HSRC South Afrca is hiring Fieldworkers x2

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Closing Date2022/12/02
Reference NumberHSR221125-1
Job TypeFixed Term contract – short term
Job TitleFieldworkers
Business AreaCentre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII)
Number of Positions2
Workplace TypeOn-site
Location – Town / CityCape Town
Minimum Education LevelNQF 6 – National Diploma or equivalent
Application Closing Date02-Dec-2022

Job summary

In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, 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, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. 

Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators (CeSTII) at the HSRC undertakes statistical surveys and research to monitor indicators for science, technology and innovation in South Africa, Research and Development (R&D), human resources in science and technology and related human mobility data.

CeSTII’s two flagship surveys, the National Research and Experimental Development (R&D) Survey and the South African Innovation Survey, provide important data for analytical studies and the production of national science and technology (S&T) indicators on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST). 

CeSTII provides an exciting environment for growth in terms of research on development of indicators, statistical analysis and innovation policy research as well as international engagements in these areas.   

Research and Development: Fieldworkers

2 x Posts: 6 month duration each

(Ref: CeSTII Field 20221104)

CeSTII seeks to appoint Fieldworkers on a short-term contract of 6-months.

They should be highly motivated and capable, to assist with the fieldwork of business enterprises for the National Research & Development Survey.

The Fieldworkers will be based in the Cape Town office. The level of appointment will depend on the mix of qualifications and experience of the successful candidate(s). 

Minimum requirements

  • A minimum of a National Diploma or equivalent experience;
  • Computer literacy, including Microsoft Office, Excel, Knowledge of MS Access will be advantageous;

  • Fluency in spoken and written English, and one other national language;
  • Proven survey research and fieldwork experience;

  • Skilled in telephone interviewing;
  • Good negotiation skills;
  • Attention to detail skills

  • Intellectual and personal integrity, a well-developed work ethic, and drive;
  • A strong service orientation and ability to prioritise;
  • Willingness to learn;

  • A capacity to work under pressure and to work after hours, when needed;
  • Good teamwork skills together with self-motivation and ability to work independently;

  • Ability to meet deadlines consistently and have excellent time management skills;
  • Willingness to travel.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Dispatch and follow-up of Survey Questionnaires;
  • Telephone and online based fieldwork on large national surveys;
  • Data capture and accurate data management using online systems.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.


In your application, please include (1) a letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position; (2) your CV; (3) a copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis;(4) copies of the required qualifications,  and (4) the details of three recent referees with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details. Please indicate the reference number that appears in this advert. The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position. 

Please register and submit your application on-line at

Application Instructions:

Candidates can make use of their mobile devices or any browser to register on the Neptune recruitment site, as well as to make application for available vacancies;

Candidates will be prompted to upload their documents;

 Attachments must be less than 1MB, there is an on-screen option to resize;

Neptune system will only allow you to upload 1 attachment. Please ensure that all documents are merged into 1 file before uploading.

Enquiries (not applications or CVs) may be directed to Dr Nazeem Mustapha via email [email protected]

Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff complement who are SA Citizens, black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 02 December 2022.  We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date.  If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

Information regarding the HSRC and the post can be accessed on

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.



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