Public Health Specialist Grade 1 to 3 Western Cape


Appropriate medical qualification as a Public Health Specialist either MMed in Public Health or FCPHM or both. As well as registration with a professional council: Registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Public Health Specialist.


Grade 1:  None after registration with the HPCSA as Medical Specialist in Public Health. Grade 2: A minimum of 5 years appropriate experience as Medical Specialist after registration with the HPCSA (or recognised foreign Health Professional Council in respect of foreign qualified employee) as Medical Specialist in Public Health. Grade 3: A minimum of 10 years appropriate experience as Medical Specialist after registration with the HPCSA (or recognised foreign Health Professional Council in respect of a foreign qualified employee) as Medical Specialist in Public Health

  • Appropriate experience in public health management, health programmes and health system development and evaluation
  • Project management experience in a health environment.

Note: Candidates (Specialists) who are deemed as “registrable” may also apply. The appointment of the successful applications will only be effected once proof of application for registration or the proof of registration is provided.

Inherent requirements of the job:

  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Availability to travel within the province to visit health services on a regular basis.

Competencies (knowledge/skills):

  • Insight into public health policies, programmes and health system functioning
  • Good communication skills (verbal and written) in at least two of the three official languages of the Western Cape
  • Good report writing skills
  • Good managerial, project design and project management skills
  • Good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Ability to work proactively and independently as well as part of a team • Intermediate to advanced computer literacy in Microsoft Office packages and ability to analyse data/other information
  • Ability to perform costing studies, staff and service scenario planning
  • Ability to conduct independent research and projects, and report research or project findings to a professional and non-professional audience.

Duties (key result areas/outputs):

  • Design, manage and implement tools/projects to assess/improve efficiency, effectiveness and quality of clinical service delivery/health system functioning
  • Perform the related project management and report writing functions
  • Support the Division in terms of monitoring and evaluation, reporting responsibilities, as well as the implementation of specific projects
  • Provide formal supervision to one or more Public Health registrars within the programme and informal support for registrar teaching within the programme
  • Manage resources related to performing the associated tasks.

Remuneration package:

  • Grade 1: R 655 401 per annum
  • Grade 2: R 749 376 per annum
  • Grade 3: R 869 679 per annum

(A portion of the package can be structured according to the individual’s personal needs).

Closing Date: 22 June 2012

Enquiries: Dr S Fourie: 021 483-4859


Please submit your application for the attention of Ms C Versfeld to the Director: Human Resource Management, Department of Health, PO Box 2060, Cape Town 8000.

Z83 forms (obtainable from any Government department or must: Be completed in full, clearly reflect the name of the position, name and date of the publication (candidates may use this as reference), be signed, accompanied by a comprehensive CV, the names of 3 referees and certified copies of ID, driver’s licence and qualification/s. Applications without the afore-mentioned will not be considered. Applications must be forwarded to the address as indicated on the advertisement. No late, faxed or e-mailed applications will be accepted. CV’s will not be returned. Excess personnel will receive preference. Applications, which are received after the closing date, will not be considered.

Further communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates. If you have not received a response from the Department within 3 months of the closing date, please consider your application as unsuccessful. It will be expected of candidates to be available for selection interviews on a date, time and place as determined by the Department.

As directed by the Department of Public Service & Administration, applicants must note that further checks will be conducted once they are shortlisted and that their appointment is subject to positive outcomes on these checks, which include security clearance, qualification verification, criminal records, credit records and previous employment.

The Department of Health is guided by the principles of Employment Equity. Disabled candidates are encouraged to apply and an indication in this regard will be appreciated.

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