Médecins Sans Frontières South Africa: Volunteer Researcher

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 20 April, 2012
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Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an international humanitarian medical aid organisation, established in 1971. MSF provides assistance to populations in distress, including victims of natural disasters, wars, conflicts, epidemics, among others. MSF members include medical, paramedical, technical and logistical, financial, administrative employees who carry out humanitarian assistance activities in the field.

The general/overall socio-economic situation in South Africa has changed since the last survey or feasibility study of the labour market was done in 2006. A recent Labour Market study conducted between November 2011 to February 2012 revealed a considerable good numbers of Nurses and midwifes as well as many institutions offering training that appears to be an interesting venture for MSF to pursue recruitment. However this information is not clear and hence  important for the MSF recruiters to understand the recruitment potential and strategy to be used  in order to impact MSF  operations.

MSF South Africa seeks to recruit a Volunteer Researcher, based in Johannesburg.

The objective of the task is to use the already collected information to do an in depth study  and  develop strategy for potential recruitment of Nurses and Midwives in SA to the required quality levels  to impact MSF operation in a more reliable manner.

S/he will report to the Head of the Field HR – MSF South Africa.


  • Use the already collected numbers and distribution of nurses and midwife to describe different categories. Demonstrate shortages or surplus per profession and proportion ration per catchment population area;
  • Describe different levels of qualifications and specialisation key to MSF interest;
  • Describe specific professional and registration bodies for Nurses and Midwifes;
  • Map up quality Nurses and Midwifes academic institutions, specific duration of qualification per profession;
  • Map up levels within the ministry of health public and private health care system that has direct link with Nurses and Midwifes as well as mapping health facilities within South Africa;
  • Assess Nurses/Midwifes  willingness or interest to work with MSF, their possible availability  and likelihood of retention with in MSF.  And to determine at what stage in their professional career are they more likely to work with MSF?
  • Compile report and make necessary recommendation of the best strategies, channels and reservoir of recruitment in South Africa in order to set realistic targets.


  • Qualification as anthropologist, nurse or other medical profile with NGO field experience background;
  • Ability to relate quickly to the interests of MSF with clear analytical and report writing skills;
  • Motivation, planning and time management skills;
  • ‘Go getter’ and independent minded.

Contract period: 25 April 2012 until 25  May 2012.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to james.kambaki@joburg.msf.org.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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