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Founded in 1987, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1, 500, 000 people in 43 countries. In Malawi, AHF is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) to strengthen access to quality of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) treatment. AHF Malawi is providing prevention, treatment and retention services in seventeen hard to reach health facilities in Dedza, Lilongwe, Ntcheu and Chikwawa District. In 2021, the program is extending its reach to four additional sites in Nsanje District.

AHF Malawi wishes to recruit highly qualified and experienced persons to fill the following positions in order to achieve its objectives in the country.

Position Title : HIV Diagnostic Assistants

Reports to : Prevention Program Officer

Duty Station : Nsanje District Hospital (1); Montfort Hospital, Chikwawa (1); Lobi Health Center, Dedza (1)

Overall Responsibilities

Responsible for promoting and carrying out HIV Counselling and Testing at facility level as well as in the surrounding communities; scaling up Provider-Initiated Testing and Care (PITC) at facility level; and facilitating linkage of those who test HIV positive for treatment and other support services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform rapid HIV tests in the HIV department and priority PITC settings in the health facilities
  • Collect Dried Blood Spots (DBS) samples for early infant diagnosis, viral load monitoring and quality assurance testing and follow up the results for timely delivery
  • Ensure test results are properly recorded and filled accordingly
  • Follow nationally approved clinical guidelines, protocols and evidence-based practices when discharging their duties
  • Ensure infection prevention procedures are observed according to protocols
  • Ensure referral systems and mechanisms for clients are in place and functional
  • Ensure HIV+ and HIV- clients with ongoing risk of HIV acquisition/transmission are linked to prevention services (condoms, STI screening and treatment)
  • Ensure an adequate supply of HTC, EID, viral load and syphilis testing commodities and supplies in the testing room.
  • Ensure quality storage and maintenance of HIV Test Kits for product integrity
  • Ensure proper documentation of activities using MoH HTS Tools
  • Ensure that all HIV positive Clients are linked and data sent for entry and updating into the web portal
  • Work hand in hand with clinical staff in ensuring that patients are retained in care.

Education and Experience

  • Certified HIV Diagnostic Assistant
  • Holder of Malawi School Leaving Certificate (M.S.C.E)
  • Minimum of 1year in HIV prevention, counseling, and testing experience
  • Those with additional qualification will have an added advantage
  • Fluent in Chichewa and English
  • Strong interpersonal skills to engage facility staff and community members.



Other Skills and Responsibilities

  • Sensitivity to ethics and confidentiality of HIV/AIDS client issues
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent report writing, prompt and effective communication using charts and graphs.
  • Willingness to relocate and work in remote health facilities of Malawi


How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their CVs and cover letters to the following e-mail addresses: 


Kindly indicate the position and health facility that you are applying for as the subject of your e-mail. Closing time and date for receiving applications is 12:00 noon on 6th April, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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