Career Opportunity – Social Scientist (SOG/ST 6)


Under the general direction of the Director, of Planning and Evaluation, the incumbent is responsible for researching and identifying the correlation between cultural, psychosocial, environmental, economic and political factors and health care delivery nationally.



1.         Plans, organizes and execute research activities to gather information on cultural psychosocial, environmental, economic and political factors that impact on health behaviour, health status  and health care.

2.         Liaises and collaborates with relevant personnel within and external to the Ministry to conduct health related research.

3.         Determine factors that influences access to health care. 

4.         Identify the attitudes and behaviours of different social groups with regard to maintaining their own health and use of health services.

5.         Identify social attitudes and behaviour of health care providers.

6.         Develops approaches for community participation in the health sector

7.         Compiles data on the use of traditional/informal health systems and domestic remedies with a view to discouraging harmful practices.

8.         Suggests social solutions to health problems, using the intersectoral collaborative approach.

9.         Utilizes the appropriate research methodologies/techniques to obtain information.

10.       Designs and organizes/supervises the testing of data gathering tools and instruments.

11.        Guides data gathering process.

12.       Organizes, supervises and participates in the editing and tabulation of data.

13.       Analyses collected data and makes recommendation to guide the decision-making process.

14.       Prepares timely reports on all research executed and critiques/recommends other research.



Master of Science Degree in Sociology, social welfare or social research from an accredited university
Minimum of three (3) years full time experience in research work related to the social sector.


Interested persons may apply in writing accompanied by resumes. Applications must be submitted no later than September 11, 2017 to:


Human Resource Management & Development

Ministry of Health

10A Chelsea Avenue

Kingston 10