Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Ref. No: IED Res 6/2021
Published 09/06/2021
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Duration 36 Months
The Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division undertakes research that aims to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been interconnected, and thus conducts research in both areas, sometimes discretely, often overlapping, and through a multidisciplinary lens. We research ways to improve the context of learning for those who have had unequal starting points as well the social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation to bring about the gains and development South Africa needs.

IED is strengthening its Changing Economies team and looking to appoint a Researcher for a period of 3 years to be based in Cape Town, Durban or Pretoria. This team strives to produce high-impact evidence on the forces that shape diverse changes in an economy, with special focus on South Africa and the rest of the continent. In addition to understanding the drivers of economic change, both short-run shifts and deeper economic restructuring, the emphasis is on sound evidence to influence transformative socioeconomic policy outcomes for society. Towards this end, knowledge of competing approaches to economic change is essential as well awareness of the interests of various economic actors. In addition to this disciplinary background, the Researcher should demonstrate research interest and experience in the Socioeconomic Dynamics of Innovation which go beyond technological innovation and R&D metrics.

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key Responsibilities:

•Work with a research team on all aspects of conducting research, surveys and the analysis of resultant data and other relevant data sources;
•Write up research results for conference presentations, research reports and manuscripts for publication;
•Participate in the planning, undertaking and management of research fieldwork;
•Analysis of survey data and data from other secondary sources;
•Assist with literature reviews and other secondary data searches;
•Participate in the formulation of research questions and projects;
•Conduct research and facilitate exchange of information among colleagues;
•Collection and analysis of data and preparing research reports and manuscripts for publication
•Assist with the Managing, planning and coordinating of project meetings, dissemination workshops, policy roundtables and events.
Key requirements:

•A minimum of a Honours degree in Economics or Development Studies;
•At least 2 years research experience in a knowledge producing agency;
•An exceptional academic record;
•An innovative thinker;
•Fluency in English and proficiency in indigenous languages;
•Strong written and verbal communication skills;
•Sound quantitative and qualitative research skills;
•Competency in computer programmes such as MS Word, Econometric software (STATA) and referencing software;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, a well-developed work ethic, and drive;
•The capacity to work under pressure and to work after hours if required;
•Applicants must be South African citizens.

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related salaries, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.

1.A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position;
2.A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification and include details of your citizenship;
3.The details of three recent referees with telephone/cell number, fax, e-mail, contact details and institutional affiliation.

Shortlisted applicants may be required to undertake a written competency exercise for this position.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/
Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.

Enquiries (NOT Applications or CVs) may be directed to Dr Peter Jacobs email pjacobs@hsrc.ac.za. Closing date: 18 June 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing 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.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Job Closing Date 18/06/2021
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