Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute: Senior Economic Researcher

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 6 February, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Employment

The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent, nonprofit think tank, committed to the eradication of poverty and inequality in South Africa and the sub-region.

SPII seeks to appoint a Senior Economic Researcher, based in Newtown, Johannesburg.

This position will lead SPII’s work on developing econometric models that project different scenarios around the establishment of a SADC-wide Basic Income Grant funded from revenue from the extractive industries.,  as well as providing research management support for other research projects..

Responsibilities:

  • Manage and supervise all programmatic work related to the specified SADC social protection/ extractive justice project, including work plan development, identifying consultants where necessary, budget management and reporting;
  • Develop econometric models, undertake data gathering of relevant data sources and run models with agreed on variable alternatives to provide alternative policy scenarios;
  • Write up the scenarios and implications of alternatives;
  • Design and lead training internal to SPII and with partner organisations to disseminate knowledge about the models in an accessible manner;
  • Manage the development of project strategy regionally for SPII and partner organisations;
  • In coordination with the Director, manage project activities to ensure that all grant objectives are met;
  • Monitor and evaluate the performance of project activities, identify successes and failures and make recommendations for project activity adjustments accordingly;
  • Write and edit project reports, as well as quarterly policy briefs and other outputs as required by the donors and the Director from time to time;
  • Manage project finances, including analysis, budget monitoring and projections with the support of the financial administrator;
  • As and when required, negotiate and draft contracts and MOUs for consultants and other partners in consultation with the Director, and manage to ensure the objectives and terms of agreement are met;
  • Provide research management for additional SPII research projects in agreement with the Director;
  • Contribute to the development of SPII strategic objectives as required from time to time and develop funding proposals and reports as requested by management;
  • Stakeholder management;
  • Engage in networking and profile-raising of SPII and SPII’s work by participating in conferences etc;
  • Develop position papers and contents for SPII and external publications.

Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in political science, economics or a related field;
  • Experience in designing and running basic econometric models;
  • Minimum of three years research and project management experience and a familiarity with working in or with the nonprofit sector;
  • Data analysis skills and sound knowledge of relevant software, including STATA;
  • Experience in policy analysis;
  • Proven ability in report-writing and conducting independent research;
  • Proven publications record;
  • Fluency in oral and written communication in English;
  • Self–motivated, with strong inter-personal and management capacity;
  • Have the ability to travel.

Desirables:

  • Ability to speak Sotho or isiZulu;
  • Valid driver’s licence.

Starting date: 1 March 2013 although an earlier start date would be welcomed.

Salary: R350 000 – R400 000 total cost to company, dependant on qualifications and experience in the sector.

To apply, submit a CV, three selected examples of published research writing and motivation letter to fortunate@spii.org.za.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Shortlisted candidates will be requested to make a presentation as part of their interview process.

For more about the Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute, refer to www.spii.org.za.

For other vacancies in the NGO sector, refer to www.ngopulse.org/vacancies.

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