Research Assistants /Data Collectors (X8)

Research Assistants /Data Collector

Research Assistants /Data Collectors

CompanyHuman Sciences Research Council
Reference #HSCDC0721
Contract TypeContract
12 Months
SalaryMarket Related
LocationPietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Duration12 Months
IntroductionIn delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) exists within the Division of Human and Social Capabilities (HSC). The mission of the CCBR is to understand, identify and improve community wellbeing by exploring, describing and addressing health, education, and quality of life through novel mixed-methods approaches that combines multidisciplinary capacities, and to serve as a hub for knowledge generation, capacity building and training.

Through engagement and advocacy for community-informed approaches, the CCBR is a champion for this work within the Division and across the HSRC. The CCBR currently have staff in both Durban and Pietermaritzburg with plans to grow activities and capacity beyond the borders of the Sweetwaters.

The CCBR is looking for a suitably qualified persons to take on the responsibilities of Data Collection in a rank of Research Assistant for research projects implemented at the Sweetwaters office. The successful candidates will be assigned to multi-year projects to implement and evaluate health interventions to reach identified population groups in the communities designated for the research study.

The RA/Data Collector will report to the Project Manager and Field Team Leader. This position is offered on a 12 months’ contract.

Research Assistants /Data Collectors x 8
Office base: Sweetwaters, Pietermaritzburg
Reference: HSCDC0721
Job FunctionsResearch
Specification•Participate in the development and refinement of the intervention model
•Delivering the highest standard of counselling and facilitation services
•Facilitating HIV information sessions in various community settings
•Conduct point of care assessments and rapid assays from finger-prick;
•Referring to appropriate services in their communities;
•Tracking participants for follow-up sessions and other study activities
•Maintaining regular documentation and records of all daily activities;
•Assisting the project manager in achieving all stipulated QA/QC targets;
•Collecting data and completing research field forms or/and any other survey activities;
•Recruiting and screening participants according eligibility to participate in the study
•Ensuring accurate record keeping of client information;
•Carrying out any other activities deemed necessary for the effective and productive functioning of the study.

Additional Responsibilities:
•Work with the community outreach team to conduct community preparation and mobilisation activities
•Developing and maintaining good working relationships with local community stakeholders
•Ensuring bio-hazardous waste is disposed of according to waste management guidelines;
Minimum requirements:
•Grade 12.
•Exposure to research or data collection activities
•Fluency in isiZulu and English.
•Demonstrated computer literacy.
•Good interpersonal, organisational, and problem-solving skills
•Ability to work to strict deadlines
•Relevant knowledge of HIV/AIDS
•Can use mobile phones to collect data

Preference will be given to candidates who have:
•Sound written and verbal communication skills;
•Commitment to working as part of multi-disciplinary research team;
•The ability to work accurately, independently and in a team;
•Ability to problem solve, and to be well organized
•Willingness to work after hours and over weekends and in rural communities
Applicants will be required to take a practical skills assessment test as part of the interview process.
The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications: In your application, please include: your CV, a letter of motivation, and the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details). On the letter of motivation please state and include the mission of the CCBR. Ensure that you indicate the reference number of the position for which you are applying. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB
•Please submit your application on-line at
•Should you have any HR enquiries please send your query citing reference number to

•For further information, not applications please e-mail on

Details about the HSRC can be found at

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 20 July 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment

Job Closing Date20/07/2021

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