Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is recruiting: Research Assistant [x3 posts]

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is recruiting and invites applications for the following job vacancy: Research Assistant [x3 posts].

Closing date: 18 January 2024

Reference NumberHSR240111-1
Job TypeFixed Term contract – short term
Job TitleResearch Assistants
Business AreaPublic Health, Societies and Belonging – PHSB
DepartmentPublic Health,Societies and Belonging-PHSB

Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA


The Public Health, Societies & Belonging (PHSB) Division w ithin the HSRC employs a multidisciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, three-quarters of w hich are donor-funded.

The PHSB division conducts transdisciplinary, policy and programme-relevant research to improve health, w ellbeing and promote a socially just and cohesive society.

PHSB requires the services of three (3) Research Assistants (Field Staff) for the Review of the National Policy Framew ork on Women’s Empow erment and Gender Equality and the Development of a National Gender Policy project for 2 months.


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.


The scope of work and expectations of the Research Assistants will include the following, but is not limited to:

a) Conduct Key Informant Interviews
b) Coordinate Focus Group Discussions and Regional Workshops
c) Update stakeholder databases- provincial, national, and state-owned enterprises.
d) Complete provincial fieldwork and workshop reports.
e) Complete transcriptions, data cleaning and consolidation
f) Complete data analysis
g) Contribute to the drafting of project reports
h) Contribute to the policy draft & Implementation framew ork


The candidate are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree and extensive qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis experience. Experience working for the HSRC and on previous projects, will be advantageous in to addition:

1. Bachelors’ Degree or equivalent degree in social sciences, humanities or a related field. A Master’s Degree is advantageous.
2. Strong analytical and critical thinking skills, w ith the ability to make sense of complex and diverse information and to identify patterns, trends, and insights
3. Demonstrated experience in qualitative research methods

4. Strong w riting skills, with the ability to produce high-quality reports, articles, and other outputs that are clear, concise, and engaging
5. A passion for and commitment to advancing Women’s Empow erment and Gender Equality , and a w illingness to work on complex and challenging issues in a rigorous and thoughtful manner
6. Strong values and research ethics.
7. High personal motivation, self-management, and detail-orientation;
8. Temperament to cope with a pressurised, deadline driven work environment.


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.

Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act No.17 of 2008.

The HSRC aims to attract and retain high-calibre skills and human resources necessary to effectively execute both its mandate to conduct research and to support the strategic intent of the organisation.

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.


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