We are looking for vibrant, energetic interns to support our fieldwork teams and project managers in running 2 research projects in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. The roles of the intern posts would be intensive ones, with significant amounts of responsibility, but always working within a team in the Eastern Cape, with lots of support from Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. This will include on-the-ground logistics, training of research assistants, building community relationships, data management, communicating the research to government, and negotiating referrals for vulnerable teens. The intern positions will run between 3 months and 1 year (depending on project progress and intern availability), starting on an on-going basis.
In brief, this project aims to develop and then evaluate a culturally-relevant, evidence-based parenting and teen programme to reduce the risk of maltreatment and abuse inside and outside the home. The programme is aimed at high-risk families (families affected by HIV/AIDS and those already in contact with social services) with children aged 10-17. The project is being developed in South Africa, in collaboration with academic institutions (Universities of Cape Town, Bangor, and Oxford) and local community-based NGOs (Keisikamma Trust and Clowns Without Borders South Africa), within a broader partnership with WHO, UNICEF and the South African government.
In 2014, we spent January to March working on the programme development (which has gone through a pre-post pilot test with 60 parents and teens in rural villages here). From April to September, we have been delivering the new improved programme to 80- 100 families (160-200 parents and teens) in rural villages around East London. From October to the end of November we will be collecting the post-test data. In December and January we will be analysing the data from the pre and post-tests for programme effectiveness, and use this to further improve the programme. Then, starting in March 2015, we will be running a large-scale randomised controlled trial with around 500 families (1000 participants).
The team would be running both a research project and the intervention itself, which will be a 12-14 week parenting support programme with parents and teens, improving parent-teen communication, reducing harsh and abusive parenting, dealing with conflict and anger, stress management, and planning together to reduce risks of abuse in the community. Roles will include managing a team of research assistants and programme facilitators, liaising with local leaders, HIV clinics and local Social Services child protection officers, project management of the intervention and research, managing social services referrals, and many other things that come up on a daily basis.
2-4 internship positions are available starting in January.Youth Pulse: Antiretroviral treatment (ART) Adherence and Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Services for HIV+ Adolescents in South Africa
This research study is a collaboration between the National Departments of Health, Social Development and Basic Education, with UNICEF, Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa and the Universities of Cape Town and Oxford. The study will interview over 700 adolescents and visit up to 100 clinics from 2013-2017, and is funded by the Nuffield Foundation and the International AIDS Society.
Key aims of the study are: 1) to identify programming-relevant predictors of non-adherence to ART and non-access to SRH services for HIV+ adolescents in South Africa; 2) to engage with HIV+ adolescents using participative workshops to assess acceptability and improvement of potential service delivery models for ART and SRH services. The quantitative component of the research is a prospective cohort study of 600 adolescents living with HIV, using interviews with HIV+ teens matched with patient file data.
We are currently wrapping up baseline data collection and the incoming intern would be involved in planning and coordinating follow-up data collection in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. This will involve (but not be limited to):
We are looking for 2 interns to join the Youth Pulse field teams in East London and King Williams Town in February 2015 for a minimum of 6 months. Preference will be given to candidates who are able to commit to a year.
Candidates interested in the Youth Pulse project should apply no later than 30 November 2014.
All internships might result in a paid full-time Project Manager role for selected interns based on performance.
1. Which of the two projects are you interested in? If you do not have a preference, that is absolutely fine as well!
2. Can you drive a manual car? How many years of driving experience do you have?
3. When is the earliest you could get to South Africa?
4. What is the minimum time you are willing to commit?
5. What is the maximum time you are willing to commit?
6. Funding - Please let us know if you have sources to cover your expenses. We will advise and support you to access scholarships and stipends (for example, letters of support, etc). A small stipend is available for interns.