Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Recent Job Opportunity

Posted on :

15 Apr, 2021

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Administrative Jobs in South Africa

In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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 and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.





Location: Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Reference #: HR 04/21
Contract Type: Contract 5 Years

Job Summary:
The Human Resources (HR) department is responsible to design and implement strategies which support the organisation in transforming research capabilities, through the building of research capacity and transforming human capital. These strategies focus on retention, transformation, and capacity development.

The Capacity Development sub-unit focus on effective Human Capital development through the consolidation and expansions of research trainee programmes, training and development within the organisation, fellowship programmes, special project Internship programme, succession planning and mentoring. The unit collaborates with internal partners in research programmes, support services and other cross-cutting units in contributing to the HSRC’s meeting its annual targets.

To give effect to the strategic objectives of the HSRC an opportunity is available to appoint a dynamic, Head: Capacity, Growth, and Innovation. This position is Pretoria based and the appointment is for a duration of five (5) years. It is required that the appointee will understand and respond to the challenge of building capacity in the areas of research development, proposal and report writing and journal and book publications as well. We are looking for accomplished incumbents with experience of learning and development, the design of customised training materials, facilitating training workshops and actively driving Researcher advancement.

Key responsibilities:
•Develop, design and implement a Capacity Development Strategy for the entire organisation;
•Implement a staff development programme;
•Oversee the monitoring of training programme implementation and evaluation;
•Facilitate the identification of training needs and formulate training interventions for all staff in collaboration with research programmes and support units;
•Oversee all capacity development programmes;
•Manage the Capacity Development budget;
•Formulate and revise policies in support of the HSRC’s capacity building objectives;
•Manage and/or coordinates special capacity development projects / initiatives;
•Deliver high-quality results and reports;
•Liaison and networking with major users, funders and industry;
•Mentor junior and fellow colleagues;
•Manage the Capacity Development team;
•Personally design and develop training materials;
•Implement and maintain an e-learning platform;
•Closely liaise with IT colleagues to ensure a user-friendly e-learning platform is in place to enhance learning and growth;
•Manage succession planning within the organisation;
•Implement and coordinates youth development initiatives as part of the retention and attraction focus;
•Manage Service Level Agreements applicable to project/s or initiatives;
•Develop, design and implement capacity development competency framework;
•Ensure that all new staff are properly on-boarded and responsible for induction;
•Ensure adherence to compliance and regulatory requirements e.g. skills reporting etc.;
•Drive and manage the VIP/SAGE skills module;
•Actively drive capacity development transformation aligned with Employment Equity and BBBEE objectives;
•Manage risk within Capacity, Growth and Innovation;
•Compile and submit strategic reports;
•Manage Audit requirements;
•Drive capacity, growth and innovation initiatives which builds capabilities towards an enabling workforce, enhancing performance and supports collaboration innovations; and
•Actively engage business partners.

Key requirements:
•At least a Masters’ degree with 10 years post qualification experience in the social or education sciences related disciplines. A PhD degree will be an added advantage;
•Excellent writing skills necessary for establishing training materials and drafting reports;
•Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive;
•A strong user orientation based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference;
•Fully au fait with skills reporting and the SETA environment;
•Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with staff from diverse backgrounds;
•Ability to interact and communicate effectively at senior levels, in writing, orally, and in presentations;
•Ability to work in collaborative teams to deliver excellent service;
•Ability to work to deadlines and overtime when necessary;
•High level of computer literacy and thorough administrative skills.

Please note the following:

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•Should you have any HR enquiries ONLY, not applications, please send your query citing reference number to mlmatla[email protected]
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to [email protected] Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.
•For further information, NOT applications please e-mail [email protected]

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

Applications: In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV, and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details). The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating an improvement in the proportion of its senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or disabled.


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Application Deadline: 05/05/2021

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