A Senior Researcher: PrEP Project (Fixed Term Contract) vacancy is available at our Client, Wits Health Consortium’s Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (RHI) in Parktown, Johannesburg – Gauteng.


The Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute (Wits RHI) is a renowned African-led research institute that seeks solutions to Africas health challenges.

It is located within the University of the Witwatersrand and addresses some of the greatest public health concerns affecting our region, including HIV and its related problems, sexual and reproductive health and vaccinology. This is done through pioneering, multi-disciplinary research; responsive technical support and innovation in health services; and evidence-based policy development and advocacy with national, regional and global stakeholders

Main purpose of the job

  • The Senior Researcher will be responsible for the design, oversight and implementation of operations research activities, conducting analysis of research data, obtaining regulatory approvals, development and design of research tools, monitor and manage research and publishing of scientific articles for the PrEP for AGYW project and other projects as required


  • 08 Blackwood Avenue, Parktown

Key performance areas

  • Participate in discussions regarding the future direction of research strategies and plans for Wits RHI
  • Contribute towards policy development
  • Advise Wits RHI leadership on research opportunities
  • Publish scientific publications
  • Compile conference presentations
  • Disseminate research findings internally and to universities and other stakeholders such as the community, CAGs and media
  • Write research and funding proposals
  • Obtain ethical approval from relevant regulatory bodies
  • Write research protocols and SOPs for qualitative studies
  • Develop and design research tools
  • Conduct fieldwork (data collection, interviews, etc.)
  • Monitor the progress of the research project
  • Write progress reports to stakeholders including networks and funders
  • Train the Research Team and other relevant staff
  • Conduct data analysis and write up results
  • Stay abreast with relevant research findings and collaborate closely with other investigators on related studies within the cluster
  • Attend to all staffing requirements and administration
  • Supervise and manage the duties of subordinates to ensure optimal staff utilization and maintenance of sound labour relations
  • Perform and facilitate performance development and assessments
  • Identify substandard performance by team members and take necessary corrective action
  • Coach and train subordinates and team members to ensure the acquisition of knowledge and skills required by the organization
  • Promote harmony, teamwork and sharing of information
  • Take ownership and accountability for tasks and demonstrates effective self-management
  • Follow through to ensure that quality and productivity standards of own work are consistently and accurately maintained
  • Maintain a positive attitude and respond openly to feedback
  • Take ownership for driving your own career development in attending training and development sessions and relevant forums/meetings
  • Maintain and update knowledge of developments in the field and expertise

Required minimum education and training

  • Masters degree in public health or another relevant discipline

Desirable additional education, work experience and personal abilities

  • Experience in public health will be an advantage
  • Certification in good clinical practice
  • Experience working in a 3rd world country
  • Experience in implementing independent projects
  • Familiarity with data analysis software
  • Ordered, systematic and analytical in approach to research
  • Tactful, respectful, and non-judgmental
  • Good administrative skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office
  • Able to work under pressure and adhere to deadlines
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Assertive, confident, and adaptable
  • Able to show proof of publication records and conference presentations

Required minimum work experience

  • Minimum 5-8 years of research experience
  • Prior lecturing, tutoring, or postgraduate supervision experience
  • Management of research programme with a research record of an ongoing output evidenced by at least eight published refereed papers
  • Membership of Professional/School/Faculty/Department Committees and/or taking leadership roles in the Public Health domain within the Public or NGO sectors


  • Only if you do meet the minimum job requirements and experienceas mentioned above, you may submit a detailed updated CV – Please Apply Online
  • Please take note that the applicants who do not adhere to the above criteria will not be considered for the respective position.
  • The closing date for all applications is 12 May 2021.
  • Wits Health Consortium will only respond to shortlisted candidates.
  • Candidates who have not been contacted within two weeks of the closing date can consider their applications to be unsuccessful.
  • In accordance with our Employment Equity goals and plan, preference will be given to suitable applicants from designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998 and subsequent amendments thereto.

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