Freelancer Research Assistants

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # HSCRAx9/11/21
Published 16/11/2021
Contract Type Temporary
11 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Duration 11 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 and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Human and Social Capabilities research programme within the HSRC employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists and public health specialists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies each year, three-quarters of which are donor-funded.
The Human and Social Capabilities division conducts transdisciplinary, intersectional, policy and programme-relevant research to improve health, well-being and promote a socially just and cohesive society.

The Human and Social Capabilities division seeks to appoint the services of Freelancer Research Assistants to work as Translators and Transcribers in the on-coming HSC’s research projects. The position is offered on available work load and strict deliverables and not on full time bases. Furthermore, the incumbents will be required and expected to work remotely and have their own reliable laptop and computer as well as connectivity.

Freelancer Research Assistants
(Translators and Transcribers)
X9 Positions – This is not a full time position
Duration: 11 months

Reference: HSCRAx9/11/21

Staff will work with a team of senior researchers in the various HSC division’s research projects as per the workload and as required. This is not a full time, forty hours (40) week employment; as the candidates will be required to perform based on workload as sent to them by supervisor. The freelancer contract will determine deliverables and time lines for the duration of nine (9) months. The successful candidates will undertake translating and transcribing of research interviews and audio recordings.
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
•Coordinate and plan with your assigned supervisor to ensure that data to be translated and transcribed is received, collected and prepared smoothly, ethically, and completed according to research project deadlines.
•Attendance and participation in briefing sessions and team meetings, when needed.
•Read and become familiar with the research projects documents and any other relevant background materials.
•The candidate must be fluent in English and be required to transcribe and translate interviews from vernacular into English and vice versa.
•Ensure qualitative data is correctly stored and uploaded using the required data technology.
•Check content and accuracy for completed transcriptions.
•Submission of completed and typed transcription reports, as per job specifications and timeously.
•Maintain documentation and records of all field activities.
•Adhering to ethical conduct requirements at all times.

•A degree or diploma in the social and human sciences or related fields or equivalent qualification
•Experience in doing qualitative research especially translation and transcription
•Fluency in English and the required vernacular language.
•Ability to use Microsoft Word
•Good written and communication skills
•Good interpersonal, organisational and problem solving skills.
•Ability to work accurately, independently and in a team.

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

Applications: In your application, please include: your CV, a letter of motivation, and the details of three recent referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details). Please ensure that you indicate the reference number of the position for which you are applying. 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 note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Should you have any HR enquiries please send your query citing reference number to [email protected]
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to [email protected] Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.
•For further information, not applications please e-mail Dr Jacqueline Mthembu on [email protected]

Details about the HSRC can be found at www.hsrc.ac.za

Only applications that comply with the listed above requirements will be considered.

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

Closing date: 25 November 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment

Job Closing Date 25/11/2021
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