1.Population Surveillance Manager (Two Years Fixed Term Contract)
Main purpose of the job To coordinate all aspects of the Agincourt HDSS including staff recruitment, training and retention, data collection, quality control ( production of scripts, proper data quality checks), data archiving and project management.
Location Agincourt- Bushbuckridge (Mpumalanga Province)

Key performance areas

  • Coordinate all day to day aspects of the Agincourt HDSS, including staff recruitment, training and retention, data collection, quality control and data archiving.
  • Provide training to field staff to ensure that they meet targets and study objectives.
  • Assist with writing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and monitor study procedures.
  • Monitor study progress and ensure high quality data collection and quality control.
  • Liaise with on-site data management team and provide both written and oral reports to Agincourt field manager.
  • Manage the process of reporting back of clinically significant laboratory results to participants
  • Set up and manage referral systems with local primary health care facilities
  • Maintain site documentation and ensure adherence to Good Clinical Practice (GCP)
  • Ensure that data queries are responded to accurately and timeously
  • Liase with on-site laboratory team on stock management systems, sample management and transportation

Required minimum education and training

MSc degree in Demography/ Population studies/ Epidemiology/ Applied Statistics/ Public Health or related quantitative disciplines.

Required minimum work experience

Minimum 3 years field based research management experience and knowledge of study protocols and population based research

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities.

  • Experience working in Health and Socio-Demographic Surveillance System site or longitudinal study would be an advantage.
  • Advanced computer literacy, including both data analysis using statistical packages such as STATA,SAS or R
  • Understanding of database design and data management (preferably using MSQL Server or My SQL)
  • Strong leadership, analytical and organisational skills
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Report writing and good oral presentation skills
  • Maintain high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to work independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work in a pressurised environment
  • Valid driver’s License

    Should you be interested in applying for this vacancy, clearly state which vacancy you are applying for and forward your detailed CV to: Sibusisiwe Ntuli at

    The closing date for all applications is 13 July 2018.

    The Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates. Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications unsuccessful. In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applications from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.


2.6 Qualitative Fieldworkers (1 Month contractual position)

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 to appoint qualified Qualitative Fieldworker, to support the HIV after 40 study in qualitative data collection, transcribing, and cleaning the transcript within the Agincourt Health and Demographic Surveillance System. The appointed individuals will be based at the Agincourt offices and report directly to the Project Coordinator.


  • Grade 12 certificate is mandatory and further certification/ Diploma/ Degrees a strong preference.
  • Computer competence is essential, with proof of competency expected.
  • Previous experience conducting qualitative interviews and transcribing interviews preferred.

Key performance areas include:

  • Recruitment of participants into the study
  • Arranging focus group discussions and in-depth interviews
  • Understanding of and respect for local norms of different groups of people
  • Collecting historical data as appropriate
  • Maintain field notes and transcribe interviews


  • 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 and able to manage sensitive and confidential study data

If you have the required qualifications listed above and would like to apply, please submit a motivation letter stating why you are interested in the position, your CV, names and contact details of 2 referees, certified copies of certificates, and copies of ID. You should deliver these to the MRC/Wits-Agincourt site office in a box placed at the entrance of the main office.

Alternatively, you may email your application to Weekend Khoza at

Enquiries should be directed to Weekend Khoza at 013 708 1420/ 013 795 5076 between 08h00 and 16h30 weekdays

Closing date: 04 July 2018 @ 16h30