NICD Epidemiologist (9 positions)

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage provincial GERMS-SA sites (labs, hospitals and clinics), staff, permissions and ethics
  • Support the improvement of surveillance of communicable disease in Provinces
  • Co-ordinate and manage on-site data collection from clinics and laboratories
  • Manage data analysis, report-writing and dissemination for GERMS-SA outputs within the province
  • Assist with grant proposals and possibly assist with the management of grants
  • Assist in protocol development for GERMS projects
  • Be actively involved in the writing and submission of scientific papers
  • Participate in relevant internal, provincial, national and international meetings to facilitate the objectives of GERMS-SA
  • Represent GERMS-SA in provincial meetings and conferences
  • Advocate GERMS-SA to different stakeholders
  • Strengthen the relationship between NHLS, NICD and DOH by being the liaison for all three institutions
  • Provide DOH with support in outbreak investigation and response in the field, this would include close liaison with all role players including the NHLS, National Communicable Diseases Directorate of the Provincial DoH and the Communicable Diseases Units and outbreak response teams in the province
  • Strengthen systems for accessing NHLS and private laboratory data for epidemiological applications with specific reference to GERMS surveillance and outbreak response
  • Play a lead role in the development of laboratory-based early warning systems for outbreaks and analysis of communicable disease data generated from the CDW
  • Provide field supervision and training of the SAFELTP residents for outbreak investigation, assist NHLS FELTP residents in setting up monthly reporting on diseases of public health importance diagnosed by the NHLS, and contribute to the teaching within the SAFELTP long and short courses
  • Comply with any reasonable and lawful instruction issued by the manager.

Key Competencies:

  • MMed (in Public Health) or PhD in Epidemiology or Public Health or Masters in Public Health or MSc Epidemiology and Biostatistics or undergraduate degree (MBBCh or BSc) with proven track record in the field with insight, experience and understanding of public health issues and systems including laboratory systems
  • Field experience in infectious disease epidemiology surveillance and/or research experience
  • Experience with data analysis and public health research
  • Experience in working in Public Health Sector
  • Knowledge of epidemiology and statistical methods
  • Knowledge of and insight into laboratory practice with specific reference to the NHLS and NICD
  • Knowledge of a statistical software package for epidemiological analysis, MS Access, Excell, STATA or SAS
  • Leadership and management skills
  • Good understanding the health systems in South Africa
  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Code 8 Drivers Licence
  • Applicants may be required to write an entrance test to prove their understanding and competency in field epidemiology and statistics.

Based at Eastern Cape (Mthatha), Free State (Bloemfontein),Gauteng (Tshwane), Kwazulu Natal (Pietermaritzburg), Limpopo (Polokwane), Mpumalanga (Nelspruit), Northern Cape (Kimberley), North West (Klerksdorp), Western Cape (Cape Town).

(Pay Zone Depends On Experience)

Salary Range (R317 671.00pa – R763 517.00pa)

REF: NICD0513/002-03

Persons who meet the requirements are invited to send a concise CV and application form 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

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2 thoughts on “NICD Epidemiologist (9 positions)

  1. Iam interested in the post of epidemiologist iam a biomedical scientist specialist medical microbiology with masters in public health and doctorate in public health.

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