Project Manager

  • Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
  • Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
  • Dec 09, 2019
Contract Project Management

Job Description


The people living with HIV stigma index.
An index to measure the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV in three Provinces in South Africa 2020
The SOCIAL ASPECTS OF PUBLIC HEALTH (SAPH) 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, the majority of which are donor-funded.
SAPH undertakes research on the social determinants, behavioural determinants, and structural determinants of the quadruple burden of disease of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB), maternal and childhood diseases; non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and violence and injuries as well as to develop intervention programmes and undertake implementation science research.
The SAPH programme is engaged in a number of research projects. This project entitled: The people living with HIV Stigma Index is an Index to measure the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV in three Provinces in South Africa. This study is funded by the the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is working together with the People Living with HIV (PLHIV), the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex and Sex Worker sectors of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC).
This study will be conducted in 6 districts (2 districts per province) in Mpumalanga, Kwa Zulu-Natal and Free State. We are looking for two project managers, preferably living with HIV/AIDS, who would be able to manage the fieldwork processes of the study from our Durban and Pretoria offices.
Project manager, South Africa PLHIV Stigma Index Survey Project
(2 posts for 4 months)
To be located in Durban and Pretoria.
The two successful incumbents will participate in the implementation of the survey and more specifically to oversee and manage the day-to-day implementation of the survey in the selected study districts. They will also be required to provide operational support and ensuring the success of the survey working under the supervision of the Project Director.


Key Responsibilities
  • Participate in all aspects of the study, including the development and implementation of the project, as well as data analysis and report writing
  • Ensure a welcoming environment for survey participants
  • Oversee, manage, direct, record and assess the study flow
  • Assist with recruitment and scheduling
  • Manage the productivity and quality of work of fieldwork staff
  • Ensure that the survey overall is run efficiently and effectively and that all relevant forms are completed accordingly
  • Ensure that data and all other project related information is stored and managed in a confidential and ethical manner
  • Follow up on actions to be taken, and manage deadlines.
  • Oversee the dispensing of incentives according to the study protocol
  • Report back to the project director on progress at least weekly, and more often if required.
  • Handle queries regarding the survey and escalate any problems to the project director and principal investigator
  • Assist the project director with the successful execution of the Stigma Index Survey and with site reports
  • Develop plans and agree on them with project director before implementing


Key requirements
  • Worked in a managerial, coordinating or supervising position during any of his/her previous employment
  • At least completed Grade 12
  • Basic project management skills
  • Good administrative skills and experience
  • Proactive in dealing with the demands of the job
  • Basic computer literacy: knowledge of MS Word and basic knowledge of Excel
  • Basic report writing skills
  • Good inter-personal skills
  • Flexible schedule and willing to work outside standard office hours
  • A valid unendorsed driver's license; and must be a competent driver who must have driven a car in the previous 3 months
  • Experienced or exposed in the NGO Sector
  • Familiar with, sensitized to and understand Key Populations and their diversity
  • Knowledge on HIV field
  • Preferred candidates for these positions are people are people living openly with HIV
  • Be willing to undergo a psychometric/competency test
The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.
Applications: In your application, please include (1) a letter of motivation; (2) your CV including past working experience in a managerial position and (3) the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and/or e-mail contact details). Please indicate the province for which you are applying in your letter of motivation.
Please quote the related reference number according to the location:
The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.
Please submit your application on-line at
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 encounter challenges in applying for this post please contact Skillsmap directly " for Telephonic support: +27 12 420 7200; or Email support:
Alternatively send your application to quoting the reference number relevant to your preferred location.
For enquiries NOT applicationsPlease contact Ms Mesele Matlala at or Dr Jacqueline Mthembu at
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or people with disabilities.
Closing date: 16th December 2019.
We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks after closing date, should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications. The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment.

Application Deadline

Dec 16, 2019