Doctor and Nurse vacancies - HIV Fast Track Programme 
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Are you looking for a career in HIV?

The HIV Management Cluster’s objective is to support the public sector to ensure access for all South Africans to quality HIV care.  All our projects are geared towards building public sector capacity to respond to the HIV epidemic through technical assistance, training and development of innovative models of service delivery that are appropriate for the South African context. Technical assistance activities include conducting targeted evaluation, operational research and the dissemination of better practice for the purposes of policy development, replication of successful interventions, and the expansion of the knowledge base relating to HIV. As part of this commitment, RHRU is now seeking to build South African clinical capacity in HIV through a new HIV Fast Track Learning Programme for newly qualified doctors and nurses with 2 - 3 years experience.

Participants in the Fast Track Programme will be exposed to a structured clinical training programme, including formal training sessions and tutorials as well as significant periods of experiential learning in a variety of environments, supported by HIV experienced RHRU staff.  As part of this, Fast Trackers will have an opportunity to learn quality improvement techniques and support service delivery in paediatric, adult and maternal HIV care, in rural and urban settings and in various levels of public health facility.  The programme also provides general management training and opportunities to build other skills, such as report writing, training and group facilitation. All participants of this programme will be expected to pass the Diploma in HIV Management. The programme lasts for 12 months from January to December, with the possibility of further career opportunities within RHRU for successful graduates. It should be noted that Fast Track Programme participants are salaried employees and will receive a competitive remuneration package.

Essential criteria: 

Doctors: MBBCH or equivalent, plus recent completion of community service

Nurses: 2 - 3 years experience, completion of post basic course is an advantage

Commitment to a career in HIV is required by all participants.

Key performance areas include: 

Appropriate assessment and treatment of HIV patients, including ARV’s; Identification of ARV failures and review of difficult cases with RHRU staff; understanding and successful implementation of quality improvement approaches; successful completion of the HIV Management Course and Diploma in HIV Management; the acquisition and application of clinical training skills; and the acquisition of general management and planning skills.

Candidates must have excellent communication skills, ability to work in a diverse team, computer literacy in MS Outlook, PowerPoint and Word is an advantage; knowledge of South African public health structures; a valid driver’s licence; a willingness to undertake regular overnight travel for part of the programme. 

Candidates interested in participating in the 2008 Fast Track Programme, should send their CV’s and a detailed motivation letter, marked “HIV Fast Track”  to:

Wits Health Consortium, Human Resources Department, Postnet Suite 189, Private Bag x2600, Houghton, 2041

e-mail:  [email protected]

or fax to 011 933 1227

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted. For more information about the RHRU, visit the About RHRU section of this website