Monday, 13 January 2020

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute Internship Opportunity 2020

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute seeks to appoint a Budget Advocacy Research Intern to be based in Johannesburg. The purpose of this position will be to work across a number of our key programmes, but particularly within our Building Better Budgeting/ Budgeting for Change project, doing budget analysis and budget advocacy work for better health systems and health access at the community level.

Employment Type: Full-time  for a period of 3 months (End May 2020), with a potential to extend, under certain terms and conditions.

Start Date: March 2020

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is a non-profit think tank, based in Johannesburg, committed to advancing the Constitution and to supporting the eradication of poverty and inequality through empirical research and advocacy.


  • Commitment to the values of SPII and a passion for social justice
  • A degree in human rights, economics, or a related field
  • Candidates with experience and/or an interest in budget analysis and advocacy work for socio-economic rights are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Work experience in one the above fields, or a related field, with good references, is an advantage
  • Experience in working with budget analysis of National/Provincial/Local budgets is an advantage
  • An interest in the role of the Constitution in the South African democracy, particularly in relation to socio-economic rights and health entitlements is an advantage
  • Motivation to work independently and as a member of a small team
  • A demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, to use initiative and to take a proactive approach to work
  • A dedication to learning immersion and actively picking up new skills and knowledge on-the-job
  • The ability to work in both an academic/research context, as well as an applied, on-the-ground advocacy context
  • The ability to contribute to training development, delivery and logistics 
  • Good communication skills and confidence to speak in public and with stakeholders
  • Good English writing skills are essential. The ability to communicate in at least one other South African language is an advantage


  • Work closely with the Director and/or Researcher/s to assist with the implementation of SPII’s work on supporting community engagements with budget advocacy in South Africa
  • Assist with the implementation of budget training and budget advocacy work for civil society organisations (CSOs) and/or communities
  • Undertake primary and secondary research and assist with project implementation, as required
  • Work closely with the Director and/or Researcher/s to support the socio-economic rights work already undertaken by SPII
  • Engage in media and publicity work for SPII, as required
  • Engage in research writing, as necessary
  • Assist with the development of funding proposals and with compiling project reports, as requested
  • Engage in networking and the profile raising of SPII by participating in relevant workshops, conferences and stakeholder meetings
  • Provide ad hoc assistance to the general work of SPII, as required

To apply, submit the following to

  • A motivation letter for working at SPII and within the position
  • A short CV
  • Three contactable references and
  • An example of writing (as relevant to the position as possible)

Closing date: Friday, 7 February, 2020. Interviews will take place in Johannesburg before the end of February 2020.

SPII is committed to Employment Equity and will give preference to historically disadvantaged South African applicants.

Those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

For more about  Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, refer to

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