Human Sciences Research Council: Transloators (Nationwide)


Company Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Reference # HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (preferred language)

Published 16/02/2021

Contract Type Contract

4 Months

Salary Market Related

Location Nationwide, Nationwide, 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.


Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (Sepedi)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (Sesotho)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (Setswana)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (siSwati)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (Tshivenda)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (Xitsonga)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (Afrikaans)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (isiNdebele)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (isiXhosa)

Ref no: HSC TRANSL 02/2021 (isiZulu)

4 Months

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 Translation

Industries Research


Key Responsibilities

•Make written translation and submit translation in word processed documents;

•Proofread and edit the document;

•Share draft translation with supervisor;

•Incorporate suggested changes to the translation;

•Ensure high quality and accuracy of the entire document before submitting it to the supervisor in charge of the project;

•Ensure accuracy of the terms and terminology used in the documents;

•Ensure that the translation is written with correct grammar and spelling;


Key requirements

•At least a Grade 12 (Matric) education;

•At least 5 years of professional experience in working in the relevant area;

•Demonstrated good understanding of technical terms and terminology used in areas of work;

•Proven skills in translation and interpretation from and into English and vice versa;

•Demonstrate effective organizational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner;

•Ability to work independently;

•Knowledge in HIV field.

•Knowledge in COVID-19 field

•Attention to detail and accuracy, able to meet firm deadlines.

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.

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 including (CV, drivers’ license and clear copy of ID document, motivational letter indicating Reference no with preferred Language, province, district and town you live)

For further enquiries NOT applications please contact

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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