Human Sciences Research Council: Screener/Data Collector (Durban)

Screener/Data Collector

Company Human Sciences Research Council

Reference # CCBR/SD/1220

Published 24/11/2020

Contract Type Contract

12 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, 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, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) exists within the Division of Human and Social Capabilities (HSC). The mission of the CCBR is to understand, identify and improve community wellbeing by exploring, describing and addressing health, education, and quality of life through novel mixed-methods approaches that combines multidisciplinary capacities, and to serve as a hub for knowledge generation, capacity building and training.

Through engagement and advocacy for community-informed approaches, the CCBR is a champion for this work within the Division and across the HSRC. The CCBR currently have staff in both Durban and Pietermarizburg with plans to grow activities and capacity beyond the borders of the Sweetwaters.

The CCBR seeks to appoint suitably qualified persons to take on the responsibilities of screener for a project implemented at the Sweetwaters office. The successful candidate will work in a multi-year project to develop, implement and evaluate strategies for TB suitable to reach out to vulnerable population groups by testing a triage strategy to diagnose TB with the aim of substantially reducing diagnostic costs, and improve early access to diagnosis and improve outcomes.

The screener/data collector will report to the study project manager and project team and site support staff to successfully implement their role. This position is offered on a 13 month contract.

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Screener/Data Collector

Reference: CCBR/SD/1220

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Job Functions Research

Industries Research


•Participate in the development and refinement of the intervention model

•Delivering the highest standard of counselling and facilitation services

•Facilitating HIV information sessions in various community settings

•Conduct point of care assessments and rapid assays from finger-prick;

•Facilitate sputum collection from participants;

•Referring to appropriate services in their communities;

•Tracking participants for follow-up sessions and other study activities

•Maintaining regular documentation and records of all daily activities;

•Assisting the project manager in achieving all stipulated QA/QC targets;

•Collecting data and completing research field forms or/and any other survey activities;

•Recruiting and screening participants according eligibility to participate in the study

•Working with the community programmes and stakeholder relations unit to conduct community preparation and mobilisation activities

•Developing and maintaining good working relationships with local community stakeholders

•Ensuring bio-hazardous waste is disposed of according to waste management guidelines;

•Ensuring accurate record keeping of client information;

•Carrying out any other activities deemed necessary for the effective and productive functioning of the team.

Additional Responsibilities:

•Mobilising participants to receive counselling and testing.

•Recruiting and screening participants to the study


•Grade 12;

•At least 2 years relevant counselling and facilitation experience;

•Demonstrated proof of counselling experience and training

•Fluency in isiZulu and English;

•Demonstrated computer literacy.

•Good interpersonal, organisational and problem solving skills

•Ability to work to strict deadlines

•Relevant knowledge of HIV/AIDS

Preference will be given to applicants with:

•1 year, Code E or similar, unendorsed driver’s license;

•Sound written and verbal communication skills;

•Exposure to research or data collection activities

•The ability to work accurately, independently and in a team

•Willingness to work after hours and over weekends and in rural communities.

•Good interpersonal, organisational, administrative and problem solving skills;

Applicants will be required to take a practical skills assessment test as part of the interview process.


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

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

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.

•Should you have any HR enquiries please send your query citing reference number to

•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.

•For further information, not applications please e-mail on

Details about the HSRC can be found at

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.

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: 10th December 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. 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.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment


Job Closing Date 10/12/2020

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