South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC)
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The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research.  It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.  The organisation prides itself on three core values: being pioneering, striving for excellence and working collaboratively.

Individuals are invited to submit applications in response to the following position:

Community Liaison Officer (CLO)

HIV Prevention Research Unit
Durban Office

One Year Contract

The SAMRC’s HIV Prevention Research Unit seeks to appoint a competent and experienced Community Liaison Officer to carry out the following key responsibilities.


  • Plan, implement and coordinate community engagement, education and networking for multiple concurrent research studies in a research setting
  • Conduct and facilitate educational training with Community Working Group (CWG) members on clinical and social research, HIV prevention, TB and other infectious diseases
  • Manage, support and train CWG members, stakeholders and peer educators in community research settings
  • Network and engage local community leaders and structures on a monthly basis
  • Plan and manage monthly community events, training sessions and meetings
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on community engagement and implement new strategies in partnership with stakeholders
  • Conduct male, youth and family education programmes in partnership with stakeholders
  • Monitor outreach and community engagement activities
  • Maintain documentation and training records of community involvement activities, as per South African Good Clinical Practice Guidelines (SAGCP)
  • Submit outcome reports on community outreach and education timeously
  • Engage community stakeholders in respect of recruitment, retention and adherence strategies
  • Have quarterly meetings with the management staff of the Department of Health including members from clinics and hospitals
  • Update site referral logs with current active health/social service providers.

Core Requirements:

  • 1-2 year certified accredited course/diploma in Social Science or Community Development
  • 2 – 3 years’ experience in research and community engagement
  • Fluency in English and an excellent understanding of isiZulu
  • Computer literate
  • Valid driver’s license

Added Advantage:

  • 3 year qualification will be an added advantage
  • Prior knowledge and experience of HIV/AIDS issues and infectious diseases
  • Sound verbal and written communication
  • Efficient organisational and administrative skills
  • Effective interpersonal, facilitation and problem solving skills
  • Effective work ethic in a high pressured environment while achieving deadlines
  • Good Participatory Practice (GPP) training

A salary in the region of R163 000 per annum, cost-to-company will be negotiated in consideration of experience and qualifications.

In accordance with the SAMRC’s Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups. For this reason, we require race, gender and disability status to be specified. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.


The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment.

Closing date: 29 September 2017

Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date,
kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

Please go to the following Web Site to complete an online application.

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Last updated:
15 September, 2017
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