Human Sciences Research Council: Freelance Economist

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Ref. No: IED CRE 10/2021
Published 25/10/2021
Contract Type Contract
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
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.

The City Region Economies working group in IED is currently undertaking a study which seeks to understand the “performance and potential of service exports from South Africa”, and is looking to appoint an economist with a track record of research on value chains for South Africa. We anticipate that the assignment will take a maximum of 15 days.

Job Functions Research
Industries Research
Key Responsibilities

1.Screening and selection of firms involved in tradable services
2.Cold calling and scheduling of interviews with key informants from industry, industry associations and government
3.Experience facilitating semi-structured interviews with industry role-players
4.Producing high-level summaries of critical issues
5.Dynamic feedback and close interaction with HSRC research team in refining and improving interview tool / probing emergent issues

Key Requirements for the Position

1. A Masters degree (or higher) in Economics (non-negotiable)
2. Experience in industry/firm level research, specifically value chain analysis
3. At least 5 relevant publications on themes related to industrial development in South Africa and/or Africa

The HSRC offers attractive, market-related salaries, depending on qualifications, experience and recent performance.

APPLICATION: (1) CV indicating relevant work experience (2) Proof of your academic qualifications (economics masters degree or higher required). 3) Three recent referees with telephone and e-mail contact details. (4) Your daily rate including all taxes. (5) 3 examples of research/policy writing related to themes of industrial development in South Africa/Africa.

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Enquiries (NOT Applications or CVs) may be directed to Dr Justin Visagie email [email protected]

Closing date: 2 November 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to the closing date. If you do not receive any response from us within eight weeks, please accept that your application was unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application.

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Job Closing Date 02/11/2021