This posting is for five (5) positions; 2 positions require proficiency in both Spanish and English. These positions are will vary in hours up to 19 hours per week with a scheduled end date of December 2021. Work schedule may include non-traditional hours (i.e. nights or weekends) as needed. Scheduled hours will vary depending on work load.
*Brief Description of Project: *
National HIV Behavioral Surveillance (NHBS) involves an anonymous survey and HIV testing among groups of people at increased risk for HIV: men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and heterosexuals at increased risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funds NHBS in more than 20 U.S. areas, including the Portland metropolitan area. The project collects data on sexual practices and drug use behaviors, use of HIV and sexually transmitted disease prevention services and the prevalence of diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV infection. NHBS data help public health agencies better understand and address the HIV epidemic.
Position Summary: This position will conduct remote (phone or online) interviews and HIV counseling and testing during the 2021 data collection cycle. The target population during 2021 are men who have sex with men (MSM). This position will be housed within the Oregon Health Authority, Portland State Office Building (800 NE Oregon St., Portland). Community health interviewers will be required to work remotely.
Screening potential participants for eligibility and obtaining informed consent;
Conducting in-depth, standardized surveys with participants;
Participating in required trainings;
Working non-traditional hours as needed—some interviewing sessions may take place late in the evening or on weekends;
Other duties may include:
Answering the phone, greeting participants, and making appointments;
Collecting blood specimens for HIV testing via finger stick;
Providing HIV results and pre- and post-test counseling; and
Working in a mobile van.
Experience working with LGBTQ2+ communities;
Ability to strictly adhere to detailed survey research protocols;
Ability to learn and use computerized interview programs;
Ability to comply with strict protocols for confidentiality;
Ability to adhere tightly to detailed procedures;
Basic knowledge of HIV prevention;
Ability to establish rapport with diverse racial/ethnic and socioeconomic groups;
Ability to calmly and diplomatically to unprovoked hostility or confrontation, or erratic behavior of interview participants;
Ability to work with communities affected by sexually transmitted infections in a professional and non-judgmental manner;
Effective communication skills in working with participants, community members, and co-workers;
Ability to create trust with the clients, community members, and co-workers;
Certification to perform HIV counseling and testing or willingness to attend training; and
Ability to learn NHBS-specific computer applications.
Proficiency in both English and Spanish. (Note: this recruitment is for five positions; at least two must have proficiency in Spanish and English.)
Experience conducting standardized surveys;
Completion of trauma informed care trainings;
Experience working with underserved populations (e.g., people who are homeless, people who use drugs);
Experience providing HIV counseling and testing.
Internal Number: 34589
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