South Africa

Senior Project Implementation Manager

Company Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Reference # SABSSM: SPIM – 02/2021
Published 16/02/2021
Contract Type Contract
12 Months
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
The Human and Social Capabilities (HSC) 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, many of which are donor-funded. The HSC 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. HSC is based in Pretoria, Cape Town, and Durban with smaller sites in Port Elizabeth, and Pietermaritzburg (Sweetwaters).

The HSC research programme will be implementing a number of projects that require the services of translators to ensure that project materials reach all the languages spoken in South Africa. HSC requires Translators & back translators (18 required) to do the translations from English to Sepedi (also known as Sesotho sa Leboa), Sesotho, Setswana, siSwati, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Afrikaans, isiNdebele, isiXhosa and isiZulu to be located in Durban, Cape Town, PE and Pretoria.

The successful incumbents will be expected to translate the survey and consent documents from its original English version into all official languages and back translate the translated version to check for accuracy. The duration of this position is anticipated for a maximum of 4 months. They will work under the supervision of the Project Director and respective Project Coordinators.
Job Functions Project Management
Industries Research
Key responsibilities

•Oversee the implementation of the study, ensuring that the survey overall is run efficiently and effectively and that all relevant study processes are completed and well documented.
•Participate in all aspects of the study, including the development of study materials and management of day to day activities of the project, as well as data processing, data analysis and report writing.
•Oversee, manage, direct, record and assess the study flow.
•Assist with recruitment of field staff.
•Manage the productivity and quality of work of fieldwork staff.
•Ensure that data and all other project related information is stored and managed in a confidential and ethical manner
•Manage deadlines, actively monitor progress and follow up on actions taken by PIs and study Directors.
•Report back to the project director on progress at least weekly, and more often if required.
•Handle queries regarding the survey and escalate any problems to the project director and principal investigator.
•Ensure proper documentation related to the project and distribution thereof
•Provide support to the sub-committees
•Assist the project director with the successful execution of SABSSM VI and with site reports,
•Develop fieldwork plans and agree on them with project director before implementing.

Key requirements:

•Masters qualification in Social Sciences, Public Health or equivalent and studying towards the completion of a PhD.
•At least three years working experience in a research environment or higher education.
•Experience in managing and coordinating the implementation of qualitative and quantitative research at a national level.
•Experience in managing research teams and mentoring and training of team members.
•Previous experience in coordinating the implementation of SABSSM and or similar large scale community surveys.
•Report writing skills and proven record of publications in peer reviewed journals.
•Good administrative skills.
•Proactive in dealing with the demands of the job.
•Flexible schedule and willing to work outside standard office hours
Demonstrated ability to lead training workshops

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

Applications: In your application, please include: your detailed CV, a letter of motivation, the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details). Ensure that you indicate the applicable reference number. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise and/or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Kindly submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com

Please note the following:

•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Applicants are to submit their applications which includes (CV, drivers’ license and clear copy of ID document, also indicate in which province, district and town you live)

For further enquiries NOT applications please contact FNgoaile@hsrc.ac.za.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 26 February 2021.

Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.


Job Closing Date 26/02/2021
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