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The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is recruiting and invites applications for the vacancies: Data Collectors [x18 posts].

  • Closing date: 19 May 2023
  • Reference Number: HSR230504-1
  • Location: Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Ballito, Scottburgh

The CCBR seeks to appoint suitably qualified persons as a Data Collector for a research study implemented in KwaZulu Natal. There are eighteen (18) positions offered on a 3-month short term contract.

The successful candidate 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. Data collection is planned for the following areas in KwaZulu Natal:

  • Clinic 1: Caluza Clinic, Msunduzi  Local Municipality, Umgungundlovu District, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Clinic 2: Northdale Clinic, Msunduzi Local Municipality, Umgungundlovu District, KwaZulu-Natal

  • Clinic 3: Injabulo Clinic, Mkhambathini Local Municipality, Umgungundlovu District, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Clinic 4: Prince Zulu CDC, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, eThekwini Metropolitan, KwaZulu-Natal

  • Clinic 5: Ballito Clinic, KwaDukuza Local Municipality, iLembe District, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Clinic 6: Scottburgh Clinic, Umdoni Local Municipality, Ugu District, KwaZulu-Natal

The Data Collector will report to a designated team leader and work closely with the research study team and other site support staff to successfully implement this function.

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
    • Minimum 1-year Experience of HIV testing and counselling
  • 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

  • Currently an active driver
  • Able and willing to drive a variety of different sized vehicles.
  • 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

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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