Research Assistant Opportunity at HSRC

The Human Sciences Research Council has been commissioned to coordinate the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) platform for a programme of awards by the Conrad N Hilton Foundation to organizations in southern and eastern Africa to protect and promote the development of young children affected by HIV and AIDS. They seek to appoint a suitably qualified person to work closely with the data collection and implementation team on the project.

With the support of the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, 16 international NGOs in 5 countries are implementing a range of interventions to improve services, advocacy and policy for young children in families affected by HIV and AIDS. The HSRC is using a range of innovative approaches, including mobile technology, to coordinate and augment the service provision, monitoring and evaluation activities of programmes.

The Research Assistant will provide daily support to the Project Manager and core team. The position is for a period of 24 months and the incumbent should be available to commence as soon as possible. The successful candidate will be based in Durban.

Key responsibilities:

Provide daily support to the Project Manager and core team;

Responsible for planning, organizing and scheduling of project activities and administrative duties;

Undertake any other related research tasks assigned by the Project Manager

Organise meetings, workshops and conferences, prepare power point presentations, produce minutes and assist with dissemination activities.

Key requirements:

A Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or Social Sciences;

Demonstrated computer literacy;

Sound written and verbal communication skills;

The capacity to work under pressure and to work after hours if required;

Excellent interpersonal, organisational, administrative and problem solving skills;

The ability to work accurately and independently;

The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player

Intellectual and personal integrity, a well developed work ethic, and drive.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.

In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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.

How to apply

In your application, please include a letter of motivation indicating your suitability and interest for the position, your CV, the details of three recent contactable referees (with telephone, fax or e-mail contact details) and a copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis. The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements.

Please cite the reference number in your application clearly. – REF: HAST RA 03/14

Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

Applications should be submitted to: The Human Resources Department, HSRC, Private Bag X07, Dalbridge 4014, or delivered to HSRC Offices – room, 750 Mary Thipe Road, Cato Manor, Durban.

E-mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or people with disabilities.

Closing Date: 02 April 2014.

They encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. If you do not receive any response from the HSRC within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

For additional information contact Dr Julia Louw on e-mail on [email protected] or on (031) 242 5602.