Grade 12 Jobs: Mobilisers at HSRC (250 Posts)

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is looking for 250 Mobilisers

Locations : Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria.

Closing Date: 03 February 2015.

The HAST 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, the majority  of which are donor-funded.  The HAST 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.

Programmatic mapping and size estimation of key populations’ project

The HAST research programme has been commissioned by The Networking HIV/Aids Community of South Africa (NACOSA) and the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) to undertake a project on Programmatic mapping and size estimation of key populations: Sex Workers (male and female), Men who have Sex with Men, People Who Inject Drugs and Transgender People over the next 4-5 months. . The HSRC will be overseeing this study in partnership with organisations that provide service to these four key populations.

This study will be conducted in 20-30 sub-districts of South Africa in the following provinces of South Africa: the Western Cape, Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, the North West, Kwazulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. All appointments will be done on the basis of the final selection of sub-districts that will be included in the sampling frame. We are looking for mobilisers (250) who live in the selected sub-districts across South Africa. With all applications, please indicate the district which you are located, as well as the province. We will only consider applications from the abovementioned provinces. Applications without an indication of district or province will not be considered.

Duration: 1 month contract on a freelance basis

Job Purpose

To act as social mobilizers to engage key populations, introduce interviewers to key population members at locations and to ensure that the findings are used to advocate for improved programs.

Reporting to: Supervisor

Key responsibilities

  • Contact and make appointment with organisations that work with key populations
  • Conduct interviews, when need be with participants and  ensure that participants complete the interview according to protocol
  • Ensure quality and completed interviews
  • Ensure that all relevant forms are completed
  • Ensure that information is stored and managed in a confidential manner
  • Assist the supervisor with the successful execution of the programmatic mapping and with site reports

Key requirements

  • Member of a key population (i.e. Gay man/men who have sex with men (MSM), sex worker, transgender person, person who formerly injected drugs)
  • Proven previous experience with working with key populations
  • Grade 12 minimum
  • Good interviewing  skills
  • Comfortable about asking sensitive questions (about sexual behaviour and drug use behaviour) in an objective and non-judgmental manner
  • Good listener
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Flexible schedule and willing to work outside standard office hours


  • Friendly and hardworking
  • Multi-lingual according to the major languages spoken in the selected districts
  • Non-judgmental, sensitive to issues of key populations
  • Willingness to ensure the success of the programmatic mapping and size estimate
  • Previous research experience of engaging key populations in research

How to apply

In your application, please include: Your CV (including the names of three referees with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details), a brief letter of motivation limited to one page only stating which position you are applying for and also indicating why you think you are suitably qualified for the position, and scanned copies of your educational and professional qualifications.  The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements.

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Only successfully trained and competent fieldwork staff will be engaged to work on the project. All appointments will be done on a freelancer basis.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or disabled. Please also note that for all the advertised positions, key populations are encouraged to apply.


We encourage applicants to submit their applications prior to that date. If you do not receive any response within four weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful

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.


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