Human Sciences Research Council: Masters Interns

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Tuesday, 18 June, 2013
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The core business of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is to conduct large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies. HSRC does this in partnership with researchers globally, but specifically in Africa. Its commitment to cutting-edge research which supports development nationally, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and in Africa is evident, but it is its commitment to the dissemination of that research that demonstrates the remarkable and measurable impact of its work.

In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

With the support of the Conrad N Hilton Foundation, 12 international NGOs in five countries are implementing a range of interventions to improve services, advocacy and policy for young children in families affected by HIV/AIDS. The HSRC is using a range of innovative approaches, including mobile technology, to coordinate and augment the service provision, monitoring and evaluation activities of programmes.

HSRC seeks to recruit three Master’s Research Trainees to work with the data collection and implementation team on the MEL initiative supported by Conrad N Hilton Foundation, based in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

These persons will assist organisations in Southern and Eastern Africa to protect and promote the development of young children affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Masters Interns who will support the HSRC MEL team, are required to have expertise in either early child development (ECD), Statistics/Econometrics or Information Technology/Computer Science to enable them to contribute to the service, research, monitoring, evaluation and advocacy of the programmes. This work will comprise 60 percent of the time of the Interns. Forty percent of time must be devoted to Master’s degree research or, if a recent Master’s graduate, to publishing their work or beginning PhD studies. The interns will be mentored by Professor Linda Richter, the Project Leader as well as by the senior members of the team (Drs Chris Desmond, Julia Louw and Alastair van Heerden).

This is a 24 months internship. During this time significant progress on degree studies and/or publications is expected.

Candidates should have with prior degrees in disciplines compatible with the project, and have strong technical and quantitative skills and interest.


  • Contribute specialised skills in early child development, statistics/econometrics, and information technology/computer science to the various aspects of the project
  • Support partners in five southern and eastern African countries
  • Assist with administration and coordination of project activities;
  • Participate and contribute to HSRC-wide activities.


  • Registered or eligible to register for a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline or have graduated within the last two years;
  • Sound grounding in research methods;
  • Willingness and ability to work in teams and independently;
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines;
  • Available to travel in Southern and Eastern Africa to support partners.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.

To apply, submit a CV, contact details of three referees and motivation indicating the specific position you are interested in and why you think you are suitably qualified for this position, a copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis; an example of recent academic work or a published article (not exceeding 8000 words); a one-page outline of your Master’s proposal to the Human Resources Department, HSRC, Private Bag X07, Dalbridge 4014, or delivered to HSRC Offices – room, 750 Mary Thipe Road, Cato Manor, Durban.  E-mailed and faxed applications will not be accepted.

The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Indicate ‘REF: MI 05/13clearly the reference number in your application.
Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Enquiries: Prof Linda Richter or Dr Julia Louw, Tel: 031 242 5602, E-mail:

Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.  The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or disabled.

If you do not receive any response from the HSRC within eight weeks, consider your application unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

Applications from recruitment agencies will not be accepted.

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