Fieldworkers DSI-HSRC Internship – (15 Posts)


Reference Number: HSR230904-1

Job Type: Fixed Term contract – short term


Job Title: Fieldworkers – (15 Posts)

Job Type: Short-term contract

Ref: DSI Internship – Fieldworkers – 09/2023

Business Area: Equitable Education and Economics – EEE Department Equitable Education and Economics

Workplace Type: Hybrid


Location – Town / City:

  • Cape Town Durban and Pretoria 

Location – Province

  • Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Western Cape


Minimum Education Level:

  • NQF 4 – Grade 12 or equivalent 


DSI-HSRC INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ the Research Divisions, Units, Institutes and Centres of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertake policy-oriented research from its offices in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, and Pietermaritzburg. Our public purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The DSI-HSRC Internship Programme located within the Office of the DCEO undertakes the implementation, management and monitoring and evaluation of the Internship Programme as part of evidence-informed research. It recognizes that education and the economy have long been linked and conducts research to assess the performance of the internship in enhancing the labour market performance of interns enrolled in the programme and to interrogate wider social, spatial, and structural obstacles to economic participation.

DSI-HSRC Internship Programme requires the services of up to 15 experienced fieldworkers for fieldwork over a period of 8 months with the fieldworkers based in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. The work is a per-day assignment, not a monthly contract; i.e. Fieldworkers will only be paid for the number of days worked, over the 8-month period, pending the successful completion of tasks assigned to them.

The fieldwork scope will be between 40 days and 60 days over the duration of the contract. Fieldworkers should be fluent in any or several of the official South African languages

Minimum Requirements:

  • Minimum of a relevant post-schooling qualification.
  • At least three years’ experience in qualitative and quantitative fieldwork: (undertaking surveys, focus groups and key informant interviews)
  • Fluency in English, as well as in at least one of the following local languages is essential: isiZulu, isiXhosa, Tshivenda, isiNdebele, siSwati, Afrikaans; Xitsonga and
  • Proven prior experience with digital data collection methods, REDCAP, Teams Calls and One Drive experience would be an added advantage
  • Prior fieldwork experience with HSRC is an added advantage.
  • Flexibility and willingness to take on additional tasks as per requirement
  • High personal motivation and self-management,
  • Availability for PER DAY work between August 2023 to 31st March 2024.
  • Only applications with South African Identify can apply.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational, administrative, and problem-solving skills.
  • The capacity to work under pressure.
  • Intellectual and personal integrity, a well-developed work ethic, and drive
  • Be required to work from the HSRC offices on a daily basis.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Participate in training and briefing sessions in preparation for the fieldwork and in the execution of the fieldwork.
  • Administer questionnaires as per the sampling framework in line with HSRC Research Ethics requirements.
  • Obtain informed consent from study participants
  • Screen potential participants with respect to eligibility criteria
  • Ensure the content and accuracy of completed questionnaires daily and collect any missing or erroneous data.
  • Ensure the accurate authenticating and digital capturing of interviews
  • Ensure the timeous submission of completed questionnaires and digital records of all qualitative data collected.
  • Keep records of any important observations and submit these as a Word document and part of your fieldwork report.
  • Submit daily rosters of work done.
  • Submit a brief report at the close of the fieldwork which will provide details of interviews/surveys conducted and reflection on the fieldwork.
  • The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

Please register and submit your application on-line at https://hsrc.internal.erecruit.co/candidateapp/Jobs/View/HSR230904-1

Application Instructions:

Candidates can make use of their mobile devices or any browser to register on the Neptune recruitment site, as well as to make application for available vacancies.

Candidates will be prompted to upload their CV’s.

Attachments must be less than 1MB, there is an on-screen option to resize.

The Neptune system will only allow you to upload 1 attachment. Please ensure that all documents are merged into 1 file before uploading.


You are also required to complete the information required in the link below. http://redcap.hsrc.ac.za/redcap/surveys/?s=CHKKEYYW7D.

Failure to do so will disqualify your application from being considered.

Enquiries about the nature of the position, and NOT applications, may be directed toMs Tessa Mabona via email preferably: Email: [email protected] Tel: 073 113 9720

For further information about the HSRC or the post, please consult our website www.hsrc.ac.za.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff complement who are SA Citizens, black, female or disabled.

Closing Date: 12 September 2023.

We encourage applicants to submit prior to this 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.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


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