SABSSM jobs April 2021

CATEGORY: Human and Social Capabilities
DATE PUBLISHED: 8 April 2021
DATE EXPIRES: 26 April 2021

The Human and Social Capabilities (HSC) research programme within the HSRC employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, many of which are donor-funded.

The HSC research programme specialises in research on the social determinants of HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections and tuberculosis. The research strives to address these health problems at their source, namely, at both the social and population levels. It also includes social aspects of delivery models for biomedical interventions in order to optimise delivery of interventions. HSC is based in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Sweetwaters.

The HSC research programme will be implementing the South African National HIV prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey (also known as SABSSM VI) and below are the positions the division seeks to fill:

  • Assistant Provincial Coordinator X12 Positions
  • Nurse/Phlebotomists/Data Collectors X240 Positions
  • Supervisors X80 Positions
  • Nurse/Phlebotomists/Data Collectors X240 Positions
  • Quality Checkers X36 Positions
  • Drivers X80 Positions
  • HTS Coordinators X9 Positions
  • HTS Counsellors X80 Positions
  • Community Liaison Officers X30 Positions
  • Map Controller X1 Positions
  • Project Administrator X7 Positions

Scroll down for details and to apply. The application link is data free and the closing date is 25 April 2021.


Assistant Provincial Coordinator

X12 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SAPC/0321

Key responsibilities

  • Coordinate with fieldwork manager to ensure that Survey Fieldwork Teams have the necessary data collection instruments that they require (including questionnaires, tracking sheets, stationery and consumables)
  • Monitor data collection in terms of checking procedures, and cross-checking for correctness and completeness of questionnaires and unique barcode linkages.
  • Liaise with the supervisors with respect to the handover of all questionnaires, consent forms, and tracking sheets.
  • Liaise with the supervisors for the coordination and dispatch of DBS specimens to the laboratories for analysis on a daily basis.
  • Ensure that supervisors collect, collate, and check for the correctness and completeness of all household list, consent forms and tracking sheets.
  • Ensure that supervisors keep all records, documents and instruments of the survey safe/in appropriate working order.
  • Ensure that supervisors dispatch safely and in good time, after checking, completed questionnaires for data management to the central survey office in Pretoria after completion of schools in a district.
  • Be responsible for the quality control activities of the data collection. This will be achieved by physically checking the data collected and observing questionnaire administration and blood specimen collection.
  • Perform/execute any other tasks/responsibilities which are essential for the successful completion of the fieldwork part of the survey
  • Be instrumental in creating and maintaining a teamwork environment.
  • Give advice and assistance to all members of the Survey Field Team on site
  • Be available for the proactive identification of potential problems and solving thereof in consultation with the project manager as necessary/appropriate
  • Work together with supervisors to facilitate community entry in surveyed areas

Key requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field of social science / or other
  • Honours and Master’s degree will be an added advantage.
  • Has proven experience in a managerial, coordinating or supervising position in a national survey study.
  • Has a valid driver’s license; can actually drive i.e. has driven a car in the last 3 months
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and compile reports (both numerical and narrative)
  • Ability to motivate team supervisors  
  • A background working in or familiarity with the area of HIV and AIDS in South Africa
  • Ability to pay attention to detail and has good problem-solving skills
  • Competence is speaking at least one other South African language relevant to province allocated in.
  • Available for a period of up to 12 months
  • Be committed and apply self-discipline to completing one’s task as required
  • Good interpersonal skills, self-confidence and the ability to work with and manage people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Personal integrity, a well- developed work ethic, and a willingness to work flexi-hours;
  • Confident and prompt planning, scheduling and organizational abilities; and
  • A South African Citizen.

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM and completing all the relevant fields by  25 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc) will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


Nurse/Phlebotomists/Data Collectors

X240 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SNPD/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Attend training sessions in full.
  • Ensure full understanding of the project processes.
  • Work within a team;. 
  • Collect data in accordance to prescribed protocols using electronic tablets.
  • Provide potential participants information about the project.
  • Complete consent forms for all participants.
  • Collect dried blood spots (DBS) by using kits provided by the HSRC’
  • Collect dried blood spots (DBS) from infants (professional nurse only), children and adults.
  • Ensure quality work by following processes, procedures and steps, outlined in the Training Manual
  • Manage fieldwork expenses in accordance with HSRC rules and regulations
  • Manage assets provided by HSRC.

Requirements:

  • Above average ability to read, write and speak is essential in English and other South African languages
  • Experience using electronic tablets
  • Preference will be given to nurses/phlebotomists and those who have worked in research (HSRC or elsewhere) in a similar position.
  • The applicant should be in possession of at least Grade 12.  Preference will be given to applicants with post matric qualifications.
  • Prior relevant working experience in field work/interviews, would be an advantage.
  • Available for a period of up to 12 months but this will be determined by maps available per province
  • Have an outgoing personality that enables you to communicate easily with strangers.
  • Willingness to work in a team.
  • Willingness to travel long distances, within and outside of one’s province.
  • Willingness to visit selected households during weekends and after hours.
  • Be committed and apply self-discipline to completing one’s task as required
  • Training in HIV counselling and testing
  • The applicant should be in possession of a relevant nursing qualification
  • Prior relevant working experience in field work
  • Has a valid driver’s license; can actually drive i.e. has driven a car on a regular basis in the last 6 months (trainees may be tested during training)
  • Knowledge of HIV and AIDS
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters
  • Preference will be given to nurses/phlebotomist who have worked in research (HSRC or elsewhere) in a similar position.
  • Must be a South African Citizen.

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by 25 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


Supervisors

X80 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SSUP/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Overall in charge of the team
  • Responsible for supervising the team’s work
  • Assigns work to team members
  • Ensure full understanding of the HSRC and project processes;
  • Effectively lead a team;
  • Ensure that data collectors secure informed consent from participants;
  • Check data collected by each data collector on a daily basis and ensure all data  has been successfully uploaded to the HSRC server. 
  • Download data from field staff should need arise due to technical difficulties and upload to HSRC server;
  • Report directly to the Assistant Provincial Coordinator;
  • Ensure quality work by following processes, procedures and steps outlined in the Manual
  • Conduct ad-hoc quality checks;
  • Manage field expenses and follow HSRC rules and regulations in this regard;
  • Represent team members at the HSRC;
  • Prepare and submit daily reports, including work/attendance register;
  • Hold weekly team meetings with team;
  • Drive hired car (may be assisted by other team members who may be registered as co-drivers);
  • Spot check collected DBS quality in terms of the number of blood spots and fullness of circles.
  • Management of own and team’s assets provided by the HSRC and ensure that timely reporting on los and theft is done
  • Ensure that team assets are returned to the HSRC upon project completion

Requirements:

  • Has worked in a managerial, coordinating or supervising position in any of his/her previous employment (this should be reflected in the CV of the person who applies to be a Supervisor)
  • Has a valid driver’s license; can actually drive i.e. has driven a car in the last 3 months (trainees will be tested during training)
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Able to compile reports (both numerical and narrative)
  • Experience using electronic tablets and laptops and utilization of the Microsoft Suite
  • Has problem-solving skills
  • Able to lead a team to effective performance
  • The applicant should be in possession of at least a post graduate qualification
  • Above average ability to read, write and understand English
  • Available for a period of up to 12 months but this will be determined by maps available per province
  • Willingness to travel long distances, within and outside of one’s province
  • Willingness to visit selected households during weekends and after hours
  • Willingness to work in a team
  • Be committed and apply self-discipline to completing one’s task as required
  • Those who have worked in research (HSRC or elsewhere) are encouraged to apply
  • Preference will given to professional nurses
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by  25 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


Quality Checkers

X36 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SQC/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensure that supervisor and Provincial Coordinator contact details are updated and circulated among researchers;
  • Contact courier on behalf of supervisors where necessary;
  • Record fieldwork material and kits sent to each team;
  • Receive and reconcile receipts from fieldworkers and Provincial Coordinators;
  • Provide administrative support to HSRC administrators;
  • Visit the field to perform quality checks;
  • Administer short questionnaires to household members
  • Report to Project Manager and Study Directors.
  • Management of assets provided by the HSRC

Requirements:

  • The applicant should be in possession of at least Grade 12
  • Experience using electronic tablets and laptops and utilization of the Microsoft Suite
  • Has a valid driver’s license; can actually drive i.e. has driven a car in the last 3 months (trainees will be tested during training)
  • Above average ability to read, write and understand English
  • Available from Monday to Friday for a period of up to 12 months
  • Willingness to work in the office and after hours
  • Able to respond to fieldworkers’ requests for specimen and other data collection packs at short notice.
  • Those who have worked in research (HSRC or elsewhere) are encouraged to apply
  • Possession of office skills will be an advantage
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by 25 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


Drivers

X80 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SDRS/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Ensuring the safety of staff using HSRC hired vehicles;
  • Ensuring that the vehicle is kept clean
  • Keep record of all costs associated with the vehicle, i.e. toll slips, fuel slips
  • Ensure that the logbook is correctly filled in;
  • Ensure that any damages and faults are promptly reported to the supervisor and field coordinator, and that risk procedures are followed with regards to any damages experienced;
  • Portray a positive and professional image in the study communities while driving the vehicle;
  • Carry out any other activities deemed necessary for the effective and productive functioning of the team.
  • Ensure that HSRC branding is on the vehicle

Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license (Code EB and PDP) of longer than 12 months;
  • Endorsement free driving record; 2-3 years driving experience (trainees will be tested during training)
  • The applicant should be in possession of at least Grade 12
  • Willingness to travel long distances, within and outside of one’s province
  • Willingness to visit selected households during weekends and after hours
  • Able to respond to fieldworkers’ requests for specimen and other data collection packs at short notice
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have worked in research (HSRC or elsewhere) in a similar position
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by 25 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


HTS Coordinators

X9 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SCO/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide supervision and feedback reports on counsellors providing HIV Counselling and Testing services using an appropriate counselling and testing model as per NDOH guidelines?
  • Supervision of counsellors in providing appropriate referrals for HIV positive household members;
  • Ensure quality work by following processes, procedures and steps outlined in the Training Manual provided.
  • Record expenses, claims and any other that will need to be paid out by HSRC for future reference.
  • Drive hired car (may be assisted by other team members who may be registered as co-drivers);

Key requirements:

  • B degree in Social Sciences or other. Applicants with previous relevant work experience as a HTS Coordinator in similar studies without a degree may be considered based on prior learning subject that they hold at least a Grade 12 qualification. 
  • Honours/Masters degree an added advantage
  • Accredited training and certification in HIV counselling and testing;
  • At least two years relevant working experience in field work in a survey study in a research environment;
  • Knowledge of HIV and AIDS;
  • Ability to communicate well in English and other South African Languages;
  • Committed and motivated to preventing HIV and supporting people living with HIV;
  • Non-judgmental, trustworthy and empathetic;
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters;
  • Available for a period of 12 months;
  • Willingness to travel long distances, within and outside of one’s province
  • Willingness to visit selected households during weekends and after hours as needed
  • Willingness to work in a team
  • Be committed and apply self-discipline to completing one’s task as required
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have worked in research (HSRC or elsewhere) in a similar position
  • Has a valid driver’s license; can actually drive i.e. has driven a car  on a regular basis in the last 6 months (trainees may be tested during training)
  • Experience in supervision/team leading
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by 25 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


HTS Counsellors

X80 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SHTS/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide HIV Counselling and Testing services using an appropriate counselling and testing model
  • Test for HIV using rapid test kits;
  • Provide health education on HIV and STI prevention during counselling;
  • Provide appropriate referrals for HIV positive household members;
  • Ensure quality work by following processes, procedures and steps outlined in the Training Manual provided.
  • Record expenses, claims and any other that will need to be paid out by HSRC for future reference.
  • Drive hired car (may be assisted by other team members who may be registered as co-drivers);
  • Keep a record of all participants who have been tested both for district statistics and for HSRC records

Key Requirements:

  • Accredited training and certification in HIV counselling and testing;
  • The applicant should be in possession of at least Grade 12
  • Prior relevant working experience in field work;
  • Knowledge of HIV and AIDS;
  • Ability to communicate well in English and other South African Languages;
  • Committed and motivated to preventing HIV and supporting people living with HIV;
  • Non-judgmental, trustworthy and empathetic;
  • Proven ability to exercise discretion in dealing with confidential or sensitive matters;
  • Available for a period of 12 months;
  • Willingness to travel long distances, within and outside of one’s province
  • Willingness to visit selected households during weekends and after hours
  • Willingness to work in a team
  • Be committed and apply self-discipline to completing one’s task as required
  • Preference will be given to counsellors who have worked in research (HSRC or elsewhere) in a similar position
  • Has a valid driver’s license; can actually drive i.e. has driven a car on a regular basis in the last 6 months (trainees may be tested during training)
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by 16 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


Community Liaison Officers

X30 Positions

X36 Positions (for Farm Entry)

Office base:x10 KZN/ x10 WC/ x10 GP & X36 for various areas for farm entry

Reference:  HSC/SCLO/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Attend a training session in full;
  • Ensure full understanding of the project processes;
  • Work within a team.
  • Liaise with all available community structures to provide entry to teams working in the area e.g. neighbourhood watch, community forums, police stations, estate managers, body corporates, ward councilors, farm owners and managers etc.  Fieldwork to be implemented in gated communities, farms and more affluent areas of the country.
  • Provide potential participants information about the project and encourage them to participate.
  • Ensure quality work by following processes, procedures and steps
  • Log community entry processes on electronic tablets

Requirements:

  • Above average ability to read, write and speak both English and Afrikaans is essential.
  • Willingness to liaise and communicate in Afrikaans with community structures in gated communities, farms and more affluent areas of the country
  • The applicant should be in possession of at least Grade 12. 
  • Prior relevant working experience in field work/interviews, would be an advantage.
  • Experience using electronic tablets and laptops and utilization of the Microsoft Suite
  • Available for a period of 12 months.
  • Have an outgoing personality that enables you to communicate easily with strangers.
  • Willingness to work in a team.
  • Willingness to travel long distances, within and outside of one’s province.
  • Willingness to visit selected households during weekends and after hours.
  • Be committed and apply self-discipline to completing one’s task as required
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by  16 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


Map Controller

X1 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SMC/0321

Reference:  HSC SABSSM VI – Map Quality Control (1)

Control Officer Post

 

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist during preparation and printing of maps. Coordinates with fieldwork manager to ensure that Survey Fieldwork Teams have the required maps.
  • Ensure that supervisors keep  records of selected and  replaced data collection areas
  • Be responsible for the quality control activities of the maps before and after printing
  • Collate maps for data collection and package for distribution
  • Give advice and assistance to all members of the Survey Field Team when using maps
  • Liaise with the supervisors with respect to the distribution of all maps.
  • Liaise with the supervisors for making sure all maps have been checked and packaged properly.
  • Maintain a centralized database of all completed maps in PDF format
  • Keep a record of all maps distributed by courier and other means

Key Requirements:

  • Bachelors or Honours degree in Geography or other discipline
  • Strong background working with ArcGIS Software in designing high quality maps
  • A valid driver’s license and with at least one year driving experience
  • Attention to detail
  • Be committed and apply self-discipline to completing one’s task as required
  • Good interpersonal skills, self-confidence and the ability to work with and interact with people from diverse backgrounds;
  • Personal integrity, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to work flexi-hours;
  • Available for a period of 12   months from appointment
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by 16 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.


Project Administrator

X7 Positions

Office base: All regions/Provinces

Reference:  HSC/SPA/0321

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative support to the PI’s of the study;
  • Assist with logistical responsibilities including post, courier, office management;
  • Provide efficient administrative and organizational support to the project ;facilitate printing, equipment and other project requirements;
  • Maintain databases and file project related documents;
  • Maintain assets database for the Project and ensure that assets for the project are properly managed;
  • Preparations of agenda and materials for meetings; minute taking and record keeping of proceedings
  • Liaise with Support Services;
  • Process claims and other payments;
  • Facilitate travel arrangements for Project based staff and data collectors as and when required.

Requirements:

  • Applicants must be in possession of a grade 12 qualification;
  • Post-matric qualifications in Office Administration or Secretarial Management will be an advantage.
  • At least 5 years relevant work experience;
  • Previous experience providing admin support on a large research project;
  • Knowledge of E-Workflow and RMS systems will be an added advantage;
  • Basic knowledge of accounting and financial systems;
  • Be able to do basic budget calculations and manage a budget;
  • Advanced computer literacy;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage in a diverse team and prioritise;
  • Understanding  research environments will be an added advantage;
  • Flexibility, proactive, team player, independence and aptitude for innovation;
  • Ability to multi-task work under pressure and after hours when needed;
  • Initiative and ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of the office
  • Excellent minute-taking
  • Excellent verbal and written English;
  • Well-developed interpersonal and communication skills to interface with, among others, research and administrative colleagues and service providers;
  • Confident and prompt planning, scheduling and organizational abilities;
  • Sound office management, maintenance, procurement and administration skills;
  • Available for a period of 12 months from appointment
  • Must be a South African Citizen

Applicants should submit their applications to Human Resources by clicking on the following link (https://www.research.net/r/SABSSM) and completing all the relevant fields by 16 April 2021.  Requests for supporting documents (full CVs, certified copies of qualifications, transcripts, etc)  will be requested from shortlisted candidates via email.

APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED