VACANCY: Research & documentation intern with view to full time position

By 3rd Apr 2017 CORC

CORC is looking to host a dynamic and self-motivated intern in the research and documentation department, which works towards CORC’s vision of strengthening the voice of the urban and rural poor. CORC and its community partners have a strong focus on documenting and disseminating lessons learned through community organising processes and precedent-setting projects in order to contribute to social and policy change.


The main purpose: To raise the voice of the urban poor through producing documentation and publications; to assist with communication, advocacy and learning

Reporting to the: Research and documentation officer

Key responsibilities:  

  1. Gather and compile strategic qualitative documentation (narratives and visuals) based on field work engagements
  2. Co-produce in-depth written publications and qualitative research reports
  3. Produce shorter written pieces, presentations and newsletters aimed at different audiences (both online and hard copy)
  4. Conduct research into human settlements policy and practice
  5. Co-manage social media communication
  6. Contribute to updating website content, text editing and design work
  7. Manage archiving of qualitative data
  8. Manage relevant content recording in database
  9. Support research and documentation officer

Qualifications and experience:

  • Bachelor degree in social science, development or urban studies or related field. Postgraduate degree advantageous.
  • Experience in NGO, community organising or related field
  • Strong writing and research skills, ability to compile and assimilate content in short time frames
  • Proficiency in English: other South African languages (especially isiXhosa) advantageous
  • Experience in qualitative research: quantitative research experience advantageous
  • Sound conceptual and analytical abilities
  • Full computer literacy and proficiency in online communication and social media platforms,
  • Ability to file, organise and archive content
  • Interest / experience in photography and video-making advantageous

The successful candidate should have

  • A commitment to a bottom up, community-led, co-productive and participatory approach
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a team and independently/take initiative
  • Ability to think creatively, analytically and critically
  • A good understanding of human settlements and local government (advantageous)
  • Ability to pay attention to detail, be systematic and meticulous
  • Ability to adapt and be flexible
  • Valid driver’s license

This is a full time internship based in Cape Town. The initial duration is 3-6months with a view to extend to full time employment.

Please send your CV and a motivation letter, explaining how you qualify for this position via email ONLY to Please state the position applied for in the email subject. Deadline for the application is: Friday 12 May 2017. 

The Community Organisation Resource Centre (CORC) is registered with the Department of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa as a Non-Profit Organisation (017-659 NPO) since 2002 with offices in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg.

CORC demonstrates alternatives to top-down service delivery and development projects by advocating for the central role of poor people in the planning and implementation of projects. CORC’s vision is “to strengthen the voice of the urban and rural poor in order to improve the quality of life in informal settlements and backyard dwellings”. We do this by supporting the social processes of community-based organisations that are willing to build on their collective assets and agencies, by facilitating engagements with formal actors like the State.


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