The Health Systems Trust (HST) Current Employment Opportunity

Posted on :

6 Apr, 2020

Category :

Health & Safety Jobs in South Africa, Management Jobs in South Africa

The Health Systems Trust (HST) is driving change for comprehensive and equitable health systems through research and capacity development​.


Job Title: Programme Manager
Location: Sout Africa
Employment type: This is a fixed-term contract position, renewable based on performance and availability of funds.

The purpose of this position is to manage and provide strategic direction and technical leadership to the SA SURE Project within the Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Unit. S/he will be responsible for quality assurance, overall project implementation, monitoring of project progress against set deliverables and targets, and liaison with the project funder and partners. All activities will be 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 health districts. This is a senior position and the candidate will contribute to other initiatives within the organisation, such as proposal-writing.


  • Provide technical leadership to HST staff in the design, securing, resourcing and implementation of HSS projects Support the HSS Director in the overall management of the Unit, including:
  • planning and budgeting;
  • fundraising (including proposal development) to ensure sustainability of the unit and the organisation; and
  • quality assurance of the Unit’s outputs
  • Manage relationships with funders and stakeholders; liaise with National and Provincial Departments of Health, other partners and clients
  • Manage project managers and staff
  • Support knowledge management within the organisation and ensure collaboration with other HST units
  • Represent HST in public fora, meetings and conferences
  • Contribute to the overall leadership of HST as a senior member of the team


  • A postgraduate qualification in public health, social sciences or a related field
  • At least seven years’ experience in public health and management of complex multi-stakeholder projects
  • At least two years’ experience in the management of USA-funded projects
  • General management experience
  • Strong leadership and people management skillsDemonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with senior government officials, donors, and non-profit sectors
  • Knowledge and experience of the southern African health systems and policies, public health and health information systems, HIV and AIDS, TB, monitoring and evaluation, and the District Health System
  • A proactive and professional management style
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Experience of working in the non-profit environment will be an advantage

To apply

Interested applicants should forward a detailed CV stating the position applied for together with names and contact details (telephone numbers and an email address) of at least three contactable referees, at

Application Deadline: Wednesday, 8 April, 2020

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