Research Specialist

Company Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Reference # AISA-RS 06/2021
Published 05/06/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Duration 5 Years
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’, 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 Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) within the Human Sciences Research Council seeks to appoint a suitably qualified person to take on the responsibilities of a Research Specialist in its Pretoria Offices. The successful candidate will collaborate with researchers within the AISA and across other Divisions of the HSRC to develop a portfolio of research in sustainable development, peace and security, science innovation and gender studies in Africa. The Research Specialist will be employed for a period of 5 years (60 months) with the key responsibilities of carrying out transformative interdisciplinary and collaborative knowledge production, initiating and maintaining strategic interventions, partnerships and convening that enables an inclusive capability to realise the national, continental and international development goals. Doctoral Degrees (PhD) holders are encouraged to apply.

Research Specialist
Ref: AISA-RS 06/2021
Pretoria Office
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key responsibilities:

•Conducting high-level qualitative and/or quantitative research on Africa which meets the challenge of peer review, and has both strategic and policy relevance.
•Working with AISA team to meet set targets.
•Networking with major users and funders of social science research to understand their research needs.
•Responding to requests for tenders and formulating research grant applications.
•Raising funds and time-billing.
•Using an evidenced based approach to engage with stakeholders seeking to inform policy and practice.
•Delivering high-quality results and reports on budget and meeting stated deadlines.
•Communicating research findings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals
•Building national, continental and international research links.
•Mentoring emerging researchers.
Key requirements for position

•A PhD in the Social Sciences or Humanities or related disciplines
•A research focus on Africa
•Must have a minimum of three peer-reviewed publications in accredited international and local academic journals, one of which must be sole / first authored
•Research experience, preferably in a research institution or a university
•Excellent writing skills necessary for publication in high impact, accredited local and international peer-reviewed academic journals, and for drafting briefing papers, policy briefs and reports
•Excellent research experience to guide research from developing proposals through to analysis and report writing
Knowledge of and experience in conducting research in South Africa and/or other parts of the of Africa
•Ability to multi-task, provide oversight, and to meet projects’ and other deadlines
•A sound grounding in quantitative and/or qualitative research methods;
•Excellent research skills including awareness and appreciation of research methods that are used by other disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences
•Ability to undertake multi-disciplinary research
•Experience in raising funds for research will be an added advantage
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive
•A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to social science that makes a difference
•SA Citizen

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.

In your application, please include:
•your CV and certified copy of your ID,
•a letter of motivation,
•Copies of at least three publications, and
•the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).
Ensure that you indicate the reference number of the position for which you are applying. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

Please submit your application on-line at: http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
For enquiries, and not applications, you may also contact Professor Cheryl Hendricks, (CHendricks@hsrc.ac.za). For further information about the HSRC or the post please consult our website (www.hsrc.ac.za)

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are SA Citizens, black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 20 June 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of the interview.

The HSRC reserves the right to not make an appointment

Job Closing Date 20/06/2021
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