CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation recruitment January 2019


CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organisation that provides support for children suffering from cancer and life-threatening blood disorders as well as their families.

Job Title: Social Worker
Job Location: Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
Report to: CHOC Psychosocial support services manager
Start Date: 01 April 2019
Salary: R156k-174k per annum with a pension fund and medical aid benefits

The purpose of the position is to provide psychosocial support services to children diagnosed with cancer or life threatening blood disorders and their families, serving the Paediatric Haematology and Oncology Unit, P E Provincial Hospital.



  • Facilitate the counselling of and support to parents at the time of breaking bad news
  • Provide individual and /or group counselling, regarding the diagnosis and treatment, to the patient and family (including siblings) from diagnosis onward
  • Prepare the patient and/or parent/family for medical and treatment procedures
  • Provide palliative, end-of-life care and support for the patient and family
  • Provide counselling and/or crisis intervention at the time of a patient’s death
  • Provide bereavement support for families

Additional Service Delivery

  • Network and consult with community organisations to enhance service delivery to the children and their families
  • Assess, prepare and facilitate children who are well enough for the attendance of camps


  • Undertake psychosocial assessments of families and plan intervention accordingly, including other disciplines and resources as appropriate
  • Facilitate statutory investigations as and when required under the Children’s Act no 38 of 2005

General and Administration

  • Complete and submit the monthly STAT report within the first week of the month
  • Keep accurate records/reports of the psychosocial support services and interventions provided

Personal and Professional Growth

  • Attend weekly telephonic supervision with the PSSM
  • Attend 2 x a year the psychosocial support staff team meetings

Ward and Team Meetings

  • Attend ward round and team meetings

Educational Interventions

  • Liaise with the hospital- and the patient’s home school about the implications of the treatment and eventual reintegration


  • Assist the volunteer coordinator with the recruitment, selection and supervision of volunteers

Fundraising and Awareness

  • Assist the region with awareness and fundraising events if and when required

Support Program

  • Assist with the planning and the organising of the annual Remembrance Service
  • Assist with the planning and the organising of the annual ward/year-end party


  • A recognised BA Social Work Degree (Honours) with majors in Social Work and Psychology
  • Up to date proof of registration with the S.A. Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)
  • Minimum two years’ experience as a qualified social worker in the child/youth and/or health sector with experience in working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Computer literacy (MS Office) and good administrative skills
  • Maturity, high stress tolerance, comfortable working in the field of loss, death and dying, ability to work independently yet as part of a team
  • Experience of working with children and their families compromised by life threatening illnesses or other life traumas
  • Fluency in English and Xhosa. An understanding of Afrikaans will be to your benefit
  • A valid unendorsed South African driver’s licence

To apply, submit your CV with the names and contact details of two recent referees as well as the following documentation to reach HR Administration at, including PE SOCIAL WORKER the subject line:

  • Certified copy of your identity document
  • Certified copy of your driver’s licence
  • Certified copy of your degree certificate
  • Certified copy of your academic record
  • Certified copy of your SACSSP registration certificate

If you have not received a response by 15 February 2019, consider your application unsuccessful.

Application Deadline: 31st Jan, 2019