CIRCULAR:  158/20


TO:                   The Provincial/ District Chairman

The Provincial/ District Offices for onward distribution to Clubs

Lifesaving Eastern Cape Club Chairman and Secretaries

                        Associate Members


CC:                  The President, Vice President and Members of the Management Board, Directors

                        ILS Sport Commission Secretary – Jelle Meintsma, General Manager and LSA Staff


Date:                6th November 2020                    


Subject:           Recruitment for Part-Time Research Assistant



We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and motivated postgraduate student or graduate to work with us on the development of a national drowning report, a national drowning prevention and water safety strategy and the formation of a Drowning Prevention Alliance. This position will involve the application of quantitative and qualitative research skills as well as project management skills. You will be working together with a large range of stakeholders in academia, government, civil society and different aquatic industries related to drowning prevention and water safety.



You must hold a minimum of an Honours degree with formal research methods training. Masters and PhD students are welcome to apply. If you are a registered M or PhD student, we ask that you submit a letter or email from your research supervisor to confirm that they support your involvement in this project.


You must be proficient in English with strong academic writing skills.


Preference will be given to members in good standing of the lifesaving and sea rescue community in South Africa, but membership of Lifesaving South Africa is not a prerequisite.


You may be based anywhere in South Africa, but must have access to:

A laptop or computer on which to carry out your tasks

A good internet connection


What will be required of you:

Your time commitment for this project will vary but will be an average of 3-5 hours per week. If you are a registered student, the time commitment is negotiable around your study/academic schedule.


Start date is negotiable between 1 Dec 2020 and 1 Feb 2021


You will be required to:

do searches of the published academic literature in the health and social sciences

draft literature reviews related to drowning and water safety topics in South Africa

provide research assistance in sourcing and analysing epidemiological data on drowning in South Africa

assist with the drafting of a national drowning report for South Africa

provide project management support to a steering committee working towards a national Drowning Prevention Alliance


You will report to the Lifesaving South Africa Director of Drowning Prevention, through the convenor of the Scientific Advisory Committee, Dr Colleen Saunders.



An hourly paid-on-claim remuneration fee is applicable. The rate is dependent on qualifications and experience but is competitive with leading universities rates for tutors and research assistants.

Important note: Please note that this position is NOT funded by the Lifesaving South Africa general operating budget. External funds have been made available to specifically support this project.



How to apply:

Please email the following documents to addressed to Dr Colleen Saunders by Monday, 30th November 2020:

A detailed curriculum vitae, including a list of any prior research outputs

A cover letter motivating why you are interested in this position, and the contact details of 2 referees

A letter of support from your research supervisor (if applicable)


Late and incomplete applications will be disregarded.


Yours in lifesaving

(No Signature – electronic document)

Helen Herbert

General Manager


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