SENIOR STATISTICAL ADVISOR (RESEARCH ASSISTANT) REF NO: H/S/18
SALARY: R316 791 per annum (Level 08)
CENTRE: Information Management and Research; Corporate Office (Bloemfontein)
REQUIREMENTS: An appropriate Degree, preferably with modules in statistics or public health or any other health-related area plus2 years functional experience of which 1 year must be on supervisory level. 2 Years appropriate experience in the health research area. A valid driver’s license with experience in driving and be prepared to travel within the Free State Province. Knowledge and Skills: A Master’s Degree is an added advantage. Excellent scientific report writing skills. Working knowledge of either VBA, SAS, R, STATA, or something similar for data analysis Experience in conducting research and managing a large research database, preferably in a healthy environment. Experience in data processing using Microsoft Excel for data analysis and interpretation of the results. Experience in data analysis and ability to writing scientific reports and publications on short notice, based on the analysis. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and health-related statistical experience as well as excellent data presentation are important. Experience in data collection and solving statistical problems. Participated in the design, administration, and monitoring of studies / clinical trials. Analyze and evaluate clinical / health system data gathered during research and ensuring compliance with protocol and overall clinical objectives. Ability to work independently under pressure as well as working in a team, including working in a dynamic environment, with very tight deadlines as well as working odd hours. Personal qualities required include the ability to think logically and strong problem-solving skills to develop solutions and draw conclusions based on results from the collection of data, interpersonal skills, leadership skills, analytical skills, and strategic planning.
DUTIES: Conduct research and support the preparation of materials for submission to granting agencies and foundations. Prepare research questionnaires, Recruit and/or interview research participants. Code, capture and verify data in accordance with the specified research protocol and coding procedures and enter data into a computer database and/or spreadsheet application for subsequent analysis. Plan and train officials on data collection, data analysis, and data use and identify and compile lists of potential research participants in accordance with study objectives and parameters, in accordance with predetermined interview protocol, data collection procedures, and documentation standards. Review and edit data to ensure completeness and accuracy of the information, follow up with study participants to resolve problems, or clarify data collected. May lead or guide the work of student employees. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned. Prepare findings for publication and assist in laboratory analysis, quality control, or data management. Develop research protocols, print, and copy data collection tools, track research progress over time, write and contribute to publications. Develop assessment and evaluation tools, compile data and progress reports. Conduct research and apply current data analysis methods to DHIS data and produce quarterly and annual reports for the department. Develop and initiate innovative statistical techniques, issues, and protocols and execute statistical operations in total fairness to derive zero-error results. Coordinate, solve statistical problems, negotiate and guide clients on the application of statistical data analysis methods, and champion change management on data use throughout DHS. Adapt statistical methods in order to solve specific problems in the health environment. Evaluate sources of information in order to determine any limitations in terms of reliability or usability. Process large amounts of data for statistical modeling and graphic analysis, using computers and report results of statistical analysis, including information in the form of graphs, charts, and tables, and interpretation. Develop an understanding of fields to which statistical methods are to be applied in order to determine whether methods and results are appropriate and prepare data for processing by organizing information, checking for any inaccuracies, and adjusting and weighting the raw data. Evaluate the statistical methods and procedures used to obtain data in order to ensure validity, applicability, efficiency, and accuracy and align with statistical theories. Willingness to travel throughout the province.
ENQUIRIES: Dr. Chikobvu, Me Mathule Tel No: (051) 408 1738/1145 Cell: 0664708340
APPLICATIONS : TO: The Director, HRM and Planning, PO Box 227, Bloemfontein, 9300 or hand delivered @ Entrance, Bophelo House, Cnr Charlotte Maxeke and Harvey Roads, Bloemfontein
FOR ATTENTION: Me P Mpu
CLOSING DATE: 06 April 2021
NOTE: Applications must be submitted on the new Z83 form. “Applicants are advised that until 31 December 2020 the current application for employment (Z83) form will be applicable, however from 1 January 2021, a new application for employment (Z83) form will be effective. Should an individual wish to apply for a post on or after 1 January 2021, he/she will be required to submit the new application for employment form which can be downloaded at www.dpsa.gov.za-vacancies. From 1 January 2021 should an application be received using the incorrect application for employment (Z83), it will not be considered.” The fully completed and signed form Z83 should be accompanied by a recently updated, comprehensive CV as well as recently certified copies of all qualification(s), academic records including a Senior certificate and ID document [Driver’s license where applicable]. The certification must be within six (6 months as of the advert closing date. Non-RSA Citizens/Permanent Resident Permit Holders must attach a copy of their Permanent Residence Permits to their applications. Should you be in possession of a foreign qualification, it must be accompanied by an evaluation certificate from the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA). Applicants who do not comply with the above-mentioned requirements, as well as applications received late, will not be considered. The Department does not accept applications via fax or email. Failure to submit all the requested documents will result in the application not being considered. Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only. If you have not been contacted within eight (8) weeks after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Suitable candidates will be subjected to a personnel suitability check (criminal record, qualification verification, and employment verification). Where applicable, candidates will be subjected to a skills/knowledge test. Successful candidates will be appointed on a probation period of 12 months. The Department reserves the right not to make any appointment(s) to the above post. The successful candidate will be expected to sign a performance agreement. The Department of Health is an equal opportunity affirmative action employer. The employment decision shall be informed by the Employment Equity Plan of the Department. It is the Department’s intention to promote equity (race, gender, and disability) through the filling of this post(s) with a candidate whose transfer/promotion/ appointment will promote representativity in line with the numerical targets as contained in our Employment Equity Plan.