Job Opening: Research Officer at the Children's Institute

13 Sep 2018 - 11:30

The Children's Institute, UCT, seeks to appoint a full-time Research Officer (lecturer level)
on academic conditions of service with strong quantitative skills and experience in applied research.




Minimum requirements:

 A masters’ degree in economics, demography, health economics or sociology;
 Proficiency in STATA;
 Demonstrated experience in analysing large national household survey data sets;
 3 years’ professional experience in conducting research relevant to social policy in South Africa;
 A good understanding of the research literature and policy discourse related to social protection, child poverty, nutrition and food security;
 Excellent English writing and communication skills;
 Demonstrated experience in presenting research in government forums and at conferences.

In addition, applicants should have a good understanding of the challenges facing children in South Africa, be familiar with the social policy context and have a passion for working towards social justice.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

 conduct secondary analysis of national household data, and source and compile relevant administrative data for the CI’s ongoing Children Count project;
 plan and undertake research projects related to social protection, child poverty, food security and nutritional outcomes;
 participate in inter-disciplinary research and advocacy opportunities to consider research evidence in relation to policy options;
 provide training and support in quantitative methods and STATA specifically, as part of a planned capacity building programme at the CI;
 publish research in academic and popular formats for a range of audiences;
 develop their own research and advocacy proposals and raise funding to support new areas of work, with the support of senior staff.

The annual cost of employment, including benefits: R639 848.

To apply, please e-mail the below documents in a single pdf file to

- Covering letter, motivating your application and describing your skills and experience in relation to the requirements outlined above
- UCT Application Form (download at
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)

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.

Download more details on the position.

Telephone: 021 650 3003


Reference number: E18341

Closing date: 25 September 2018

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

For this post we seek particularly to attract black South African candidates (i.e. African, Coloured, Indian)

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.