South Africa

Business Developer

Company Human Sciences Research Council
Reference # IED BD 12/2020
Published 22/12/2020
Contract Type Contract
36 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Nationwide, Nationwide, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ the Research Divisions, Units, Institutes and Centres of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) undertake policy-oriented research from its offices in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban, and Pietermaritzburg. Our public purpose mandate is set out in the Human Sciences Research Council Act of 2008.

The newly formed Inclusive Economic Development (IED) division undertakes research that aims to transform educational outcomes and increase economic participation. It recognises that education and the economy have long been linked, and thus conducts research in both areas, sometimes discretely, often overlapping, and through a multidisciplinary lens. We research ways to improve the context of learning for those who have had unequal starting points as well the social, spatial and structural obstacles to economic participation to bring about the gains and growth South Africa needs.

IED is looking to appoint a Business Developer, for a period of 3 years. This is a new position in the organisation and will suit candidates with business or research experience. It will be located in the administration or research streams of the HSRC (at the rank of Deputy Director or Chief Researcher/Research Manager respectively), dependent on the skills and desired career goals of the successful applicant. The position can be located in Pretoria, Cape Town or Durban.

Business Developer (1 Position)
Ref. No: IED BD 12/2020
Job Functions Research
Industries Research
1.Actively engage with researchers across IED to fully understand their research and knowledge interest areas;
2.Work with others to identify opportunities aligned to IEDs strategic focus and research endeavours to create new income streams for research;
3.Offer group training and individual mentoring with regards to networking, writing proposals, and ensuring high impact research;
4.Provide editorial, design and presentation support, and process management to researchers in crafting proposals and responding to opportunities;
5.Arrange opportunities and convene events to bring together IED researchers and potential grantmakers, and to showcase IED’s research;
6.Produce quality presentations and short, accessible publications to support such endeavours;
7.Undertake research in fundraising, including public-private partnerships and partnerships with civil society and government, and publish in relevant places;
8.Ensure up to date donor profiles, and maintain a database of stakeholders locally and internationally;
9.Provide regular reports on secured research opportunities, proposals in progress, new opportunities, and reasons for unsuccessful proposals; and
10.Engage with business developers in other parts of the HSRC in order to coordinate efforts, and with external professionals to develop best practices.

1.A recognised Master’s degree or higher in the social sciences field or aligned (humanities, business, development, education).
2.At least 5 years of work experience in a research environment, and with experience of writing research proposals;
3.Evidence of prior project management, administration and report writing skills;
4.A strong writer, with an eye for detail, and an ability to communicate scientific concepts in a clear and understandable fashion;
5.Advanced computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office software, including Excel, PowerPoint and Access (or similar database software);
6.Strong presentation skills;
7.Able to prioritize and to work independently and under pressure (after hours when required) to meet deadlines; and
8.A team player with integrity, enthusiasm, commitment, and a strong work ethic.

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

APPLICATION: (1) a one-page letter of motivation indicating your suitability for the position; (2) a CV that must include the details of three recent referees with telephone and e-mail contact details.

You may be required to undertake a written exercise to test your competencies.

Please note that this is a TWO STEP application process.

STEP 1: Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com/

Please note the following:
•Ensure you use Google Chrome or Firefox from a computer or laptop, and not a cell phone
•Only your CV can be uploaded on the first page after you have registered/logged in.
•ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS can be uploaded on the “Document” tab on your profile
•Attachments must be less than 2 MB.
•Should you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to recruitment@hsrc.ac.za. Clearly indicate the reference number in the subject line.

STEP 2: Complete the survey in the LINK below.


Enquiries (NOT Applications or CVs) may be directed to Ms Shirin Motala email smotala@hsrc.ac.za

Closing date: 24th January 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.

The HSRC reserves the right not to make an appointment.

Job Closing Date 24/01/2021
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