Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
In 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, and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate as set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.
The Human and Social Development Research programme is a multidisciplinary programme that conducts social science and humanities research addressing the development of vulnerable individuals over the life course and across generations as South Africa transforms. In addressing questions relating to human and social development we explore how diversity in race, gender, class, culture, language and identity shape the trajectories of individuals, couples and families – over the life course.
The work of the HSD programme is driven by a focus on four themes led by senior researchers in the programme.
Community Health and Well-being
Human Development Across the Life Course
Genders and Sexualities in Africa (GSA)
Societies and Systems in Transition
These working groups are characterised by responsiveness to current national policy imperatives and draw on researcher’s existing expertise, encouraging collaboration across disciplines and geographies. Three key ideas permeate our work in HSD, and find expression in all working groups. These are our foci on the humanities, on diversity and a commitment to innovative methodologies.
HSD is looking for a suitably qualified person to take on recruitment and tracing responsibilities on a project to be implemented at the Sweetwaters office. The successful candidates will work directly with the Project Manager in implementing the activities of the study. They would be part of a multi-year project to implement and evaluate a Couples-based intervention that effectively increases the uptake of STIs, HIV and NCDs couples testing.
The Recruiter will work closely with the Team Leader, project team, site operations team and site support staff to successfully implement their role. This position is offered on a 13 month contract.
Mobilisation of community members for participation in the study;
Recruitment of community members for participation in the study;
Collecting data and completing research field forms or/and any other survey activities;
Tracking participants for follow-up, group and couples sessions
Maintaining regular documentation and records of all daily activities;
Assisting the supervisor in achieving all stipulated QA/QC targets;
Portraying a positive and professional image in the study communities;
Developing and maintaining good working relationships with local community stakeholders
Conduct any other project activities that may be necessary for the effective and productive functioning of the team.
Certified in HIV counselling and testing
At least 3 years relevant counselling, facilitation and community experience;
Fluency in isiZulu and English;
Demonstrated computer literacy
Preference will be given to applicants with:
1 year, Code EB or similar, unendorsed driver’s license;
Knowledge and experience in community work issues
Sound written and verbal communication skills;
Prior knowledge and experience of HIV/AIDS issues
Previous experience with home based HIV testing and counseling
Previous experience with couples testing and facilitated disclosure
Good facilitation skills
Exposure to data collection on mobile devices
Good organizational skills and problem-solving skills
The ability to work accurately, independently and in a team
Willingness to work after hours and over weekends and in rural communities.
1) A Covering motivation letter which clearly indicates the reference number of the position for which the applicant is applying for; and
2) A comprehensive CV; and
3) The details of three (3) recent referees with contact details (telephone / cell phone number and email address),
Note: 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 submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
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The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its South African Citizen senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.
Closing date: 06 January 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight (8) weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.
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APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED