The Institute for Social, Statistical and Economic Research (ISSER) is based at the University of Ghana in Legon and has a long track record of research on regional economic and social issues in West Africa. The Regional Institute for Population Studies (RIPS), also at Legon specialises in the demography of West Africa. Together, these institutes provide a strong core of trained researchers with experience of work with a wide range of governmental and international institutions including the Word Bank, UNECA and UNDP.
ISSER and RIPS have worked under the following DRC themes:
* Social Protection: research project on ‘Social Protection of Workers in Global Agriculture: Pilot Study in Ghana’;
* Child Migration: research project on ‘The North-South Migration of Children in Ghana’;
* Forced Migration: research project on ‘Liberian Refugees and Rights in Accra, Ghana’;
* Skilled Migration: research project contributing to ‘International Comparisons of Mobility of the Highly Skilled’.
In the 2006-8 phase, ISSER is providing support to a more extended study on the social protection of workers in the pineapple-growing sector in Ghana. They are also researching ‘The Re-integration of Return Migrants in the North-South Independent Child Migration in Ghana’ and preparing a country migration report on the state of migration in and from Ghana.
Current Internship Opportunities in ISSER-RIPS:
ISSER and RIPS are interested in receiving applications from current social science postgraduate students or recent social science graduates who are interested in migration generally, and particularly in the context of Ghana and West Africa. More specifically, we are interested in interns who could work on the following projects:
- The re-integration of child migration research project. At the moment, this study is at the analysis stage and the intern would be involved in the analysis and report writing. He/she could also be made to think through and do further analysis on the data (both quantitative and qualitative) to come out with any dimension of the re-integration of the child migrants as a separate paper.
- The migration country report is still on course though some data gaps exist. The prospective intern would assist in both data collection and final writing of this report.
- The intern will also have the opportunity to be involved in the implementation of the communications strategy whose implementation is ongoing. He/she will however, be given the opportunity to think through other research activities that may interest him/her while here.
The intern is expected to have experience in the following areas:
- Knowledge in migration issues
- Good communication and writing skills
- Literature review
- Questionnaire design and piloting
- Field survey and interviewing techniques for data collection
- The use of Excel and or SPSS for data analysis
- Working as a team
Duration: Internships will start in October, and last between 3 and 6 months.
Funding: Interns are self-funded, however, ISSER and RIPS will support research costs incurred by the intern. Basic monthly expenses in Accra amount to about USD 300 for accommodation, and USD 100 for food. Some discretionary funding is available from the Migration DRC for students who are nationals of and currently living in either Bangladesh, Egypt or Ghana, who are seeking an internship with either of the two partner institutions not located in your country of origin (i.e. RMMRU in Dhaka, ISSER in Accra, or FMRS in Cairo). Please indicate in your covering letter if you are eligible and wish to be considered for this funding.
Visa: ISSER will provide a formal letter of invitation to be used by the prospective intern to apply for a visa for the period specified.
Contact Person(s): Professor John Anarfi.
Please note that ALL internship applications should be in response to adverts, and sent to Meera Warrier, by Monday, 3 September 2007.