Vacancy: Research Assistant (Policy Review) at the Children's Institute

29 Jan 2021 - 10:15

Part-time research assistant based at the Children's Institute, University of Cape Town

The Children’s Institute (CI) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) invites applications from postgraduate students to provide research assistance with a policy review in relation to gender-based violence and femicide and violence against children. 

The CI is a multi-disciplinary child policy research unit located in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The CI conducts cross-disciplinary research, evidence-based advocacy, and education to promote equality and improve the situation and well-being of all children in South Africa.

Scope of work

  • Conduct a child-centred policy analysis of the key legal, policy, and strategic global and national frameworks (INSPIRE, RESPECT, NSP on GBV-F).
  • Map the gaps and the opportunities for intersectional work that supports children and families.
  • Produce accessible summaries of the frameworks and the analysis that may be used by the public to understand their rights and the commitments and obligations of government in terms of service delivery.

The successful applicant will gain experience in

  • Working as part of a multidisciplinary team;
  • Conducting a policy review;
  • Translating laws and policies into accessible materials; and
  • Publishing for different audiences (any published work will be credited).

Essential criteria

  • Minimum of an honours degree, or equivalent, in Genders Studies Law, Politics, Public Policy, Social Development or related degree.
  • Working towards a Masters or a PhD.
  • Preference will be given to students registered with universities in the Western Cape, South Africa.
  • Must be able to work off-campus or at home due to COVID-19 restrictions.


  • Knowledge of violence against women and children.
  • Experience of working with Endnote.
  • Experience of Nvivo.

From: 01 February, or as soon as possible, until 31 October 2021.

Remuneration:  R100 -R125 per hour (depending on experience) plus annual leave at 1 hour per 17 hours worked.

Between 8 to 16 hours per week depending on availability/ and workload.

To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to Lucy Jamieson