Human Sciences Research Council: Data Analyst

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSCCCBR DS 2021
Published 22/07/2021
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Duration 36 Months
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.
The Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) exists within the Division of Human and Social Capabilities (HSC). The mission of the CCBR is to understand, identify and improve community wellbeing by exploring, describing and addressing health, education, and quality of life through novel mixed-methods approaches that combines multidisciplinary capacities, and to serve as a hub for knowledge generation, capacity building and training.

Through engagement and advocacy for community-informed approaches, the CCBR is a champion for this work within the Division and across the HSRC. The CCBR currently have staff in both Durban and Pietermaritzburg with plans to grow activities and capacity beyond the borders of the Sweetwaters office.

The CCBR is looking for a suitably qualified person to take on the responsibilities of a data analyst for research projects implemented at the Sweetwaters office. The successful candidates will be assigned to provide support to multi-year projects delivering and evaluating health and behavioral interventions in the community setting. This position is offered on a 36-month contract.

Data Analyst X 1
Office base: Sweetwaters
Contract duration: 36 Months
Ref: HSCCCBR DS 2021

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
•Write-up study design, sample size and analysis plan of proposals.
•Conduct complex statistical analysis.
•Developing relevant procedures for data processing and quality checking
•Supervise query resolution and provide routine data query reports
•Develop reporting summaries project operational data and key data indicators in discussion with the project leaders and investigators using Ms Excel pivot tables or relational database techniques
•Ability to interact with relevant stakeholders on statistical issues at the Health and Epidemiological project levels for research translation.
•Ability to communicate statistical concepts and information to non-statisticians in Health and Clinical Sciences.
•Evidence of engagement, teaching and training of either fellow staff or from university/public health/research institutions or stakeholders.
•Conduct training and support data transfers from data collection and processing tools
•Supervise timely data entry within agreed benchmarks for completion and data quality

Preference will be given to applicants with:

•Commitment to working as part of a multi-disciplinary research team
•Ability to work to strict deadlines
•Ability to problem solve, and to be well organised
•Ability to provide leadership, actively contribute to team performance and work independently

•Hold a Masters degree in statistics, biostatistics, or biometry
•At least 4 years’ experience in clinical and health research environments.
•Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
•Evidence of academic background and peer-reviewed ISI publication history
•Proficient in programming in at least one statistical software.
•Oral presentations on at least 3 conferences/seminars/meetings in biostatistics.

1)A Covering motivation letter which clearly indicates the reference number of the position for which the applicant is applying for; and
2)A comprehensive CV; and
3)The details of three (3) recent referees with contact details (telephone / cell phone number and email address),

Note: The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at
Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone. Attachments must be less than 2 MB. Should you encounter challenges in applying please send your CV at [email protected] –For further information about the HSRC or the post, please consult our website (

Please indicate the reference number in the subject line. Applications that do not adhere to this requirement will not be considered. For further information about the HSRC or the post please consult our website ( For enquiries, and not applications, you may also contact Alastair van Heerden, ([email protected]).

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its South African Citizen senior managers and research leaders who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 05 August 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight (8) weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

Job Closing Date 05/08/2021