Programme Head – South African Institute of International Affairs

Proposal writing skills
knowledge of funder reporting requirements and M&E forms an essential part of the role. As an established authority on South Africa and Africa’s economic and trade relations, you will conduct innovative and rigorous research and analysis on key topics related to the region’s economic positioning. You must have strong interpersonal skills, the ability to work under pressure, strong management skills, particularly the ability to manage a diverse group of researchers in the field and their outputs and pay meticulous attention to detail. This position is based in Johannesburg; however, regular regional and international travel is anticipated.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES
Managing the IDRC project outlined above
Identifying and taking principal fundraising responsibility for team projects
Preparing and submitting applications to funders and sponsors for research projects
Establishing and running innovative research projects on own areas of expertise, in conjunction with other programme staff, and ensuring achievement of deliverables
Undertaking ongoing strategic engagement and networking
Ensuring events and policy dissemination of programme have optimum impact
Managing programme budgeting and finances
Being responsible for monitoring, evaluation and programme reporting
Managing, mentoring and developing the team
Maintaining relations with existing core programme funders

Experience, skills, qualifications
PhD degree is preferred in the relevant field (an economics degree would be an advantage).
Proven publishing record and expertise in some of the above-mentioned fields
Five to ten years’ management experience and well-established networks in the aforementioned research areas.
A proven track record of project fundraising – minimum of five years’ experience.
Proficiency in MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, MS Project).
Candidates for this position should submit a cover letter stating why they are the best choice for this position and quoting clearly the reference number of the position that they are applying for. They should include a comprehensive CV, three recent examples of written work together with the names of three referees with their contact details and forward these to Shannon Gard: Shannon.Gard@wits.ac.za. As part of the application procedure candidates that make it through the first round would be required to draft a two-page concept outline of the areas that they believe this programme should focus on in the next five-year period with a fundraising strategy linked to the concept note.

Please note
that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for an interview. For more information on SAIIA and its research agenda, please visit www.saiia.org.za. Applications close on Monday, 18 January 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

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