Health Systems/Public Health Researcher or Epidemiologist: Eshowe

Based in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal Province

This position will be responsible for the operational research (OR) and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) component of a long-term HIV and TB incidence reduction project in hyper-epidemic setting. This includes networking with relevant research and operational partners, protocol development and ethics approval, responsibility for study design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of research findings, development of M&E of all operational project components as well as management thereof.


  • Minimum 5 years practical experience in HIV/TB in Southern Africa
  • University degree in Health Systems Research, Public Health, Epidemiology or related health research degree
  • Initial medical or para-medical degree an added advantage
  • Proven work experience in the field of HIV/AIDS, including demonstrated experience in designing and analysing TB/HIV operational research in Southern Africa
  • Experience working in public health sector in South Africa an added advantage
  • Proficiency in medical statistical techniques (analysis of cohort studies and complex survey data)
  • Minimum 5 peer-reviewed publications as first author
  • Good knowledge of common office software (Microsoft Office) and statistical software (STATA, SPSS or equivalent)
  • Experience in team management
  • Experience in working and constructively participating within a multi-disciplinary international team
  • Ability to work independently, proactively identifying and addressing issues
  • Ability in technical writing (reports or peer-reviewed publications)
  • Good diplomacy and communication skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English
  • Zulu language an added advantage
  • Community involvement and personal experience showing a willingness to adhere to the humanitarian principle of Médecins Sans Frontières.
  • South African citizen or holder of a valid South African work permit


  • Development, set-up and co-ordination of the M&E project component
  • Support the set-up and management of an M&E system for the activities of the patient and community support component
  • Support and strengthening of the existing M&E of the TB and ART programmes
  • Support the set-up and management of a database that will serve M&E and OR objectives
  • Management, supervision, training and coaching of M&E team Development and implementation of an OR agenda for the project
  • Development of study protocols
  • Ethical review board application and follow-up process
  • Liaison with external partners to implement the HIV incidence surveys
  • Development of study protocols. Communication with other components of the programme and relevant partners (academic and implementation)
  • Produce regular progress reports on M&E

Job Advantages and Career opportunities:

  • Experience in a well-known and professionally recognized international medical humanitarian organization
  • Salary package comparable to other non-profit organizations
  • 100% medical aid
  • 13th cheque
  • 10% towards a pension fund

To apply

Please email your CV to: or post to Médecins Sans Frontières, Office Nr. 1, Adams Building, 7 Osborn Road, Eshowe 3815

Closing date:

04 September, 2011, and only short listed applicants will be contacted

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