DEPUTY DIRECTOR: RESEARCH (MEDICAL NATURAL SCIENTIST/PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST)

  • Full Time
  • Bloemfontein, Orange Free State, Cnr. Charles & Harvey Rd, City Centre, 9301 View on Map
  • Health Free State posted 1 week ago
  • Posted : Sep 9, 2021 -Accepting applications
  • Salary: R869,007.00 - R869,007.00 / Annual
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Job Detail

  • Offered Salary R869 007 per annum
  • Qualifications phd
  • Industry Health
  • Reference REF NO: H/D/32
  • Centre Information, Research & Knowledge Management: Corporate Office, Bloemfontein.
  • Enquiries
    Dr Chikobvu Tel No: (051) 408 1738
  • Where to submit application
    To: The Director, Bophelo House, Private Bag x227, Bloemfontein, 9300, or hand deliver @ room Main Building, Ground floor entrance, Cnr Charlotte Maxeke and Harvey Road, Bloemfontein.
  • Notes
    Applications must be submitted on new Z83 form. “Applicants are advised that until 31 December 2020 the current application for employment (Z83) form will be applicable, however from 1 January 2021, a new application for employment (Z83) form will be effective. Should an individual wish to apply for a post on or after 1 January 2021, he/she will be required to submit the new application for employment form which can be downloaded at www.dpsa.gov.za-vacancies. From 1 January 2021 should an application be received using the incorrect application for employment (Z83), it will not be considered.” The fully completed and signed form Z83 should be accompanied by a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as all qualification(s), academic records including a Senior certificate and ID-document [Driver’s license where applicable]. Non- RSA Citizens/Permanent Resident Permit Holders must attach a copy of their Permanent Residence Permits to their applications. Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, as well as applications received late, will not be considered. The Department does not accept applications via fax or email. Failure to submit all the requested documents will result in the application not being considered. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Suitable candidates will be subjected to a personnel suitability check (criminal record, qualification verification and employment verification). Where applicable, candidates will be subjected to a skills/knowledge test. Successful candidates will be appointed on a probation period of 12 months. The Department reserves the right not to make any appointment(s) to the above post. The successful candidate will be expected to sign a performance agreement. The Department of Health is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. The employment decision shall be informed by the Employment Equity Plan of the Department. It is the Department’s intention to promote equity (race, gender and disability) through the filling of this post(s) with a candidate whose transfer / promotion / appointment will promote representativity in line with the numerical targets as contained in our Employment Equity Plan. Advertisement and accompanying notes must clearly capture the requirements for certification to reflect that applicants must submit copies of qualifications, Identify document and drivers licence (where appropriate) and any other relevant documents. Such copies need not be certified when applying for a post. The communication from the HR of the department regarding the requirements for certified documents will be limited to shortlisted candidates. Therefore, only shortlisted candidates for a post will be required to submit certified documents on or before the day of the interview following communication from HR.

Job Description

REQUIREMENTS : PhD in Public Health or PhD in Biostatistics or PhD in Social Sciences with focus on health system or Medical specialist in community health, or Medical specialist in health science or any equivalent qualification with relevant experience in research in health sector. At least 5 to 10 years’ appropriate experience in conducting research in health sector. Minimum of 2 Publications in pear reviewed journal at least one the applicant being the first author. Valid Driver’s license with experience in driving and be prepared to travel within the Free State Province and beyond Knowledge and Skills: Experience in funding application with a minimum of 1st authored one article published in a scientific journal. Experience in designing and conducting research and managing a large research data base preferably in a health environment. Experience in public health policy development as informed by research findings. Experience in data processing using Microsoft excel and any other statistical software such as SAS, R Studio, SPSS, STATA, etc for data analysis and interpretation of the results. Experience in data analysis and ability to writing scientific reports and publications on short notice, based on the analysis. Good communication skills and health related statistical experience as well as knowledge of health information system are added advantages. Excellent leadership ability, time management, project management, stress management, motivational skills and strong negotiation skills as well as attention to detail. Health related statistical experience and knowledge of organizational behavior are added advantages. Experience in organizing a research conference as well as participating in research conferences. DUTIES : Facilitate and support the application of research findings to support program management challenges. Conduct and promote the undertaking of quality health epidemiological, operational and action research, health systems and diseases surveillance researches as well as action and clinical research together with population studies in the department. Develop research instruments/ questionnaires to strengthen evidence-based decision making for the Free State department of health. Promote research collaboration, build and maintain relations with research institutions to facilitate research complementarity. Serve as a platform for dialogue on departmental priorities, sharing knowledge and dissemination of research, information and publication. Facilitate and support the application of research findings to support program management challenges. Conduct and promote the undertaking of quality health epidemiological, operational and action research, health systems and diseases surveillance researches as well as action and clinical research together with population studies in the department. Develop research instruments/ questionnaires to strengthen evidence-based decision making for the Free State department of health. Promote research collaboration, build and maintain relations with research institutions to facilitate research complementarity. Serve as a platform for dialogue on departmental priorities, sharing knowledge and dissemination of research, information and publication. Identify and source funding for research and development, for the department. Plan/direct detailed studies of public health issues to discover ways to prevent and to treat the issues. Perform the collection and analysis of data, by using observations, interviews, surveys and blood samples – to discover what is causing certain diseases. Communicate study findings to policymakers, practitioners and the general public. Provide management of health programs by doing program planning, monitoring program progress and doing data analysis. Participates in research activities, special investigations and descriptive and analytic studies relating to specific diseases; interprets results and adapts to epidemiology programs and related programs. Prepares

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