St Luke’s Hospice: Community Development Worker


St Luke’s Hospice is committed to caring for patients with life threatening illnesses, supporting their families and cares for people of all religions.

St Luke’s Hospice seeks to appoint a Community Development Worker to be based in Cape Town.

This is a fixed term three years’ contract

The purpose of the position is to provide community services for caregivers and the bereaved in the community of Khayelitsha alongside our current Palliative Care service.


  • Research similar projects
  • Create a project plan for approval by HOD Outreach and CEO in line with the initial proposal
  • Undertake procurement for the project
  • Run groups including bereavement and caregiver groups
  • Work with bereaved children and young people
  • Work closely with the community social worker, spiritual carer and nurse to identify suitable individuals to be involved in the project
  • Network within the community
  • Provide psychosocial support to the bereaved and caregivers
  • Oversee all the community development projects
  • Provide weekly feedback in person and monthly feedback through reports
  • Document and photograph the project constantly to feedback to the donor
  • Liaise closely with the CSI coordinator
  • Liaise with the donor and manage any donor visits


  • An undergraduate degree in Social Work; Occupational Therapy or Community Development
  • South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP)
  • Registration with HPCSA (if appropriate)
  • Three to five years’ experience in a similar position
  • Experience in Community development and starting up new projects
  • Palliative, Bereavement and or Clinical Experience would be advantageous
  • Must be able to speak English and IsiXhosa
  • Proven team leadership capabilities
  • Advanced computer literacy with experience in MS Office Suite
  • Own vehicle would be advantages
  • Unendorsed driver’s licence
  •  Organisational awareness
  • Resilience and stress management
  • Interpersonal sensitivity
  • Relationship building/partnering
  • Orientation
  • Action orientation
  • Planning and organising
  • Judgement and decision making
  • Monitoring
  • Team work
  • Engaging diversity
  • Developing people

To apply, submit your application for the attention of Chandre Willams at [email protected] , citing the reference number top left.

The application should include:

  • A letter of motivation for the application
  • A Curriculum Vitae including reasons for leaving (not exceeding three pages)
  • Proficiency assessments to assess competence in areas required, inclusive of a panel interview

All applications received within the time frames will be considered.

Applicants, who do not receive a response on their application within five working days of the closing date of the advertisement, are to accede that the application was not successful.

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