Junior Research Officer


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$56,181 - $61,002 pa (paid pro rata)


Education, Marketing, media & communications

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Manawatu / Wanganui 



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Full time, Temporary, Contract

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Junior Research Officer 

School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey Business School

E ngākau nui ana rānei ki a koe te hauora Māori me ngā mahi manatika ā-hapori? Kua rite rānei koe ki te mahi rangahau Tohu Kairangi?

Are you interested in Māori Health Communication and Social Justice activism? Are you ready to take on PhD study?

Location:Palmerston North
Term:Fixed Term of 3 Years
Grade:Assistant Lecturer/Junior Research Officer
Salary:$56,181 - $61,002 pa (paid pro rata)
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 18 November 2018

Position overview

E rapu ana te Centre for Culture-Centre Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) i tētahi kaiāwhina rangahau i te rāngai hauora Māori. He tūranga pūmau mō ngā tau e toru, 0.8 (30 hāora i te wiki), ā, ka noho hoki te waimarie hai tauira Tohu Kairangi i te School of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing i Te Kunenga ki Pūrehuroa.

Ko ngā mahi mātua māu he mahi ahurea Māori ā-hapori, he whakarite mātātuhitanga, he waihanga, he whakahaere hoki i ētahi hui whakawhitiwhiti kōrero, he mahi tahi ki ngā hoa haere ā-hapori me te whakarenarena hononga hōu ki ngā hapori, he whakarite aromātaitanga mā te whai i ngā hātepe tatau, hātepe kounga anō hoki. Ko tētahi atu pūkenga e rapuhia ana ko te mōhio ki te whakahaere kaupapa hāpai hapori. Mēnā he kōrero Māori hoki koe, ko te painga atu tēnā.

Massey University’s new Centre for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) is looking for a research assistant in the area of Māori health. The appointment is for a three years’ fixed term period at 0.8 FTE (30 hours per week), and will be accompanied by enrolment into the PhD program in the School of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing at Massey University.

You will mostly participate in field-based culture-centred projects, conducting literature reviews, interviewing community members, designing and running communication advocacy interventions, liaising with community partners and building community relationships, as well as conducting evaluations through the use of participatory quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Other skills include the ability to carrying out social change campaigns among the Maori. Proficiency in Te Reo will be an added plus point.

The Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) is a project-driven center that utilises ethnographic, community-based, culturally grounded participatory action research methods in carrying out culturally-centered social change interventions in marginalized populations across the globe.

As an ideal candidate, you will be familiar with Kaupapa Maori research and evaluation, and have experience conducting field-based participatory research in carrying out projects among Maori communities. Training will be provided on the use of the facilities in the university as well as on fieldwork methodologies of the culture-centered approach.

As a successful candidate, you must meet all the requirements of a supervised Junior Research Officer and undertake and maintain PhD studies at Massey University in Maori health, health communication, social justice communication, activism, communication for social change. Continuation of the second and third year of this agreement will be dependent on satisfactory progress towards the PhD.

For further information regarding the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) please contact Professor Mohan J. Dutta, Dean’s Chair Professor of Communication at: mohanjdutt@gmail.com

Job description

Purpose statement

To carry out research projects within the Centre for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), in conjunction with PhD study in social justice communication, activism, communication for social change.

Responsible to

Associate Head of School

Key accountabilities

Satisfactorily perform supervised research and related duties in support of CARE projects as required by the Associate Head of School; and enrol in and satisfactorily undertake study toward a PhD qualification

Undertake research as appropriate e.g. by:
• Working with a project team to produce the highest quality research
• Conducting literature searches
• Conducting fieldwork on projects
• Analysing data from field work
• Writing literature reviews and research reports
• Maintaining the central database of articles and reports (using NVivo).
• Providing administrative and overall project support as required by project leader
• Preparing, drafting and writing papers for publications

Disseminating research
Answer e-mail or phone enquiries about the work of the Project and copy articles for posting if appropriate.

• Provide support to the project leader as required.
• Undertake other duties as required.

Person specification


MA and a requirement to study towards a PhD in social justice communication, activism, communication for social change.


• Have training in qualitative research methods.
• Have experience working with civil society organizations, community partnerships, or activist networks.
• Have a track record of carrying out social change communication interventions.
• Have a track record of publications and conference presentations, and be able to evidence a promising research trajectory.

Personal attributes and behaviours

• Be familiar with the culture-centered approach to research and evaluation
• Training in qualitative research methods
• Have the confidence and ability to work in a self-directed and independent manner, while also working constructively with colleagues and research participants.
• Have strong interpersonal and relationship building skills.
• Have excellent organisational skills, dedication to accuracy and command of detail.
• Full commitment to excellence.
• Ability to be innovative and act independently.
• Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
• Highly motivated, diligent and proactive with the ability to think ahead and plan for future contingencies.
• Ability, tact and diplomacy to deal with a wide range of people, and to adapt the method of delivery/communication to suit the person/situation.
• Possess excellent computer skills and be familiar with the use of software products including word processing, spreadsheets, reference management software and data analysis software, email and web.
• Be a good academic citizen.

Company Info
Massey University Manawatu,Auckland and Wellington Campus
New Zealand

Phone: 0800 627 739
Web Site: http://www.massey.ac.nz/

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