HSRC: Data Collections Fieldworkers (Cape Town)

Data Collections Fieldworkers - 50 positions

Company Human Science Research Council (HSRC)

Reference # Ref No: AISA: DC1; Ref No: AISA: DC2; Ref No: AISA: DC2; Ref No: AISA: DC4;Ref No: AISA: DC5;Ref No: AISA:CPT

Published 11/11/2020

Contract Type Contract

4 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa


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 and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) within the Human Sciences Research Council is seeking to appoint field work data collectors / interviewers for its project, ”Food Security and Nutrition Survey in South Africa”. AISA seeks to appoint 50 (Fifty) fieldworker data collectors / interviewers who will collect data for a period of 4-12 weeks in selected districts within the Western Cape Province. Unemployed university and TVET College graduates residing in any of districts of the Western Cape Province are encouraged to apply. Remuneration for fieldworkers is offered in line with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for each ordinary hour worked.

Job Functions Research,Research and Development

Industries Research


FIELDWORKERS (50 short-term positions)

(Data Collection Fieldwork Assistants & Fieldwork Group Discussion Leaders)

Ref No: AISA: DC1

Ref No: AISA: DC2

Ref No: AISA: DC2

Ref No: AISA: DC4

Ref No: AISA: DC5


The Survey will be conducted in the following district areas West Coast DC1, Cape Winelands DC2, Overberg DC3, Garden Route DC4, Central Karoo DC5, City of Cape Town CPT. Please be advised that should you apply for more than one position, you will need to submit more than one C.V. (one C.V per application per District, with the relevant District code, as outlined in the reference number)

Fieldwork interviews / data collection will be preceded by training, which will be provided by HSRC. Successful applicants will need to ensure that they are able to avail themselves for the full duration of the project (including the training period).

Successful applicants will be assigned according to their proximity to the identified districts.

Key Responsibilities:

•Participate in training and briefing session in preparation for the fieldwork;

•To administer approximately 170 questionnaires;

•Screen potential participants with respect to eligibility;

•Obtain informed consent from the study participants;

•Ensure the accuracy and completeness of questionnaires on a daily.

•Ensure the accurate digital recording of interviews;

•Ensure the timeous submission of completed questionnaires and digital records of all data collected;

•Submit daily registers of work done; and

•Keep records of important observations and submit these in a word document to team leaders every Friday of a working week.

Key Requirements:

•A minimum completed NQF level 6 qualification from a recognized South African university or TVET College;

•Experience in qualitative and quantitative fieldwork i.e. undertakings surveys, focus group discussions and key informant interviews;

•Experience with digital data collection methods & equipment (tablets);

•Fluency in English and any of the local languages in the identified districts (Xhosa and Afrikaans) is a key requirement;

•Flexibility and willingness to take on additional tasks as per requirements;

•Must be resident in any Districts in the province as indicated above and must be able to travel to the research areas or central point of collection;

•High personal motivation and self-management;

•Articulate and tactful communication skills;

•Accuracy and attention to detail;

•Prior fieldwork experience with HSRC will be an added advantage;

•Good interpersonal, facilitation, and problem-solving skills;

•Successful applicants will be evaluated during training and over the duration of the fieldwork and if any part of this work is not completed to the satisfactory level as required; the appointment will be terminated;

•Availability to work from March to April 2021; and be available to work over weekends if required; and

•South African citizens only.


Applications: Please quote the above reference number on your application and include three contactable referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details). The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements.

Project timeline:

The successful candidates will be appointed on project based contract with specified deliverables and will be required to work 40-hour week (flexible).

Applications are to be submitted online at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/

Should you experience challenges adding documentation you can submit these to HRshortterm@hsrc.ac.za indicating the post reference number in the subject line. Your application will not be considered if the correct reference number for this application is not provided. You are however, still required to register your application on SkillsMap, failing to do so will result in your application not being accepted. Only applications adhering to all the requirements will be considered.

For enquiries only, not applications, please contact Dr V Mjimba on 066-072-2763 and/or Ms E Maritz on 066-072-2628. Your application will not be considered if the correct reference number for this application is not provided.

Closing Date: 26 November 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment


Job Closing Date 25/11/2020

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