The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is seeking highly motivated and outstanding individuals, with a strong interest in qualitative research, to join our two-week long training programme for social science research assistants. Preference will be given to candidates who are resident and a member of a homestead from the Mpukunyoni area.

Upon selection and successful completion of this training programme individuals will be equipped with minimum entry level skills suited to the position of an AHRI Social Science Research Assistant. AHRI Research Assistants are responsible for data collection using various qualitative methods including observations, focus group discussions and in-depth interviews; compiling field notes and case summaries; transcribing audio recordings and translating scripts from isiZulu to English.

Minimum Selection Criteria for acceptance onto the Training Programme:

  • An undergraduate degree in the field of Social Sciences.
  • Experience in qualitative data collection using various methods including observations, focus group discussion or in-depth interviews;
  • Experience in transcribing and translation of qualitative data from IsiZulu to English;
  • Experience in a community-based or clinic-based study;
  • Proficiency in English and isiZulu (verbal and written);
  • Strong data entry skills using computer software packages;
  • Knowledge of HIV, STIs, TB and other health issues;
  • Be willing to work hard and in an independent and organised manner;
  • A driver’s license is an advantage.

Please click here to download our Social Science Research Assistant Training Programme application form. Please fill this in and email your completed application. If you have a driver’s license, please include a copy of this in your application email also. Applications are ONLY accepted if received on this official AHRI application form.

Please note that this is not an employment advert. Names of the successful participants will be kept on AHRI’s Human Resources Database for future recruitment drives.

Closing date for application is 4 June, 2018.

More about the Africa Health Research Institute:

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is one of South Africa’s largest independent, interdisciplinary research institutes. AHRI aims to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV and TB and related diseases, seeking ways to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment. AHRI’s principal funders are Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Our academic partners are University College London and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.