Research Assistants /Data Collectors

Human Sciences Research Council

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

12 MonthsContract

Jul 6

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, 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.AdvertResearch Assistants /Data Collectors x 8Office base: Sweetwaters, PietermaritzburgReference: HSCDC0721 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 stakeholdersEnsuring bio-hazardous waste is disposed of according to waste management guidelines;

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