Employment Type: Full Time Employer: Body Positive
The Peer Navigator is responsible for providing a range of information, education and peer support strategies for people living with HIV (PLHIV). Working in collaboration within the Peer Outreach Team and with other Body Positive Staff and Volunteers, other agencies, service providers and health care organizations and under the guidance of the Executive Director, the Peer Navigator will perform a wide range of program duties to build individuals knowledge, resilience, independence and social inclusion through individual support, navigation and referral service, along with group programs. The Peer Navigator is based in Auckland but will provide National coordination and support for our Peer Support and volunteer programs.
The Peer Navigator is responsible for keeping up to date with information pertaining to HIV treatments, new and emerging research and social issues for PLHIV (eg, disclosure, travel, employment, migration, insurance). An understanding of the evidence and clear dissemination of information regarding Treatment as Prevention, Undetectable Viral Load, PrEP and PEP is also an essential element of the Peer Navigator role.
The Peer Navigator is an HIV-Positive individual who is willing and able to share their experience and knowledge to newly diagnosed individuals or those wishing to engage in treatment and are seeking help in understanding their options and what is available to them for support, as such Peer Navigators must be comfortable with having their HIV status disclosed publically.
Provide emotional support and knowledge regarding health care access, HIV/(HEPC co-infection) treatment information, harm reduction information, prevention, disease progression, self-care, emotional wellness, social support and disclosure.
Assist in developing self-management plans based upon individual needs, identify tasks and timelines.
Provide intake, assessment, referral and follow-up services for PLHIV under supervision
Provide services through online outreach to enhance access and to engage and educate.
Provide Rapid HIV Testing for the general public via the Body Positive Drop-In Clinic.
Visit clinics or community agencies, visit clients at offsite locations in order to provide quicker access to care, treatment and support for newly diagnosed individuals.
Develop, Implement and Evaluate, along with other team members, a diverse range of support workshops, seminars, forums, health enhancement programs and social networking opportunities for PLHIV and significant others;
Maintain detailed records regarding case management as laid out by the program and ensure program statistics are complete.
This is a peer role in the context of ‘living with HIV’, with an implicit expectation that the successful applicant would be comfortable and willing to be ‘out and open’ about aspects of their journey of living with HIV, as part of the role.
Tertiary qualification, significant progress towards a relevant qualification or significant experience in any Health Promotion, Education, Social Science, Social Work or related field;
Demonstrated, knowledge and understanding of HIV related social issues for PLHIV;
Demonstrated understanding of the considerations required in working with a diverse range of people living with HIV, inclusive of gender, sexuality and cultural background;
Experience and skills in engaging through social media platforms (twitter, facebook, blogs, website), or a willingness to learn;
Highly developed interpersonal skills, including the ability to work as part of a team;
Highly developed presentation, oral and written communication skills;
Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of health enhancement programs, including education and training strategies.
Application closing date 5th October 2023
Please feel free to call Mark at Body Positive (09 309 3989) for a confidential discussion or email your full CV and cover letter to: email@example.com
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