Medical Officer

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Company :  Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Location :  South Africa, South Africa
Job Type :  Full-time
Job Status :  Permanent
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The HIV, AIDS, STIs and TB (HAST) research programme within the HSRC employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, many of which are donor-funded.

The HAST research programme specializes in research on the social determinants of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. The research strives to address these health problems at their source, namely, at both the social and population levels. It also includes social aspects of delivery models for biomedical interventions in order to optimize delivery of interventions. HAST is based in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban with smaller sites in Port Elizabeth, and Sweetwaters.

HAST will undertake the first South African National Tuberculosis Prevalence Survey in collaboration with the National Department of Health (NDoH) and the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). This population-based cross-sectional survey is designed to enhance TB control in South Africa by informing the National TB Control Programme about the current epidemiological situation of TB disease and offering insight on ways in which TB control can be improved.

The HAST programme will lead the Field Operations for the survey. In order to achieve this, the following positions have become available and we wish to fill them as soon as possible. The duration of the contract is 12 months.

Medical Officer (x1)
To be located in Gauteng /Western Cape or Kwazulu-Natal
Post reference number is TB-MO 12/2017

Key responsibilities
  • Read and interpret chest radiographs (CXRs) taken from participants;
  • Capture all CXR readings on the survey database;
  • Communicate CXR findings with participants who would like to know the findings from their CXRs;
  • Ensure that all members of the field team adhere to the procedures in the survey protocol as described in the Survey Standard Operating Procedures document (also called the Field Operations Manual);
  • Refer ill individuals presenting at the survey field site to the nearest health facility for further clinical management;
  • Communicate with the HSRC survey leadership team on a regular basis (weekly);
  • Provide leadership and direction to the field team;
  • Liaise with local, district and provincial authorities on (including DOH) issues regarding fieldwork, clinical referral of research participants when required as well as regarding other linkage to care;
  • Liaise with survey partners (NDOH, SAMRC, WHO, NICD) during field visits;
  • Work with the HSRC team and the assistant team leader regarding logistics and organization of fieldwork;
  • Work with the assistant team leader, and the radiographer to supervise the setting up and closing down of the survey field site in accordance with the prescribed operating procedure;
  • Communicate with and visit the selected clusters in preparation for fieldwork as requested by the HSRC;
  • Ensure that all materials and supplies are available for work in each cluster;
  • Coordinate the required day-to-day fieldwork;
  • Assign work to other field team members as per the survey protocol when this is needed;
  • Promptly report and address any challenges during implementation of the survey protocol in the field;
  • Liaise with the field data manager to ensure that data is transferred to the HSRC server on a daily basis;
  • Ensure that all assets and equipment used by the team are kept safely before, during and after work in each cluster;
  • Drive a hired car (may be assisted by other team members who are registered as co-drivers);
  • Complete a field report template at the end of fieldwork in each cluster;
  • Provide a community feedback to the community leaders at the end of the field operations in each cluster;
  • Perform any other function or activity as required by the Principal Investigator, Project Director, Project Manager, or Provincial Coordinators in order to attain the study objectives.
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