Surveillance Officer

VACANCY
Job title: Surveillance Officer × 5 (Twelve Months Contract)
Type: Permanent ☐ Fixed Term ☒ Temporary ☐
Main purpose of the job:
To collect quality clinical data and samples from patients at designated sites
for the relevant surveillance projects as per protocol. The surveillance officer
will be involved in clinic, community and hospital-based surveillance and
research for programmes/ projects that link with and fall under the GERMS-SA
surveillance and syndromic surveillance programme. This includes syndromic
pneumonia, diarrhoeal and acute febrile illness surveillance at certain sites.
Location: Livingstone Hospital, Tygerberg Hospital and Tembisa Hospital
Closing date: 23 November 2021
Submit detailed CV to: bkiri@witshealth.co.za
Advert reference number: Surveillance Officer _03
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
thereto.

Key performance areas
• Screen patients, identify cases, rapidly enrol patients for surveillance projects by (1) close liaison with
the clinical laboratory, (2) daily review of all laboratory records, and (3) by using other methods that
have been put in place for that site
• Collect surveillance data by interview and/ or medical record review
• Obtain informed consent from identified/eligible patients
• Counsel and perform venesection for HIV testing as required
• File surveillance and research records on –site after data collection according to the relevant
protocol
• Collect samples from patients according to study protocols and ensure their safe submission to NICD
• May be required to travel between clinics / hospitals / laboratory for collection of data / consumables
• Communicate on a regular basis with the Health facility staff, laboratory, on-site coordinators and
NICD coordinating units
• Regularly collate and submit surveillance data gathered
• Supervise junior surveillance officers and community surveillance assistants and ensure training, data
quality from the site
• Assist with permissions and ethics for the region
• Compile site statistics, as required by line manager
• Keep control of stock and request stock timeously
• Keep up to date with relevant, current, and emerging research, methods, and technologies to ensure
personal growth and development

• Perform tasks assigned by the line manager, related to GERMS-SA surveillance and syndromic
surveillance programme
Required minimum education and training
Three- or Four-Year Diploma in Nursing. Computer Literacy: Microsoft office skills (Word, Excel, and Power
Point). Valid driver’s license (manual)
Professional body registration
Registration with SANC
Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities
• Knowledge of infection prevention and control procedures
• Crisis intervention skills
• HIV counselling and testing certificate will be advantageous
• Good Communication skills both written and verbal (advantageous if proficient in English and
languages used at the advertised site)
• Own car would be preferable
• Good clinical practice certificate (GCP) preferable
• Ability to produce reports
• Ability to maintain confidentiality, diplomacy, and professionalism at all times.
• Ability to work under pressure and adhere to deadlines.
• Strong managerial and organizational abilities with attention to detail
• Self-motivated, able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
Required minimum work experience
Minimum three years clinical work, post-qualification. Two years in clinical research would be advantageous
Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, please send an email to bkiri@witshealth.co.za. The
subject heading of the email must read Surveillance Officer _03 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