Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute
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 Researcher, based in Newtown, Johannesburg.
This position will lead SPII’s work on developing indicators for monitoring and evaluating the progressive realisation of socio-economic rights contained in the Constitution, and will provide additional research management support.
This is a one-year fixed-term contract position renewable depending on funding.
- Lead a research project to develop indicators to track progressive realisation of specific socio-economic rights in consultation with partners, and populate these with data. This will entail desktop research, conducting interviews both with policy makers and service delivery recipients, scoping of available survey and administrative data sets, and writing reports when requested to do so by the programme manager or the Director of SPII;
- Conduct in-depth, independent research on national and international policy developments on socio-economic rights, as well as poverty and inequality combating policies;
- Stakeholder management;
- Support budget analysis process research and training;
- 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;
- 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.
- Master’s degree in political science, economics or a related field;
- Minimum of three years research and project management experience and a familiarity with working in or with the nonprofit sector;
- Data analysis skills and basic 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;
- Ability to travel.
- Ability to speak Sotho or isiZulu;
- Valid driver’s licence.
Starting date: 1 March 2013 although an earlier start date would be welcomed.
Salary: R300 000 - R350 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 email@example.com.
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.
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