Strategic Lead

Human Sciences Research Council

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 wider social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation.IED seeks to appoint a senior scholar in Education to assume leadership responsibilities as Strategic Lead for the Education and Livelihoods theme of work. Our research in this theme engages with the planning, quality, governance, effectiveness, transformation, transitions and outcomes of education at all stages. It is currently focussed on the unequal contexts of learning, assessment of achievement, the acquisition of relevant life and livelihood-ready skills in the context of changing technologies, and the future of work for youth in South Africa, Africa, and in the Global South.This position supports the Divisional Executive (DE) in implementing the five-year strategic plan of the HSRC that includes implementing the HSRCs Africa-focus agenda and advancing innovation in the fourth industrial revolution. This position can be based in Cape Town, Durban, or Pretoria Key responsibilities1.Develop knowledge leadership, and build visible national, continental and international research partnerships in the area of education and livelihoods that result in collaborative and multidisciplinary studies, high quality publications, evidence reviews and policy briefs; 2.Provide practical leadership in the areas of quality assurance, science communication, impact assessment and dissemination for research outputs along with designated staff and HSRC resources (e.g. Impact Centre, Africa Institute of South Africa, Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators); 3.Spearhead formal government engagements, along with the Divisional Executive, to help guide and inform policy through joint projects, partnerships, secondments, workshops and research dissemination; 4.Oversee a programme of engaged science in improving education outcomes with local communities and scientific groups in order to ensure that research result in innovative solutions for South Africa (and Africas) challenges; 5.Engage in strategic action to ensure transformed research capabilities through recruiting, training and retaining staff to meet equity targets and nurture a new generation of capable researchers; 6.Ensure that each team member aligned to the theme of Education and Livelihoods are strategically on-boarded, capacitated, managed, supported, mentored (if they are trainees) and motivated to ensure a high performance team that meets strategic targets; 7.Develop sustainable income streams for research through expanding partnerships with funders and institutions within South Africa, in the rest of the African continent and elsewhere in the world; 8.Lead, coordinate and review opportunities for focused fund raising in the theme of Education and Livelihoods to meet agreed upon targets for your team together with directors, senior staff, and supported by the divisions business development team; and 9.Ensure delegated designated targets for the Education and Livelihoods theme are met, and that all work done is in compliance with applicable legislation, guidelines and HSRC policies (e.g. Ethics, PFMA and National Treasury).

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