A Programme Manager (10 Months Fixed Term Contract) vacancy is available at our Client, Wits Health Consortium in Rosebank, Johannesburg – Gauteng.


Wits Health Consortium (Pty) Limited (“WHC”) is a wholly-owned Company of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (South Africa) under its Faculty of Health Sciences. WHC provides Faculty with a legal framework within which to operate the research and other activities necessary to support its academic objectives. In addition, WHC offers a range of products and services to the Academics conducting these activities in order to assist with the management thereof

Main purpose of the job

  • To lead RHAP’s health systems and policy work, with an emphasis on health financing, food policy and health system reform under National Health Insurance (NHI)


  • Rosebank, Johannesburg (RHAP)

Key performance areas

  • Lead RHAP’s analysis of national, provincial and district health budgets
  • Allocation processes/ formulas and the development of RHAP health financing positions and build stakeholder support for RHAP’s positions
  • Participate in national/provincial/district technical committees as needed
  • Strengthen and maintain strong working relationships with the National Treasury and Budget Justice Coalition
  • Convene a seminar series with health financing experts to review health financing research and models
  • Generate policy ideas & recommendations for equitable health financing
  • Communicate/disseminate learning & recommendations to stakeholders
  • Support and inform the development of relevant communications deliverables, e.g. press releases, op-eds, media interviews
  • Rural-proof the regulations for the front of package label campaign & incorporate learnings/ recommendations into the broader food policy coalition
  • Support and inform economic analyses on the HPL
  • Co-develop & implement a 2-3-year policy strategy to increase the HPL
  • Participate in food policy coalition meetings
  • Meet with relevant government stakeholders
  • Educate & inform on RHAP’s positions
  • Support and inform the development of relevant communications deliverables, e.g. press releases, oped’s, media interviews
  • RHAP NHI policy submissions
  • Analyze/assess the President’s District Coordination Model
  • Develop recommendations & a RHAP position
  • Identify, document and share key COVID-19 health system best practices to incorporate/inform health system reform
  • Educate and train RHAP staff members on key health financing, budgeting and policy issues
  • Train civil society partners at the national and community-level on health budgets and prioritization
  • Facilitate/support the development of TORs or sourcing of consultants (e.g. Researchers, Specialists) to support special projects

Required minimum education and training

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Advanced degree in a relevant area such as public health, public policy, management or economics is preferred

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

  • An activist health systems researcher with an interest in advocacy and rural health equity
  • Understanding of the South African health system and the rural health context, and an interest in using health reform to advance rural health equity
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work/connect with diverse culture/contexts
  • Entrepreneurial mindset, including the ability to work independently, self-motivate, and propose and implement new initiatives
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint and Word
  • Knowledge of and experience in public finance/health economics is an advantage
  • Experience working with national, provincial or district health services is an advantage
  • Knowledge of and experience in advanced analytics is an advantage

Required minimum work experience

  • Minimum 2 years of experience


  • Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experienceas mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV – Please Apply Online
  • Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.
  • The closing date for all applications is 31 March 2021.
  • 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 to be unsuccessful.
  • 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.

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