Vacancy: Research Officer at the Children's Institute

7 Jan 2020 - 21:45


The Children’s Institute (CI) is a multi-disciplinary research and advocacy unit at the University of Cape Town. It works to promote equality and improve the well-being of children in South Africa by producing rigorous research evidence to inform public policy and services.The main areas of enquiry relate to the interpretation of children’s rights; child poverty, inequality and social protection; early childhood development; child health;and violence and child protection.


The CI seeks to employ a Research Officer to contribute to research activities related to violence, abuse, and child protection.


This is a full-time, 24-month contract position, with the possibility of extension.



  • A suitable Master’s degree in public health, psychology, social work, anthropology or related disciplines
  • At least three  years of relevant research experience, including experience in fieldwork co-ordination
  • Fluency in English and isiXhosa
  • Data management and analytical skills
  • Excellent writing skills (English) and other communication skills
  • Willingness to travel to remote fieldwork sites
  • A valid driver’s license

The following skills would be advantageous:

  • Research or professional experience in the area of violence against children / child protection and violence against women
  • Experience of qualitative data analysis
  • Ability to supervise fieldwork staff


  • Conducting literature reviews
  • Research support for a project exploring the links between violence against women and violence against children
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders
  • Oversee data management, including data entry
  • Contribute to data analysis and interpretation
  • Contribute to writing research reports and advocacy materials
  • Contribute to the development of a network of researchers working in the intersections of VAC and VAW in East and Southern Africa


The annual remuneration package for 2020, including benefits: R 382174.


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

-UCT Application Form (download at

-A letter of motivation detailing suitability for this post

-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.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Telephone: 021 650 1473


Reference number: E20104

Closing date: 23 January 2020


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

Special funding has been provided for this post with the aim of advancing diversity and for this post we seek particularly to attract black South African candidates.

UCT reserves the right not to appoint.