Company HSRC
Reference # HSD -TR PSYCH 02/2019
Published 01/02/2019
Contract Type Contract
24 Months
Location Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
The human and social development programme conducts social science and humanities research addressing the complex questions about society and groups of people living in adversity over the life course in order to overcome legacies of oppression, especially inequality, racism, sexism, and their intersections, and bring about social change. Our exciting mix of disciplines, theoretical and methodological rigour, drawn from anthropology, cultural studies, demography, economics, education, psychology and sociology allow us to produce evidence-based knowledge that helps to both promote understanding as well as develop interventions for individual and social change. Our work focuses on the following key areas:

1.Children in Adversity: a focus on childhood vulnerabilities, including those made vulnerable by poverty, HIV and AIDS.
2.Youth in the Global South: a focus on young people, providing data on the status of youth and an evidence-base for positive youth development in the Global South
3.Families and Reproductive Justice: focuses on work-family combinations, care and care-giving, reproductive justice, the role of men in families and intergenerational relationships.
4.Society and Belonging: addresses the dynamics of individual and social change as well as the role of communities and social movements in facilitating change and addressing inequalities.

Ref: HSD-TR PSYCH 02/2019
2-year contract

HSD is looking to appoint a suitably qualified person in a full or part time capacity to take on the responsibilities of Trial Psychologist, on the Insika Yomama Randomised Control Trial (RCT). The RCT is funded by the Department for International Development (DFID), the MRC and the Wellcome Trust Joint Global Health Trials scheme. The trial is led Professor Alan Stein (Oxford University) together with Dr Tamsen Rochat (HSRC, South Africa) and the Africa Health Research Institution (AHRI). The RCT will be implemented in rural Kwazulu-Natal at the AHRI field site.

Our aim is to conduct a cluster RCT to test an integrated home-based intervention programme that jointly treats depression and enhances parenting. The intervention, delivered during pregnancy and the postnatal period, comprises a combination of behavioural activation (BA) therapy to treat the symptoms of depression and a parenting programme to improve maternal responsiveness to infants.

The minimum requirement for the trial psychologist is registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as a clinical or counselling psychologist; and a minimum of 2-3 years of appropriate experience. Experience working with women, children and families would be an advantage. The level of appointment offered will depend on qualifications, relevant experience and the number of publications in the peer reviewed literature.

This position is offered on either a full or a part time bases (mimumum 40% time or 2 days per week) for up to a 2-year contract, with the possibility of renewal for a 3rd year, funding dependent. The successful candidate will be required to be based at collaborating research site (Africa Research Health Institute) near Mtubatuba for either the full time or part time appointments. Candidates who are not able to be physically present at the research site for 2-3 working days per week on a regular basis are discouraged from applying.
Job Functions Social Science Research
Industries Research
Key responsibilities:
•Provide supervision and support to the lay therapist supervisors and lay therapists delivering the depression and parenting intervention
•Support the ongoing training, mentorship and capacity development of the lay therapeutic team
•Co-ordinate and supervise fidelity processes on the depression and parenting interventions
•Provide support for management of adverse events and serious adverse events including assessment of participants where appropriate
•Co-ordinate the documentation related to adverse events and serious adverse events and reporting to investigators and the trial Data Monitoring Committee.
•Co-ordinate and provide support for the collation of therapeutic data and collection of process evaluation data
•Provide support to the trial supervisor, trial manager and lead investigators in meeting the procedural requirements of the trial.
•Participate in the production of scholarly outputs;
•Support the maintaince of strategic relationships amongst local psychological and social welfare service providers;
•Contributing to the development of grant applications around psychological services.
•Mentorship and building capacity development of younger researchers.
Key requirements:
•Professional training in clinical or counselling psychology with registration as a fully qualified psychologist in the category of either clinical or counselling psychologist;
•Experience working with women and children in a therapeutic context;
•Experience in mentorship, supervision and training of counsellors or lay counsellors;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user-orientation, based on a commitment to psychological practice and research that makes a difference;
•The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in multidisciplinary research, to manage therapeutic teams, and to mentor and train team members;
•A keenness to engage and facilitate relationships with different service providers in social welfare and department of health;
•Have valid right to work in South Africa
•A drivers licence will be an advantage

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

Applications: All applications must be completed online on SKILLS MAP.

We request all applicants to email Fortunate Lekhuleni (FLekhuleni@hsrc.ac.za) to notify us of their intended application and to enquire if the position is still vacant. Alternatively, please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com. We request that over and above the online application those applicants include a copy of their CV and documents.

In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details). No applications will be considered without proof of registration with the HSPCA as a clinical or counselling psychologist. Please include copies of your current cost to company and current notice period requirements, your professional qualifications, and copy of the master dissertation abstract. The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. At interview applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

For enquiries about the role and your suitability to apply, and not applications, you may contact Dr Tamsen Rochat (trochat@hsrc.ac.za).

Please submit your application to:
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff that are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: This advertisement will remain open until the 28st of February 2019 or until a suitable applicant is appointed, whichever comes first. Given that we are recruiting for a scarce skill profession, the HSRC reserves the right to interview any suitably qualified and experience psychologist as soon as their applications are received and to make an appointment prior to the 28 March 2019. We encourage all applicants to submit immediately and prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.

Job Closing Date 28/02/2019
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