Health Systems Research (HSR) Unit PROGRAMME MANAGER

Health Systems Trust
Closing Date: 
24 April 2017

Health Systems Research (HSR) Unit




Health Systems Trust (HST) wishes to appoint a Programme Managerto provide strategic direction and technical support to the project team. He/she will be responsible for initiating and implementing project activities. The candidate will manage, assure quality in and provide technical leadership for the Unit’s health systems research (HSR) projects in line with the organisation’s goal of contributing to building equitable, effective and efficient national health systems in South Africa and the region, through the development and maintenance of functional districts. The candidate will also contribute to other initiatives within the organisation such as proposal-writing.

The incumbent will be expected to be based in the Midrand office; however, consideration will be given for the incumbent to be based in the Cape Town or Durban offices.

This is a fixed-term contract position, renewable based on funding.



  • Provide technical leadership to HST staff in the design, securing, resourcing and implementation of HSR projects
  • Support the Director with the overall management of the Unit through:
  1. Planning and budgeting
  2. Fundraising, including proposal development, to ensure sustainability of the Unit and the organisation
  3. Quality assurance of the Unit’s work and products
  4. Line management of project managers and staff
  5. Management of staff performance and development goals
  6. Management of project progress reporting requirements according to funder specifications
  • Manage relationships with funders and stakeholders; liaise with National and Provincial Departments of Health, clients and funder/s
  • Support knowledge management within the organisation and ensure collaboration with other HST units
  • Represent HST in public forums/meetings/conferences
  • As a senior member of the team, contribute to the overall leadership of HST.



 A PhD or postgraduate qualification in public health

A FCPHM degree would be an advantage.

At least five years’ experience in public health

General management experience

Knowledge and experience of southern African health systems and policies, public health, health information systems, monitoring and evaluation and the District Health System

A proactive and professional management style

Excellent writing skills

Experience of working in the NPO environment will be an advantage.



A salary package commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications and in line with HST’s Job Grading System will be offered. 


Interested applicants should forward a detailed CV, stating the position applied for, together with the names and contact details (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three contactable referees, to




  • Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit certified copies of all qualifications and identity documents.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
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  • Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates.
  • All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to reference and credential checks.
  • If you have not been contacted within 30 days of the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.
  • HST reserves the right to not fill this position.



People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.