Expertise to enter, transcribe, record, maintain confidential and sensitive data/ information in written or electronic forms.
- Basic understanding of technology such as mobile phones, tablets and computers.
- Ability to problem solve and work as part of a team.
- Able to remain impartial and maintain confidence
- Able to elicit information without leading the interviewee; soft-spoken
- Ability to spend an extended period of time in rural areas and awayfrom home
ICAP, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and with support
from CDC/PEPFAR will conduct a national HIV Drug Resistance
survey to determine the rates of Acquired and Pre-treatment
Drug Resistance. The survey will determine the extent to which,
at different points over time, those receiving ART achieve VL suppression and the extent to which HIV Drug Resistance is emerging among individuals failing ART and is present in those initiating ART. The survey results will allow the Ministry of Health to identify gaps in service delivery and implement appropriate policy responses to improve individual and population viral suppression
- Travel Requirements.
Requires lengthy trips to rural / remote areas as this positions are based in the ten districts of Lesotho.
- Applications Instructions:
Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should hand deliver their
applications, including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter
The HR and Admin Manager
Lancers Inn Corner Kingsway
NB: Applications will be received from 09:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon ONLY every day until the closing date.
Please clearly indicate you the position you are applying for on the envelope of the application letter. Do not attach any certificates when submitting. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.
This is a temporary employment which will at the most last for 4 months,
- Closing Date:
The closing date for receiving applications is Friday April 13, 2018 at 12:00 noon
NOTE: These are local hire positions and the successful candidates will be
temporary employees of ICAP in Lesotho and subject to the local terms and
conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and travel
Columbia University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action
employer. It does not discriminate against employees or applicants for
employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national
and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, status as a‘perceived or actual victim of
domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as
a Vietnam era or disabled veteran, or any other legally protected status.