Vacancy: Research Officer at the Children's Institute

12 Aug 2019 - 10:15

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, 12-month contract position, with the possibility of extension.

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

The following skills would be advantageous:

  • Research or professional experience in the area of violence against children / child protection
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Experience of quantitative data analysis
  • Ability to supervise fieldwork staff


  • Evaluation of a programme to support multi-disciplinary child protection teams
  • Research support the child death review project with a focus on infanticide
  • Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders involved in research
  • Oversee data management, including data entry
  • Contribute to data analysis and interpretation
  • Writing research reports and advocacy materials

The annual remuneration package for 2019, including benefits: R357 506.
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 and may be required to undergo a competency test.
Telephone:  021 650 1473              
Reference number: E90808                                                 
Closing date: August 30, 2019
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.