Research Specialist

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Ref: IED RS I&ST 07/2021
Published 30/07/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Duration 5 Years
The Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division undertakes research to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been linked, and conducts research to understand educational performance and improve learning outcomes, and to interrogate social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation. Current research in IED occurs under the themes of Changing Economies and Education and Livelihoods, and includes assessments of the effectiveness of government programmes in maths and science education, skills development, land, housing and economic development; participation of young people in accessing dignified and decent work; the transformation of higher education; and innovation that allows for wider access to services, and supports food security.

IED seeks to appoint two suitably qualified Research Specialists for a period of 5 years to be based in Cape Town, Durban or Pretoria. Both positions are in the Changing Economies theme focusing primarily on Innovation in accessing services or ensuring food security, or in Spatial Transformation including in cities and housing.
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key Responsibilities

1.Design, manage and conduct high quality research under the broad umbrella of economics that has both strategic and policy relevance;
2.Stimulate public debate and promote evidence-based policy on issues that relates to poverty and equality;
3.Learn to formulate research proposals and secure funding for research projects;
4.Manage research projects and develop expertise in leading long-term research projects;
5.Deliver high-quality results and reports to budget and deadline;
6.Engage civil society to ensure uptake of evidence to transform economic participation outcomes;
7.Produce high quality knowledge outputs through publishing in accredited refereed journals, books, and book chapters;
8.Partner with other team members to ensure research impact through government engagement, policy briefs and research reviews;
9.Communicate research findings across media platforms and at academic conferences and forums; and
10.Develop research skills and competences through formal and informal training for self and others.

1.A PhD in Economics or Development Studies with knowledge in either Innovation and service delivery or Spatial transformation;
2.Some research and management experience, preferably in a research institution or a university;
3.At least 3 peer reviewed publications (books, books chapters, journal articles), most of which should be sole or first authored;
4.Excellent writing skills for drafting briefing papers, reports, academic publications and for wider public dissemination of research findings;
5.Strong statistical and quantitative research skills for data analysis and management;
6.Willingness to learn how to secure funding for research
7.Research project management experience;
8.Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
9.Enthusiasm to manage, mentor and train junior researchers; and
10.Ability to work in a team on multidisciplinary research projects and to grow into leadership roles.

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

Applications: In your application, please include: (1) your CV; (2) a letter of motivation; (3) the names of three recent referees (with telephone and e-mail contact details); and (4) three first- or sole-authored publications. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements.

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.

For further information please consult the HSRC website. Details of the HSRC can be found on the website (www.hsrc.ac.za) Enquiries about the nature of the position, and NOT applications, may be directed to Dr Peter Jacobs at email address pjacobs@hsrc.ac.za Any C.V’s forwarded to this e-mail address will not be considered.

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

Closing date: 11 August 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to this date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.


Job Closing Date 11/08/2021
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