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Centre for Rural Health (1 Year Contract, Renewable) – University of KwaZulu-Natal – KwaZulu-Natal



Asenze is a Research Project located in the Centre for Rural Health within the School

of Nursing and Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This study is done in

collaboration with the University of Columbia and is funded by National Institutes of

Health (NIH).

This study focuses on adolescents and the interrelationships between the

development of risky behaviours (drug and alcohol misuse and unprotected sex) and

the development of executive function in the context of early and ongoing adversity,

and the role of family support. The focus is on these interrelationships with a view to

identifying both early and concurrent determinants of adolescent risk and resilience

that will contribute to the development of effective preventive and supportive


The Research Project Director will work as part of a multi-disciplinary team to manage

project activities and will be responsible for planning and designing project data and

research processes, coordinating the activities of the project, managing the project

budget, synthesizing of information and submission of monthly reports, managing

project personnel amongst other project related tasks.

This appointment is based in the Valley of a 1000 Hills.

Minimum Requirements:

  • A relevant Master’s degree in either Public Health/Health Promotion

/Psychology/Economics/ Economics/Epidemiology or similar

  • Relevant experience of at least 5 years must include:

o Research experience in Public Health/ Health Promotion/

Psychology/ economics or epidemiology in South Africa.

o Experience in designing and administering electronic

data collection software.

  • At least 2 years’ experience in managing large scale research projects,

including supervising data collection, managing budgets and supervising


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