Short Term Contract based Junior Researchers

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Ref. No: JR 08/2021
Published 24/08/2021
Contract Type Contract
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
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.

IED Changing Economies theme is looking to appoint a panel of Junior Researchers to provide research support on a number of research projects over a period of 24 months as and when the need arises. The positions are based in Cape Town, Durban or Pretoria.

Applicants must be willing to work on short term contract/s from time to time based on the project needs during the 24 month project period. The maximum period of a short term contract will not exceed 11 months but candidates can be offered shorter period contracts. The possibility exists that Junior Researchers on this panel can be appointed on more than one occasion during the 24 month period.
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;
•Participating 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
•Participating 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 Social Sciences (particularly Development Studies, Economics, Sociology, or related disciplines), ideally registered for a Masters;
•Previous research experience is an advantage
•Intellectual and personal integrity, a well-developed work ethic, and drive
•Fluency in English and either isiXhosa/ SeTswana/ Afrikaans.
•Competency in computer programmes (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), data analysis software (Stata, SPSS, Atlas.ti, etc.), and referencing software (e.g., Mendeley, Endnote)
•A sound academic record;
•An innovative thinker.
•Sound written and verbal communication skills;
•The capacity to work under pressure and to work after hours if required;
•Possess a valid driver’s license;
•Applicants must be South African citizens.
•Previous work or fieldwork experience with the HSRC will be an added advantage;

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.Certified copy of your ID;
4.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 Sikhulumile Sinyolo email [email protected] Closing date: 21 September 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 21/09/2021
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