KwaZulu-Natal Department of Community Safety and Liaison seeks to fill the position of Head of Clinical Unit  Grade 1. This role is ideal for a highly qualified and experienced individual who is committed to making a difference in the lives of others, and who possesses the skills and knowledge to lead a clinical team.

This is a rewarding position that offers a chance to work with a dedicated team of healthcare professionals in the public sector. The ideal candidate must be able to handle the demands of this important role and be prepared to make a lasting impact on the community.

Head of Clinical Unit Vacancy Description

  • Job title: Head Clinical Department Grade 1
  • Closing Date: 19 April 2024
  • Location: Ngwelezana Tertiary Hospital
  • Salary: R2 354 559 – R2 497 788 per annum, with additional benefits
  • Reference Number: NGWE 02/2024
  • Department: Community Safety and Liaison
  • Enquiries: Dr. RS Moeketsi Tel No: (035) 901 7000

Minimum Requirements

  • Senior Certificate / Grade 12.
  • Appropriate qualification that allows registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine.
  • Appropriate tertiary qualification in the Health Science (MBChB).
  • Initial and current registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine.
  • A minimum of 7 years appropriate experience as a Medical Specialist in Internal Medicine after registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) as a Medical Specialist.
  • Understanding of basic Human Resource matters including Labour Relations. Control of budget, monitoring expenditure and project management. Assessment, diagnose and management of patients within the field of expertise. Managerial and financial management skills.
  • Computer skills.
  • Driving skills.
  • Problem solving skills.
  • Concern of excellence.
  • Courtesy and interpersonal relation skills.
  • Stress tolerance and innovation skills.
  • Awareness of cross-cultural differences.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Overall management of internal medicine specialist services within Region 4 (King Cetshwayo, Zululand and Umkhanyakude Districts) to ensure equitable distribution of all resources to achieve optimal patient care within defined levels of institutional responsibility.
  • Render efficient and cost-effective internal medicine services to patients managed by Ngwelezana Hospital, Queen Nandi Regional Hospital, and District Health Care Services in Region 4 and Primary Health Care Services in Umhlathuze Sub-District.
  • Strengthen and ensure continuous clinical governance for internal medicine services within the area of jurisdiction.
  • Ensure rational use of resources including laboratory investigations, medication, consumables and equipment.
  • Deliver effective and efficient administration of the internal medicine department.
  • Plan and partake in the training of staff including registrars, medical officers. Community service officers.
  • Interns and undergraduate medical students and also support relevant clinical research, clinical trials and other activities.
  • Develop tertiary services within the field of internal medicine.
  • Provide clinicians with expert advice and opinion to aid diagnosis, management and treatment of patients.
  • Conduct out-patient specialist clinics and in-patient and provide expert opinion where required.
  • Monitor services rendered to hospital patients in this discipline, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training, development and supervision of research projects and academic outreach.
  • Ensure provisioning of a 24-hour service in internal medicine.
  • Provide vision, strategic direction and inspire employees to deliver excellent, quality health services.
  • Manage the performance of allocated human resources.
  • Ensure that working environment complies with Health and Safety Act, staffs adhere to the safety precautions and that staff is maintained to attain optimal productivity.
  • Formulate and manage protocols in accordance with Department of Health policies that will have a positive impact on staff and ensure that staff is aware and adhere to protocols.
  • Compile medium and long term expenditure framework and implement fiscal control measures on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide measures and guidance on quality assurance to comply with the set quality standards.
  • Generate reports, plans, presentations and perform other administrative duties attached to this position.
  • Strengthen partnership with relevant stakeholders i.e. Medical School, Referral Hospitals, Research Council, etc. Maintain clinical, professional and ethical standards.


  • R2 354 559 – R2 497 788 per annum, (all-inclusive salary packages).
  • Consist of 70% basics and 30% flexible portion that can be structured in terms of applicable rules)
  • Plus 18% Inhospitable Allowance plus Commuted overtime which is determined by service delivery needs of the department.

Application Process:

  • The New Z83 Form must be accompanied by a detailed Curriculum Vitae. The Reference Number must be indicated in the column (Part A) provided thereof on the Z83 form.
  • Applications should be directed to: The Deputy Director: HRM, Ngwelezana Hospital, Private Bag X20021, Empangeni, 3880
  • Hand Delivered to: The Human Resource Department, Ngwelezana Hospital, Thanduyise Road, Empangeni, 3880.
  • Applicants are submitting Z83 and CV only; no other attachments must accompany the application.
  • Certified copies of Identity Document, Senior Certificate, evaluation certificate with SAQA for applicants who are in possession of foreign qualification, confirmation letter of relevant experience from supervisors in an official letterhead of the employer, highest required qualification as well as driver’s license where necessary, will only be submitted by shortlisted candidates to Human Resource on or before the day of the interview date.

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The position of Head of Clinical Unit, Grade 1, with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Community Safety and Liaison is a prestigious and rewarding opportunity. It requires a special individual who is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of others. For the right person, this role could be a life-changing experience. Are you that person?

If you have the qualities required, we encourage you to apply. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime chance to make a difference.