South Africa

Psychologist and Social Worker (Consultant)

Company HSRC
Reference # HSD/11/2018
Published 30/11/2018
Contract Type Contract
12 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
HSD is looking to appoint 2 suitably qualified persons in a part time consultant capacity to provide psychologist and social work services on the Insika Yomama Randomised Control Trial (RCT). The RCT is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the MRC and the Wellcome Trust Joint Global Health Trials scheme. The trial is led by Professor Alan Stein (Oxford University, United Kingdom) together with Dr Tamsen Rochat (HSRC, South Africa) and the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI). The RCT is being implemented in rural Kwazulu-Natal at the AHRI field site.
Our aim is to conduct a cluster RCT to test an integrated home-based intervention programme that jointly treats depression and enhances parenting. The intervention, delivered during pregnancy and the postnatal period, comprises a combination of behavioural activation (BA) therapy to treat the symptoms of depression, and a parenting programme to improve maternal responsiveness to infants. The control is an enhanced standard of care including four phone calls delivered by telephonic support staff.
The minimum requirement for the consulting psychologist position is registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a clinical or counselling psychologist. The requirement for the consulting social worker position is registration with the South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP) as a social worker. We require proof of registration and minimum of 2 years of appropriate experience. Experience working with women, children and families would be an advantage. The level of appointment offered will depend on qualifications and relevant experience.
This position is offered on a part time consultancy basis (to a maximum of 20% or 1 day (two clinics) per week for up to a 1-year renewable contract, based on funding. The successful candidate will be required to be present at the collaborating research site (Africa Health Research Institute) near Mtubatuba for consulting duties, with possible travel to local clinics or the Department of Social Development in the study area if required. The consultant will be supported in this work by three senior staff (2 clinical psychologists and a psychiatrist). Candidates who are not able to be physically present at the research site for consulting purposes are discouraged from applying.
Job Functions Counselling
Industries Research
•Respond to referrals for the management of adverse events and serious adverse events including assessment of participants at risk of psychological or social harm and making of appropriate referrals to public services.
•Support the development and maintenance of strategic relationships amongst the AHRI adverse events (AEs) and serious adverse events (SAEs) team and local psychological and social welfare service providers;
•Provide mentorship to the standard of care telephonic support staff
•Work alongside the trial psychologist to establish better systems of referral and follow-up with AHRI regarding AEs and SAEs
•Support the trial manager in the documentation related to adverse events and serious adverse events and reporting to investigators and the trial Data Monitoring Committee.
•Provide support to the trial supervisor, trial manager and lead investigators in meeting the procedural requirements of adverse events management on the trial.
•Assist in training of nurses and therapists and provide peer supervision on matters related to the management of AEs and SAEs.
•isiZulu speaking, preferably resident in the area or district;
•Professional training in clinical or counselling psychology or social work with registration as a fully qualified psychologist or social worker;
•Experience working with women and children in a therapeutic context;
•Experience in mentorship and training of counsellors or lay counsellors;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user-orientation, based on a commitment to psychological practice and research that makes a difference;
•The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in multidisciplinary research, to manage therapeutic teams, and to mentor and train team members;
•A willingness to engage and facilitate relationships with different service providers in Department of Social Development and Department of Health;
•Have valid right to work in South Africa.
The HSRC seeks to appoint 1 psychologist and 1 social worker with a start date of 1st February 2019. The appointment as consultant will be subject to a trial period. We expect to be able to appoint the consultant psychologist and/or social worker for 1-2 days per week for the first 2 months to facilitate orientation and relationship building, and thereafter 1 -2 days per month for the remainder of the year. The consultant psychologist or social worker will be employed on a freelance, time sheet system whereby the consultant is paid for time worked. Consultants will be paid at a fixed daily rate of R1400 (social worker) and R2400 (psychologist) with reimbursement for travel costs (limited to a 100km radius of the study site, and in line with HSRC transport reimbursement policies). The HSRC reserves the right not to appoint if no suitable candidate is found.
In your application, please include:
(1)A letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position;
(2)Your CV, that indicates your nationality or citizenship and includes your qualifications and a copy of your passport;
(3)The names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details);
(4)Proof of registration with the HSPCA as a clinical or counselling psychologist and/or proof of registration with the SACSSP as a social worker;
(5)Copies of professional qualifications.
Please indicate the relevant reference number that appears in this advert. The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the proportion of its staff that are black, female or disabled.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com or via email to hrshortterm@hsrc.ac.za or hand deliver to the HSRC Building, Room S944, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. For enquiries, and not applications, you may also contact Stephanie Redinger (sredinger@hsrc.ac.za) or Cathryn Allwood (callwood@hsrc.ac.za).
Job Closing Date 12/12/2018
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