Social Scientist (SOG/ST 6) (Vacant)


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.



  • Data gathering process guided
  • Health related research conducted
  • Social attitudes and behaviour of health care providers identified
  • Data gathering tools and instruments designed and organized



  • 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.
  • Liaises and collaborates with relevant personnel within and external to the Ministry to conduct health related research
  • Determine factors that influences access to health care.
  • Identify the attitudes and behaviours of different social groups with regard to maintaining their own health and use of health services.
  • Identify social attitudes and behaviour of health care providers.
  • Develops approaches for community participation in the health sector
  • Compiles data on the use of traditional/informal health systems and domestic remedies with a view to discouraging harmful practices.
  • Suggests social solutions to health problems, using the intersectoral collaborative approach
  • Utilizes the appropriate research methodologies/techniques to obtain information.
  • Designs and organizes/supervises the testing of data gathering tools and instruments
  • Guides data gathering process
  • Organizes, supervises and participates in the editing and tabulation of data
  • Analyses collected data and makes recommendation to guide the decision-making process
  • Prepares timely reports on all research executed and critiques/recommends other research


Performance Standards

  • Assigned tasks and regular duties are effectively carried out in a timely manner.
  • Work executed is of a high standard and organizational principles are adhered to.



Functional/Technical Competencies Levels
Knowledge in utilizing sociological methods including data collection and analyses  


Core Competencies Levels
Oral communication skills 2
Written communication skills 2
Interpersonal skills 2
Analytical skills 2
Ability to analyse data and prepare reports 2
Analytical and forecasting skills 2



  • 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 Friday, July 19, 2019 to:

Human Resource Management & Development
Ministry of Health & Wellness
10A Chelsea Avenue
Kingston 10

Please note that responses will be sent to short- listed applicants only