The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP)
The Rural Health Advocacy Project (RHAP) is a not-for-profit advocacy organisation based in Johannesburg. Staffed by a small team of driven health care advocates, our work revolves around the rights of rural communities to have equitable access to comprehensive, quality health care. Informed by the voices of rural health care workers and communities on the ground, the RHAP aims to facilitate self-advocacy, generate debate, monitor implementation of health policies in rural areas, and influence pro-equity decision-making that is in tune with local rural realities. The Rural Health Advocacy Project was founded by the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa, SECTION27 and Wits Centre for Rural Health. Read more: www.rhap.org.za
HRH Programme Manager
The Rural Health Advocacy Project is seeking to employ a dynamic HRH Programme Manager who will provide strategic leadership to the RHAP’s Human Resources for Rural Health Programme. He/she is passionate about rural health and social justice and will lead the HRH programme by staying abreast of developments in the health sector and HRH specifically, and by developing and implementing various HRH advocacy strategies in line with the RHAP’s strategic objectives and overall mission. He/she enjoys a combination of technical policy advocacy work and on-going grassroots engagement with communities, patient rights groupings, health care workers and other stakeholders. The Programme Manager will be responsible for the roll-out of The Voice Project, an initiative aimed at improving access to quality health care by increasing the number and quality of healthcare provider change agents, and for providing HRH advocacy expertise and support to RHAP’s rural-proofing policy and budgeting programme. The Programme Manager will travel regularly to rural areas for fact-finding missions and will work strategically with our partners across projects in growing the voice and influence of the existing network of rural health partners.The position is located at the Rural Health Advocacy Project, in Rosebank, Johannesburg.
Key performance areas
- Advocate for the adoption of RHAP HRH positions by the relevant role-players using various advocacy strategies and to contribute to the development and implementation of new campaigns.
- Rural-proof HRH policies and implementation plans, and write policy briefs and formal submissions to government
- Research, identify and recommend new RHAP positions aligned to RHAP mandate and strategic framework
- Drive the implementation of The Voice Project; including advocacy for the transformation of health professionals education; training of rural health care workers on advocacy competencies and rural alliance building
- Monitor implementation of HRH policies and the overall effectiveness of the health system in rural areas through research and informal data collection from variety of sources
- Contribute effectively to RHAP’s programmatic and financial sustainability and assist with fundraising activities.
- Nurture the existing relationships of trust and mutual benefit the RHAP has with its core partners through confidential handling of information, reliability and meaningful support and input within the mandate and capacity of RHAP
- Progress reporting to director, donors and board
- Minimum of a bachelor degree in relevant field. A degree in health sciences would be an advantage.
- Minimum of 3 years’ experience working in advocacy and human resources for rural health.
- Profound belief in social justice and good understanding of human rights and health law.
- Well-developed understanding of the South African health care system, in particular around policy developments in the fields of primary health care, human resources for health and health professionals education transformation
- An alliance builder with a good grasp of the broader political and socio-economic context of our work
- Good communicator and public speaker who is an experienced facilitator of workshops to various audiences, including health care workers and students
- Good networker and strategiser, who can relate with various constituencies and adapting messaging to capture different audiences.
- Ability to plan, consult, implement, monitor, achieve intended outcomes and report back
- Proven ability to make sound judgments in complex situations and communicate these effectively
- Research coordination, and ability to assimilate, analyse and report
- Sound project management experience with an eye for accuracy
- High regard for work ethics, consultation and open communication
Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, clearly state which vacancy you are applying for and forward your detailed CV to: Boitumelo Leduma at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 86 605 9506
The closing date for all applications is 02 November 2015
The Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications unsuccessful. In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.