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The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) strives to improve the nation’s health and quality of life by funding and conducting relevant and leading health research.  It further aims to promote equity, career development and progression.  The organisation prides itself on three core values: being pioneering, striving for excellence and working collaboratively.

Individuals are invited to submit applications in response to the following position:

Fieldworker Supervisor x 5
(Enhancing linkage to care study)

Burden of Disease Research Unit
UThukela District, KZN

12-month full time contract

The SAMRC’s Burden of Disease Research Unit seeks to appoint people who are experienced in conducting health systems research. They will be required to work in a team to collect data from patients in selected clinics in uThukela district, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). The focus of the study is to strengthen district-level capacity to enhance linkage to and retention in HIV care, through implementation of a combination of interventions and through strategic use of routine programmatic information, as Universal Test and Treat is increasingly taken up by the adult population in South Africa.   

The fieldworker supervisors will be trained to collect data from study participants and interview facility informants at selected facilities and outreach centres in the uThukela district, KZN. A fieldworker will normally work in teams, and will travel to the selected facilities in a sub-district to do fieldwork.

Key Performance Areas:

  1. Assist with preparations for data collection from study participants and informants at selected facilities. This process could include telephone calls and/or emails to staff of study facilities, and/or setting up meetings with staff of study facilities, as required.
  2. Enrol and collect data from study participants in selected facilities in the uThukela district. Data will be collected on a tablet computer using the electronic data collection tool developed for the study, and uploaded to the project database following the procedures defined in the project protocol.
  3. Co-ordinate and supervise daily activities within the team, and take responsibility for fieldwork equipment.
  4. Liaise with the project co-ordinator with regard to on-going progress and any problems that may arise at the field.

Core Requirements:

  • A three-year accredited degree/diploma/certificate in Allied Health Sciences, Health Systems Research or another Public Health related field
  • At least three to four years’ working experience post qualification
  • Ability to communicate in English, isiZulu and/or isiXhosa
  • Must be willing to reside within the uThukela district for the duration of the contract
  • Valid unendorsed code 8 driver’s licence
  • Willingness to travel within the district and work long irregular hours.

This position will suit a person with:

  • Work experience in a health systems research or public health-related environment with experience collecting survey data.
  • Good interpersonal, supervisory, organisational, communication, facilitation and report-writing skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team. 
  • Strong numeric skills, excellent attention to detail and ability to detect errors. 
  • Strong computer skills in MS Office packages.

Short-listed applicants must be willing to undergo a competency exercise as part of the selection process. Individuals who successfully complete a pre-screening competency exercise and interview will be invited to participate in a five-day training programme in Ladysmith (tentatively last week of October/November 2017).

  • Lunch and tea will be provided, but no remuneration will be payable for the duration of the training.
  • Only candidates who successfully complete the training will be considered for a one-year contract with the SAMRC.
  • Please note that successful completion of the training will not automatically qualify a candidate for a position.  

Fieldwork will commence immediately following the training and the completion of the selection and recruitment processes for fieldwork staff

A salary in the region of R201 000 per annum, cost-to-company will be negotiated in consideration of experience and qualifications.


In accordance with the SAMRC’s Employment Equity Plan, preference will be given to suitably qualified candidates from the designated groups. For this reason, we require race, gender and disability status to be specified.


The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment.

Closing date: 7 November 2017

Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date,
kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.

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Last updated:
2 November, 2017
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