Medical Officer/Public Health Specialist/Epidemiologist

National Institute For Communicable Diseases (NICD), South Africa Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (SAFELTP) , South Africa Regional Global Disease Detection Centre (NICD) is looking for a Medical Officer/Public Health Specialist/Epidemiologist: Fixed Term Contract- 12 Months (Renewable), Payzone depends on experience, salary range (R756 586.00pa – R1345 459.00pa), NICDCDCGDD113/001-02(96501.001.1511).

Key Job Responsibilities:

  • Participate in recruitment and selection of SAFELTP trainees and field supervisors
  • Represent the programme in meetings and conferences and advocate the programme to different stakeholders
  • Prepare periodic FELTP evaluation and progress reports of residents core activities of learning and competencies
  • Develop curriculum and training materials and take part in teaching and evaluating course
  • Participate in administration of examination and assessment processes of residents core activities of learning and competencies
  • Conceptualise hypothesis driven research studies that are relevant to the needs of field placement
  • Liaise with other administrative staff and academic colleagues
  • Develop and teach appropriate short courses on basic and applied epidemiology
  • Ensure completion of student evaluations
  • Provide technical mentorship to residents
  • Provide technical assistance to field sites of the provincial department of health
  • Liaise with the site supervisor to identify placement sites based on an agreed selection criteria
  • Identify and train field supervisors and identify appropriate projects with site supervisor for resident’s core competencies
  • Carry out on-site field supervision in outbreak investigation
  • Supervise residents for data analysis
  • Supervise residents for evaluation and development of public health surveillance systems
  • Review protocols, reports, manuscripts and presentations prepared by Residents
  • Assist residents to acquire the required competencies while in the field and too collaborate in this endeavour with the SAFELTP staff, Resident Advisors and Field Supervisors
  • Assist residents in the design, implementation, analysis and writing of studies and field reports and in preparation of presentations for local and international  scientific conferences
  • Develop, review and implement curriculum and guidelines for field supervision of residents by site supervisors
  • Prepare the timetable and field rotation schedules
  • Liaise with partner institutions, other institutions, external agencies, government departments in regard to field placement of the residents
  • Coordinate all field work related activities and ensure the quality and completion of field placements
  • Coordinate and run short courses for interest groups
  • Participate in developing grant proposals for continued financial support of the programme
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

Key Competence Requirements:

  • MD with MMed or College of Medicine qualification in Community Medicine/Public Health at PhD level or Master’s in Public Health
  • Registration with a HPCSA
  • Post qualification experience in Community Health/Public Health/Disease Control
  • Project management experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Curriculum development
  • Knowledge of epidemiological methods
  • Advance computer literacy
  • Research skills and publication record
  • Communication and organisational skills.

Interested internal persons who meet the requirements are invited to send a concise CV to Human Resources via fax:  086 509 8505 or e-mail to

Enquiries may be directed to Kgaugelo Mkwanazi @ (011) 386 6090 

Please indicate the reference number of the post.

Reference, ITC and Criminal checks will be conducted.

Closing date: 13 March 2013.

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