IEJ: Researcher / Senior Researcher in Feminist Economics

Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ)
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 18 July, 2021
Opportunity type: 

The Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) seeks a Researcher / Senior Researcher in the Feminist Economics programme.
The Institute for Economic Justice
The IEJ is a progressive economics think tank based in Johannesburg South Africa. The IEJ’s core objective is to provide policy makers and progressive social forces in South Africa with access to rigorous economic analysis, and well thought through policy options, as a basis for advancing systemic change. Interventions proposed by the IEJ must advance social justice, promote equitable economic development that realises socio-economic rights, and ensure a thriving, democratic, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive economy that places the needs of the majority at the centre.
The Feminist Economics Programme
The IEJ has a relatively young but vibrant Feminist Economics programme. This programme builds capacity within the IEJ and partner organisations and movements to produce analysis and policy recommendations based on feminist economics approaches, which centre the voices of marginalised and working people.
The programme has both its own projects and shapes research, policy, and advocacy across the organisation. The projects within the programme focus on research, and associated policy and advocacy, and feminist economics education, political education, and community building. This is undertaken through the flagship Feminist Economics Summer School (FESS) and the production of research, through a feminist lens, on the labour market, care economies, social reproduction, and budgeting and macroeconomic policy, to name a few central areas. Across the organisation, the programme provides analytical tools, methodological frameworks, and theoretical grounding that integrate feminist economics / feminist political economic principles.
The feminist economics programme is also in the process of strengthen continental alliances through research collaborations with feminist organisations and researchers in Africa, and is implementing projects in line with this objective.
Researcher / Senior Researcher: Feminist Economics
The Researcher / Senior Researcher will undertake research in a new project entitled “COVID-19 and Economies of Care Work in South African Urban Households”. This project asks whether COVID-19-induced changes are leading to a fundamental shift in the structure of production and social reproduction with long-term implications for understanding social relationships and policy. Its key questions include the following:

  • Does this moment represent a structural break that poses significant danger, and does it offer concrete possibilities for social change?
  • To what extent has the pandemic expanded the scope (economies) of care, and/or is redefining the traditional realms?
  • What are the social impacts of the existing and emerging regimes of care labour?
  • What is the relationship between the care economy and the state?
  • To what extent do these forms of labour lend themselves to statistical measure?
  • What would a feminist recovery package resemble and to what extent would it complement a process of just transition?

The Researcher / Senior Researcher, under the guidance of the Programme Lead, will lead research in this project. This will include both qualitative and quantitative work, in both the field and office settings. The Researcher / Senior Researcher will also work to build partnerships, develop policy proposals, and undertake advocacy in relation to the findings of the research.
The Researcher / Senior Researcher will also play a leading role in organising the IEJ’s next Feminist Economics Summer School.
In addition, the Researcher / Senior Researcher will work on projects to advance the aim of integrating feminist economics / feminist political analysis across IEJ’s work. They will actively participate in the implementation of ongoing projects in addition to identifying and conceptualising new directions in feminist thinking in economics from a national, regional, and continental perspective. This will be achieved through among others the following:

  • An understanding of the place and role of feminist economics in achieving the overall objectives and vision of IEJ;
  • An inter-disciplinary exchange between various programmes at the IEJ, with the aim of providing a crosscutting analytical lens; and
  • Close collaboration with other programmes in feminist economics methodological training.

Within the Feminist Economics Programme, the Researcher / Senior Researcher will:

  • Participate in daily implementation of projects;
  • Undertake desktop literature reviews, statistical analysis, fieldwork, reporting writing, and partnership and advocacy work within the “COVID-19 and Economies of Care Work in South African Urban Households” project.
  • Actively participate in the feminist education and political education initiatives of the IEJ, including through leading the planning and implementation of the annual Feminist Economics Summer School and contributing to the REFA programme;
  • Implement existing and contribute to conceptualising new research;
  • Write, review, and publish relevant project outputs; and
  • Build and sustain networks with feminist organisations working in economic policy.

In addition, the Researcher / Senior Researcher will:

  • Be actively involved in IEJ’s policy debates and publications; and
  • Contribute towards IEJ general and organisational tasks as required.


Minimum qualifications / experience required:

  • Masters’ Degree (Researcher) or PhD (Senior Researcher) in economics and/or any social science field (politics, political economy, and sociology preferable), with specialisations in gender, feminist studies, labour studies, or statistics.
  • At least 3-5 years (Researcher) or 5-10 years (Senior Researcher) of research experience;
  • Previous academic or non-academic publications; and
  • Experience working with feminist organisations/in feminist organising at country, regional, or continental level is desirable.

The candidates should have the following attributes:

  • Strong writing and analytical skills;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Be committed to progressive economic transformation in South Africa and Africa;
  • English language fluency with strong research ability; and
  • Advanced understanding of the national and international context of the research.

The IEJ is committed to gender and racial equity and transformation and will consider this when reviewing applications.
Contract details
The contract will be a full-time twelve-month contract beginning as early in 2021 as possible. The contract is renewable for a further two years, performance and funding dependent. The position will be based in Johannesburg. Remuneration will be at market rates and based on work experience.
Applications should be made via: by 18 July 2021. For queries contact [email protected], no applications will be accepted by email nor replied to.

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