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Research Associate

Job description

Job Code



COVID-19, Psychosocial Support Program

Reporting To

Site Coordinator

Employment Type

Contractual (4 Months)

Number of Position(s)



eThekwini, South Africa.

JOb Purpose

The incumbent will be responsible to monitor and implement flow of processes as well as manage logistical and operational activities of the project. He/She will be responsible to implement the study according to guidelines in both the intervention and control facilities.


  • Collection of adherence information and mental health status of patients enrolled in the study.
  • Maintain proper and complete project records
  • Maintain SOPs and protocols at all times.
  • Meet reporting deadlines.
  • Roving to community camps to perform accurate data capturing on Hydra (a cell-phone data capture solution) or paper-based forms and ensure that all information to date has been captured.
  • Ensure that all data captured and entered has been verified for quality and consistency.
  • Routinely review collected data and perform DQA checks for the six data quality dimensions (i.e. validity, reliability, integrity, precision, and timeliness).
  • Identify/resolve data discrepancies by monitoring data (review line listings, perform manual checks and ensure updates are reflected on the database).
  • Data reconciliation across multiple databases.
  • Ensure capacity building and implementation of SARS-COV-2 Ag RDT testing and linkage to care of patients to DOH facility if required.
  • Conduct data validation and verification using various online and offline platforms.
  • Generate data and reports for submission to the relevant manager within the set time frames.
  • Use and implement the DHMIS policy, DHMIS Facility SOP and Covid-19/TB/HIV Data Management SOP at facility level.
  • Maintaining high standards of data security and keeping information confidential according to confidentiality agreement.
  • Complete weekly and monthly reporting templates accurately and ensure timely submission thereof.


Required Qualification

  • Matric/Grade 12 (NQF Level 4) together a recognized diploma or degree.

Required Experience

  • 3-4 years’ experience working with health programs in a research capacity.

Required Skills

  • Good computer skills, including familiarity and comfort with using Microsoft Excel
  • Good attitude, self-motivated, and ability to work well individually as well as in teams
  • Flexibility across a range of field- and office-related tasks
  • Attention to detail
  • GCP Certification (Good Clinical Practice Certification) would be preferred
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