Pact South Africa: Research Advisor

Pact South Africa
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 28 March, 2014
Opportunity type: 

Pact is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO) operating in 59 countries. Pact's mission is to build empowered communities, governments and private institutions that give people an opportunity for a better life. Programmes focus on governance, health, economic development and natural resource management.

Pact South Africas seeks to appoint a Research Advisor to provide leadership for the research component of a five-year, USAID-funded capacity development project.

The Advisor will work closely with the Senior Advisor M&E Research and other key staff to support DSD in conducting operational research and impact studies. The Advisor will have a strong research background related to OVC issues and health in South Africa and will have experience providing technical assistance in research design and implementation.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Support DSD in streamlining processes for how research is planned, undertaken and or commissioned, managed and utilised for decision making across directorates;
  • Provide technical assistance in the development of a comprehensive DSD research agenda including priorities for all relevant directorates within the department;
  • Provide technical assistance in designing formative and operational research in line with priorities of DSD;
  • Support DSD in the execution of relevant research that will contribute to strategic planning and programming, including technical assistance in commissioning research;
  • Support DSD to coordinate meetings for the research advisory forum as well as other stakeholder meetings focused on planning, reviewing and disseminating research within the department;
  • Support the DSD directorates in facilitating the use of proper knowledge management systems to enhance utilisation of research for evidence-based decision making;
  • Provide mentoring and coaching to key relevant DSD staff to enhance research planning and management capacity within the department;
  • Support DSD in consolidating and synthesising findings from topical research related to the departments priorities and producing user-friendly research dissemination products;
  • Support the development of a capacity development programme for appropriate DSD staff on analysis and use of data to improve programming.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Equivalent of a Masters’ degree in Social, Behavioral or Health Sciences with practical experience in developing and implementing, research and evaluation activities in the children’s sector;
  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant professional experience: research design, data collection and analyses, research documentation and dissemination;
  • Demonstrated expertise in Training and Capacity Building in research;
  • Experience with evaluation and impact reporting to donors and to project managers, demonstrating both analytical rigor and practicality.

Other Qualifications:

  • A broad understanding of research methodology, including ethics;
  • A comprehensive understanding of research related to orphans and vulnerable children;
  • An ability to think conceptually and strategically;
  • Demonstrated ability to transfer knowledge and skills through training and mentoring;
  • An understanding of the analysis and use of data so that it is applicable to programming and delivery of services;
  • An understanding of the documentation and dissemination of research findings;
  • Creative thinking around documentation and dissemination of research. 
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative and manage a variety of activities concurrently;
  • A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a high profile, fast-paced environment;
  • Fluency in English for day-to-day communications and excellent English writing and presentation skills.

The successful candidate must be a South African national and be a resident in Pretoria / Johannesburg.
Only applicants possessing the prescribed minimum qualifications and experience are invited to submit their electronic CV and application letter with a subject line “Research Advisor” to by no later than 12h00 on Friday, 28 March 2014.
Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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