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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 in South Africa and the sub-region, through empirical research and advocacy.

SPII seeks to appoint three Interns for a fixed term period.

Duration:  6 months

Terms:        5 days per week

Location:   Johannesburg

This position will work across a number of our key projects, including our budget analysis and advocacy work, all of which are aligned to our focus on the reduction of poverty and inequality in South Africa, through the realisation of the transformative socio-economic rights in the Constitution.


  • Undertake primary and secondary research and assist with project implementation, as required
  • Work closely with the Director and/or Researcher/s to support SPII’s research work in analysis of unemployment and poverty statistics, and support research on the new Decent Standard of Living 2021 telephonic survey research project
  • Assist with the implementation of budget training and broader socio-economic rights advocacy support work for civil society organisations (CSOs)
  • 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


  • Commitment to the values of SPII and a passion for social justice;
  • A first degree in human rights/constitutional law, politics, economics, development, or a related field; A second degree is an advantage:
  • Experience and/or interest in human rights policy analysis and/or human rights budget analysis at national, provincial and local levels are particularly encouraged to apply;
  • An interest in human rights law particularly in relation to socio-economic rights;
  • Motivation to work independently and as a member of a small team, and a demonstrated ability to use initiative and to take a proactive approach to work;
  • Communication skills: confidence to speak in public and with stakeholders;
  • Proven experience with using social media for campaigning;
  • Good English writing skills are essential. The ability to communicate in at least one other South African language is an advantage;
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel.
  • Work experience in one or more of the above fields, with good references, is an advantage

To apply, submit a short CV, a motivation/cover letter, and an example of writing to by Friday, 5th of February 2021.

SPII is committed to Employment Equity and will give preference to historically disadvantaged South African applicants. Those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

SPII pays interns a competitive rate according to experience.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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