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  • Posted: Jun 20, 2022
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  • The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africas statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development. Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of govern...
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    Financial Administrator

    Job Advert Summary    
    The Facilities & OHS unit is the single largest Shared Services Unit within the HSRC. This Unit has a footprint in all the HSRC offices and consists of sub-sections such as Protection Services, Building and Maintenance, OHS, Facilities, and Cleaning Services. After careful consideration and taking the dynamics of the Pretoria operation into account as well as the optimization of a post within the Unit, the appointment of a Financial Administrator is required.

    The Facilities & OHS unit would like to fill the vacant post of a Financial Administrator in the Pretoria Office. The incumbent must have the ability and energy to provide an accounting service, display a positive attitude, subscribe to a professional work ethic, be motivated, hardworking, and most importantly is willing to learn

    Minimum Requirements    

    • BCom Finance / Accounting degree or equivalent (NQF 7)
    • At least 5 years’ experience in financial administration and office management.
    • PAFSA (Professional Association for Secretaries and Administrative Assistants) membership will be an advantage.
    • Knowledge and experience of financial administrative processes.
    • Professional working knowledge of relevant legislation and regulations (PFMA and Treasury Regulations)
    • Sound office management, procurement and administration skills.
    • Experience in electronic workflow processes
    • Knowledge and experience in electronic records management practices.
    • Excellent organisational ability and the attention to detail and accuracy.
    • The ability to be responsive, pro-active and solve problems.
    • Advanced computer skills, including a high proficiency in MS Office applications.
    • Proficiency in speaking and writing English.
    • Ability to anticipate needs, take initiative and implement solutions effectively.
    • The ability to work independently as an individual, but also as a team member.
    • Professional and ethical conduct.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Do financial administration, including compiling documentation, processing of invoices and journals and reporting on non-HR related expenditure, including off-site archiving services and the procurement of IT equipment. This includes for example, the following:
    • Being responsible for the procurement of all project related goods and services.
    • Maintaining general and subsidiary ledgers and prepare and adjust finance journal entries as required, which include budget corrections, journals, etc.
    • Identifying and resolving invoicing issues, accounting discrepancies and other financial related issues.
    • Maintaining an up to date planning and reporting system.
    • Undertaking asset management.
    • Engaging with Facilities & OHS management and staff, as well as other departments, such as IT, SCM and Finance to ensure the timeous conclusion of financial processes.
    • Management of Projects including preparation and supervision of project budgets, expenditure including milestone deliverables.
    • Manage policies and workflow processes.
    • Manage work sign offs and invoice approvals
    • Oversee Facilities & OHS records management.
    • Facilitate the optimal use of ICT.
    • Serve as the Facilities & OHS Risk champion.
    • Act as a stand-in for the PA/Administrator by attending to Human Resource management administration,
    • Office management and perform any other administrative tasks as required

    Closing Date:  29th, June 2022

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    Accounts Receivables Clerk

    Purpose of the job

    • To process, record and manage accounts receivables for the purposes of reporting, control and accurate record-keeping of customer records.

    Minimum Requirements    

    • A minimum post-matric NQF level 7 Finance/Accounting-related qualification from a recognized academic institution.
    • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in an Accounts receivable position.
    • SAICA/SAIPA completed articles would be an added advantage.
    • Sound knowledge of Generally Recognized Accounting Principles (GRAP) or International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS); VAT legislation, Income-tax Act and the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA and regulations);
    • Good communication skills (verbal and written)
    • Intermediate to advanced knowledge using Microsoft Excel and Word.
    • Report writing skills and project management.
    • Commitment to integrity, customer service focused, deadline orientated, attention to detail, performance and results driver, decision making, problem-solving, ability to work with minimum supervision.
    • Strong interpersonal skills to engage users and colleagues at all levels in the organization;
    • Flexibility to operate as a member of a team, share knowledge and transfer of skills to colleagues.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Management, processing and recordkeeping of all Revenue and travel-related advances and expenditure.
    • Processing local and international invoices, accounts receivable transactions and travel-related advances/expenditure on a daily basis.
    • Responsible for driving revenue and advance collection including following up on long outstanding debtors.
    • Monthly management, reconciliation, and recordkeeping of all designated accounts receivable ledger and sub-ledger accounts.
    • Advising units and enforcing accounts receivable/revenue and travel expenditure-related policies and processes.
    • Participation in the monthly, quarterly and annual accounts receivable module closure including processing month-end adjustments according to the prescribed deadlines.
    • Liaison with all units within the HSRC to ensure that financial month-end/ year-end cut off times are communicated and adhered to;
    • Attend to queries within the prescribed turnaround times;
    • Perform all accounting system activities that relate to daily, monthly and year-end activities;
    • Responsible for providing timeous and accurate monthly debtors and advance reports;
    • Assist in implementing internal financial controls over revenue, accounts receivable, travel-related advances and expenditure.
    • Compilation of financial statement components, leads sheets and schedules in line with GRAP standards and the PFMA;
    • Any other task assigned from time to time.

    Closing Date:  21st, June 2022

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    Project Accountants

    Job Advert Summary    
    The incumbent must have the ability and energy to maintaining an accounting related employment, have a positive attitude, display an strong work ethic, is motivated, hardworking, and most importantly is willing to learn.

    Minimum Requirements    

    • Bachelor’s degree in commerce, with a major in accounting
    • Must have completed SAICA/SAIPA accounting articles
    • Minimum of three years’ experience in an accounting field
    • Report writing and project management skills
    • Be able to work in a team
    • Have good time management skills
    • Good communication skills
    • The ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure
    • Be customer service orientated and pay special attention to detail.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Capturing and processing of financial transactions
    • Prepare monthly reconciliations;
    • Assist in preparing management accounts
    • Preparation and processing of income recognition journals
    • Processing the drawdowns journals
    • Processing of the interest journals
    • Reviewing journals from the research units
    • Assist in reviewing financial reports from research units
    • Perform budget conformations before procurement takes place

    Closing Date:  21st, June 2022

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    System Developer

    Job Advert Summary    
    The various Operations directorates in the HSRC, of which Information Technology Support Services (IT) forms part of, provides the software and application support platform for achieving the organization’s overall goals. The HSRC seeks to appoint an Application Specialist on a 5 year contract, to be based at the Pretoria office.

    Minimum Requirements    

    • A relevant IT / Programming diploma or degree
    • Min 5 years C# .net development experience
    • HTML, CSS and JavaScript Development
    • Experience with developing MSSQL scripts, views, and stored procedures
    • Min 5 years of SharePoint development
    • Exposure to both front-end and backend
    • Experience with developing Web services
    • Exposure to agile methodology development environment

    Advantages

    • Knowledge of PHP

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Develop and creates front-end and back-end software applications using SharePoint, Power Apps, C#, ASP.NET, HTML, and SQL.
    • Translate company and customer needs into functional and appealing interactive applications.
    • Technical quality assurance through quality coding standards and automation testing
    • Modify existing software to correct errors, to adapt it to new hardware systems or to upgrade interfaces and improve performance.
    • Coding and determining the technical requirements of clients.
    • Implement development best practices
    • Solving code problems
    • Write APIs to integrate a number of different systems
    • Preparing user manuals and provide end user training

    Closing Date:  29th, June 2022

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    Director: e-Research Knowledge Centre

    The unit seeks to appoint a Director: e-Research Knowledge Centre on a permanent contract who will be based in the Pretoria office. The successful candidate will report to the Deputy CEO for Research. 

    Minimum Requirements    

    • A minimum of a Masters degree in a related field, a PhD is preferable;
    • 15 years’ experience in the information field, 5 of which must be in a managerial capacity;
    • Experience in working with electronic information;
    • Knowledge of information-related legislation that governs the public sector;
    • Understanding of electronic systems and the research environment;
    • Experience in project administration;
    • Experience in the management of staff, finances, infrastructure and performance;
    • Credibility to interface with management, researchers and support staff;
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with a high level of proficiency in English;
    • Analytical problem-solving skills;
    • Demonstrable initiative, integrity and maturity;
    • The ability to function independently and under pressure;
    • A commitment to excellence, attention to detail and meticulous and accurate execution of tasks; and
    • Must be able to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Strategic management and leadership  of e-RKC;
    • Develop and implement an eResearch knowledge enabling strategy’
    • Provide leadership and develop a strong team environment committed to the organisation's mission, values and objectives in a manner that instils trust and credibility;
    • Oversee the development and implementation of policies which enables business objectives;
    • Formulate knowledge management and information strategies, policies and systems;
    • Provide cutting-edge knowledge resource services including: desk research; library services; virtual communities of practice; electronic resources services; research outputs database management and quality control;
    • Coordinate delivery of efficient and effective knowledge services according to best practices that meet the needs of the organisation;
    • Manage the knowledge base to provide an effective platform for research dissemination;
    • Manage and maintain databases by assisting in the development of systems (from a business perspective);
    • Improve data quality to ensure legal compliance and good information governance; and
    • Maintain the records management system, archiving policy, administration process in Promotion of Access to Information Act 2000.

    Closing Date:  24th, June 2022

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    PHD Research Internship

    Job Advert Summary   

    Three PhD Research Internship is currently available. The PhD Research Intern Programme in the HSRC provides the successful candidate with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as part of a team. While appointees will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, they will be expected to complete their thesis within three years. Time is set aside for this purpose.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key requirements:

    • Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree in the Social Sciences, Public Health, Epidemiology or Biostatistics and be registered or be eligible for registration for a Ph.D, at a recognised South African or an international equivalent institution.
    • A sound grounding in research methods and previous experience in research and data analysis will be a strong recommendation
    • Proficiency in or working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, Nvivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages
    • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.

    In addition to being registered for a PhD degree at a recognised South African university and currently working on their degrees, or eligible for registration at a recognised South African university, research interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with other staff on different research projects.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:

    • Support the research and research-related work of the HSC Programme
    • Assist with the conceptualisation and execution of research projects
    • Assist with the formulation of research questions and writing proposals
    • Assist with the submission of research proposals for ethical review
    • Collection and analysis of data
    • Writing up of research results, research reports and manuscripts for publication
    • Presenting research findings at conferences  and other forums
    • Management or supervision of research projects

    Closing Date:  25th, June 2022

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    Post-Doctoral Fellow (H-W)

    Job Advert Summary    
    HSC is looking to appoint one suitably qualified person to take on the responsibilities of a Post-Doctoral Fellow. The successful incumbents will be based in the HSRC either Durban; Pretoria or Cape Town office. In this context we offer Post-Doctoral Fellowships with the aim of providing candidates with the opportunity to gain intensive experience in the research practice environment and to publish the findings of their dissertations in peer-reviewed journals.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key requirements:

    • A doctorate in either Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics(obtained not more than 5 years previously);
    • Recognisable expertise in one of the priority research areas of HSC;
    • A sound grounding in diverse research methods and related theoretical debates along with strong conceptual competencies in the area of specialisation;
    • Willingness and ability to engage in grant/proposal writing for research funding;
    • Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive along with the ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in large scale multidisciplinary research;
    • A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to pro-poor social research that makes a difference.
    • Proficiency in or working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, Nvivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages
    • Previous experience conducting population-based research will be an advantage.
    • Previous experience conducting TB related research will be an advantage
    • Applicants must be South African citizens. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are black, female or disabled.

    Applications:

    The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance for senior positions. In your application, please include: your CV, a letter of motivation, publications and the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).  Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements.  Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Key responsibilities:

    • Contributing to the sustainable growth of the research programme portfolio;
    • Publishing scholarly journal articles;
    • Supporting the development of contacts and relationships with colleagues in academic institutions, government organizations and the wider research community;
    • Supporting effective participation in multidisciplinary research teams and partnerships;
    • Assisting with proposals and grant applications to undertake funded research;
    • Assisting in delivering research within specified budgets and to deadline;
    • Assisting in mentoring interns and research assistants;
    • Supporting initiatives to promote the strategic objectives of the HSRC;
    • Contributing to discussion in HSRC and HSC-wide activities.

    Closing Date:  25th, June 2022

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    Post-Doctoral Fellow (I-B)

    Job Advert Summary    
    HSC is looking to appoint one suitably qualified person to take on the responsibilities of a Post-Doctoral Fellow. The successful incumbents will be based in the HSRC either Durban; Pretoria or Cape Town office. In this context we offer Post-Doctoral Fellowships with the aim of providing candidates with the opportunity to gain intensive experience in the research practice environment and to publish the findings of their dissertations in peer-reviewed journals.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key requirements:

    • A doctorate in either Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics(obtained not more than 5 years previously);
    • Recognisable expertise in one of the priority research areas of HSC;
    • A sound grounding in diverse research methods and related theoretical debates along with strong conceptual competencies in the area of specialisation;
    • Willingness and ability to engage in grant/proposal writing for research funding;
    • Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination and drive along with the ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in large scale multidisciplinary research;
    • A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to pro-poor social research that makes a difference.
    • Proficiency in or working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, Nvivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages
    • Previous experience conducting population-based research will be an advantage.
    • Previous experience conducting TB related research will be an advantage
    • Applicants must be South African citizens. The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its staff who are black, female or disabled.

    Applications:

    The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance for senior positions. In your application, please include: your CV, a letter of motivation, publications and the details of three recent referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).  Please indicate the reference number in the subject line, applications that do not adhere to this, will not be considered. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements.  Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise or an oral presentation in the competencies required for the position.

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Key responsibilities:

    • Contributing to the sustainable growth of the research programme portfolio;
    • Publishing scholarly journal articles;
    • Supporting the development of contacts and relationships with colleagues in academic institutions, government organizations and the wider research community;
    • Supporting effective participation in multidisciplinary research teams and partnerships;
    • Assisting with proposals and grant applications to undertake funded research;
    • Assisting in delivering research within specified budgets and to deadline;
    • Assisting in mentoring interns and research assistants;
    • Supporting initiatives to promote the strategic objectives of the HSRC;
    • Contributing to discussion in HSRC and HSC-wide activities.

    Closing Date:  25th, June 2022

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    Masters Research Trainee

    Minimum Requirements    

    • Applicants for the PhD internship must have graduated with a Master’s degree and be eligible for registration for a PhD in the Social Sciences (particularly in areas of Education, Sociology of Work, Development, Training and Skills Development, Economics or cognate disciplines);
    • Preference will be given to applicants who are able to demonstrate proof of registration or evidence that registration will be possible within 6 months of appointment;
    • Demonstrated critical thinking and report writing skills;
    • A sound conceptual grounding and experience in survey research methods;
    • The ability and enthusiasm to engage as a team player in large scale research projects.
    • Competence in basic computer applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
    • A sound academic record;
    • Intellectual and personal integrity, a well-developed work ethic, and drive;
    • Self discipline and the ability to manage both the demands of the job and ensure that university studies are timeously completed;
    • Applicants must be South African citizens.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Participate, as part of a team, in research activities and projects;
    • Manage and oversee quantitative and qualitative fieldwork activities;
    • Prepare and submit research proposals for ethical review;
    • Undertake qualitative and quantitative fieldwork;
    • Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis independently including the use of appropriate software;
    • Conduct and organise literature reviews and other secondary data searches;
    • Contribute to (and if desired lead) the preparation of peer reviewed academic journal articles, research reports, study protocols, presentations, manuscripts and proposals;
    • Assist with administrative matters and project management in the research environment;
    • Participate in structured research trainee mentoring and capacity development activities; and
    • Make demonstrable progress towards the achievement of a PhD degree.
    • The HSRC offers a fixed salary at this level that allows time for completion of studies.

    Applications should include:

    • A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability and goals for the position.
    • A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification; an indication of your quantitative and qualitative research experience; your fieldwork experience (not related to your degree) and include details of your citizenship.
    • The details of three recent referees with telephone/cell number, e-mail, and institutional affiliation.
    • Proof of Registration for PhD Studies.
    • One chapter of your completed Masters thesis.
    • An outline of your envisaged PhD Proposal [word limit: 2500], which must include the following:
    1. Abstract
    2. Problem statement
    3. Aims
    4. Objectives
    • Potential contribution of the research to the broader field of study

    Closing Date: 23rd, June 2022.

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    Research Director (PH-E)

    Job Advert Summary    
    HSC division is looking to appoint a suitably qualified professional in a permanent capacity to take on the responsibilities of a Research Director to lead the Division’s workonPublic Health and Epidemiology in Health and Wellbeing within the Division. The Director position supports and assists the HSC Strategic Lead (SL) and Divisional Executive (DE) in implementing the five-year strategic plan of the HSRC. HSC division conducts transdisciplinary, intersectional, policy and programme-relevant research to improve health, well-being and promote a  socially just and cohesive society.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key requirements:

    • A PhD Degree in either Public Health or Epidemiology plus a Medical qualification (MBCBH or MBBS);
    • Ten (10) years’ experience in research management and team leadership preferably in a research institution or a university;
    • An established research career as evidenced by at least twenty (20) publications (journal articles, reports, book chapters, books) of which several must be international and first or sole authored;
    • Experience and strength in epidemiological research methods and design, especially quantitative approaches;
    • Evidence of successful research fund raising;
    • Evidence of existing funding and research networks at country and international levels;
    • An interest and experience in one of the priority research areas of the HSC Division;
    • Experience in supporting and managing the professional development activities of young researchers and PhD and Masters interns;
    • Personal qualities that include intellectual and personal integrity, imagination, drive, and the ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
    • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
    • Good communication and leadership skills;
    • The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries will be advantageous;
    • Proficiency in or working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, Nvivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages;
    • Registration with the HPCSA.

    Applications should include – in ONE collated document:

    • A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability and goals for this position.
    • A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification and details of your citizenship.
    • The details of three recent referees with contact number, e-mail and institutional affiliation.
    • Three peer reviewed publications.
    • A certified ID copy.

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Key responsibilities:

    • Developing the work of HSC by providing leadership in a cluster of key areas of HSC’s research agenda;
    • Networking with major national and international users and funders of social science and humanities research to understand their research needs, and build research links;
    • Responding to calls for research funding proposals as well as initiating and formulating grant applications for major long-term problem-oriented interdisciplinary research projects;
    • Conducting high quality research, data analysis and evaluation (using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies) that has both strategic and policy relevance;
    • Lead input into biomedical aspects of projects;
    • Delivering high-quality outputs and reports to budget and deadline;
    • Managing and leading research teams and large-scale long-term research projects;
    • Disseminating research findings in different forums (conferences, webinars, etc) and publishing in accredited and refereed journals;
    • Participating in public debates as part of disseminating project outputs; and
    • Mentoring and developing the research capacity of young South African researchers and supporting colleagues to advance their research careers.

    Closing Date: 30th, June 2022.

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    Research Director (S-A)

    Job Advert Summary    
    HSC division is looking to appoint a suitably qualified professional in a permanent capacity to take on the responsibilities of a Research Director to lead the Division’s workonPublic Health and Epidemiology in Health and Wellbeing within the Division. The Director position supports and assists the HSC Strategic Lead (SL) and Divisional Executive (DE) in implementing the five-year strategic plan of the HSRC. HSC division conducts transdisciplinary, intersectional, policy and programme-relevant research to improve health, well-being and promote a  socially just and cohesive society.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key requirements:

    • A PhD Degree in either Public Health or Epidemiology plus a Medical qualification (MBCBH or MBBS);
    • Ten (10) years’ experience in research management and team leadership preferably in a research institution or a university;
    • An established research career as evidenced by at least twenty (20) publications (journal articles, reports, book chapters, books) of which several must be international and first or sole authored;
    • Experience and strength in epidemiological research methods and design, especially quantitative approaches;
    • Evidence of successful research fund raising;
    • Evidence of existing funding and research networks at country and international levels;
    • An interest and experience in one of the priority research areas of the HSC Division;
    • Experience in supporting and managing the professional development activities of young researchers and PhD and Masters interns;
    • Personal qualities that include intellectual and personal integrity, imagination, drive, and the ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
    • Ability to work independently and in a team environment;
    • Good communication and leadership skills;
    • The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries will be advantageous;
    • Proficiency in or working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, Nvivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages;
    • Registration with the HPCSA.

    Applications should include – in ONE collated document:

    • A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability and goals for this position.
    • A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification and details of your citizenship.
    • The details of three recent referees with contact number, e-mail and institutional affiliation.
    • Three peer reviewed publications.
    • A certified ID copy.

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Key responsibilities:

    • Developing the work of HSC by providing leadership in a cluster of key areas of HSC’s research agenda;
    • Networking with major national and international users and funders of social science and humanities research to understand their research needs, and build research links;
    • Responding to calls for research funding proposals as well as initiating and formulating grant applications for major long-term problem-oriented interdisciplinary research projects;
    • Conducting high quality research, data analysis and evaluation (using quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies) that has both strategic and policy relevance;
    • Lead input into biomedical aspects of projects;
    • Delivering high-quality outputs and reports to budget and deadline;
    • Managing and leading research teams and large-scale long-term research projects;
    • Disseminating research findings in different forums (conferences, webinars, etc) and publishing in accredited and refereed journals;
    • Participating in public debates as part of disseminating project outputs; and
    • Mentoring and developing the research capacity of young South African researchers and supporting colleagues to advance their research careers.

    Closing Date: 30th, June 2022.

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    Research Director (I-RD)

    Job Advert Summary    
    HSC seeks to appoint a suitable candidate in a permanent capacity  with the required skills, experience and capabilities as an Impact and Research Development Director. This position invites thoughtful, creative and energetic candidates to work with and capacitate researchers to fulfil their potential, ensure HSC research portfolio is relevant and sustainable, and is taken up by civil society and government policy-makers and stakeholders. This position supports the Division Executive and Strategic Leads in implementing the five-year strategic plan of the HSRC, and includes research in the incumbent’s areas of expertise.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key Requirements for the Position

    • A PhD in social sciences, humanities and any relevant area;
    • At least ten (10) years relevant experience (with evidence of expertise in the areas of research impact, communication, stakeholder management and business development), preferably in a research institution or a university;
    • At least 20 peer reviewed publications (books, books chapters, journal articles) of which several must be international, and several first or sole authored;
    • A recognised scholar in a niche area of research in any of the HSC focus within Health and Wellbeing and Identity and Belonging with an acknowledged track record of producing impactful research outputs;
    • Able to lead others in producing impactful research, evidence-informed policy making, evidence synthesis and science communication;
    • Proven capability in working with a variety of research methodologies, and of methodological innovation;
    • Ability to network and raise large grants for research projects and a willingness to help others do the same;
    • High levels of computer literacy; and
    • Experience in project management and people leadership is essential.

    Applications should include – in ONE collated document:

    • A cover letter of motivation indicating your suitability and goals for this position.
    • A detailed CV which should clearly indicate your highest qualification and details of your citizenship.
    • The details of three recent referees with contact number, e-mail and institutional affiliation.
    • Three peer reviewed publications.
    • A certified ID copy.

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Key Responsibilities

    • Lead, develop and implement the division’s overarching strategy for research impact, science communication, strategic partnerships and capacity development;
    • Ensure research impact through high level engagements with government, civil society and the academic community using multiple modalities of science communication;
    • Develop and maintain relationships and communication with internal and external stakeholders in relation to research impact;
    • Provide guidance and support to the alignment of project proposals and research dissemination to meet the divisions strategic impact goals;
    • Provide high level leadership to research business development staff to ensure sustainable funding streams and relevant partnerships;
    • Provide technical support to the Division Executive and Strategic Leads in the development of high-quality research proposals; and  
    • Provide oversight for the division’s capacity building strategy and its articulation with central HSRC capacity development offerings.

    Closing Date: 30th, June 2022.

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    PhD Research Trainee

    Job Advert Summary    
    The DCES division is looking to appoint a PhD Research Intern who has studied and has an interest in the field of human and social sciences particularly in areas of democracy, governance, citizenship, developmental state, peace, human security, and sustainable development. The Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) division conducts transdisciplinary, intersectional, policy and programme-relevant research. The two over-arching questions that guide the research interventions are:

    • How to strengthen democracy through transparent governance, accountable leadership and   reinvigorated public participation/ civic engagement; and
    • How to ensure sustainable development through peace, human and social security

    Minimum Requirements    

    • Applicants must be in possession of a Master’s degree in a field of human and social sciences, and should be registered for, or about to register for, a PhD with a registered South African University;
    • Experience in and understanding of the concepts of the developmental, capable and ethical state (democracy, governance, citizenship, peace, human security and sustainable development, etc.);
    • Sound knowledge of data management and qualitative and quantitative analysis skills will be very advantageous;
    • A sound academic record;
    • Experience in the preparation of research reports and manuscripts for publication, whilst having peer reviewed articles in recognized journals will be advantageous;
    • Experience in communicating research findings at conferences;
    • Curiosity, enthusiasm and interest in a research career that includes working with statistics and data analysis;
    • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, good communication and leadership skills are required;
    • Proficiency in or working experience with some or all of the following programmes: Atlas T, NVIVO, MS Access, Excel, Word, SPSS, STATA;

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Working as required on all aspects of a developmental, capable and ethical state which includes research projects, technical advisory to government, dissemination of results at various fora, and stakeholder engagements;
    • Writing reports, fact sheets and policy briefs from survey work and other projects;
    • Making demonstrable progress towards the achievement of a Doctoral degree;
    • Producing peer reviewed research articles that appear in accredited journals;
    • Writing up research results for workshops/conferences/presentations;
    • Developing own personal academic competencies through formal and informal training activities;
    • Compilation of all specific duties and deliverables assigned in an individual performance based contract.

    Closing Date: 24th, June 2022.

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    Strategic Lead: Democracy, Governance and Citizenship

    Minimum Requirements    

    • A PhD Degree in Social Sciences or related disciplines (NQF 10)
    • At least ten (10) years’ experience in managing and leading senior research teams with demonstrable impact outcomes;
    • At least 5 years’ experience at a strategic and senior management level in an academic environment or research institution e.g. Associate Professor or Professor Level;
    • An academic leader with an impressive and strong publishing record of at least 30 peer reviewed publications (books, books chapters, journal articles) of which several must be international and first or sole authored;
    • Above average grant proposal writing skills along with a verifiable record of raising large scale project funds for research;
    • Additional management and leadership qualifications will be an added advantage;
    • Advanced business acumen with skills in the design and management of large and complicated budgets, according to relevant financial, human and statutory requirements;
    • Personal qualities that include intellectual and personal integrity, imagination, drive, and the ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines;
    • Leadership qualities that include humility, a commitment to excellence, strategic advisory experience, the ability to work as part of a management team and to capacitate more junior researchers and lead multidisciplinary teams; and
    • Excellent computer literacy including a knowledge of contemporary ways of communicating research outcomes.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    • Governance & Citizenship, Lead, manage and coordinate various research themes, senior researchers and teams in the areas of Democracy,
    • Build visible national, continental and international research partnerships in the HSC area of specialisation that result in collaborative and multidisciplinary studies, high quality publications, evidence reviews and policy briefs;
    • Coordinate and review strategic plans and opportunities for fund raising to meet agreed upon targets for the team;
    • Together with the team of directors, senior research staff, and supported by the division’s business development team foster concrete plans and activities for meeting the divisional goals and targets;
    • Ensure that grants obtained are strategic and focussed on public-oriented research in keeping with the HSRC’s vision;
    • Provide practical leadership in the areas of quality assurance (QA), science communication, impact assessment and dissemination for research outputs along with designated staff and HSRC resources; and
    • Manage the outputs of researchers in the team to ensure maximum impact of the HSRC.
    • As a strategic lead, the candidate is required to be visible and engage with government entities and activities on a continuous basis; and
    • Together with the Divisional Executive, spearhead formal government engagements through joint projects, partnerships, secondments, workshops and research dissemination;
    • Drive and enable a relationship of trust and influence in appropriate ways amongst all levels of research staff.
    • Oversee a programme of engaged science in their designated theme of responsibility with local communities and scientific groups in order to ensure that research outcomes result in innovative solutions for South Africa (and Africa’s) challenges.
    • Actively forge research collaborations with Universities and Science Councils
    • Ensure that each team member aligned to the designated theme of leadership is capacitated, managed, supported, mentored (if they are trainees) and motivated to ensure a high performance team that meets strategic targets;
    • Actively promote and support recruitment talent management, succession planning and retention policy focus, and achieve equity targets;
    • Ensure that fair conflict and consequence management takes place.
    • Oversight for achieving delegated designated targets for the theme / sub division and;
    • Contribution to the division’s risk profile and mitigation strategies.
    • Ensure that research grants are well managed and that good relationships with collaborators and grant making organisations/institutions are maintained.

    Closing Date: 24th, June 2022.

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    Chief Research Specialist

    Job Advert Summary    
    A permanent position to be based in Cape Town, Pretoria or Durban .The Impact Assessment sub-unit of the Impact Centre seeks to appoint a Chief Research Specialist/Impact Evaluation specialist on a permanent contract. The candidate should be an accomplished candidate with experience in the science and measurement of impact, impact evaluation research, evidence-informed public policy and evaluation science to support the Impact Assessment unit and the Impact Centre as a whole. The level of the appointment will depend on the mix of qualifications and experience of the successful candidate.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key Requirements:

    • A doctorate in behavioural economics, econometrics, quantitative social science, or other related disciplines with impact evaluation training.
    • At least 6 years’ experience as a senior impact evaluation, implementation science researcher or similar position.
    • Excellent knowledge of impact evaluation methodologies, (quantitative and qualitative skills applicable to impact evaluations)
    • Excellent analytical and computer skills
    • A strong record of published research in both local and international journals, and/ or a strong record of public policy analysis and evaluation report development (at least 10 publications in peer reviewed journals).
    • Expertise in one of the priority areas of the Impact Centre: research impact, evidence-informed policy making, rapid evidence synthesis, systematic reviews
    • Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination, and drive.
    • A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference.
    • The ability and enthusiasm to lead research and practice teams involved in large-scale multidisciplinary projects, to manage team members, and to mentor and train junior researchers; and
    • The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries.

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Key Responsibilities:

    • Develop a programme of work in the Impact Assessment unit around the science of impact, impact evaluation and assessment, evidence-informed policy making,
    • Provide leadership on the measurement of impact, and impact assessment and evaluation:   
    • Conceptualise and lead on the science and measurement of impact and provide inputs on proposals, protocols, and tools for key projects across different divisions of the HSRC
    • Provide leadership on relating project research objectives and impact questions
    • Evaluation design (Experimental/Quesi-Experiemental, quantitative/qualitative, sampling and sample sizes, evaluations methods etc)
    • Design and implement impact evaluations in partnerships with divisions in the HSRC, government and other partners on projects of interest
    • Provide workshops/training on impact evaluations concepts (Theory of Change Models, attributions and causations, implementation science, study designs, experimental, quesi-experimental designs etc, results frameworks, logic models etc)
    • Mentor junior staff on impact assessment and evaluations
    • Conduct evaluation studies to assess the impact and effectiveness of various HSRC programme, policies and interventions and develop accessible knowledge products.
    • Foster knowledge sharing and disseminate evaluation findings and lessons to increase awareness and knowledge in SA and beyond.
    • Support strengthening of impact evaluation capacity in the HSRC.
    • Build visible national, continental, and international impact research partnerships
    • Develop opportunities for fund raising to support Impact Evaluation programme of work.  
    • Deliver high-quality results and reports within budget and deadline.
    • Communicate research findings and publish in peer reviewed journals.
    • Mentor junior researchers

    Closing Date: 30th, June 2022.

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    Masters Research Intern

    Job Advert Summary    
    The Master’s Research Internship in the HSRC is meant to provide the successful candidates with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The research internship experience is intensive and seeks mature individuals who can work independently as well as in a team. While appointees will be exposed to a wide variety of project-related research, they will be expected to complete their thesis within 2 years. Time is set aside for this purpose.

    In addition to being registered for a Master’s degree, at a recognized South African university and currently working on their degrees, or eligible for registration at a recognised South African university, research interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with other staff on different research projects.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key Requirements:

    • Applicants must be in possession of a relevant Honours degree and be registered or about to register for a Masters degree in public health with a recognized South African or other university;
    • A sound grounding in research methods will be a strong recommendation;
    • Requisite computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office,)
    • Working experience with some of the following data software packages: STATA, Epi Info, SPSS, SAS, Nvivo, AtlasTI or other relevant statistical packages;
    • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines.

    Duties & Responsibilities    

    In addition to being registered for a Master’s degree, at a recognized South African university and currently working on their degrees, or eligible for registration at a recognised South African university, research interns are required to participate in all aspects of the research process as they work with other staff on different research projects.

    Among other duties, they will participate in the following activities under supervision:

    • Collection and analysis of data;
    • Management or supervision of research projects
    • Participation in the conceptualization and execution of research projects;
    • Participation in the formulation of research questions and writing proposals;
    • Assisting with the submission of research proposals for ethical review;
    • Writing up of research results, research reports and manuscripts for publication;
    • Presenting results of projects in different forums (including among others webinars, seminars and conferences);

    Closing Date: 27th, June 2022.

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    Senior Research Specialist

    Job Advert Summary    
    The Science in Society unit of the Impact Centre seeks to appoint a Senior Research Specialist on a permanent contract. The candidate should be an accomplished researcher, with experience in evidence-informed public policy, as well as experience in the one or more areas of research into science in society, including research impact, evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, data analysis and governance, science communication, the public understanding of science, and innovation systems.

    Minimum Requirements    
    Key Requirements:

    • A doctorate in the social sciences
    • At least 5 years’ experience as a senior academic, public official, policy advisor or CSO manager
    • Experience with public policy research and analysis
    • Experience in one of the following research or practice areas of the Impact Centre: evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, data analysis and governance, science communication, the public understanding of science, innovation systems, knowledge management, systems analysis, implementation science, evidence-informed policy and practice
    • Co-authored at least 3 peer-reviewed scientific articles
    • Intellectual and personal integrity, imagination, and drive.
    • A strong user orientation, based on a commitment to social research that makes a difference.
    • The ability and enthusiasm to lead research and practice teams involved in large-scale multidisciplinary projects, to manage team members, and to mentor and train junior researchers; and
    • The versatility to apply quantitative and qualitative methodologies to challenging subject matter across disciplinary boundaries

    Duties & Responsibilities    
    Key Responsibilities:

    • Lead engagement with government, parliamentary, civil society organisations (CSO) and other public interest actors on evidence-informed policy
    • Design, manage and implement evidence synthesis projects for clients and partners in the public sector
    • Support and coordinate evidence teams across the HSRC to provide both long term and rapid response to evidence requests
    • Build and support a community of practice around evidence synthesis and knowledge brokering in the HSRC and with partners
    • Design and implement short learning programmes for public officials and CSOs on evidence synthesis and use
    • Advise and mentor HSRC researchers on evidence synthesis, knowledge translation and policy engagement
    • Develop proposals and secure funding to support evidence activities
    • Deliver high-quality results and reports within budget and deadline.
    • Communicate research findings and publish in peer reviewed journals.
    • Mentor junior researchers

    Closing Date: 30th, June 2022.

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