Human Sciences Research Council Current Job Opportunity

Posted on :

7 Dec, 2021

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Research Jobs in 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.

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.





Job Title: Senior Research Specialist in Economics
Location: Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
Reference #: Ref: IED SRS – CE Innov
Contract Type: Contract
5 Years
Salary: Market Related

Job Summary:
IED is strengthening its Changing Economies team and looking to appoint a suitably qualified Senior Research Specialist for a period of 5 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 Senior Researcher Specialist should demonstrate research interest and experience in analysing the macroeconomy, food and nutrition security, rapid climate shifts, equitable land access and use as well as the socioeconomic dynamics of innovation. Interviews to be held in mid-January 2022.

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.Formulate research proposals and secure funding for research projects;
4.Manage research teams and large-scale long-term research projects;
5.Deliver high-quality results and reports to budget and deadline;
6.Engage civil society and develop communities of practice 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.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;
2.A few years (2-4) research and management experience, preferably in a research institution or a university;
3.At least 7 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.Experience of securing funding for research (will be an advantage), or willingness to learn to do so;
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.

* Should this publication target not yet be met, appointment at a lower rank is possible.

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

Applications: In your application, please include: (1) your CV coupled with a certified copy of your ID; (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.

To Apply:

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Application Deadline:15/12/2021


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Enquiries about the nature of the position, and NOT applications, may be directed to Dr Peter Jacobs at email address [email protected]

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: Wednesday, 15th December 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.



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