Senior Research Officer: Community-Based Interventions

Requirements include:

  • A minimum qualification of a PhD in public health, social sciences, or health-related field
  • A minimum of three years research and teaching experience in the field of physical activity and health, with specific emphasis on community-based health promotion and sport-related interventions
  • A proven track record in publishing research, with experience in supervision or co-supervision of postgraduate research
  • Experience in qualitative research methods (including data collection, data analysis and the publication of qualitative research studies)
  • Evidence of ability to independently conduct research (including project management), write grants, manage research funds, translation to participants and stakeholders

Responsibilities include:

  • Research

    • To conduct research specific to community-based health promotion interventions, through physical activity and sport for development programmes, primarily within a public health approach, including:
      • Best practice for interventions (including physical activity and nutrition components) aimed to promote health (physical and mental) to prevent chronic diseases  and increase human capital in a range of community-based settings for intervention, including early childcare centres, primary health care facilities, central community facilities
      • Formative, process and outcome evaluation approaches and research methods relevant to the aforementioned
    • Research specific content knowledge of the social science aspects of health promotion and disease prevention, of relevance to the practitioner in the fields of sports and physical activity
    • To conduct basic quantitative research skills, including questionnaire development
    • To undertake qualitative research skills, including data collection and analysis (ability to work independently and supervise others)
    • Train students and other staff members to utilise qualitative techniques in research projects
    • Lead research projects relating to community-based health promotion and sport-related interventions (conceptualise and produce proposals, apply for ethics approval, develop research tools, collect and analyse data independently / manage data collection and analysis of others, publish results, translate findings)
    • Work with industry partners, non-governmental organisations and not-for-profit organisations on commissioned research projects
    • Develop research collaborations in this field, and with other disciplines where relevant (particularly for qualitative research methods)
  • Teaching

    • Teaching specific content knowledge of related to the principals underpinning research specific to community-based health promotion interventions, through physical activity and sport for development programmes, primarily within a public health approach, including:
      • Best practice for interventions (including physical activity and nutrition components) aimed to promote health and prevent chronic diseases and to increase human capital in a range of community-based settings for intervention, including schools, primary health care facilities, central community facilities
      • Formative, process and outcome evaluation approaches and methods relevant to the aforementioned
    • Teaching and developing teaching materials of qualitative research methods, including data collection and analysis
    • Lecture and conduct seminars and workshops for post-graduate students in the fields of community-based interventions and qualitative research methods
    • Supervise and co-supervise the research of post-graduate students, with a specific emphasis on community-based interventions, related public health topics, and projects including qualitative research methods
    • Develop and inculcate a culture and provide support for inclusive of qualitative research in senior postgraduate dissertations and thesis
    • Institute a programme of learnership and work shadow for school children, school leavers and undergraduates to increase equity in the professions of community based health promotions and sports for development
  • Leadership, management and administration

    • Co-ordinate research projects (such as co-ordinating research teams, budgeting and funding for research projects, monitor and report on operational expenses related to relevant projects, writing progress reports for projects etc.)
    • Convene appropriate course model/s within postgraduate teaching complement
    • Manage the aforementioned programme of learnerships
    • Manage research funds, under supervision
    • Organise meetings and workshops related to research areas
    • Maintain relationships with donors, networks and partners in research
  • Social responsiveness

    • Liaise / engage with relevant media and public stakeholders
    • Prepare industry reports for commercial or not-for-profit partners and donors
    • Translate research findings into policy and practice for public benefit
    • Devise private and public sector partnerships to ensure translation of research evidence

The annual remuneration package, including benefits, is R389 780.

Download the complete job description.

To apply, please e-mail the completed UCT Application form (HR201) and all other relevant documentation as indicated on the form, with the subject line “SRO Community Based Interventions” followed by the reference number to Mrs Melanie Falken at melanie.falken@uct.ac.za

Address: Staff Recruitment Office, University of Cape Town, Private Bag X3, Rondebosch, 7700.

Faculty Website  

Telephone: +27 21 650 5764

Download the application form

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Reference number for this position: SR455/13

Closing date for applications: 22 March 2013          

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