The Youth Pulse project is looking for an experienced Project Manager to share management of a team of 20 Research Assistants and Fieldwork Coordinators for an exciting research project in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The role of the Project Manager would be an intensive one, with significant amounts of responsibility, but always working within a team in the Eastern Cape, with lots of support from the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. The position will run until the end of 2016, with posibilities to extend for a year, starting as soon as possible, and depending on Project Manager availability.
This is an opportunity to gain valuable management experience in the international development and research sectors, contribute to the livelihoods of young people in South Africa, and inform youth health policy and funding at the national and international levels.
• Managing a team of local Research Assistants and overseas Fieldwork Coordinators
• Communicating concerns to teams at Oxford and UCT
• Overseeing finances
• Managing data collection, verification and storage
• Ensuring safety of staff and project assets
• Managing community relations
• Recruiting and training of new staff
• Organising referrals of vulnerable children and their families
• Responding to other fieldwork-related emergencies
Duties will be shared with other Project Managers in the Eastern Cape, with additional support from the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. This position offers R13,500 (South African Rand) pay per month.Requirements Applicants must:
• Have a strong track record in managing teams of 5 or more people, organising fieldwork, and coordinating administration and logistics systems.
• Have a background in quantitative research methods.
• Work well within a large international team, with limited resources and under significant pressure.
• Be willing to live and work with limited resources in rural South Africa with sometimes variable electricity supply.
• Hold a valid, clean driver’s license and be very confident in driving manual cars on the left side of the road. The role requires extensive driving, often through unpaved roads in deep rural areas.
• Be happy working in an office, in healthcare facilities, as well as in rural communities and townships.
• Be competent in speaking and writing English.
• Be sensitive and respectful of working in cultures and languages that are not familiar.
• Be able to make a commitment until the end of the year minimum.
This research study is a collaboration between the South African National Departments of Health, Social Development and Basic Education, with UNICEF, Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa and the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. The study will interview over 1000 adolescents and visit up to 100 clinics from 2013-2017, and is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the International AIDS Society.
Key aims of the study are: 1) to identify programming-relevant predictors of non-adherence to ART and non-access to SRH services for HIV+ adolescents in South Africa; 2) to engage with HIV+ adolescents using participative workshops to assess acceptability and improvement of potential service delivery models for ART and SRH services. The quantitative component of the research employs interviews with HIV+ teens matched with data collected from healthcare facilities (i.e. patient files). We are currently wrapping up baseline data collection and the incoming Project Manager would be involved in planning and coordinating follow-up data collection in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. The Youth Pulse project field teams are based in East London and King Williams Town.
For more information and expressing interest, please contact Louis Pilard <email@example.com>
1. Why do you want to join us? Why do you think you might be suitable to work on one of our projects?
2. Can you drive a manual car? How many years of driving experience do you have?
3. When is the earliest you could get to South Africa/East London area?
4. What is the minimum time you are willing to commit?
5. What is the maximum time you are willing to commit?
6. What are your research/career interests?
7. Funding - Please let us know if you have sources to cover your expenses.
What happens after you apply?:
We will screen your CVs, assess your suitability for our teams and decide whether to invite you for an interview. We aim to respond to all of our applications within 2 weeks.
Candidates interested in the project should apply as soon as possible as we will interview on an ongoing basis. Please apply no later than 29th February.