Research Department

Senior Researcher

Level: Senior-level position

Position: Researchers play an important role in Equal Education’s (EE) advocacy work. The Research Department’s core role is to produce research in support of provincial and national advocacy campaigns. In support of this mandate, the department produces reports and briefing notes, makes presentations to Parliament and provincial legislatures; drafts submissions on proposed policy and legislation; assists the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) in drafting legal documents; contributes to developing popular education material in collaboration with EE’s Internal Education and Training Unit (IETU); and supports the Communications Department with media advocacy. The work of Equal Education’s researchers is informed and guided by the lived experiences of the movement’s members.

Key responsibilities: The key responsibility of a Senior Researcher is to work with the Co-Heads of the Research Department to ensure that the following work is done:

  • Monitoring of local and international education news, education research, education policy and law reform, Parliamentary meetings, and activities of provincial legislatures;
  • Producing analysis and original, locally relevant research for EE for both internal and external use;
  • Forming relationships with other stakeholders in the education sector, including universities and research institutes;
  • Drafting submissions to Parliament, provincial legislatures and/or the relevant government departments;
  • Translating formal research into outputs that include reports, policy briefs, discussion documents, factsheets and pamphlets;
  • Drafting media statements, op eds for newspapers, and content for social media; and
  • Providing research and editing support to other researchers.

Researchers are expected to contribute to a collaborative environment by working with members of the research team, as well as other departments within the movement wherever possible.

Qualifications, skills and competencies: Postgraduate degree – preferably in Education or Social Sciences; very strong research experience, excellent written and communication skills; extensive knowledge of the South African education system and education policy; two years of work experience in the same or a similar role.

Successful candidates must be proficient in MS Office Suite; able to work efficiently and independently; and to manage multiple projects concurrently; have a strong commitment to democracy, equality, social justice and human rights; be committed to strengthening the education system in South Africa and to investing time and energy to address the inequality that affects so many of our youth. Candidates must be willing to travel.

Location: Applicants should be willing to work in either Gauteng or Cape Town. The location for this position will be confirmed in consultation with the successful candidate.

Application process:

Each application should include a CV and a letter of motivation. You should motivate specifically for the position you are applying for and also detailing your interest and suitability to work at EE. Generic cover letters are strongly advised against. Please also include two contactable references.

Applications must be sent to hr@equaleducation.org.za

Closing date: Friday 15 February 2019 at 5pm

You can also visit our website at www.equaleducation.org.za/careers

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Campaigns Researcher

Level: This is an entry to mid-level position depending on the successful candidate.

Position: The Eastern Cape researcher plays an important role in Equal Education’s (EE) advocacy work in the province. The Research Department’s core role is to produce research in support of provincial and national advocacy campaigns. In support of this mandate, the department produces reports and briefing notes, makes presentations to National Parliament and provincial legislatures; drafts submissions on proposed policy and legislation; assists the Equal Education Law Centre (EELC) in drafting legal documents; contributes to developing popular education material in collaboration with Internal Education and Training Unit (IETU); and supports the Communications Department with media advocacy. The work of Equal Education’s researchers is informed and guided by the lived experiences of the movement’s members.

Key responsibilities: The key responsibilities of the Eastern Cape researcher at EE are to work with the Co-Heads of the Research Department and Heads of EE Eastern Cape to ensure that the following work is done:

  • Leading on research related to campaigns in the Eastern Cape;
  • Providing general support to the Eastern Cape office, including visiting schools and communities in the province;
  • Monitoring of local and international education news, education research, education policy and law reform, Parliamentary meetings, and activities of the Eastern Cape legislature;
  • Producing analysis and original, locally relevant research for EE for both internal and external use;
  • Forming relationships with other stakeholders in the education sector, including universities and research institutes;
  • Drafting submissions to Parliament, provincial legislatures and/or the relevant government departments;
  • Translating formal research reports into outputs that include policy briefs, discussion documents, factsheets and pamphlets; and
  • Drafting media statements, op eds for newspapers, and content for social media.

Researchers are expected to contribute to a collaborative environment by working with members of the research team, as well as other departments within the movement wherever possible.

Qualifications, skills and competencies: A university degree – preferably at postgraduate level in Education or Social Sciences; very strong research, writing and editing experience; excellent written and communication skills; knowledge of the South African education system and education policy; one year work experience in the same or a similar role.

Successful candidates must be proficient in MS Office Suite; able to work efficiently and independently; and to manage multiple projects concurrently; have a strong commitment to democracy, equality, social justice and human rights; be committed to strengthening the education system in South Africa and to investing time and energy to address the inequality that affects so many of our youth. Candidates must be willing to travel.

Location: The position is based in EE’s Eastern Cape Office in King William’s Town.

Application process:

Each application should include a CV and a letter of motivation. You should motivate specifically for the position you are applying for and also detailing your interest and suitability to work at EE. Generic cover letters are strongly advised against. Please also include two contactable references.

Applications must be sent to hr@equaleducation.org.za

Closing date: Friday 15 February 2019 at 5pm

You can also visit our website at www.equaleducation.org.za/careers

 

Leanne Jansen-ThomasResearch Department