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PC9 – 25 Hours a Week – Contract until 30 April 2017

AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM)



The AFrica Focus on Intervention Research for Mental Health (AFFIRM) requires the services of a Communications Officer for its MHIN Africa Network Project. Appointment to this contract position will be part time (25 hours per week) from 1 March 2016 until 30 April 2017. The appointee will be based at the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health (CPMH) at UCT’s Sawkins Road campus in Rondebosch, Cape Town.

The Mental Health Innovation Network (MHIN) aims to collate and synthesise global mental health research evidence, and to facilitate the scale-up of innovations through dissemination of appropriate information to research, policy and practice communities. MHIN is hoping to expand its work by establishing an Africa network: a regional network of active mental health scholars from Eastern, Western and Southern Africa.

The job will involve the production, uploading and coordination of MHIN Africa materials and activities that promote the usage of MHIN Africa amongst a variety of stakeholders. This includes the following activities:

  • Implement the regional knowledge exchange and communications strategy with guidance from regional coordinator, leader and MHIN global knowledge expert
  • Promote the MHIN African Network within the region through newsletters, social media, direct contacts and face-to-face opportunities
  • Coordinate regional content development by proactively engaging with members
  • Manage uploading and promotion of content to members
  • Proactively identify, draft and publish innovation case studies from the regions to the MHIN Africa website
  • Monitor the MHIN Africa website section for performance for all regions
  • Liaising with other regional representatives
  • Supporting the African Network coordinator with strategic planning and coordination
  • Act as the MHIN Africa focal point within the MHIN global team

Requirements include:

  • A degree in marketing, communications, journalism or related disciplines
  • A minimum of 2 years’ Website content management experience
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience content writing in journalism, marketing or communications
  • Experience and/or interest in public health and/or public mental health
  • Excellent layout, design and desktop publishing skills and experience, preferably in Adobe InDesign
  • Substantial proficiency in web-based communication tools
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a range of target audiences, for example with role players in health and social development sectors, funders, health users or the public
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Good computer literacy and competencies in Microsoft and/or Apple, including database management
  • Ability to work well as member of a team as well as independently

The annual cost of employment for 25 hours a week is between R128 434 and R238824.

To apply, please email the below documents in a single pdf file to media@cpmh.org.za:

Please ensure the title and reference is indicated in the subject line.

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.


Telephone: 021 650 2061 Websites:  http://mhinnovation.net/ and  www.cpmh.org.za
Reference number: MHIN Africa CO Closing date: 13 January 2016


UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at http://hr.uct.ac.za/policies/ee.php. For this post, we seek particularly to attract African, Coloured or Indian candidates.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.

Keep #DignityInMind this World Mental Health Month

Mental health care organizations work together to raise awareness.

October is World Mental Health Month and on the 10th we commemorate World Mental Health Day. This year a group of local organizations within the mental health care sphere teamed up to amplify their efforts to raise awareness.

Together they’re working towards removing the stigma related to mental illness and to bring about dignity in mental health. This is also the theme set by the World Health Organization for this year’s efforts.

“Mental health legislation can have a decisive role to play in fostering conditions for the provision of quality mental health care, reducing stigma, discrimination and marginalisation and ending institutionalisation. Furthermore, the participation of people with psychosocial disabilities in the drafting process is critical to ensuring that their dignity is respected and that their human rights are effectively protected and fulfilled,” says Michelle Funk from the WHO’s department of mental health and substance abuse.

In addition to the strong case made by Funk, there’s also a strong economic argument for preventing mental illness and scaling up mental health care. South Africans suffering from mental illness together lose a total of R30 billion in earnings, whilst government spending on mental health care amounts to only R500 million. (Click here to view source.)

We hope that by working together our call for action will be heard.

During the month of October a number of events will be held in support of mental health care in South Africa.

Visit http://bit.ly/mentalhealthsa to view a calendar of events as well as some useful information on mental health care in South Africa.

You can show your support of this initiative by attending any of the exciting events and by sharing the hashtag #DignityInMind on social media.

For any media queries or to schedule an interview with any of our knowledgeable researchers and mental health care professionals, contact media[at]cpmh.org.za.

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