MRC/Wits Rural Public Health and Health Transitions Research Unit (Agincourt)

VACANCIES- (10 months fixed term contract)

The MRC/Wits Agincourt Research Unit is an exceptional health and population research centre providing an extensive data resource resulting from years of longitudinal health and socio-demographic surveillance. It currently nests a number of observational and intervention studies- all undertaken with an interdisciplinary network of leading international scientists in the Agincourt sub-district in rural north-east South Africa. As part of ongoing core and nested work, the Unit seeks qualified staff to participate in a number of vital roles, who will assist in realizing the vision of the Unit, by participating in the Census that aims to explore the feasibility of conducting annual update rounds using electronic data collection devices. The appointed individuals will be based at the Agincourt offices and report directly to the Project Coordinator.

To support the annual Census, the Unit is inviting applicants for the following fixed-term contractual positions:

  • Fieldworkers
  • Data Assistants
  • Drivers

Required minimum education and training:

  • Grade 12 Certificate and ccomputer qualifications is compulsory for Fieldworkers, knowledge of the Agincourt HDSS study site, proficient in the use of electronic data collection devices (e.g. smart phones/tablets).
  • Grade 12 and formal computer training, proficient in the use of electronic data collection devices (e.g. smart phones/tablets)
  • Grade 12 Certificate, and valid driver’s license or a valid Public Driver’s Permit (PDP) compulsory for the Drivers position.
  • The following additional qualifications will be of added advantage;
  • IT/Computer related qualifications.
  • Bachelor’s degree.


  • Applicants must be residing within the HDSS villages; Agincourt, Khayalami, Croquetlawn, Cunningmore A & B, Dumphries A, B & C, Rolle C, Kumani, MP Stream, Makaringe, Kildare A, B & C, Lillydale A & B, Ireagh A, B & C, Huntington, Newington B & C, Sommerset A, B & C, Justicia A & B, Xanthia, Belfast, Rholane.

Personal abilities:

A successful candidate for this position will be friendly, professional, able to follow instructions, self-motivated, and must retain extremely 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 have the ability to strictly maintain participants’ confidentiality, both on and off the job.

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