Reference # Ref No: IM/R/0721
Published 29/07/2021
Contract Type Contract
5 Years
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, 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, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Impact Centre draws on diverse perspectives, skills and partnerships to generate, measure and communicate impactful research on critical challenges facing South Africa and the world.
In fulfilling the HSRC’s public good mandate, the Impact Centre will conduct rigorous, creative and relevant impact research for the public good; conduct large-scale quantitative and representative surveys that are the basis for complex data analytics, modelling and simulations and leverage a wide range of expertise, convene multi-stakeholder forums, promote and produce evidence-informed understanding on impact.
The vision of the Impact Assessment Unit is to contribute towards measuring and showcasing the impact of the HSRC’s work, as well as undertake research on impact that is relevant to the country’s development agenda. This will be achieved by partnering with other HSRC divisions, centres and units, and through collaboration with similar sister science council organisations and/or with other community of practice partners to drive evidence driven programming with the aim of achieving desired social, economic and development impacts.

Researcher in the Impact Assessment Unit
To be based Cape Town or Pretoria
X 1 Position
5- year contract appointment
Ref No: IM/R/0721

Potential candidates should have strong research and project implementation skills including good understanding of research methods, understanding of impact evaluation/assessment, literature review, evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, quantitative and/or qualitative methods, M & E methods and good analytical thinking. An understanding of qualitative data analysis programmes (Atlas Ti, Nvivo) will be an added advantage.
Job Functions Other Research Development, Science and Scientific Research
Industries Research
Key Responsibilities:
•Contribute towards all aspects of the research process; he/she is expected to contribute substantially towards the following
•Conduct high level policy research and analysis which meets the requirements of peer review, and has national and international
significance (conceptualisation of research projects, formulate research questions, contribute towards write research proposals) ;
•Conduct problem-oriented interdisciplinary research (including using appropriate methodologies);
•Network with key research users to understand their research needs, and develop contacts with policy-makers outside the
•Communicate research findings; publishing in refereed journals; and producing dialogue reports and policy briefs
•Mentor colleagues, collaborate with institutions of higher education and contribute to the growth of the science communication
in the HSRC
Key Requirements:
•Applicants must hold a PhD degree in the Social Sciences.
•Candidates must have an interest in practices and research that seeks to enhance the use and impact of scientific research.
•Computer literacy including MS Office and appropriate
•Experience on undertaking evaluations
•M & E experience
•Good planning and organisational skills, including the ability to work well under pressure.
•Good communication skills (verbal as well as report writing) in English and one or more of the local languages.
•A sound conceptual grounding in qualitative research methods.


In your application, please include (1) a letter of motivation; (2) a comprehensive CV; (3) the names of three contactable referees (with mobile/telephone, e-mail and fax contact details). Please indicate the specific position you are applying for and include the reference number. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the 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.
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to [email protected] Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.

For further enquiries, and not applications, please contact Prof Heidi van Rooyen on email [email protected]
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its senior managers and research and administrative staff who are black, female or disabled.

Closing date: 11 August 2021. We encourage applicants to submit applications before that date.

Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks after the closing date should assume that their applications have been unsuccessful. Only interviewed candidates will be notified of the outcome of their applications.


Job Closing Date 06/08/2021
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