Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Communications Intern at Health Systems Trust 2016

Health Systems Trust is a dynamic, non-for-profit organisation that supports the development of an equitable and comprehensive health system for the provision of quality health care in South and southern Africa.

Health Systems Trust (HST) wishes to appoint a communications intern, based at our Durban office, to provide operational and administrative support to the communications unit.

This opportunity would suit a recently qualified individual seeking to gain work experience in a varied and dynamic communications environment, while contributing to several exciting communications projects currently in progress.

This is a fixed-term contract position which is available immediately until end September 2016.

Key responsibilities
  • Coordinate communications elements relating to events, workshops and exhibitions including booking space, coordinating logistical arrangements and preparing promotional materials
  • Under the supervision of the Communications Manager, support the roll-out of the 90-90-90 HIV/TB and CCMDD Campaign, including liaising with the media agency to co-ordinate print materials distribution, monitoring radio talk-shows, facilitating social media engagement, and participating in field activations and other campaign activities
  • Draft the monthly staff newsletter
  • Scan the external environment for news articles, debates, publications and resources relevant to HST’s work to feed into the fortnightly HST Bulletin
  • Monitor and post content, as directed, on HST’s social media platforms
  • Provide administrative support for the Communications Unit, including organising meetings, and taking and disseminating notes
  • Co-ordinate communications procurement processes, including obtaining supplier quotations and liaising with Procurement and Finance teams
  • File and archive communications resources and materials on SharePoint for knowledge management within the unit and wider organisation
  • Maintain the communications contacts database
  • Carry out any other required duties within the scope of the job.


  • Minimum bachelors degree with a major in communication, journalism, marketing or other relevant discipline
  • At least six months’ experience in a communications role, preferably in a NGO or government setting
  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent level of computer literacy, essentially in MSWord, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet, and Adobe Acrobat
  • Basic graphic design skills would be advantageous
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good level of self-organisation and ability to multi-task
  • Interest in and/or knowledge of public health or NGOs would be advantageous
  • Marketing, communications and/or public relations knowledge.

A salary package commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and qualifications and in line with HST’s job grading system will be offered.

Application enquiries

Interested applicants should forward a detailed CV, stating the position applied for, together with names and contact details (telephone numbers and e-mail addresses) of at least three contactable referees, to hr@hst.org.za.

Please note:
  • Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit certified copies of all qualifications and identity documents.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • E-mail users are requested to set the delivery option of their message on both “Return Receipt” and “Confirm Delivery”.
  • Correspondence will be limited to shortlisted candidates.
  • All shortlisted candidates will be subjected to reference and credential checks.
  • If you have not been contacted within one month of the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.
  • HST reserves the right to not fill this position.

Please include a motivating letter with your CV and send it to Kuhlesibonge Dlungwana

Closing date for applications: 7 July 2016

Health Systems Trust Promotes Empoyment Equity.

People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Only successfully shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. If you do not hear back from us, then please assume that your application was not successful.

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