SABR:Programme Coordinator - Lactation Consultant for Breastmilk Donors

South African Breastmilk Reserve
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 31 March, 2021
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The South African Breastmilk Reserve (SABR) as a non-profit organisation which has since 2003 contributed to reducing premature baby mortality and morbidity by promoting breastfeeding and encouraging breastmilk donations for redistribution to the vulnerable.
This is an opportunity to join the SABR with its 15-years of experience in pioneering one of the largest human milk-bank models in South Africa operating across the 9 provinces in South Africa and supplying 70 private NICU. This model includes developing proudly South African purpose-designed breastmilk pasteurisers to minimise pathogens and maximise nutrition in local African conditions and conducting thought-leading breastmilk research.
The SABR seeks a Programme Coordinator - Lactation Donor Breastmilk Consultant to be based in Johannesburg.

Who is a healthcare professional to join and coordinate this programme and impact positively on the 8 out of 100 premature babies born and the 11,000 premature babies that die from preventable infections and complications every year.


The Lactation Consultant/Dietitian functions dependently as an expert in a multi-disciplinary team and responsibilities include:

  • Being the SABR ambassador with healthcare professionals to gain their support to encourage human breastmilk donations, and reassure mothers whose babies will receive donated human breastmilk;
  • Co-ordinating public and private milk banks and enhancing the reputation of the SABR with the hospitals and undertaking advocacy work to promote human breastmilk banking;
  • Actively sourcing donors and developing and initiating social media promotions drives and public relations with the media;
  • Offer telephonic and in person education, coaching and counselling to mothers on breastfeeding basics, resolving problems and advising on breastmilk production so as to also encourage breastmilk donations;
  • Analysing, evaluating and interpreting potential donor information and guiding milkbank champions regarding the suitability of donors;
  • Ensuring that the milkbanks maintain their levels of donated breastmilk by signing up donors, and collecting and despatching donated breastmilk;
  • Assisting with the continued development of the SABR Standard Operating Procedures and ensuring adherence to them;
  • Designing and facilitating in-service training;
  • Supervising and guiding the breastmilk agents regarding training and upholding protocols;
  • Reviewing and updating  training materials; 
  • Conducting milkbank audits to ensure quality assurance, health and safety standards, and hygiene standards are maintained at all times, including Universal Regular Hand-Washing Procedures;
  • Testing the pasteurisers  and checking that the protocol of the entire cycle is followed;
  • Participate and assist with research projects;
  • Co-ordinating exhibitions and manning the stall  to talk through and encourage donations;
  • Serves as a resource and holds assistive personnel accountable to complete delegated tasks, and
  • Communicate and collaborate with other health care professionals and represent the SABR at designated meetings, technical working groups, the Department of Health.

Required qualifications and experience:

  • Holding a current certified Lactation or Dietitian Consultant qualification;
  • Currently registered with the Health professional Counsel of South Africa (HPCSA);
  • Having approximately 5-years working experience, and
  • Having a valid drivers’ licence and be comfortable to drive on one’s own.

Skills, knowledge and attributes:

  • Strong judgment skills – the ability to work with minimal supervision and make independent decisions within the policies/procedures and philosophy of the SABR;
  • Good writing skills, preferably in more than one language – the ability to write simple and clear educational material, standard operating procedures breastfeeding support material, newsletters and research papers;
  • Well-developed computer and social media skills – creative and able to conceptualise new initiatives;
  • The ability to easily develop relationships – telephonically, in person and via media platforms;
  • Facilitation and teaching skills – in groups, one-on-one and on-line;
  • Assisting the breastfeeding mother to attain her individual breastfeeding goals;
  • Able to work well within a team and act independently;
  • Effective communication skills and able to assess and guide staff remotely;
  • Be cost conscious and use the SABR resources effectively;
  • Values continuous learning and their personal development - maintains and expands knowledge and skills by participating in continuing education programs and professional development activities, by reading current literature in their personal time;
  • Own a car and be willing to use it for SABR business, and
  • Ideally be a mother who has breastfed her children.
  • The SABR is an organisation that responds to emergencies therefore, although the office working hours are 07h00 to 16h00 Monday to Friday, to participate in the emergency stand by roster.

If you wish to join the SABR in their quest to make a difference in the lives of mothers with premature babies please send your CV to  or telephone 084 610 4860. 
The SABR will communicate with shortlisted candidates only. Should you not hear from the SABR by 31 March 2021 please consider that you have not been shortlisted. The SABR reserves the right to not make an appointment.

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