HSRC Data Collectors recruitment drive for Alexander Bay, Cape Town and Mangaung

Human Science Research Council (HSRC) is recruiting unemployed graduates with NQF level 6 from TVET Colleges and Universities from any field of study.



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 over 150 (One Hundred and Fifty) fieldworker data collectors / interviewers who will collect data for a period of 4-12 weeks in selected districts within the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Free State Provinces. Unemployed university and TVET Colleges graduates from any of the districts of the above mentioned Provinces are encouraged to apply. Remuneration for fieldworkers is offered in line with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for each ordinary hour worked



The Survey will be conducted in the above mentioned provinces. Please be advised that should you apply for more than one position, you will need to submit more than one C.V.


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 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 February to April 2021; and be available to work over weekends if required; and

•South African citizens only.


For enquiries only, not applications, please contact Dr V Mjimba on 066-072-2763 and/or Ms E Maritz on 066-072-2628.


Closing date for applications is the 26th of November 2020



Click on your Preferred location to apply

Alexander Bay, Northern Cape


Cape Town, Western Cape


Mangaung, Free State