In delivering social science that makes a difference, the Research Programmes of the Human Sciences Research Council initiate and undertake policy-oriented research projects and programmes from its offices in Cape Town, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.The Impact Centre draws on diverse perspectives, skills and partnerships to generate, measure and communicate impactful research on critical challenges facing South Africa and the world.In fulfilling the HSRCs public good mandate, the Impact Centre will conduct rigorous, creative and relevant impact research for the public good; conduct large-scale quantitative and representative surveys that are the basis for complex data analytics, modelling and simulations and leverage a wide range of expertise, convene multi-stakeholder forums, promote and produce evidence-informed understanding on impact.The vision of the Impact Assessment Unit is to contribute towards measuring and showcasing the impact of the HSRCs work, as well as undertake research on impact that is relevant to the countrys development agenda. This will be achieved by partnering with other HSRC divisions, centres and units, and through collaboration with similar sister science council organisations and/or with other community of practice partners to drive evidence driven programming with the aim of achieving desired social, economic and development impacts. Researcher in the Impact Assessment UnitTo be based Cape Town or Pretoria X 1 Position5- year contract appointmentRef No: IM/R/0721Potential candidates should have strong research and project implementation skills including good understanding of research methods, understanding of impact evaluation/assessment, literature review, evidence synthesis, systematic reviews, quantitative and/or qualitative methods, M & E methods and good analytical thinking. An understanding of qualitative data analysis programmes (Atlas Ti, Nvivo) will be an added advantage. Key Responsibilities:Contribute towards all aspects of the research process; he/she is expected to contribute substantially towards the following activities:Conduct high level policy research and analysis which meets the requirements of peer review, and has national and international significance (conceptualisation of research projects, formulate research questions, contribute towards write research proposals) ;Conduct problem-oriented interdisciplinary research (including using appropriate methodologies);Network with key research users to understand their research needs, and develop contacts with policy-makers outside the HSRC;Communicate research findings; publishing in refereed journals; and producing dialogue reports and policy briefsMentor colleagues, collaborate with institutions of higher education and contribute to the growth of the science communication in the HSRC
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