Human Sciences Research Council: Transcribers (Nationwide)


Company Human Sciences Research Council

Reference # IED Transcribers-09/2020

Published 31/08/2020

Contract Type Temporary

24 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa


In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ the Research Divisions, Units, Institutes and Centres of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertake policy-oriented research from its offices in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, and Pietermaritzburg. Our public purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The newly formed Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division undertakes research that aims to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been linked, and thus conducts research in both areas, sometimes discretely, often overlapping, and through a multidisciplinary lens. We research ways to improve the context of learning for those who have had unequal starting points as well the social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation to bring about the gains and growth South Africa needs.

IED requires the services of a panel of Freelance Transcribers to provide high transcription services for a number of project publications over a period of 24 months as and when the need arises. Freelance appointments are paid by deliverables.

Transcribers (Freelancer contracts)

Ref. No. IED Transcribers-09/2020

Job Functions Research

Industries Research


The scope of work and expectations of the transcriber will include the following:

•Attendance and participation in workshops, briefing sessions and other meetings;

•Read and become familiar with the project documents and any other relevant background documents;

•Transcribe interviews and focus group sessions from digital recorders;

•Submit completed transcripts for each interview conducted as per the sampling framework;

•Check content and accuracy of completed transcriptions;

•Submit typed transcription reports.


The candidates should possess the following:

•A relevant qualification or a minimum of 5 years related experience;

•Experience with transcribing key informant interviews and focus group interviews;

•Preferable experience in translating from vernacular to English;

•Evidence of previous transcribing and translating work;

•Previous experience of work with HSRC would be advantageous;

•Excellent writing skills.

Application Procedure

In your application please include the following:

•Submit a detailed CV’s with proof of qualifications.

•At least two contactable references.

•A quote regarding the work to be undertaken. The cost must be VAT inclusive. The price should indicate the rate per minute of tape.

•An example of a short transcription.

The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements.

Enquiries (NOT Applications or CVs) may be directed to Mr Gray van der Bergh email

Details of the HSRC can be found on the website, at The HSRC reserves the right to not make appointments.

Closing date: 17 September 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Job Closing Date 17/09/2020

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