Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC): OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH NURSE

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Reference # OHN – 06/2021
Published 15/06/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The HSRC wishes to appoint an occupational health nurse to advise, screen, diagnose and treat/refer those who become sick or injured as well as evaluate work and non-work-related health risks and injuries with a view to improve employee’s quality of life. An Occupational Health Nurse Practitioner (OHNP/Nursing Sister) may dispense medication based on Section 22C (1) (a) of The Medicine and Related Substances, 1965 (ACT 101 of 1965), provided s/he acquired a Dispensing licence via the necessary processes of the Department of Health. This includes having done valid training and certification of the Dispensing qualification and then application via DOH for the license for each site.

The work performed in this role is critical, within the scope of HR and within the HSRC as a whole, especially during this time of the COVID pandemic and lockdown.

(Ref No. OHN – 06/2021)

The successful incumbent will be based in Pretoria and will be required to travel to the other HSRC offices when required. The candidate will be appointed on a 5-year contract which may be renewed.

Job Functions Nursing
Industries Research
Key responsibilities:
•Provide quality comprehensive community health care, primary curative health care and rehabilitation services to all employees of the HSRC;
•Manage the day care clinic and render emergency response and trauma care;
•Administer the COID act;
•Conduct occupational health awareness and training;
•Carry out workplace risk assessments;
•Establish and maintain occupational health risk profile;
•Design necessary preventive strategies to eliminate workplace hazards;
•Write reports and compile statistics for presentation to management;
•Provide pre- and post-HIV counselling;
•Monitor absenteeism;
•Implement medical surveillance programme according to employee’s risk exposure/profile; Liaise with programme and unit heads on health matters;
•Manage positively and address health care delivery, resolve or refer care needs to the appropriate department/level of care or line manager;
•Attend to any other relevant and reasonable tasks as and when required.
Key requirements:

•Post basic qualification with a duration of at least 3 years in Curative Skills in Primary Health
•Care accredited with the South African Nursing Council (SANC);
•B-Tech Degree in Occupational health and occupational hygiene or equivalent; SANC registration as a Professional Nurse; Possession of a Dispensing License;
•5 – 7 years’ experience in the health environment;

Minimum requirements

•Knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations;
•Knowledge of procedures followed when dealing with the compensation commissioner, Employee Assistance Programmes and disability experience;
•Ability to identify health risks and determine appropriate action.
•Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
•Intermediate computer literacy;
•Assertiveness and ability to maintain confidentiality;
•Knowledge of environmental and health hazards within the workplace;
•Ability to work under pressure;
•Demonstrate high level of clinical competence;
•Reliable, displays integrity and sound ethics;
•Emotionally stable and capable of sound judgment.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

The HSRC offers a fixed salary packages on internships and fellowships positions. Applicants must be South African citizens. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are SA Citizens, black, female or disabled.


In your application, please include:
•A certified copy of your ID;
•your CV,
•a letter of motivation,
•the details of three recent referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details);
• photocopies of up to three of your peer reviewed journal articles or an example of recent academic work (not exceeding 8000 words); and
•a one-page outline of your thesis topic (or the abstract of the completed work).

Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered.
The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a psychometric test, a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at

Please note the following:

•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and NOT A CELL PHONE
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.

For further information about the HSRC, advert or the post and not for sending applications please e-mail Mesele Matlala on [email protected] You can further consult our website (

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.

Closing date: 29 June 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date.

If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Details about the HSRC can be found on:

Job Closing Date 29/06/2021