Labour Research Service: 2x Vacancies

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Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 2 June, 2017
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The Labour Research Service (LRS) was established in 1986 as a non-profit labour service organisation. The LRS specialises in research, dialogue-building, and developmental projects with the broad aim of strengthening civil society and a particular focus on the world of the work
The LRS seeks to promote the full and active participation of working women and men in the political and socio-economic activities in South Africa. We do this through developing resources and organisational and leadership capacity of trade unions and labour-focused social organisations to engage in social dialogue on issues of incomes and gender equality amongst others.

Based in Cape Town, Labour Research Service has two exciting vacancies:


The Corporate Governance Researcher will support labour organisations and broader civil society in responding to multinational corporations through research and advocacy work that promotes transparent corporate governance and the ethical operation of MNCs globally.

The incumbent reports to and is accountable to the LRS Director.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Analysing the annual reports of multinationals for environment, labour, social and governance indicators
  • Maintaining and developing the multinational company database of the LRS
  • Delivering and producing company research reports
  • Analysing executive remuneration
  • Producing multinational trend reports
  • Designing and marketing company research offering
  • Contributing to LRS publications
  • Developing of company research programme
  • Liaising and interacting with company management, unions and workers
  • Building LRS culture 

The Corporate Governance Researcher must meet the following criteria:

  • Post graduate degree in an appropriate field e.g. Social Science, Masters would be advantageous
  • Excellent writing skills and presentation skills
  • Experience in Quantitative and Qualitative research
  • Ability to analyse company annual reports
  • Have a demonstrated understanding of multinational companies
  • Have a demonstrated understanding of industrial relations and the main role players in South Africa
  • Have a strong interest in Labour Relations



The Communications Officer will coordinate internal and external communications and drive communications strategy development. The incumbent must be creative, innovative, strategic and results-driven; assisting with organisational branding and communications campaigns.
Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Managing the online and offline presence of the organisation
  • Driving communications strategy development
  • Managing organisational information assets and ICT Environment
  • Managing service providers
  • Providing support to the Executive Director

The Communications Officer must meet the following criteria:

  • Post matric qualification (degree or diploma) preferably in communications 
  • Good organisational skills with attention to detail
  • Media knowledge and experience of working with media
  • Knowledge and experience working across all aspects of social media
  • Knowledge and experience of website maintenance
  • Excellent writing skills

Personal Attributes:

  • A professional attitude and approach
  • Self-motivated and articulate
  • Takes initiative   
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Creativity and ability to think out of the box
  • Ability to form strong external relationships

View the full job description and application instructions on the Vacancies page at and email your application by Friday 2nd June 2017 to  

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