The GCRO seeks Quality of Life Survey Intern (1-year fixed term contract)

  • GCRO
  • Date of publication: 18 October 2022

The GCRO is recruiting: Quality of Life Survey Intern (1-year fixed term contract)

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) is recruiting a highly motivated intern, with a passion for data collection and analysis, to support its flagship Quality of Life survey. The GCRO is a research centre set up in partnership between the University of Johannesburg, the University of the Witwatersrand, the Gauteng Provincial Government and organised local government in Gauteng (SALGA). GCRO’s mission is to build the knowledge base that government, business, labour, civil society and citizens need to develop a competitive, sustainable and inclusive Gauteng City-Region.

GCRO implements the Quality of Life survey every two years. The first survey took place in 2009, and results from the most recent survey were released in September 2021. The survey has become one of the largest social surveys in South Africa, and is highly regarded by academia, government and civil society. Planning for the seventh iteration of the survey is underway. Consequently, the GCRO is searching for a full-time intern, with strong data management and analytical skills, and a passion for surveys, to support this unique project.

This 12-month Quality of Life survey internship will provide the successful candidate with a unique opportunity to develop skills in large-scale survey planning, implementation and analysis, as well as meaningful workplace experience. The successful candidate will report directly to the Quality of Life team lead and will have the opportunity to work with other GCRO colleagues, survey experts from a range of institutions, and government stakeholders. The successful candidate will also contribute to the authorship of survey-related outputs.


  • Completed Honours or Masters degree in a relevant field
  • A passion for high quality data collection and deep interest in social surveys
  • Demonstrated strength using SPSS, Stata, or R, and experience in data analysis
    Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to work effectively under high pressure and as part of team
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Availability for the full internship period of 12 months (January 2023-December 2023)


  • Demonstrated experience with field-based data collection and/or management for academic research purposes
  • Strong skills in more than one of SPSS, Stata and R, and/or python
  • Experience with creation of data dashboards
  • Experience with digital data collection applications
  • Evidence of a quantitative research output (journal paper, book chapter or dissertation)
  • Knowledge of SQL programming
  • Confident driver, with valid South African drivers’ license
  • Available for an immediate start

A competitive internship remuneration package is available.

How to apply:

To apply, submit a covering letter addressing the selection criteria specifically; a detailed CV with names, addresses, contact numbers and e-mail addresses of 3 referees willing to provide references; at least one example of a project including data analysis in SPSS, Stata or R produced by the candidate; and certified copies of academic qualifications, i.e. degrees/diplomas and academic record/transcript via the Wits i-recruitment platform.

External applicants are invited to apply, by registering their profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at and submitting their application. Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits /Self Service application/“Apply for a job”

Closing date: The closing date for all applications is 14h00 SAST, Friday 11 November 2022.

Proposed starting date: 1 January 2023

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a short practical exercise as part of the interview process. The GCRO reserves the right not to make an appointment.

The applicant must adhere to the Covid regulations of the University of the Witwatersrand

If you have any further queries, please address them to: The Executive Director, GCRO, Private Bag 3, Wits 2050 or e- mailed to

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right to verify all information provided by candidates.

Please note that correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates. The University reserves the right not to


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