Posted on :
8 Feb, 2021
8 Feb, 2021
The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), within the Human Sciences Research Council, is seeking to appoint an Assistant Data Specialist for its project, “Food and Nutrition Security Survey in South Africa.” The Assistant Data Specialist will be employed for a period of 12 months. Working with the Project Data Manager, the responsibilities of the Assistant Data Specialist include assisting in overseeing the project’s various data systems, organising, storing and analysing data as efficiently as possible and always upholding agreed-upon security standards. The position is based in Pretoria. Experienced university graduates are encouraged to apply.
Job Title: Assistant Data Specialist
Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Reference #: AISA AA/12/02
Contract Type: Contract 12 Months
Salary: Market Related
•Communicate with principle investigators to determine scope, requirements, deliverables and deadlines;
•Manage IT applications and systems in research data collection setting;
•Ensure data quality control;
•Document technical specifications;
•Co-ordinate with research staff and field supervisors to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of the data collection and data entry tools and processes;
•Run regular data quality assurance checks and maintain data integrity;
•Design databases, create scripts, run basic validation scripts and debugging errors;
•Organize and merge research data from multiple sources;
•Conducting diagnostic tests and evaluating performance metrics;
•Troubleshoot database issues and implementing database recovery procedures and safety protocols;
•Prepare summary statistics, tables and figures for reports;
•Perform other responsibilities as assigned and requested.
•At least a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Mathematics or Statistics
•2+ years of research experience
•Excellent understanding of data administration and management functions i.e. Collection, analysis, distribution and curation
•Knowledge of SQL and the underlying database structure of REDCap
•Knowledge of PHP or Java Statistics (SAS, R, SPSS, STATA)
•At least two (2) Programming languages
•Android applications installation and trouble shooting
•Candidates ability to perform the following roles in Research Electronic
.Build REDCap projects and develop REDCap data dictionaries,
.Implement branching logic and calculations and create reports and run REDCap projects
.Troubleshoot issues related to the REDCap installation and functionality.
.Identify bugs and report them to the REDCap developers.
.Participate in the REDCap forums.
•Fluency in English and any of the local languages in South Africa.
•High personal motivation and self-management.
•Accuracy and attention to detail.
•Prior experience with HSRC will be an added advantage.
•Successful applicants will be evaluated during training and over the duration of the project and if any part of this work is not completed to the satisfactory level as required, the appointment will be terminated;
•Availability to work from January 2021 to December 2021; and be available to work over weekends if required.
Applications: Please quote the above reference number on your application and include three contactable referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details). The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements.
The successful candidates will be appointed on project-based contract with specified deliverables and will be required to work a minimum 40-hour week. This work may extend to weekends
Should you experience challenges adding documentation you can submit these to [email protected] indicating the post reference number in the subject line. Your application will not be considered if the correct reference number for this application is not provided. You are however, still required to register your application on SkillsMap, failing to do so will result in your application not being accepted. Only applications adhering to all the requirements will be considered.
For enquiries only, not applications, please contact Dr V Mjimba on 066-072-2763 and/or Ms E Maritz on 066-072-2628. Your application will not be considered if the correct reference number for this application is not provided.
APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
Application Deadline: 19 February 2021
We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within two weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.