Call for Applications: 2x Post-Doctoral Fellowships in migration, gender and health systems

We are seeking to recruit two post-doctoral fellows to join African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS), Wits University. The fellowships are part of the Migration and Health Project Southern Africa (maHp) which aims to explore (and evaluate) ways to generate and communicate knowledge in order to improve responses to migration, health and wellbeing in the SADC region. Multiple disciplinary perspectives, mixed method approaches, and the involvement of various stakeholders – including migrants themselves – are central. Central areas of investigation link to issues of public health responses to migration; migration, labour and health; migration and health policy making; gender, health, sexuality and migration. Starting in January 2020 (negotiable), the successful applicant will join an interdisciplinary team of scholars exploring health and migration in southern Africa. With a home base in Johannesburg, post-doctoral fellows are encouraged to develop and participate in projects across the region.

The postdocs will work with Associate Professor Jo Vearey in two research projects exploring migration, gender and health systems in South Africa.

Essential qualifications and experience:

  • A PhD in a Migration & Displacement, Public Health or an associated discipline
  • Prior experience in health systems research in South Africa, including research with public and NGO healthcare providers, users and policy makers
  • Knowledge of the South African public healthcare system and current responses to migration and mobility
  • Working knowledge of the global migration and health governance terrain
  • A demonstrated ability to independently manage fieldwork in challenging settings
  • Experience of conducting interviews in at least one of chiShona, isiNdebele, and isiZulu
  • An ability to travel to other areas of South Africa when required for fieldwork

Timeframe: one year with possibility for renewal dependent on performance and availability of funding

Remuneration: ZAR 395,000 per year, plus Wits medical aid and ZAR 10,000 research funding

Application process: Please submit a completed application to Naledi Mazibuko naledi.mazibuko@wits.ac.za by Friday 15th November 2019. Only short-listed applicants will contacted and invited for interview. Anticipated start-date: 1st January 2020 (negotiable). Applications should include:

  • full CV
  • cover letter outlining your reasons for applying for the position
  • academic writing example
  • overview of experience working in the field of migration and health in southern Africa
  • details of two referees

Further information: jo.vearey@wits.ac.za

Download the call in pdf here.