Health Systems Trust: Study Supervisors

Health Systems Trust
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 28 January, 2015
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Health Systems Trust is a dynamic, not-for-profit organisation that supports the development of an equitable and comprehensive health system for the provision of quality health care in South and southern Africa.

Health Systems Trust seeks to appoint two Study Supervisors, based in Western Cape.
This is a short-term contract.

The incumbent’s primary responsibility will be to participate in an upcoming short-term research project in line with the organisation’s goal of building an equitable, effective and efficient national health system in South Africa and the region, through strengthening the functioning of health districts. The project aims to conduct a rapid assessment of the injury morbidity burden at health facilities in two communities within the Western Cape Metropole (Nyanga and Khayelitsha). Data collectors and capturers at six health facilities will need to be supervised and mentored.


  • Close monitoring and supervision of data collectors and data capturers at facilities in their assigned area to ensure fulfilment of project objectives is the main duty;
  • Liaise with the project manager about any issues that may arise during course of study;
  • Ensure study staff have all relevant documentation required for data collection;
  • Ensure a high standard of data quality through accurate timely data validation and quality assurance;
  • Ensure that all ethical requirements are fulfilled;
  • Review study data exports on a daily basis as well as email queries to the project manager;
  • Review daily facility reports with each data capturer;
  • Interact with colleagues and project management to ensure fulfilment of project objectives;
  • Interact with nurses and doctors from the Western Cape Department of Health and HST project management staff to capture relevant subject-related information;
  • Photocopying and scanning relevant study data as required;
  • Filing and administrative duties as required.


  • Matriculation exemption is a minimum requirement; a tertiary qualification would be advantageous;
  • Valid Code B driver’s licence; 
  • Experience in data collection and/or capturing and supervision of study staff;
  • Experience in data capturing or collection in a health systems research environment or within the public health sector will be advantageous;
  • Familiarity with the public health sector and district health system will be advantageous; 
  • Ability to liaise with people at all levels, internally and externally;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills;
  • Must be able to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Good facilitation and communication skills;
  • Fast and accurate data capturing and entry skills;
  • Computer experience in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Word and Excel;
  • Speak / read and write English and/or Afrikaans and/or isiXhosa;
  • Good time management skills;
  • The candidate must be sensitive to cultural differences as well as political, confidential and ethical issues pertaining to patient information.


  • Willingness to drive between facilities at night;
  • Own vehicle preferable. Mileage can be claimed.

The study is being conducted in Cape Town. Candidates residing locally are preferable, as relocation costs will not be covered by Health Systems Trust.
Payment for services rendered will be on an hourly basis and in line with the current HST Consultancy Rates guide. Note should be taken that in accordance to SARS rules, a prevailing tax rate shall be deducted from the pay of successful contractors who are not VAT-registered vendors. All contractors will need to provide proof of SARS tax registration and banking details.

The contract period will be for 10 days only from 16 February 2015 till 6 March 2015.

To apply, submit a CV, names and contact details (preferably e-mail addresses) of at least three referees to or fax to: +27 (0)86 2449369.

Health Systems Trust promotes employment equity.

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People with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

HST reserves the right not to appoint candidates if no suitable applicants are found.

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