Population Council: Research Intern

Population Council
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 9 August, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, non-governmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of regional and country offices.

The Population Council confronts the most difficult issues facing people in the developing world - from stopping the spread of HIV and expanding contraceptive choices to improving reproductive health and ensuring youth lead full and productive lives. Through their biomedical, social science, and public health research in more than 50 countries, they work with partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programmes, and technologies that improve lives worldwide. The Population Council research unlocks solutions to a range of challenging problems: Unintended pregnancies, maternal mortality, child marriage, female genital mutilation / cutting, HIV and AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence, rapid population growth, environmental stress / climate change, policymakers, programme managers, and others concerned with population and development issues turn to the Population Council for rigorous research results. Their effectiveness and success come from their collaboration with and capacity building for their developing-country partners to change national policies and programmes.

The Population Council seeks to appoint a Research Intern, based in Lonehill, Johannesburg.

The incumbent's main responsibility is to provide support in the management of research projects from inception to dissemination. The incumbent will report to Research Manager / Country Director and will be assigned this position for 6 to 12 months.
 
Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the designing and development of research methodology;
  • Conduct literature reviews and synthesise findings for feedback;
  • Assist Principal Investigators / Senior Research staff in developing concept notes and research proposals;
  • Assist in the development of quantitative and qualitative research tools; 
  • Assist in collecting  and analysing project related information; 
  • Process analyse and validate  research and M&E data;
  • Write research project draft reports and minutes of project meetings;
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of data from studies;
  • Assist programme staff with refining and pre-testing data collection instruments, as needed;
  • Assist programme staff in writing, communication and dissemination of research outputs including presentations, reports, program briefs, and articles for peer-reviewed publication;
  • General office administration or any other duties as assigned by supervisor;
  • Work with selected international experts on specific research activities as required.

Requirements:

  • Masters degree in one of the following: Public Health or Social Science;
  • Experience / familiarity with issues in the population or public health field;
  • Interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Display commitment and responsibility to the assigned tasks;
  • Passion and keen interest in health or social development research;
  • Ability to work well within a team;
  • Committed to quality output;
  • Abilitiy to work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines;
  • Creative thinker;
  • Computer literate with knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.   

To apply, submit a CV to Theo Zide at Tzide@popcouncil.org,  use only 'Research Intern' and your surname in the message box.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Although we will endeavour to feedback to all applicants, if you have not heard from us by 31 August 2013, you may consider your application unsuccessful.
 
The Population Council believes in providing equal opportunity; therefore, it will not discriminate against any person with regard to age, colour, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment will be based on an individual's qualifications as related to the position for which s/he is being considered.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

For more about the Population Council, refer to http://www.popcouncil.org/.

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