Social Worker


Job title:
Social worker (3.5 Months contract) – possibility for extension for a further 24
Type: Permanent ☐ Fixed Term ☒ Temporary ☐
Main purpose of the job: Provide social work services for the Banakekeli research study seeking to
investigate violence, parenting and hardship in families in Mpumalanga.
Location: Acornhoek, Mpumalanga
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
Closing date: 17 September 2021
Submit detailed CV to:
Advert reference number: SBCC_Social Worker
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

Key performance areas
• Oversee day-to-day referral activities of the project for vulnerable participants.
• Support the project manager in the day-to-day running of the project, including logistics of fieldwork and
safe storage of data.
• Support the interviewers in containing participants and providing direction around what is and isn’t
considered a referral.
• Ensure adherence to study protocols and study-specific procedures under the guidance of the project
• Establish links with local health, police, social work, and education services to allow referrals of participants
for a wide array of concerns.
• Case manage individual referrals (e.g., in the case of the suspicion that a child is in need of care and
protection, the Social worker will need to complete and submit Form 22 to the relevant authorities
prescribed in the Children’s Act 38 of 2005), provide counselling, parenting support, help participants
access official documentation and government grants.
• Refer participants to existing services where long-term or specialist involvement is required, e.g., HIV
• Monitor progress of ongoing caseload and any ethical issues arising from the research and provide regular
and ad-hoc reports to the project manager as required by the investigators and ethics committee.
• Convene meetings, liaise, and communicate with partners in the universities, government and
community-based organisations as required.
• Organising and supporting fieldwork logistics.
• Translation of research materials into XiTsonga and/or SiSwati
• Support the project manager in managing the team ensuring that employees are meeting deliverables.
• Support the team by providing debriefing as required.
• Support the project manager in their responsibility for human resources (relationship with the team and
incident reports) in close liaison with the HR Officers at WHC.
• Ensure qualitative data is captured and transcribed in an appropriate form to facilitate analysis.
• Attend scheduled supervision sessions by an allocated social work supervisor. Consult with social work
supervisor where needed.
• Keeping record of process notes and referral documentation.
• Any other duties that may arise as determined by the Investigators or Project Manager.

Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Ltd is a wholly owned
subsidiary of the University of the Witwatersrand.
The Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the
closing date can consider their applications unsuccessful.
Required minimum education, training, and personal abilities
• A social work degree and registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions
• South African Police Service clearance certificate
• National Register for Sexual Offenders clearance certificate
• Crisis intervention and counselling skills
• Good interpersonal and communication skills, ability to work in a team and to work with and manage
people from diverse backgrounds
• Strong management, administrative and computer literacy skills
• Ability to function in a fast-paced multi-tasking environment and to pay attention to detail
• Well organised, problem-solver, with sound time-management skills
• Intellectual and personal integrity, a professional work ethic, and a willingness to work according to
deadlines and under pressure
• Clean driver’s license Code B
• Ability to work Tuesday to Saturday and travel within South Africa
• Willingness to live in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga South Africa
• Proven ability to work with a variety of stakeholders, including health workers, community groups, and
research staff
• Excellent knowledge and experience of using various computer software package, including MS Word
MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and Zoom/Skype
• Fluency in XiTsonga or SiSwati, ideally fluency in both languages
• Fluency in English, reading, writing, and speaking
Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities
• Ability to provide case supervision
• Familiarity with qualitative and quantitative research
• Experience of working with donor-funded projects and in a research or academic environment
Required minimum work experience
• Minimum of five years in social work practice
Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please send an email to The
subject heading of the email must read SBCC_Social Worker 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, your contact
details and how you meet the criteria for this position
• A detailed CV
• E-mail addresses of three recent referees