About: IEJ is looking for fixed-term Research Assistants.
Research Assistant(s): Universal Basic Income Guarantee
Job Location: South Africa
The IEJ is looking for one or two fixed-term Research Assistant(s) to contribute to a project called “Experiences of barriers to accessing the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant, and implications for future basic income support policy”. The work will entail conducting qualitative field research and assisting with other elements required of the project which forms part of the IEJ’s broader Universal Basic Income Guarantee (UBIG) project. The contract will be for 6 to 8 months.
This role would suit a graduate student or early career researcher, with some experience of undertaking field research interviews. You should have a background in social sciences in a discipline such as economics, development studies, public/social policy, sociology, anthropology, and some knowledge of social protection policy debates in South Africa. You should value working towards a fairer and more just world.
MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES for Research Assistants.
The UBIG project within the IEJ has received funding from Agence française de développement (AFD) to undertake a qualitative research project entitled “Experiences of barriers to accessing the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant, and implications for future basic income support policy”. The project involves surveys and field research interviews with people living in poverty who have been unable to access the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant.
- The Research Assistant(s) will be involved in a number of tasks related to the project in the UBIG project, under the management of the Principal Investigator. The responsibilities of the Research Assistant(s) will include:
- Administering online and in-person survey instrument
- Contacting research participants, organising and undertaking research interviews in various locations
- Arranging travel where appropriate to undertake field research interviews and administer survey (travel expenses will be covered)
- Assisting with administering compensation of research participants
- Assisting with processing, storage and management of research data in line with best practice data protection principles
- Translating survey, interview guide, and research data (between English and at least one other major South African language)
- Contributing to literature review and write-up of results
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Minimum qualifications / experience required:
- A Bachelors or Master’s degree in economics, development studies, public/social policy, sociology, anthropology or a related discipline, or equivalent experience
- Experience of conducting interview-based field research
- Familiarity with frameworks and principles of research ethics, in research undertaken with human participants
- Fluency in English and at least one other major South African language; and the ability to translate complex material
The IEJ Research Assistants candidates should have the following attributes:
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of (and ideally networks in) low-income contexts in South Africa
- Familiarity with policy debates concerning social protection in South Africa
- A commitment to IEJ’s mission
The duration of the contract will be between 6-8 months (depending on whether one Research Assistant is hired, or two). Hours (full time or part time) can be negotiated. The contract will begin as soon possible but no later than January 2024. Remuneration will be at market rates and based on work experience.
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