HST: Research Nurse

Health Systems Trust (HST)
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 September, 2017
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Health Systems Trust (HST) is an innovative nonprofit organisation working to strengthen ongoing development of comprehensive health systems in southern Africa.  Using a primary health care approach, we specialise in conducting health research, providing technical support, and information dissemination. The organisations strategies are designed to promote equity and efficiency in health and healthcare delivery.

HST seeks to appoint a Research Nurse to be based in Durban.

This is for the Research Nurse for the ‘Females Rising through Education Support and Health’ (FRESH) project based in uMlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

FRESH is a basic science research study that aims to characterise the immune response in the earliest stages of acute HIV infection (AHI), combined with a skills development programme.

This is a fixed-term contract position, renewable based on funding.

A salary package commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications, and in line with HST’s Job Grading System, will be offered. 


  • Ensure that all research study activities and sampling comply with human subjects research as outlined in ethics/IRB protocols
  • Ensure a high degree of data integrity and study documentation completion
  • Perform twice-weekly RNA PCR monitoring of HIV-negative study participants through finger-prick blood collection
  • Notify the Principal Investigator (PI) when a new acute HIV infection (AHI) is identified. Maintain close communication through the entire process, requesting assistance/presence when needed
  • Collect blood, mucosal and rectal swab samples on all study participants in accordance with the approved protocol
  • Transport blood and mucosal samples to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) HIV Pathogenesis Programme (HPP) lab
  • Dispense early antiretroviral treatment (ART) and document the drugs dispensed, noting their expiry date, lot number, the number of pills dispensed, etc.
  • Counsel new acutely infected participants on issues related to AHI and educate them on importance of ART adherence
  • Perform and accurately document clinical examinations and history-taking
  • Review lab results (Hb, FBC, VL, CD4, STI, pregnancy, Pap smear, etc.) on the day received and communicate the results to study participants
  • Identify any abnormalities and discuss with the Principal Investigator
  • Maintain thorough and accurate documentation and record-keeping, ensuring that all visit forms are filled completely and correctly
  • Manage the data-clarification form process
  • Ensure confidentiality and data security
  • Monitor performance of clinical and counselling staff and communicate observations to the Programme Manager and PI for the purpose of performance reviews and disciplinary feedback
  • Create an on-call roster for FRESH staff (staff nurse or other lay staff) and review the roster with the Programme Manager.


  • Professional Nurse with current SANC (South African Nursing Council) registration
  • Recognised HIV/AIDS counselling certification
  • Clinical Practice (GCP) certification
  • Own vehicle and valid driver’s licence ‒ must be a confident driver
  • Five years’ nursing experience with at least two years’ experience in phlebotomy
  • Minimum of two years’ clinical research experience; clinical trials experience preferred
  • Experience in implementing clinical research protocols
  • Experience in HIV/AIDS care and support
  • Strong knowledge of HIV infection, risk factors and disease progression.


  • Fluent in English and isiZulu
  • Computer literacy and experience working with MS Office packages
  • Team leader and mentor
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work well under pressure and with a team

Additional advantages

  • Project management and data collection experience
  • NIMART trained and certified
  • Clinical trials experience

To apply, forward a detailed CV, stating the position applied for, together with the names and contact details (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three contactable referees, to hr@hst.org.za.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit certified copies of all qualifications and identity documents.

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Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates.

All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to reference and credential checks.

If you have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

HST reserves the right to not fill this position.

HST Promotes Employment Equity.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more about Health Systems Trust, refer to www.hst.org.za

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