Projects Researcher

Human Sciences Research Council

KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

24 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 office. The CCBR is looking for a suitably qualified person to take on the responsibilities of project researcher 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 project researcher will report to the Research Manager and work closely with project teams and site support staff to successfully implement their role. This position is offered on a 24-month contract.Projects Researcher x 2Office base: Sweetwaters, PietermaritzburgReference: HSCPR2021 Planning, organising and overseeing assigned research tasks so that operational and scientific goals are achievedActively participating on regular research team calls with international and local collaboratorsFostering a culture of continuous learning through ongoing assessment of study activities, processes and systems Supervising and supporting fieldwork personnel assigned to research tasksMonitoring performance as per the HSRC performance management and appraisal processes Supporting the management of the budget and finances of assigned tasks, ensuring appropriate use of funds for designated purposesEnsuring regular documentation and reporting on the scientific, ethical and financial requirements of the study Working closely with the scientific team and study staff to support an active publication and dissemination strategy Disseminating research findings through various local, national and international fora and networks Maintaining documentation and records of all field activities, and prepare field reportsAdhering to ethical conduct requirements at all times in the field and office Coordinating and planning research activities to ensure the work is conducted smoothly, ethically, and completed to deadlinesWhere necessary, working with the site outreach component to secure community entry and facilitate community preparation for study activities to be conducted;Ensuring study data is correctly stored and uploaded using data technology providedConducting quality assurance steps of to ensure protocol fidelityCarrying out any other activities deemed necessary for the success of the research tasks assigned.Contributing to cross study site activitiesManaging assigned short term research tasks or project phases

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