Freelance contracts: Evidence specialists

Company HSRC
Reference # RIA PAN 10/2019
Published 08/10/2019
Contract Type Contract
6 Months
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, the Research Programmes, of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The RIA research programme is an inter-disciplinary team of professionals (researchers and practitioners) primarily grounded in the social, behavioural and economic sciences. The vision of RIA is an inclusive and engaged society that makes innovative use of research evidence and indigenous knowledge to improve its understanding of social dynamics and enhance innovations for transformative change. In the context of mediating the relationship between science and society as well as between science and policy, we see this mission as requiring that we work at the research-policy-action nexus, focus on stakeholder-engaged science, and support open science/data and citizen science initiatives.

The Policy Action Network (PAN) is a project in RIA, supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). PAN assists government policy advisors, researchers, programme managers and civil society groups develop and implement transformative public policies by strengthening evidence use capabilities and relationships, supported by digital tools. PAN provides support in four broad areas: (1) facilitating the identification and synthesis of research evidence for use in evidence informed policymaking (EIPM), (2) supporting the management and use of data for EIPM, (3) mapping and enabling community-based and civil society networks of knowledge transfer and policy influence, and (4) exploring the role of arts and languages to encourage the uptake of research and data in policy processes.

Freelance contracts: Evidence specialists in public health, innovation, climate change and local government

(Ref No: RIA PAN 10/2019)
Pretoria – 6 month retainers

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key Responsibilities:

Between late 2019 and March 2020, PAN aims to deliver a series of evidence briefs, targeted data use support and policy actor workshops in four broad policy areas: public health and gender; innovation, entrepreneurship and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR); local government service delivery and citizen engagement; and climate change and resilience.

In order to support the delivery of evidence briefs, PAN requires the services of evidence specialists to perform the following:

1.Conduct rigorous evidence collection, review and synthesis within a specific sub-domain to produce a concise evidence brief for use by policy actors.
2.Work with an internal HSRC team to provide peer-review or editorial input on evidence briefs.
3.Support policy actors inside and outside of government with identifying, understanding and using data relevant to their decision-making needs.
4.Contribute to policy submissions together with HSRC team members.
5.Facilitate or present at relevant evidence and policy workshops.

The intention is to identify a small number of evidence experts that can be contracted on specific, short-term assignments related to the policy area when required.

Key Requirements:

(1)Proven track records in research, data analysis and report writing in either one of the four policy areas.
(2)Experience compiling evidence syntheses and policy engagement documents such as policy briefs.
(3)Experience working with data or indicators related to the policy area.


In your application, please include:
-A letter of motivation
-Your CV
-The names of three contactable referees (with telephone and email contact details)

Please indicate the relevant reference number and position that you are applying for as it appears in the advert.

The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or disabled.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com or to The Head: Human Resources, HSRC, Private Bag X41, Pretoria 0001, or hand deliver to the HSRC Building, Room S944, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. If you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to recruitment@hsrc.ac.za

For further information please consult the HSRC website or contact Nomsa Miya email address: Nmiya@hsrc.ac.za. Details of the HSRC can be found on the website (www.hsrc.ac.za).

Closing date: 15 October 2019. We encourage applicants to submit before that date.

If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.


Job Closing Date 15/10/2019
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