Centre for Development and Enterprise: Policy Research and Project Coordinator - Education

Centre for Development and Enterprise
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 6 January, 2014
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The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is an independent policy think-tank which is funded by the South African private sector and by international donors. CDE seeks to promote democratic values looking at the role of the private sector and markets in addressing socio-economic problems, and government in enabling economic growth and effective policies.

CDE seeks to appoint a skilled and motivated Policy Research and Project Coordinator in its schooling division, who will report to the Policy and Advocacy Director: Schooling. The suitable candidate will work in a team focusing on effective and innovative ways to improve the performance of South Africa’s schooling system through high-quality research and policy influence.

The purpose of the position is to provide insightful and accurate research and reports and to assist with the co-ordination of projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify, analyse and disseminate research and information on schooling performance in South Africa and around the world;
  • Write insightful reports, reviews, briefs for researchers and assist with the preparation of funding proposals to donors;
  • Provide day-to-day project coordination and administration;
  • Communicate with and build relationships with stakeholders.

The successful applicant should have:

  • Master’s degree in education or a relevant field, such as economics, economic history, political science or philosophy;
  • Relevant experience of three to five years in policy / research institutions, universities, government, consulting firms, NGOs, foundations or similar;
  • High-level ability to conduct research, undertake sustained writing, draft clear, concise and insightful reports and summaries, and communicate their contents;
  • Ability to coordinate projects.
  • Ability to clearly and accurately articulate ideas in writing to different audiences (including government, opinion-makers and academics, business and donors) and for a range of purposes;
  • Interest in and developing knowledge of the education and related policy environments and key role players;
  • Effective and efficient use of technology for academic research skills;
  • Advanced Microsoft Office Word and Outlook skills (on 2007 software or later);
  • Intermediate Microsoft Office Excel and PowerPoint skills (on 2007 software or later);
  • Working with databases;
  • Ability to solve problems, show initiative, work independently and in a team;
  • Self-discipline, motivation, attentiveness and attention to detail;
  • Ability to contribute to policy debate where appropriate

The appointment is planned for 1 March 2014. The remuneration package is competitive and negotiable in line with the successful applicant’s skills and experience.

The closing date for applications is 6 January 2014. Please send a one-page letter of motivation with a brief CV, and the particulars of two referees to hr@cde.org.za.

We will contact shortlisted candidates only, within 14 days of the deadline.
CDE reserves the right not to make an appointment.

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