Clinical Mentor Medical Doctor MSF Khayelisha

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) based in Khayelitsha has been working with the Department of Health in treating HIV/TB in a primary health care facility since 1999.  For 2012, MSF’s objectives for the development of innovative strategies and interventions are as follows: Children Adherence Program, Youth Program, Patients receiving and/or failing 2nd Line ART, long terms adverse events monitoring, Mentoring, DR-TB decentralized program, and others. In order to respond to the increasing need of HCW’s qualified to manage safely and competently HIV/TB care, training and mentorship of doctors and nurses is critically important.

The overall objectives of the position:

  • To manage and report on the clinical mentorship program, with the aim to foster ongoing professional development to yield sustainable high-quality clinical care outcomes in Khayelitsha primary care clinics (PHCs) and midwife obstetric units (MOUs).
  • To supervise the training program of doctors with limited prior experience with HIV, TB (tuberculosis) and DR TB (drug resistant TB) to a level of safety and proficiency in managing these conditions in adults, children, and pregnant women.
  • To provide didactic lectures on HIV, TB, DR TB, PMTCT, and mentorship during facility in-services, MSF training courses, and provincial/institutional trainings.
  • To support innovative changes in the NIMART (nurse initiated and managed antiretroviral treatment) mentorship program, with the aim to increase nurse management of virologic failure, paediatric HIV management, and DR TB/HIV co-infection.
  • To be involved in operational research.


To manage the implementation of the Clinical Mentoring Program in all facilities with NIMART nurse graduates within Khayelitsha.


  • Current registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA)
  • A tertiary medical qualification, preferably with a post-graduate qualification in HIV or infectious disease management
  • At least two years experience in managing HIV/TB care and treatment in adults and children in a resource constrained setting, including the provision of ART and PMTCT
  • Proven experience in and knowledge of clinical teaching and/or mentoring, with the ability to sit for mentorship accreditation upon hire
  • Ability to communicate in English and Zulu, Xhosa, or other South African language
  • Excellent organizational and computer skills including MS Word, Power Point, and Excel; ability to analyze and interpret data and write written reports
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with MSF staff, nursing staff, and patients, and ability to manage a team
  • Ability to impart knowledge simply, clearly and appropriate to the mentee’s learning style


  • Experience in a well-known and recognised international medical humanitarian organisation
  • Salary package comparable to other not-for-profit organisations
  • Full medical insurance coverage
  • Initial one-year contract (renewable) with a probation period of three (3) months.

To apply, please email your CV to by 17 August 2012

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