Health Professionals

Options and applications

Options available for healthcare workers wishing to apply for a job in southern African public healthcare 

AHP’s mission is to staff the healthcare facilities of southern Africa with a solid complement of enthusiastic people. We operate within the ethical restrictions and standards set by regulatory bodies such as the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and the Foreign Workforce Management Programme (FWMP).

For a better understanding of the options available to you, please consult the table below:

For citizens of economically developed countries (not on G77 list – see below)

There are many permanent and volunteer positions for foreign health professionals in South Africa. Most of these are at government hospitals, focusing specifically on the rural areas of the country. Depending on the country in which you qualified, you may be called upon to write a proficiency examination.

Examination or not, the process that you will need to follow in order to apply to work in southern Africa is quite onerous– and this is really AHP’s primary reason for existence. We will guide you and facilitate the process every step of the way.

For citizens of G77countries


AHP, in line with HPCSA regulations, has a policy of not recruiting candidates to work in South Africa if they come from countries that have a similarly desperate need for qualified professionals. The exception to this rule is for candidates who are here under refugee status. 

For health professionals who are citizens of South Africa

AHP and its partners are working to create flexible opportunities for South Africans wishing to make a difference by practicing medicine in the public service. There are numerous options available to you:

  • Permanent placement: Long-term, full-time placement. We have positions available at level 1, 2 and 3 government hospitals, as well as opportunities in the NGO sector.
  • Volunteer work: Want to simply take some time out to do some good in the world? Then why not look at doing some volunteer work? AHP can facilitate medium- or long-term placement at selected health facilities in South Africa.

For support personnel who are citizens of South Africa

AHP regularly places support personnel at NGOs and medical facilities in southern Africa. If you are looking for a position helping out in the public health services, why not send us your CV and we will see what we can do?


















The G77 list of countries from whom South Africa may not “poach” doctors:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan. Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia(Federated States of), Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Rwanda, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Recruitment guidelines for foreign-qualified healthcare professionals:

    • Recruitment process for foreign-qualified healthcare professionals (pdf)