Closed Vacancy: ParentText Research Officer

20 May 2023 | By CSSR Website
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20 May 2023 | By CSSR Website

An exceptional opportunity awaits a highly qualified Research Officer to join the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) ParentText team in a ground-breaking research study aimed at optimizing and evaluating a parenting chatbot that helps reduce violence against children. The highly motivated and competent Research Officer will join our vibrant international team which is based within the Safety and Violence Initiative at the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town.

The Research Officer will be a central member of the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) ParentText team, with extensive amounts of independent work and responsibility within the project. The purpose of this position is to conduct and contribute to research on ParentText optimisation and evaluation in South Africa.

The Research Officer will work as part of an international research team to optimise the engagement, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of a chatbot-led parenting programme within the context of existing government service delivery in South Africa, the details of which can be found here. This ambitious project, which fits within the Global Parenting Initiative (GPI) will include a mixed methods randomised controlled trial (RCT; N = 2000 caregivers). The study will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Oxford, NGO partners, including Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA), IDEMS International, UNICEF South Africa, and the South African government. It is funded through the LEGO Foundation and partners include IDEMS International, Clowns Without Borders South Africa, and UNICEF.

The main purpose of this role is supporting the co-ordination and implementation of the research study in Mpumalanga, including data collection, management, and analysis, as well as reporting. The appointed candidate will work with teams based at the University of Oxford and other organisations including Mothers2Mothers (m2m) in a linked set of studies as part of the Global Parenting Initiative (GPI). The GPI aims to meet the urgent need for scaled-up and sustained evidence-based interventions that promote playful parenting and learning through play and prevent sexual, physical, and emotional violence against children in the Global South. 

For more details and the application procedure, please download the job description. 



Amanda Swartz

Closing Date

  May 30, 2023

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