SAMRC Job Vacancy : Project Co-ordinator 2017
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:
(Enhancing linkage to care study)
Burden of Disease Research Unit
18-month full time contract
The South African Medical Research Council’s Burden of Disease Research Unit seeks to appoint an experienced project co-ordinator to co-ordinate a study in UThukela district, KZN. The incumbent, experienced in conducting health systems research, will be required to work in a team. The focus of the study is to strengthen district-level capacity to enhance linkages 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 (UTT) is increasingly taken up by the adult population in South Africa.
- Liaise with relevant provincial/district authorities and facility managers
- Act as the point of contact and communicate project status adequately to all participants
- Assist Principal Investigator (PI)/Co-PIs and project manager to co-ordinate logistics for data collection from patient at study sites
- Manage and co-ordinate data collection teams and activities
- Ensure on-going quality control of data collection
- Undertake data entry, editing, data analysis and other data management tasks
- Respond to and address all fieldwork queries and challenges
- Be familiar with all the policies and procedures related to the project
- Provide on-going assistance to fieldworkers and their supervisors
- Keep PI/Co-PI and others informed about the project status and issues that may impact on progress
- Create and maintain comprehensive project documentation, plans and reports
- Provide support to formulate publications such as scientific articles, training manuals, reports and policy briefs
- Arrange meetings and/or workshops as required.
- Honours Degree or four (4) years equivalent in Business/Social Science, Project Management, Allied Health Sciences, Public Health, Health Information Systems or Informatics or a related field
- At least two (2) years’ work experience in a health systems research or public health related environment, with experience in collecting survey data, and/or monitoring and evaluation
- Valid unendorsed code 8 driver’s licence.
- Entry level working knowledge in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies
- Fluency in English
- Professional written communication and presentation skills
- Relevant workplace numeric and multiple project management ability
- Advanced analytical ability and problem solving acumen
- Advanced computer skills in MS Office packages and project management tools
- Pro-active, self-motivated, energetic, flexible, adaptive and innovative
- Ability to work independently while still working effectively and collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team especially over periods of irregular hours.
Preference will be afforded to candidates who:
- Have experience of working in township settings
- ability to speak isiZulu, and isiXhosa.
A salary in the region of ZAR 304 000.00 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. Disabled persons are encouraged to apply.
PLEASE QUOTE THE REFERENCE NUMBER (R90A) IN ALL COMMUNICATIONS. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOUR SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED SHOULD YOUR APPLICATION NOT BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTATION.
The SAMRC retains the right not to make an appointment.
Closing date: 31 August 2017
Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date,
kindly consider your application as unsuccessful.