Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is recruiting for Data Collector [x36 posts]

Job Summary

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is recruiting and invites applications for the following job vacancy: Data Collector [x36 posts].

Closing date: 18 February 2024

Reference NumberHSR240206-3
Job TypeFixed Term contract – short term
Job TitleData Collector
Business AreaPublic Health, Societies and Belonging – PHSB
Number of Positions36
Workplace TypeOn-site

Location: Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, ZA

About HSRC

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa is Africa’s largest dedicated social science and humanities research agency and policy think tank. 

It primarily conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, for non governmental organisations and international development agencies in support of development nationally, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and in Africa.

The HSRC also seeks to contribute to the research and development strategy of the HSRC’s parent Department of Science and Technology, especially through its mission to focus on the contribution of science and technology to addressing poverty.

Job Purpose

The CCBR seeks to appoint suitably qualified persons as a Data Collector for a research study implemented in KwaZulu Natal.

The successful candidates will collect data at primary health care clinics and from individuals who receive their health services at the selected clinics.

This will require completion of survey instruments in the clinic, the identification, tracking and contact of clinic users, completion of survey instruments with the clinic users at their preferred venue or location.

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Data collection is planned for the following area in KwaZulu Natal: There are thirty-six (36) positions offered on a 9-month short term contract.

Key Responsibilities

  • Consenting participants
  • Assisting the team leader and study coordinator in achieving all stipulated QA/QC targets
  • Tracking and tracing selected patients for study activities
  • Able to read patient clinic charts and perform data abstraction
  • Conduct and capture surveys on REDCap
  • Able to perform telephone calls to participants to collect, verify, update and capture, new or existing patient information

  • Compile a list of all participants to be scheduled for appointments
  • Report any problems to study coordinator/team leader the same day of identification
  • Attend to QC reports/issues and follow up on & resolve missing data and conflicting data issues
  • Participate in the development and refinement of the data collection process
  • Performing a finger prick for the collection of Dried Blood Spots (DBS)

  • Ensuring bio-hazardous waste is disposed of according to waste management guidelines
  • Maintaining regular documentation and records of all daily activities
  • Developing and maintaining good working relationships with local community stakeholders
  • Updating logs

  • Working with the community programmes and stakeholder relations unit to conduct community preparation and mobilisation activities
  • Ensuring accurate record keeping of participant information
  • Facilitating participant reimbursement to eligible participants
  • Extracting information from clinic files
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Minimum Requirements

  • 3-year tertiary qualification or Grade 12 with relevant work experience in a similar role
  • Minimum 1-year research or data collection experience
  • Minimum 1-year Experience collecting Dried Blood Spots (DBS)
  • HIV testing and counselling certificate
  • Familiarity with the functioning of a smartphone and tablet

  • Experience in either clinical, observational, intervention research
  • Fluency in talking and reading isiZulu and English and writing in English
  • Driver’s License
  • Willingness to work after hours and over weekends and in rural/urban communities

  • Attention to detail
  • Demonstrated computer literacy
  • Good interpersonal, organisational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to adhere to strict deadlines
  • Relevant knowledge of HIV/AIDS

Preference will be given to applicants with:   

  • REDCap experience
  • GCP certification
  • Experience working in PHC/CHC clinics
  • 3-year tertiary qualification in a relevant field

  • Technologically savvy
  • Recent Experience collecting Dried Blood Spots (DBS)
  • Recent Experience performing HIV testing and counselling
  • Clinical research and trial(s) experience
  • Sound written and verbal communication skills

  • Commitment to working as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
  • The ability to work accurately, independently and in a team
  • Good interpersonal, organisational, administrative and problem-solving skills

Job Locations

Local Municipality


Mbazwana Clinic

Umhlabuyalingana Local Municipality

Mtubatuba Clinic

Mtubatuba Local Municipality

Samungu Clinic

uMlalazi Local Municipality

Nseleni CHC

King Cetshwayo  District Municipali

Mandlanzini Clinic

uMhlathuze Local Municipality

KwaNyezi Clinic

Nquthu Local Municipality

Amatimatolo Clinic

Umvoti Local Municipality

Limehill Clinic

Indaka Local Municipality

Ndaleni Clinic

Richmond Local Municipality

Hlengisizwe CHC

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

Qadi Clinic

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

Ixopo Clinic

Ubuhlebezwe Local Municipality


Assisi Clinic

Umzumbe Local Municipality

Ndawana Clinic

Umzimkhulu Local Municipality

KwaDukuza Clinic

KwaDukuza Local Municipality

Shakaskraal Clinic

KwaDukuza Local Municipality

Thembumusa Clinic

Abaqulusi Local Municipality


Phaphamani Clinic

uMhlathuze Local Municipality


Newcastle PHC Clin

Newcastle Local Municipality

Dannhauser CHC

Amajuba District Municipality

Connor Street Clin

Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipa

Verulam Clinic

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

New Germany Clinic

eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality

Mvutshini Clinic

Ray Nkonyeni Local Municipality
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How to Apply

In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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 and Pretoria.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of South African Citizens who are black, female, or disabled towards achieving Equity goals.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

For further information, not applications please e-mail Mr. Franco Musiello:  


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