Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation: Researcher - Community Violence

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Saturday, 12 April, 2014
Opportunity type: 
Employment

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR) is an innovator in preventing violence and building peaceful societies. The Centre adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to understand and prevent violence, heal its effects and build sustainable peace locally, continentally and globally.

CSVR seeks to appoint a part-time Researcher for the Community Violence Project, based in Johannesburg.

The South African government has initiated a targeted Community Work Programme. The CWP potentially serves both as a development tool (through providing jobs and addressing basic needs and services), and indirectly as a violence prevention initiative. While initial indications are that it does have preventative impact, concerns exist that in some contexts, they may exacerbate conflict and violence. This project will examine the critical factors that maximise the positive (and curb the negative) impact of the CWP on urban violence through six detailed case studies at CWP sites in Gauteng and the Western Cape. The project aims to contribute to understanding about the impact of poverty relief programmes on violence and is funded by the International Development Research Centre.

This is a 3 - 4 month full-time or 6 - 7 month part-time contract position.

The researcher will be responsible for conducting a case study at a CWP site in Gauteng.

Responsibilities:

  • Data collection including:
    • Spend 25-30 days in community;
    • Conduct 40-60 formal and informal interviews with individuals and groups in selected community;
    • Observation of community meetings and events;
    • Data collection including recording of interviews and detailed interview notes and field notes of meetings and events as appropriate;
  • Collect reports and data on history of community, crime problems, protests, development indicators, and relationship between community and various government departments (using media reports, govt sources, websites, independent research reports);
  • Participate in meetings with community members to build relationships and to report back on research findings;
  • Participate in research strategy and design meetings;
  • Participate in learning, monitoring and evaluation meetings once a month – write short reflection reports on process of engaging community and government stakeholders;
  • Write up of report on community (comprehensive 50-70 page internal report and 10-15 page external summary report);
  • Possibly participate in national policy dialogue workshop;
  • Possibly contribute to integrative research report

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree or substantial qualitative research experience;
  • Experience doing research in marginalised communities;
  • Strong communication skills and ability to conduct effective open ended interviews;
  • Good understanding of causes and dynamics of collective and interpersonal violence;
  • Strong report writing skills;
  • Ability to work independently;
  • Fluency in African (especially Setswana) languages and English;
  • Preferably have own means of transport.

To apply, submit a CV, motivational letter and names of two references to aemmett@csvr.org.za.

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

Enquiries: David Bruce, Email: davidbjhb@gmail.com.

For more about the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, refer to www.csvr.org.za

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

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