Research Director

Human Sciences Research Council

Gauteng, South Africa

5 YearsContract

Jul 10

The Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division undertakes research to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been linked, and conducts research to understand educational performance and improve learning outcomes, and to interrogate social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation. Current research in IED occurs under the themes of Changing Economies and Education and Livelihoods, and includes assessments of the effectiveness of government programmes in maths and science education, skills development, land, housing and economic development; participation of young people in accessing dignified and decent work; the transformation of higher education; and innovation that allows for wider access to services, and supports food security.IED seeks to appoint an experienced academic leader as a Research Director and the Head of the IED Pretoria office (in either the Changing Economies or Education and Livelihoods theme of work) for a period of 5 years. This position supports the Division Executive and Strategic Leads in implementing the five-year strategic plan of the HSRC. Key responsibilities1.Identify key research areas in support of national and global development agendas in the area of poverty and equality with a specialty in one of the themes of IED;2.Network with major users and funders of social science research to understand their research needs;3.Formulate targeted research proposals and secure funding to enable policy relevant, strategic research projects;4.Implement and manage high quality, large scale, long-term research studies that has both strategic practice and policy relevance;5.Lead, manage and coordinate all activities of the IED Pretoria office; 6.Deliver high-quality results and reports to budget and deadline; 7.Stimulate public debate, civil society engagement, and develop communities of practice to ensure uptake of evidence to transform educational outcomes;8.Produce high quality knowledge outputs through publishing in accredited refereed journals, books, and book chapters;9.Ensure research impact through government engagement, policy briefs and research reviews;10.Communicate research findings across media platforms and at academic conferences and forums;11.Oversee IED staff in the Pretoria office to ensure effective delivery according to designated targets, ensure team welfare and ensure fair conflict and consequence management; and12.Develop research skills and competences through formal and informal training for self and others.

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