Research Assistants (RA)

Research Assistants (RA)


Ad type


Research Assistants (RA)

  • Location

    South Africa

  • Date Posted

    3 months ago

  • Apply Before

    23 Jun, 2023

Avante Advisory Services (AAS) (Pty) Ltd ( is a specialist advisory services firm that provides advisory, shared services, technology and enterprise and supplier development solutions. Advisory services include organisational capacity assessments and capacity strengthening, leadership and governance training, business processes re-engineering, strategic planning facilitation, internal auditing, financial management, preparation of annual financial statements and skills audits. Shared services solutions include accounting services, financial management, preparation of annual financial statements, independent review of financial statements, grants management, internal auditing, payroll and taxation services among other offerings.

AAS has been contracted to conduct Organisational Capacity Assessments for 170 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and Free State Provinces under the Global Fund Grant.

AAS seeks to appoint 6 Research Assistants (RA) to cover the 3 provinces, gathering and analysing capacity assessment data from the selected CSO’s as set out in the OCA tool.

Closing date: 23 June 2023.

Research Assistants: Eastern Cape (2), Limpopo (2) and Free State Provinces (2)

Overall Job Function
Under the supervision of the District Coordinator, the Research Assistants (RAs) will lead the overall data collection, collation, validation, and reporting on the organisational capacity assessments across the selected CSOs.

Key Responsibilities
The RA will be responsible for the collection and processing of data, samples, and/or specimens as set out in the OCA tool. In addition, the RA will perform and record findings in strict accordance with specified protocols as necessary. The RA will also travel to various CSOs within a specified geographical area, in accordance with the objectives of the programme.

Some of the key deliverables will include:
• Review CSOs’ programmatic, financial, governance and human resources policies and procedures.
• Collate data and populate into the data collection tool.
• Submit weekly reports to Provincial Coordinator as per stipulated timelines.
• Assist with routine data analysis and interpretation, as specifically assigned; may utilize specialized analytical equipment and/or instrumentation or specified statistical data analysis programs and software.
• Assist with routine data verification and quality control, ensuring data integrity and consistency with prescribed study protocol.
• Follow established AAS policies, procedures, and objectives, continuous quality improvement objectives, and safety, environmental, and/or infection control standards.
• Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by Provincial Coordinator.
• Maintain accurate records of data collected, safeguarding the confidentiality of subjects, as necessary
• Prepare, maintain, and update regular reports as stipulated by the Provincial Coordinator
• Summarize project results

Qualifications and Experience
• Bachelor’s or Social Sciences or Master’s in Public Health
• Experience in conducting public health research
• Experience with specialized data collection and data analysis software or datasets

• Ability to understand and follow specific, scientific protocol instructions and procedures.
• Computer skills including use of various database applications.
• Ability to analyse, evaluate, verify, and edit data.
• Knowledge of related accreditation and certification requirements.
• Ability to always maintain confidentiality a MUST.
• Proficiency in at least one local language spoken in the province of choice.

Travel Requirements
Local travel is inherent to the position.

Employer’s Rights
This position description may not list all the duties of the job. If an offer is made, you will be presented with a detailed job description. Applicants will be evaluated based upon their demonstrated ability to perform the tasks listed above, their education and work experience. The employer reserves the right to revise this posting at any time.

How to Apply
Qualified candidates should apply by e-mail only to Subject line should be the position (indicate province) you are applying for, and a cover letter and resume or curriculum vitae (CV) should be attached. Submissions which do not follow the above instructions will not be considered.

Due to the extremely high volume of CVs expected, only those selected for interviews will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS about this position will be accepted.