Wits Health Consortium: Technical Officers

Wits Reproductive and HIV Institute
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 15 May, 2012
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The Wits Health Consortium (WHC) is a wholly-owned company of the University of the Witwatersrand under the Faculty of Health Sciences. WHC provides the latter with a legal framework within which to operate the research and other activities necessary to support its academic objectives. In addition, WHC offers a range of products and services to the academics conducting these activities in order to assist with the management thereof.

The SHIPP project spans the health and education sectors and national, provincial, and district jurisdictions to achieve HIV prevention impact, prioritising decentralised implementation of operational plans and the roll-up of ward, district, and provincial targets into national targets and strategies.

The WHC seeks to appoint Technical Officers (TO), based in Pretoria and Mpumalanga.

They will support the Department of Health in further developing, adapting, disseminating, evaluating, and building capacity. They will ensure that NDOH and SANAC has the technical capacity to implement the HIV prevention policy and strategies, to adequately address other drivers of the epidemic, and use sound teaching methods.

They will help strengthen the NDOH’s and SANAC’S response, to HIV prevention activities at all levels. They will do this through providing technical assistance to leadership capacity teams (LCTs) which include other seconded SHIPP staff members. They will provide leadership and overall direction to the SHIPP project in health delivery systems and strengthening, which will include ensuring quality of sexual and HIV prevention programmes and integrating gender and health education interventions. They will also provide expertise in the development, dissemination, and evaluation of evidence-based sexual and HIV education in schools and communities.


  • Establish and coordinate leadership capacity teams within the assigned institution or organisation;
  • Harmonise national and local health and education efforts;
  • Incorporate interventions that assure effective responses to gender-specific issues in programming;
  • Transfer resources and technical responsibilities to assigned institution’s staff; transfer skills and build on-going support mechanisms;
  • Seconded staff will help establish LCTs assigned to the District AIDS Councils. They will support the DACs to: a) Select, adapt, implement, and evaluate health and education interventions that respond to gender, economics, and other local drivers of HIV transmission; b) Coordinate the dissemination of relevant tools, and resources; c) Regular reporting and sharing of experiences, strategies, and ideas with functional and location team.


  • Degree or diploma in health, psychology or a related field;
  • Minimum of three years experience in HIV/AIDS prevention programme;
  • Expertise in respective technical area of assignment;
  • Familiarity with HIV prevention, district health system and education programmes;
  • Writing, editing and communication skills
  • Experience working with professional technical staff to support them for monitoring and evaluation needs;
  • Interpersonal skills and relationship management;
  • Experience in general management;
  • Experience in implementing and supervising quality improvement work;
  • Experience in training, coaching and material development;
  • Experience of clinical systems and data management;
  • Experience in dealing with provincial and local health authorities;
  • Experience working with government organisations will be preferred;
  • Ability to work well in teams;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office;
  • Ability to travel within South Africa and work long hours when required.

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to Lungile Vilakazi at lvilakazi@witshealth.co.za or fax to: 0867689817. Candidates must indicate in the subject line the position they are applying for.

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

In accordance with the WHC 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.

For more about the Wits Health Consortium, refer to www.witshealth.co.za.

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