Grade 12 Jobs : Supervisors at HSRC (x25 posts)

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is looking for x25 Supervisors

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

Closing Date: 03 February 2015.

DATE PUBLISHED: 29 January 2015
DATE EXPIRES: 3 February 2015

Programmatic mapping and size estimation of key populations project

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.

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 provinces and sub-districts that will be included in the sampling frame. We are looking for supervisors (25) 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 on a freelance contract

Job Purpose

To oversee fieldwork, provide operational support and ensure the overall success of the programmatic mapping and size estimation.

Reporting to: Study Manager

Key responsibilities

  • Assist with recruitment and scheduling of participants
  • Manage the productivity and quality of work of interviewers and mobilisers
  • Ensure that the mapping and size estimate is run efficiently and effectively and that all relevant forms are completed
  • Ensure that information is stored and managed in a confidential manner
  • Ensure that information is transported in a safe and appropriate manner
  • Follow up on action to be taken, manage deadlines
  • Oversee and maintain the enrolment according to the study protocol in keeping with the methodology
  • Report back to the Study Manager on progress at least weekly, and more often if required.
  • Handle queries regarding the mapping and size estimate and escalate any problems to the Study Manager and Project Director
  • Assist the Project Director with the successful execution of the programmatic mapping and size estimate and with site reports
  • Develop plans and agree on them with the Project Manager before implementing

Key requirements

  • Grade 12 minimum
  • Proven basic project management skills
  • Good proven administrative skills and experience
  • Proactive in dealing with the demands of the job
  • Proven basic computer literacy: knowledge of MS Word and basic knowledge of Excel
  • Basic report writing skills
  • Key population member (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(preferably one year relevant  experience
  • 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 as a supervisor would be an advantage


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.

Closing date: (03 February 2015). 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.

Details of the HSRC can be found on the website, at www.hsrc.ac.za.