Posted on :
16 Dec, 2019
16 Dec, 2019
Equal Education (EE) is a movement of learners, parents, teachers and community members working for quality and equality in South African education, through analysis and activism. Equal Education is organised in five provinces: Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and the Western Cape.
Equal Education works by identifying systemic and localised problems affecting the quality of education, and addresses these problems through local and national campaign; a commitment to robust political education and campaign strategising with members; and building a strong research base through primary and secondary research.
Job Title: Parliamentary Researcher
Location: South Africa
Equal Education’s Culture
Equal Education aspires to be a place where all of our members become conscious and active participants in society who strive to resist patriarchy, tribalism, ageism, sexism, racism and other forms of discriminatory practices that operate in our homes, communities and places of work.
As a member of staff, one must commit to upholding EE’s principles for a safe and welcoming work environment. Our principles aim to create an environment that enables growth, and inclusive and safe for all who pass through the organisation.
Equal Education seeks to fill a vacancy within its Research Department. The successful candidate must have a strong commitment to democracy, equality, intersectionality, social justice and human rights.
Level: This is an entry to mid-level position depending on the successful candidate.
Position: This is a position within EE’s Research Department. The Parliamentary Researcher plays an important role in EE advocacy work in the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). The Parliamentary Researcher also serves as EE’s budget expert and provides support to other researchers with access to and analysis of data.
The core role of EE’s Research Department is to produce research in support of provincial and national advocacy campaigns. In support of this mandate, the department produces reports and briefing notes, makes presentations to National Parliament and provincial legislatures; drafts submissions on proposed policy and legislation; assists the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) in drafting legal documents; contributes to developing popular education material in collaboration with the Internal Education and Training Unit (IETU); and supports the Communications Department with media advocacy. The work of the Department is informed and guided by the lived experiences of the movement’s members.
The key responsibility of the Parliamentary Researcher at EE is to work with the Co-Heads of the Research Department to ensure that the following work is done:
Researchers are expected to contribute to a collaborative environment by working with members of the research team, as well as other departments within the movement wherever possible.
Qualifications, skills and competencies: A university degree – preferably at postgraduate level in Education, Economics or Social Sciences; very strong research, writing and editing experience; excellent written and communication skills; knowledge of the South African education system and education policy; two years’ work experience in the same or a similar role. Experience in analysing government budgets will be beneficial.
Successful candidates must be proficient in MS Office Suite; able to work efficiently and independently; and to manage multiple projects concurrently; have a strong commitment to democracy, equality, social justice and human rights; be committed to strengthening the education system in South Africa and to investing time and energy to address the inequality that affects so many of our youth. Candidates must preferably have a driver’s license.
Location: The position is based in EE’s Khayelitsha Head Office.
Application Process:Each application should include a CV and a letter of motivation which must be saved separately. Please submit your application with a writing sample of no more than three pages that demonstrates writing and analytical skills. Each document must be saved with your name, surname and the type of document: eg. xxx_xxx_CV. Please save all documents in pdf. format. Generic cover letters are strongly advised against.
Please include three contactable references.
The email must be sent to [email protected] butsubject line must clearly state the position you are applying.
Application Deadline: Monday, 13 January 2020 at mid night