South Africa


Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # Research Consultant TIE 02/2020
Published 13/02/2020
Contract Type Temporary
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
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, and Pretoria. Its public-purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The Education and Skills Development Research Programme focuses on research that contributes to social transformation, human development and an inclusive economic growth path through an educated, skilled and informed citizenry. We conduct research to (i) Improve schooling outcomes, (ii) Aid young people to navigate the future of work, (iii) Transform higher education, and to (iv) Promote anti-racism and citizenship education.

Freelancer x1 position
Reference: Research Consultant TIE 02/2020
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
•The Education and Skills Research Programme is currently undertaking a study which seeks to determine the effects tertiary education has on academically talented but socially disadvantaged young people across the African continent. The project, known as The Impact of Education (TIE) spans seven sites (six African countries including Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, and the Diaspora).
Job Description
•In addition to the longitudinal cohort study, the project is complemented by four areas of qualitative learning. One such activity is Learning Activity 4, an empirical study that will focus on mentoring and transitions.
•The HSRC seeks to engage the services of a freelance research consultant to contribute to Learning Activity Four to produce a literature review on academic development, mentoring and related practices (including career guidance) at university at different stages of the student lifecycle, and its role in student pathways and successful transition into the world of work.
•At least a relevant Honours degree in the Humanities, Education or related relevant discipline.
•Solid professional experience in academic development, supplemental instruction, mentoring and student transitions in the South African and/or African university context.
•An in-depth theoretical and practical understanding of the role of student development and support in students’ successful transitions through and out of higher education and into the world of work.
•Excellent English writing skills.
•Relevant previous professional and scholarly publications on the topic of academic development, supplemental instruction, mentoring and student transitions (and related topics).
•Ability to work under pressure and deliver to set deadlines.
•Availability to start work immediately upon appointment.

In your application, please include a letter of motivation, your CV (including a list of publications and relevant professional reports/presentations), and the names of three contactable referees (with telephone, fax and e-mail contact details). Please indicate the position you are applying for. The HSRC will only consider applications that comply with the above requirements. Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/. Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cellphone. Attachments must be less than 2 MB. Should you encounter challenges in applying fort his post please contact Skillsmap directly at +27 12 420 7200 or email: skillsmapsupport@sage.com or support@skillsmapafrica.com. For further information about the HSRC or the post, please contact Ms Tania Fraser at +27 21 466 8093 or email: tfraser@hsrc.ac.za.
The HSRC is committed to accelerating the improvement in the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or disabled. Closing date: 19 February 2020. We encourage applicants to submit prior to this date. Applicants who have not been contacted within eight weeks should assume that their applications have been unsuccessful. Only candidates who are interviewed will be advised of the outcome of their application. The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job Closing Date 19/02/2020
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