Research Officer

  • Full Time
  • Johannesburg
  • This position has been filled.

Website TAC Treatment Action Campaign

TAC engages in monitoring, treatment literacy, policy review, advocacy and campaigning within the health system

Job Purpose:

The purpose of this position is to carry out evidence-based research, analysis and policy positioning and subsequent dissemination of that information to support TAC advocacy and campaigns.


  • Formulate a research and policy strategy enabling the organisation to carry out a systematic research to produce quality results and detailed reporting.
  • Carry out policy research and development on health, science, legal, social and political issues relevant to TAC;
  • Develop sound technical briefs to influence shifts in policy, practice and strategic shifts in the area of HIV/AIDS intervention programmes;
  • Monitoring the state of the healthcare system and implementation of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) on HIV, TB and STIs;
  • Dissemination of key research information into the public domain to support TAC campaigns;
  • Coordinate and conduct secondary research studies that are relevant to or commissioned by the TAC;
  • Keep abreast of developments around research and evaluation approaches to ensure the application of these take place in TAC’s research and evaluation methods;
  • Contribute to TAC’s knowledge management and M&E functions and practices, ensuring that key research issues are included (including statistics and trends)
  • Training and development of TAC members and staff based on the issues outlined in the Research and Policy Strategy;


  • Degree in a related field of study (Social Science, Public Health, Economics, Science, Medicine)
  • At least five years’ experience in research, advocacy, policy development or social justice
  • Excellent proficiency in English and another South African language would be an advantage.
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of the South African public healthcare system, and relevant science related to HIV and
  • Understanding of South African global civil society, human rights and developments issues.
  • Knowledge of South Africa’s governance system, policy development and legal system.
  • Strong networking, interpersonal and communication skills, in particular the ability to work collaboratively with government and civil society.
  • Strong proven experience in research or investigative data
  • Good written and verbal communication skills supported by a track record of relevant publications, media commentary and public speaking.
  • Ability to translate complex information – such as clinical studies, research papers and surveys – into simple, accessible
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and ability to use online platforms such as WordPress (website), MailChimp (online mailing), and social media platform.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure.
  • Valid driver’s licence – be willing to travel

The closing date for all applications is the 14 August 2020.

To apply, submit your cover letter, detailed CV, copy of a valid driver’s license, matric certificate, qualifications and 3 contactable references by e-mail to and

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Treatment Action Campaign is guided by principles of employment equity; women and people with disability are encouraged to apply.

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