Job opening at OUT: Mental Health Peer Educator in Joburg

POSITION: A MENTAL HEALTH PEER EDUCATOR
CLOSING DATE: WEDNESDAY, 14 DECEMBER 2022

We are currently recruiting a Mental Health Peer Educator who will work in the community, focusing on mental health, to identify and support men who have sex with men (MSM) to reduce the incidence of HIV infections. The support includes screening for mental health in Key Population Prevention Services (KP Prev), providing referrals, facilitating group sessions, and liaising with the community and other stakeholders to empower MSM people.

REPORTING LINE
The Mental Health Peer Educator will report to the Programme Manager

HOURS OF WORK
Flexible hours, total 40 hours per week

LOCATION
Johannesburg, Melville

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide KP Prev behaviour change interventions
  • Distribution of condoms, lubricants, and IEC materials within the MSM community
  • Educate MSM on the risks they face relating to HIV and mental health
  • Educate MSM on risk reduction, prevention interventions and human rights
  • Refer MSM to appropriate health and psychosocial services when necessary
  • Set up appointments with health and psychosocial services when required
  • Ensure all mental health documentation and reports are completed and filed
  • Collect information, fill out forms correctly and completely and file all documentation according to protocols
  • Complete client tracking systems and forms and perform necessary follow-up activities
  • Complete all related data

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS

  • National Senior Certificate (Matric or equivalent)
  • Previous experience in providing mental health/psychosocial support interventions
  • Ability to organise and facilitate groups
  • Ability to write in English, and to complete basic data on forms
  • Good interpersonal skills – ability to interact with a wide diversity of people in a non-judgemental way
  • HTS Lay Counsellor Certificate (advantageous)
  • Valid driver’s license with PDP (advantageous)

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND ATTRIBUTES

  • Understanding of MSM and mental health needs
  • Understanding of prevention options for MSM, as well as basic understanding of prevention and treatment of HIV/TB/STIs/HEP-C
  • Ability to work in a team and be a team player
  • Willing to work in various locations in the City of Johannesburg
  • Good self-management and ability to work under pressure

Please only submit application letter and maximum 4-page CV, with supporting documents by 12:00 midday, 14th December 2022. Applications can be emailed to Xulul@out.org.za, or hand delivered to the following OUT LGBT Well-being office: 64 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg

Only candidate who meet requirements will be contacted for the interviews.

ENQUIRIES: Ms Londeka Xulu, 072 098 5047, Xulul@out.org.za