Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation: Key Population / Public Health Researcher

Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation
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Wednesday, 19 February, 2014
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The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) was established in the early 1990's, as part of one of the first public clinics in South Africa to offer antiretroviral therapy to those living with HIV. In January 2004 the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation NPO was established at the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town. Supported by Emeritus Archbishop Desmond and Mrs Leah Tutu, the Foundation's activities include HIV prevention, treatment, and training as well as tuberculosis screening and management among some of the most vulnerable communities of the Western Cape. The work is underpinned by innovative academic research undertaken by the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre (DTHC). The Centre, based at the University of Cape Town's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, operates symbiotically with the Foundation's local field sites in the Nyanga area of Cape Town and Masiphumelele, Noordhoek. Pairing community-driven development and internationally acclaimed research, the DTHF envisions a brighter future where HIV is manageable and its presence diminished in South Africa's communities.

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation seeks to appoint a Key Population/Public Health Researcher.

Data collection will take place in Mafikeng/Mabatu and Bloemfontein, data analysis will be off-site, training in Cape Town. The researcher will ideally be based in Mafikeng or Bloemfontein.

Commence on 1 March 2014, part-time for six months at approximately 60% effort per month.

The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation (DTHF) will work closely with the researcher to conduct evaluation activities that are under the scope of work for this agreement. The DTHF will be responsible for overall implementation of the evaluation. Specific activities will include, but are not limited to:

The researcher will be expected to work with the DTHF, project and evaluation partners and local stakeholders to enable the execution of the evaluation, in line with the protocol and budget. Specific activities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Foster relationships with facility managers at selected clinics to enable evaluation activities at two clinics in the province that the researcher is based (i.e. Free State or North West);
  • With the facility managers plan on-site assessments and interviews with facility health care workers (HCW); and complete activities at baseline and three months thereafter;
  • Foster relationships with organisations working with MSM, SWs and PWUD (Key Populations) in relevant province;
  • With key population organisations, arrange one focus group per population group at baseline and three months thereafter;
  • Plan logisitics for evaluation activities (venues, printing, recording material, refreshments);
  • Work with the DTHF and evaluation co-investigators to pilot tools for the evaluation and make relevant changes;
  • Communicate with the study PI on a weekly basis, and more often if needed;
  • To submit a bi-weekly report of completed work and plan for the up-coming two weeks;
  • Facilitate focus group discussions, interviews and conduct onsite assessments;
  • Transcribe recordings from interviews and discussions into a MS word document;
  • Enter data from the demographic information sheets into a MS Excel spreadsheet;
  • Assist other study team members to clean and analyse data;
  • Contribute to report writing process.


  • University degree in social sciences or related field (or working towards a Masters or a PhD);
  • Previous qualitative research experience;
  • Previous experience working / conducting research within the public health system;
  • Knowledge of HIV and South African epidemic;
  • Previous experience with conducting research with key populations (MSM, SWs and/ or PWUD);
  • Non-judgmental attitude toward issues of sexuality, sexual and other risk behaviours;
  • Fluent written and spoken English and local language (seSotho, seTswana);
  • Proficiency with computer word processing and emailing programmes;
  • Language and communication skills.

Researcher Deliverables:

Deliverables will be mutually agreed upon between the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation,  and will include: 

  1. Bi-weekly progress reports
  2. Original language transcriptions and English translations of 4 HCW interviews (2 baseline and 2 follow-up)
  3. Original language transcriptions and English translations of 6 KP focus group discussions (3 baseline and 3 follow-up)
  4. Completed facility assessment reports (2 baseline and 2 follow-up) 
  5. Data base with data of focus group participants information from demographic information sheets
  6. Database of stakeholders contacted and engaged to ensure 
  7. Record of all research related expenses in line with budget

Confidentiality: The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, the researcher and project staff working on this evaluation will ensure that procedures are in line with the evaluation protocol, which outlines the steps that will be taken to maintain confidentiality.

Payment Terms:   The Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation will enter into a service level agreement with the researcher, who will submit an invoice for the work completed. Be responsible for all financial management of this evaluation. Remuneration will be discussed with short listed candidates. 

To apply, submit a CV and motivation letter to including brief (300 words max) answers to each of the following questions:

  1. Describe your knowledge about, attitudes towards, and experience working with Sex Workers:
  2. Describe your knowledge about, attitudes towards, and experience working with People who Use Drugs:
  3. Describe your knowledge about, attitudes towards, and experience working with Men who have sex with Men (MSM):
  4. Summarise your experience working in the field of HIV/AIDS and Public Health:
  5. Summarise your experience conducting qualitative research:

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