VACANCIES

3 Project coordinators (12 Months contract)

The MRC/Wits Agincourt Research Unit is exceptional health and population research centre providing an
extensive data resource resulting from years of longitudinal health and socio-demographic surveillance. It
currently nests several observational and intervention studies- all undertaken with an interdisciplinary
network of leading international scientists in the Agincourt sub-district in rural northeast South Africa. As part
of the ongoing core and nested work, the Unit seeks to appoint qualified staff, to participate in a number of
vital roles, by practically exploring and participating in the Ntshembo (Hope) randomised controlled trial,
that aims to address both underweight and overweight/obesity in adolescent girls before pregnancy, in order
to improve adolescent nutrition, reduce later metabolic risks such as Type 2 diabetes for the adolescent and
her future offspring in the Agincourt HDSS. The appointed individuals will be based at Agincourt’s main office
and report directly to the project manager.


To support the study, the Unit is inviting applicants for the following fixed-term contractual positions;
• Project Coordinator: Process evaluation and Qualitative interviewer
• Project Coordinator: Intervention Arm
• Project Coordinator: Control Arm


Required minimum education and training: Project Coordinator (Process evaluation and Qualitative
interviewer)

• Grade 12 Certificate, Honours degree/ Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences (e.g., Public
Health, Sociology, Gender studies, Psychology) or another relevant field.
• Experience working or researching in the field of social and behavioral interventions,
noncommunicable diseases, and / or adolescent interventions.
• Excellent understanding of qualitative research methodologies
• Strong management, administrative, and computer literacy skills (including Zoom/MS Teams,
Office Package particularly Excel, and basic knowledge of qualitative data analysis software.
• At least 2 years of experience as a Project Coordinator or Supervisory role.
• Experience working with adolescents and vulnerable populations.
• Ability to engage with the community and various stakeholders.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive.
• Fluent in English and Xitsonga.

Required minimum education and training: Project Coordinator (Intervention arm)
• Grade 12 Certificate, Bachelor’s degree/Diploma/Certificate in any field.
• Research experience and/or experience managing research studies or fieldwork.
• Female person with strong management, administrative, and computer literacy skills.
• At least 2 years of experience as a Project Coordinator or Supervisory role.
• Experience working with adolescents and vulnerable populations.
• Ability to engage with the community and various stakeholders.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive.
• Fluent in English and Xitsonga.

Required minimum education and training: Project Coordinator (Control arm)
• Grade 12 Certificate, Bachelor’s degree/Diploma/Certificate in any field.
• Research experience and/or experience managing research studies or fieldwork.
• Strong management, administrative, and computer literacy skills.
• At least 2 years of experience as a Project Coordinator or Supervisory role.
• Experience working with adolescents and vulnerable populations.
• Ability to engage with the community and various stakeholders.
• Valid driver’s license and ability to drive.
• Fluent in English and Xitsonga
Personal abilities:
A successful candidate for this position will be friendly, professional, able to follow instructions, self-motivated,
and must have good communication skills- both written and oral- in both English and Xitsonga. The individual
must possess the ability to problem solve as well as strive to achieve pre-set objectives. Furthermore, the
individual must be able to work well within a team, be willing to work irregular hours, and could strictly
maintainparticipants’ confidentiality, both on and off the job.
If you have the required qualifications listed above and would like to apply, please send your CV, names and
contact details of 3 referees, certified copies of Certificates, ID copies, and motivation letter stating why you
are interested in the position and email it to:
Weekend Khoza at Weekend.Khoza@wits.ac.za. or alternatively, deliver all applications to Agincourt site
main office gate. Inquiries should be forwarded to Jeffrey Tibane at 013 880 1151 between 08h00 and
16h30 on weekdays.
Closing date: 31 August 2022 @ 16h30