|Company||Human Sciences REsearch Council (HSRC)|
|Reference #||PhD Intern – DCES 10/2021|
|Location||Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa|
The Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES)
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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 and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.
The Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) is a research division within the HSRC and employs a multi-disciplinary group of social scientists who conduct numerous empirical and policy-related studies.
The DCES division is looking to appoint a suitably qualified professional to take on the responsibilities of a Business Development Technical Support Officer. This position supports and assists the Strategic Lead in implementing the five-year strategic plan of the HSRC through fundraising efforts. 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
A developmental, capable and ethical state is not possible without ensuring peace and sustainable security within South Africa and beyond its borders. In order to work towards a more socially cohesive citizenry and safer and resilient communities, it is necessary to focus on building a “better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world.”
The Vision of DCES is for it to be a national, regional and international hub for transformative research in the interests of a just and equal society.
The Mission of DCES is for it to conduct cutting edge research in the areas of peace, human security, sustainability, democracy, governance and citizenship in an engaged manner that focuses on building a better life for all.
PhD Research Trainee
DCES seeks 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 appointment is for a period of three years and is based in Cape Town/Pretoria.
The Research Trainee Programme in the HSRC provides the successful candidates with an opportunity to further develop their research expertise by working with subject experts and project specialists. The research trainee experience is intensive and requires mature individuals who are able to work independently as well as in a team. The successful individual will be required to balance day to day duties and responsibilities in DCES and the HSRC with PhD related work and complete their PhD qualification within 3 years. Time is set aside for this purpose – 60/40 split.
Key responsibilities will include:
•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;
•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;
The HSRC offers attractive, market-related packages depending on qualifications and experience.
Applications: In your application, please include 1) a letter of motivation indicating the position you are applying for, 2) your CV, 3) a copy of current earnings on a cost-to-company basis if applicable 4) a one-page outline of your PhD thesis or proposed PhD thesis, 5) a copy of your academic transcripts as well as 6) the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details).
The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.
Enquiries and not applications may be directed to Dr Charles Hongoro via email at [email protected]
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its South African senior managers, research leaders and support staff who are black, female or disabled.
Closing date: 18 October 2021. We encourage applicants to submit prior to that date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their application has been unsuccessful. Only applicants who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their applications.
THE HSRC RESERVES THE RIGHT TO NOT MAKE AN APPOINTMENT
APPLICATIONS FROM RECRUITMENT AGENCIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
|Job Closing Date||18/10/2021|