Main purpose of the job:

  • Lead the drug development and regulatory processes workstream for the market-shaping output


  • Parktown – Johannesburg

Key performance areas:

  • Lead the drug development & regulatory processes workstream
  • Work closely with CHAI and lead product development, regulatory, and quality assurance processes
  • Work closely with the CHAI’s US-based product development and regulatory team and develop plans to accelerate generic product development
  • Work closely with CHAI’s US-based product development and regulatory team to assess and mitigate product development risks with generic partners and support innovative regulatory strategies
  • Engage in job shadowing (of CHAI) during technical meetings with generic manufacturers and strategy development
  • Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with CHAI, manufacturers, and other stakeholders as relates to the drug development & regulatory processes workstream
  • Convene and/or attend and lead drug development and regulatory stakeholder meetings
  • Work closely with CHAI to establish appropriate relationships with key stakeholders within the drug development & regulatory environment
  • Oversee the planning and coordination of the drug development & regulatory workstream
  • Ensure coordination with the supplier engagement and contract management workstream
  • Contribute to the technical coordination between Wits RHI, Unitaid, CHAI, and all other stakeholders and ensure that Wits RHI is represented
  • Support optimal communication between and across the Wits RHI and CHAI teams is optimal and that program activities are coordinated and leveraged
  • Contribute to the achievement of Wits RHI’s corporate goals and objectives. Actively participate in key global, regional, and national stakeholder fora
  • Line manage and give day-to-day direction to one project manager: drug development and regulatory processes. Dotted line management of two other positions (project administrator and project statistician)
  • Attend manufacturer site visits as necessary
  • Report monthly on key achievements, challenges, and any anecdotal success stories
  • Contribute to and support financial management and control as related to the above human resources and other activities
  • Manage line reports in keeping with Wits RHI policies and procedures
  • Plan, convene, and produce reports for monthly one-on-one meetings with supervised staff to monitor performance and support
  • Attend to all staffing requirements and administration
  • Oversee the duties of subordinates to ensure optimal staff utilization and maintenance of sound labor relations
  • Plan, organize and lead staff performance assessments
  • Identify substandard performance by team members and plan and implement necessary corrective action
  • Coach and train subordinates and team members to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and skills required by the organization
  • Lead the promotion of harmony, teamwork, and sharing of information
  • Provide day-to-day support to all project staff
  • Take ownership and accountability for tasks and demonstrate effective self-management
  • Follow through to ensure that quality and productivity standards of own work are consistently and accurately maintained
  • Maintain a positive attitude and respond openly to feedback
  • Take ownership of driving your career development by participating in ongoing training and development activities such as forums, conferences, policy-setting workshops, etc.

Required minimum education and training:

  • A Graduate-level Technical Degree with significant experience in product development commercialization and regulatory affairs

Required minimum work experience:

  • Minimum 8 years of private sector work experience, with a focus on product development and commercialization and regulatory affairs
  • Successful experience accelerating preclinical and clinical research and product development by implementing efficient and effective drug development and regulatory strategies for these products. This should include specific experience:
    • Guiding companies/partners to perform various types of bioequivalence (BE) studies, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD) studies, and randomized controlled clinical trials (RCT) to assess safety and efficacy
    • Helping to establish succinct regulatory filing strategies to support the filing of regulatory dossiers that demonstrate a new product’s safety, efficacy, and quality
    • Supporting the development and commercialization of drug products, drug-device combinations, and medical devices
    • Performing Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) gap analyses and reviewing regulatory submissions for new innovator and generic product manufacturers
  • Experience developing strategies to overcome key barriers and issues related to product development, filing, approval, introduction, and adoption
  • Extensive experience managing relationships with manufacturers, procurement and other partners, Stringent Regulatory Authority (SRAs), National Drug Regulatory Authorities (NDRAs), Ministries of Health, and other key stakeholders, including both innovator and generic product manufacturers
  • Experience supporting the capacitation of new/junior team members with more limited experience in product development and commercialization and regulatory affairs
  • Ability to collaborate remotely with team members spread across geographies

Desirable additional education, work experience, and personal abilities:

  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to navigate complicated situations, excellent levels of written and verbal English communication skills, ability to communicate in other SA languages, preferably area-appropriate

Demands of the job:

  • Travel will be required within and outside of South Africa
  • Work can be highly demanding and pressurized, and requires flexibility, management, training, and leadership experience


  • Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experience as 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: 16 February 2024.
  • Note AJ Personnel is fully POPI compliant.
  • Note WHC, in accordance with their Employment Equity goals and plan, will give preference to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

Please note:

  • AJ PERSONNEL is only responsible for the advertising of the advertisement on behalf of their client Wits Health Consortium.
  • 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.
  • AJ Personnel does not have any salary or other information regarding the position.

Desired Skills:

  • Communication
  • Computer Skills
  • Healthcare
  • Medical
  • Public / Non-Profit Administration
  • Regulatory Rules

About The Employer:

The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a renowned African-led research institute that seeks solutions to Africa’s health [URL Removed] is located within the University of the Witwatersrand and addresses some of the greatest public health concerns affecting our region, including HIV and its related problems, sexual and reproductive health, and vaccinology.

Employer & Job Benefits:

  • Medical Aid Contribution
  • Provident Fund Contribution

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