Clinical Research Facilitator

Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

Job Description

Faculty Health Sciences
Department of Paediatrics and Child Health
Clinical Research Facilitator (nGAP position)
Job ID 3917

This post was previously advertised as Job ID: 3863. All applications received in response to the previous advertisement, will automatically be considered again. Previous applicants therefore do not need to reapply.

The position is funded by the Department of Higher Education and Training under the New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) and the successful candidate will be subject to the terms and conditions of the programme whilst being a permanent staff member of the University of the Free State. Applicants should be under the age of 40. For more information on the programme, the nGAP Standard Operating Procedure is available on request.

KINDLY TAKE NOTE: Applications may only be submitted online through the official UFS vacancy website: Applications submitted through any other platform will not be considered.

Please ensure that all relevant documentation is attached to your application. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae and cover letter (please note that the first three (3) referees on your CV will be contacted with regard to reference checking);
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of all academic records;
  • Certified copies (not older than 6 months) of qualifications (please provide the SAQA accreditation in the case of foreign qualifications);
  • A certified copy (not older than 6 months) of your identity document (ID);
  • Proof of registration with a Professional Body (if applicable);
  • A copy of your driver’s license (if applicable).

Duties and responsibilities:
  • Establishing a Paediatric Research Centre of Excellence and inspiring a culture of research excellence in the department.
  • Forming interdisciplinary research collaborations and creating a platform for multidisciplinary research in maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health.
  • Ensuring qualitative and quantitative research outputs; through support in proposal-writing, developing data collection tools and research competencies.
  • Increasing the number of PhD qualified staff within the scope of paediatrics
  • Acting as a clinical facilitator within the RMNCH-Umbrella project in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • Facilitating all clinical inputs, relevant research and projects within maternal, neonate, child and adolescent health, with the primary vision to decrease mortality and morbidity according to the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Inherent requirements:
  • A relevant Master's degree on NQF level 9 in any Health Sciences or Clinical Health related field.
  • Required to enroll for a PhD at the first available opportunity after the appointment if PhD not already obtained or not already registered for a PhD by the time of appointment.
  • Required to participate in the Staffing South Africa's Universities Development Programme (SSAU-DP) as part of the nGAP program.

  • Be in possession of a Good Clinical Practice (GCP) certificate (attach a copy)
  • Training in Research Ethics, e.g. TRREE (Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation) certificate obtained (attach a copy).
  • Presentation of oral or posters at local, national or international conferences.

Required competencies:
  • Results orientated:
  • Ability to set high standards, establish tough goals, and to work to achieve success.
  • Ability to stick with tasks, not give up, and overcome obstacles in completing one’s task.

• Strategic thinking:
  • Ability to plan work and to follow plans.
  • Ability to be creative and open-minded when addressing work issues.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Ability to set SMART objectives and execute successfully.
  • Solution-orientated in a changing environment.
  • Operating with integrity in a highly professional and ethical platform.
  • Leading with respect in a diverse environment.

• Business acumen:
  • Ability to adhere to rules and strictly follow work regulations.
  • Skilled in a Microsoft Windows environment. Must include Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Adobe.
  • Must be knowledgeable and comfortable working on different platforms that support online teaching and learning, i.e. Blackboard.
  • Knowledge of online referencing systems, e.g. Mendeley, and other online platforms to assist in data collection and data capturing, e.g. Evasys, RedCap®.

• Leading:
  • Ability to lead, take charge of situations, and offer opinions and directions to others.
  • Ability to be cooperative with others, display good-natured attitude, and encourage people to work together.

• Building coalitions:
- Ability to interact with others and establish personal connections with people.
  • The ability to make decisions through consultation, collaboration, and working with close supervision.

Assumption of duties: As soon as possible.

Closing date: 30 July 2021.

Salary: The salary scale is available on request.

Fringe benefits: (Subject to specific conditions): pension scheme, medical aid scheme, group life insurance, housing allowance, leave and sick leave, service bonus and study benefits.

Enquiries: For enquiries, please feel free to contact 051 401 7705/ 7267 /9848 /9003 or email

General: The University reserves the right not to fill the post. The University subscribes to and applies the principles prescribed by the Employment Equity Act. Preference will be given to candidates from the designated groups, in accordance with the principles of the aforementioned act and the employee profile of the specific department/ division.

The UFS is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Plan is available at For this post, we seek particularly to attract black (i.e. African, Coloured and Indian) and disabled South African candidates.

The UFS will only consider applications of candidates who meet all the inherent requirements of the position. Communication will be limited to shortlisted candidates only. Should you not be contacted within six weeks of the closing date for applications, you may assume that your application was unsuccessful.

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