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Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA) Health Program Officer (Grade 7)

Closing Date: 21.08.2020

With around 200 000 People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in Namibia and the objective of reaching the 95:95:95 goals, the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MoHSS), with the support of developing partners, is working on improving the service packages to ensure comprehensive support for patients with this chronic condition. Mental health issues are common among the general population and PLHIV in Namibia, but unfortunately remain largely unrecognized and are therefore frequently not adequately addressed. The MoHSS, with the support of development partners, will be rolling out a program called the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA), to improve mental health screening and mental health treatment for PLHIV.

CETA is an evidence-based intervention comprised of cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) elements. It is unique from other CBT models in that it can flexibly address a wide range of commonly co-occurring mental and behavioural health problems prevalent among PLHIV, including Interpersonal Violence (IPV), depression, traumatic stress, anxiety and substance use. CETA deals with the key practicality issues in global mental health as it is a more cost-effective, scalable and sustainable model that addresses disease comorbidities and it can be delivered by lay counsellors.

We are currently in search of an enterprising candidate to fill the position of National Health Program Officer for the soon to be launched new CETA Program. This is an opportunity to be part of a positive, creative work environment; offering excellent benefits. The core focus of the incumbent will be to improve mental health screening and treatment primarily for PLHIV through the Common Elements Treatment Approach (CETA). You will provide a technical advisory role to the mental health programs, working under the direction of the Deputy Director Disability, Prevention and Rehabilitation within the subdivision Rehabilitation in the Directorate of Primary Health Care and in very close collaboration with the Directorate of Special Programs as well as the Directorate of Social Welfare.

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