SAIIA is looking for a researcher with specialist knowledge on climate change and a keen understanding of the African and international context, as well as related debates around the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and responsible resource governance.

Applicants are required to have a minimum of three years’ experience in a similar position within a think tank/research/academic environment and well-established networks related to the aforementioned research area, including with key stakeholders and policy makers, alongside an outstanding post-graduate educational qualification at a Masters or Phd level. Excellent writing, research and time management skills are essential, as are computer skills and own transport. This is a position with significant research delivery responsibilities.

This position would involve extensive travel within Africa and abroad. The appointment would be for an initial two-year period, with the possibility of extension based on securing additional funding.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

• Research output, dissemination and media engagement.
• Events coordination.
• Finance, administration and fundraising.
• M&E and reporting.
• Strategic engagement and networking.
• Meeting annual financial targets.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS, QUALIFICATIONS

• A minimum of an outstanding Masters degree in relevant field with strong conceptual skills and a solid theoretical grounding
• A minimum of 3 years in a similar position within a think tank/academic environment and well-established networks related to the aforementioned research area.
• Excellent communication skills

CANDIDATE SHOULD SUBMIT

• A motivational letter quoting clearly the reference number of the position that they are applying for
• A comprehensive CV
• Academic transcripts of qualifications
• The names of three contactable references and at least two written references
• Two examples of articles published in the last year
• A comprehensive publication list.

Clearly quote the reference number of the position that you are applying for, with your contact details and required documentation, to Shannon Gard: Shannon.Gard@wits.ac.za.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview. For more information on SAIIA and its research agenda, please visit our home page. Applications close on 28 February 2018. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

SAIIA will be making an appointment in accordance with its Employment Equity targets.