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Research Manager

Position - Research Manager
Opportunity type: Fixed term contract
Employment duration:  12 months
Reports to - Executive Director
Location - Johannesburg in South Africa
Start date - 01 November 2020 (or sooner if possible)
Opportunity closing date: Sunday, 11 October 2020

Our Work

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is a non-profit research and advocacy think tank committed
to the promotion of dignity and the reduction of poverty and inequality through the advancement of socioeconomic rights in South Africa and the sub-region.

SPII currently works through three programmes: Monitoring the Progressive Realisation of socio-economic
rights with an emphasis on social security and a universal basic income, Promoting participative budgeting
with an emphasis on the right to health care, and Advancing a Decent Standard of Life.

Purpose of the role:

The purpose of the position is to work and manage staff across a number of our key projects, all of which
are aligned to our focus on the reduction of poverty and inequality in South Africa through the realisation of
the transformative socio-economic rights in the Constitution.


The responsibilities will include but shall not be limited to:

  • Working with the Director, work with popularising socio-economic rights already undertaken by
  • Responsibility for research management of all research projects and publications;
  • Identifying research opportunities and partnerships;
  • Joint management of training and advocacy with the Director;
  • Ensuring compliance and reporting guidelines are met for all the Research projects undertaken;
  • Ensuring that SPII research staff adhere to the funder/donor adhere guidelines, budgets,
    policies, procedures and business plans;
  • Develop funding proposals and other reports as requested by management;
  • Oversight on all research publications undertaken by SPII in consultation with the Director;
  • Engage in networking and profile raising of SPII by representing and participating on behalf of
    SPII where required; this includes but is not limited to workshops, conferences, and stakeholder
  • Manage relations with stakeholders and managing media engagements where necessary;
  • Responsible for managing the performance of a small to medium team and / or outside service
  • Providing support to development and implementation of appropriate mechanisms for
    monitoring and evaluating programme work and repository of all research and training work
    conducted by SPII;
  • Participating in strategic interventions in the sector, and
  • Oversight on research staff and interns.


  • PhD in Social sciences, politics, economics, development or related field.
  • Proven track record of own and collegiate research publications.
  • Minimum of eight years’ work experience in management of research teams in socio-economic
    rights related work in South Africa.
  • Proven senior financial management experience.
  • Strong competency in qualitative and quantitative research methodology.
  • Experience in successful resource raising.
  • Proven experience in donor/funder report writing skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use initiative and take a proactive approach to work.
  • Communication skills, confidence to speak in public, including through the media, and with
  • Exceptional English writing skills are essential.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, analytical, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office suite applications.
  • Ability to communicate in at least one other South African language is an advantage.
  • A commitment to social justice and applied intersectional critical theory is a necessary

Travel requirements

  • The position entails travel within SA, and possibly international, and all applicants must be
    willing to travel.


SPII is offering between R 600 000 to R 720 000 CTC, depending on qualifications and experience in line
with SPII policies.

Application process

  • To apply, submit a short CV, certified copies of certificates, two examples of research writing and
    a motivational letter to with at least three contactable referees.
  • In your motivation letter please indicate your current and required salary, and notice period with
    your current employer.


  • Deadline for all application submissions is 11 October 2020.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for the position.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.
  • Details on the interviews process will be shared with shortlisted candidates.
  • SPII reserves the right to cancel the position should the needs of the SPII change or should we
    regard the applications not to be adequate based on its needs.
  • SPII is committed to Employment Equity and will give preference to historically disadvantaged
    South African applicants.

Additional information

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