Burden of Disease Research Unit MRC, Parow (Western Cape): Fieldworkers (38 posts)

The Medical Research Council strives to improve the nation’s health status and quality of life through relevant and excellent health research aimed at promoting equality and development. The Burden of Disease Research Unit focuses on the measurement and analysis of trends in health status and risk factors and is offering the following short term work opportunity for fieldwork. We require a number of organized individuals to work in teams to capture data, using a cell phone, from post mortem (PM) folders at selected mortuaries in their province of residence or nearest surrounding province. Individuals who successfully complete a prescreening competency exercise and interview will be invited to a 2-day training session in Durban (mid October) or Pretoria (early November). Costs for out-of-town travel and accommodation will be covered. Fieldwork will commence soon after the training.

Candidates should meet with the following criteria:

  • Reside in close proximity to the study home bases at Mthatha, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Bloemfontein, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Polokwane and Nelspruit
  • Matric certificate with skills training in the social sciences or a health-related field (e.g.Nursing), a basic three year B-degree/diploma will be an advantage
  • Be cell phone literate, and have excellent attention to detai
  • Drivers license and willingness to travel to the surrounding provinces
  • Fluent in English and Afrikaans (both reading and speaking)

Work experience in a health related field would be an advantage, preferably with knowledge of emergency health services, injury/trauma or post-mortem investigation. The successful applicant will be required to

  • Complete the pre – interview screening exercise
  • Be available for telephonic interview
  • Successfully complete the two day training and evaluation (either Durban or Pretoria)
  • Adhere to study-specific standard operating procedures as well as MRC policies
  • Be able to commence work at the mortuaries at 08h00 Monday – Friday
  • Travel to selected mortuaries and perform data capture from PM folders using cell phones
  • Possibly transport other team members to and from mortuaries (car provided by MRC)
  • Sleep away from home when travelling to distant mortuaries
  • Provide two valid and current referees contactable by email

The study is divided into two phases. Phase one will involve training of fieldwork teams from KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State at the MRC offices in Durban; and completing data collection in the selected mortuaries in these provinces. For phase two, training will be done in the MRC offices in Pretoria and data collection will take place in Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo.

The successful candidates will earn R48 per hour for each 8 hour work day. The table below reports the estimated number of individuals that will be appointed per region, the estimated number of working days required for each team per region and in which phase of the study each region will be surveyed.

Table 1: Overview of fieldwork

Overview field work

Candidates should clearly indicate when they will be available to commence duty. If available, an e-mail contact address should be provided.

Table 2: Contact person for each region

Region Contact person
Durban

nasreen.abrahams@mrc.ac.za

fax: 086 624 9575

Pietermaritzburg
Port Elizabeth
Mthatha
   
Bloemfontein

noreen.udemans@mrc.ac.za

fax: 086 241 0694

Polokwane
Nelspruit
   
Pretoria

elize.de.kock@mrc.ac.za

fax: 086 241 0405

Johannesburg

Email your application, comprising a full CV, a brief covering letter of motivation and email contact details of two referees, to the contact person (see Table 2) in your region.

Closing date: 2 September 2011

CERTIFIED COPIES OF YOUR ID, VALID DRIVERS LICENSE AND HIGHEST FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH THIS APPLICATION. SHOULD YOUR APPLICATION NOT CONTAIN THE REQUIRED INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS, IT WILL UNFORTUNATELY NOT BE CONSIDERED.

Should no feedback be received within 30 days of the closing date, kindly consider your application as unsuccessful. The MRC retains the right not to make an appointment. In accordance with the MRC’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.

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