Peer Group Trainer (PGT)

The Institute of Health Programs and Systems (IHPS) is a South African non-profit company (NPC) born out of the PEPFAR CDC Track 1 transition of the ICAP, Columbia University, Multi-country AIDS Program (MCAP) in South Africa in 2010. The IHPS mission is “to strengthen health and development systems through program implementation and partnerships” and the vision is “optimal and sustainable health and development outcomes”. Presently, IHPS is a Global Fund Subrecipient (SR) under The Aids Foundation of South Africa (AFSA), tasked to implement the “Prevention programs for adolescents and Young People (AYP), in and out of school” with a specific focus on adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) and Adolescent Boys and Young Men (ABYM) in Mbombela Sub District in Mpumalanga Province from April 2022 – March 2025. As such, IHPS seeks to recruit the position outlined below, based in Mbombela Sub District in Mpumalanga Province.

Full Time
Peer Group Trainer (PGT)

Overall Responsibility

Under the supervision of the Safe Space Coordinator , the Peer Group Trainer (PGT) will be responsible for provision of comprehensive psychosocial interventions to AYP aged 10-24 through a combination of services provided by the Psychosocial support team in Mbombela Sub District.

Key Performance Areas:
  • Mobilize and recruit Adolescent and Young People  to participate in the AYP program;
  • Conduct risk assessment to AYP using the core package of services tool/form in/out-of-school and Safe Spaces ;
  • Facilitate structured peer education sessions using the YOLO manual and any other recommended social behaviour change programmes;
  • Facilitate Focus Group Discussions ( FGD) on various topics and issues affecting AYP;
  • Conduct after school tuition and homework support at the Safe Spaces ;
  • Plan and coordinate AYP special events i.e. Health and Welfare Jamborees, career jamborees etc;
  • Registering learners on the Biometrics data management system ;
  • Develop weekly and monthly plans and compile activity monthly reports;
  • Assist data team during monitoring and verification visits;
  • Distribute dignity packs to AYP in need;
  • Attend to program meetings as required;
  • Participate in any other research related activities as per need;
  • Assist in other related responsibilities as assigned by the line manager;
  • Problem Solving 
  • Able to work independently. 
  • Able to work in a team. 
  • Good verbal and writing skills.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good facilitation skills
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Certificate in Social Auxiliary Work
  • A minimum of Grade 12, preferably post Matric training;
  • Basic counselling certificate; 
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; 
  • Ability to relate well to youth between 10 and 24 years of age;
  • Community mobilisation experience;

By expressing the interest in the positions, applicants are consenting in terms of POPI Act for their curriculum vitae (CV) to be shared with the relevant people authorized to act on behalf of IHPS in the recruitment process.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only to Subject line should be the position you are applying for, and a cover letter and resume or CV should be attached. Submissions which do not follow the above instructions will not be considered.

Due to the extremely high volume of CVs expected, only those short-listed and selected for interviews will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS about these positions will be accepted.

It is unlawful to employ a person who does not have permission to live and work in South Africa Unless the advert states otherwise, please ensure you have this permission before you submit your application.

NB: The organization reserves the right to re-advertise the positions should the need arise and reserves the right not to fill the above listed positions.

Closing Date: 11 July 2023