Data Analyst

Closing date:  15 May 2022

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DataFirst is a Data Service and Research Unit based at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. We give researchers online access to African data and support them to analyse the data. We require a Data Analyst to prepare data files and metadata for datasets published on our data site. We are looking for someone with strong quantitative and analytical skills in the Social Sciences as well as the ability to write clearly. They should have a talent for learning new tasks and show attention to detail. This is a five-year full-time contract position

Requirements include:

  • NQF 8 qualification in Economics or Statistics or any cognate discipline
  • At least one year of experience in research data management
  • Advanced skills in Stata data analysis software
  • A good working knowledge of Access and Excel software
  • Ability to write in English clearly and concisely
  • Skills in working with quantitative projects
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organise, and analyse data

Responsibilities include:

  • Data cleaning (quality checks and disclosure control), data preparation
  • Creation of metadata for datasets according to international metadata standards
  • Creation of analytic documents for data depositors
  • Online support to data users
  • Vetting of research output from researchers using the Secure Research Data Centre

The annual cost of employment, including benefits, is between R371,131 and R436,624.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents in a single pdf file to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and will be required to undergo a Stata competency test.

Telephone: 021 650 5707
Reference number: E22506
Closing date: 15 May 2022

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