University of Oxford & University of Cape Town: Post-Graduate Researcher

University of Oxford and University of Cape Town
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 15 June, 2012
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The University of Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention and the University of Cape Town seek to appoint a doctoral student or post-doctoral Researcher to play a major role in the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project, based in Cape Town.

The Sinovuyo Caring Families project involves the development and evaluation of an evidence-based parenting programme to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in Cape Town, South Africa. It will include cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting principles from a community-based participatory approach and a randomised controlled trial evaluation with isiXhosa families.

This position will include managing, planning, and carrying out intervention development, data analysis, and manuscript writing. The Researcher will also serve as Co-Project Manager assisting in the implementation of the research project.
Individuals affiliated with a historically disadvantaged institution in South Africa are encouraged to apply.

This position will fund either a full-time three-year doctoral degree or a two-year post-doctoral associate.



  • Co-Project Manager of research evaluation;
  • Review related literature and past work;
  • Specify questions to be addressed in terms of process evaluation, cost effectiveness, and cultural suitability, including statistical or qualitative approaches to be applied;
  • Design and conduct/oversee data collection and analysis;
  • Co-authoring journal articles or reports.


  • Coordinate project activities with project manager in situations where the roles of project principal and project manager are shared by two people;
  • As Project Manager - develop project activities, timelines and budgets; monitor progress of these; coordinate project activities across divisions; orient, train and supervise mid-level and junior staff on project work; assist with reports to funders; archive completed projects; and
  • Manage work with consultants, collaborating organisations, and partner agencies in South Africa or internationally as needed.


  • Participate in various aspects of project development, including idea generation, budget estimates, proposal drafting and review, and interaction with funders; and
  • Maintain informal and formal relationships with colleagues in relevant fields.


  • Current relationship with a supervisor in social sciences or public health at a historically disadvantaged university in South Africa;
  • Knowledge of evidence-based social research, child and family psychology, parenting programmes, cultural adaptations of interventions, grounded theory community-based approaches, and child maltreatment;
  • Experience in carrying out research on child and family mental health in South Africa and related issues (HIV/AIDS, education, intimate partner violence, parenting), their determinants and consequences, and related program and policy issues;
  • Training and experience in some of the following areas: a) Statistical, demographic, epidemiological, and health economics methods; b) Survey methods, including survey design, fielding, data processing and analysis; and c) Qualitative research methods;
  • Experience in manuscript writing and presentation; prior publication record desirable;
  • Interest in policy-relevant evidence-based research;
  • Project management and planning skills; adherence to schedules and budgets;
  • Excellent writing, editing and verbal communication skills in English;
  • Written and verbal proficiency in another South African language is desirable;
  • Strong organisational skills to manage multiple priorities in a time-sensitive manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to interact culturally, linguistically, and diplomatically with diverse internal and external individuals;
  • Ability to work as part of a team; originality and creativity;
  • Initiative, self-motivation, resourcefulness, dependability, strong attention to detail.

Starting date: 1 August 2012 or closest possible date.

Salary: This is a research position. Funding will cover either three-year doctoral study or two-year post-doctoral post. Stipends will be paid at standard doctoral or post-doctoral National Research Foundation rates as of 2012.

To apply, submit a CV and initial expression of interest to Dr Lucie Cluver at

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