Assessing Public Health and General Management Competencies of Health Facility Managers (CDC–FM Competencies study)

Project description
Since 2010, HST has led work in the area of competency assessments focusing on sub-district and PHC facility managers. The Assessment of the General Management and Public Health Competencies of Facility and other Sub-district Managers was concluded in 2012/13; this study revealed gaps in leadership and management capacity-building in the country, as well as the need to enhance competency assessment techniques and processes and extend this to other categories of staff working within the district health system. HST has been working closely with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in pursuit of expanding this work. The study now continues as a CDC-funded project aimed at honing the competency assessment tools and up-scaling competency assessments in additional HST-supported districts using refined competency assessment techniques.
Project objectives
  • To refine the competency assessment tools 
  • To develop an electronic competency assessment format 
  • To scale up testing of managers’ competencies within the SA SURE districts 
  • To ensure that the work generated from these assessments informs the development of a capacity-building curriculum for facility and other managers at sub-district level
Funder US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Partners National and Provincial Departments of Health
Project team members
Project Director: Dr René English
Project Manager and Senior Researcher: Rhulane Madale
Manager, Innovations: Dr Nazia Peer, Thesandree Padayachee
Technical Specialist: Annibale Cois
Researchers: Joan Dippenaar, Iris Cupido, Taurai Chikotie
Status Completed

For further information, contact the Project Manager, Rhulane Madale, at

Updated: August 2015