Community Liaison Officer


Job title: Community Liaison Officer
Type: Permanent ☒ Fixed Term ☐ Temporary ☐
Main purpose of the job:
To link the research of the organisation with the target community by creating
awareness of the research (road shows, events, organised meetings, present
studies) through Community Advisory Groups and to contribute to the strategies
of recruitment and retention.
Location: Wits RHI – 7 Esselen Street, Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
Closing date: 24 November 2021
Submit detailed CV to:
Advert reference number: UM 002-2021
In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants
from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments
Our Organisation maintains a Mandatory COVID-19 requirement and as such only COVID-19 Vaccinated
incumbents will be considered for positions.

Key performance areas

• Develop ongoing strategies for community participation in research projects in conjunction with
• Prepare and make presentations to community groups and structures on project activities (i.e., road shows,
stakeholder visits, pamphlets distributions etc.).
• Participate in radio shows to create awareness of research study.
• Organise, attend and facilitate meetings with the Community Advisory Board (CAB) and individuals.
• Monitor the ongoing activities of the Community Advisory Board (CAB) including the planning of meetings
and training of the CAB.
• Contribute to the evaluation of the process of community mobilisation.
• Work closely with the Research Team to document and respond to issues arising from the community. Ensure
good and informative dialogue.
• Establish a monitoring and evaluation system to measure the coverage and impact of the community
• Maintain study documentation according to monitoring requirements.
• Prepare meeting agendas and circulate minutes timeously.
• Compile reports to the Research Team, management and donors as and when required.
• Review and update materials for different studies as needed
• Take ownership and accountability for tasks and demonstrates effective self-management.
• Follow through to ensure that quality and productivity standards of own work are consistently and
accurately maintained.
• Maintain a positive attitude and respond openly to feedback.
• Take ownership for driving own career development by participating in ongoing training and development
activities such as forums, conferences, policy setting workshops etc.
• Implementation of various tools for Good Participatory Practice for Shandukani Research Centre such as
Training tools, Implementation tools and Monitoring and Evaluation tools
Required minimum education and training
• Grade 12. Valid driver’s license.
• Fluent in English and other African languages.

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities
• A diploma in Public Relations or similar (i.e. Community Development).
• Certification in good clinical practice (GCP).
• Experience in HIV and sexual reproductive health, vaccine research and/or a research environment.
• Experience in the voluntary sector.
• Good communication skills (verbal and written) and able to network with various stakeholders.
• Able to work independently and work as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Be tactful, respectful and
maintain confidentiality.
• Sensitive to diversity and open to change.
Required minimum work experience
• Minimum 2 years’ experience in community health development and programmes.
Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please send an email to The
subject heading of the email must read UM 002-2021 and the job title of position applying for. Please include
the following documentation:
• A cover letter (maximum one page) that clearly states which vacancy you are applying for
• A detailed CV