Company HSRC
Reference # Freelancers 03/ 2020
Published 03/03/2020
Contract Type Temporary
12 Months
Salary Market Related
Location Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
In delivering ‘social science that makes a difference’ in South Africa and the region, 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 RIA research programme is an inter-disciplinary team of professionals (researchers and practitioners) primarily grounded in the social, behavioural and economic sciences. The vision of RIA is an inclusive and engaged society that makes innovative use of research evidence and indigenous knowledge to improve its understanding of social dynamics and enhance innovations for transformative change. In the context of mediating the relationship between science and society as well as between science and policy, we see this mission as requiring that we work at the research-policy-action nexus, focus on stakeholder-engaged science, and support open science/data and citizen science initiatives.

The Policy Action Network (PAN) is a project in RIA, supported by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI). PAN assists government policy advisors, researchers, programme managers and civil society groups develop and implement transformative public policies by strengthening evidence use capabilities and relationships, supported by digital tools. PAN provides support in four broad areas: (1) facilitating the identification and synthesis of research evidence for use in evidence informed policymaking (EIPM), (2) supporting the management and use of data for EIPM, (3) mapping and enabling community-based and civil society networks of knowledge transfer and policy influence, and (4) exploring the role of arts and languages to encourage the uptake of research and data in policy processes.
Job Functions Research,Research and Development
Industries Research
Freelance contracts: Data specialists/ journalists

(Ref No:)
Pretoria – 12 month part-time contracts

Key Responsibilities:

Between 1 April 2020 and 31 March 2021, PAN aims to co-host a number of initiatives across South Africa, with the aim of promoting and enabling the use of research, administrative and statistical data amongst government officials, journalists, civil society and community-based organisations, students and young people.

With this in mind, PAN requires the services of data specialists/ journalists to perform the following:

Up to two Senior data specialists/ journalists to:

1.Facilitate up to five x two-day training workshops on data storytelling/ journalism for representatives from community media houses.
2.Provide ongoing, direct support to community media houses to develop data stories.
3.Package (incl. identify, clean, analyse) relevant research, administrative and/or statistical data for use in training or direct support.
4.Advise government, civil society, media and similar organisations on data sourcing, governance and use.

One Junior data specialist/ journalist to:

1.Assist individuals from government, civil society, community media, community-based organisations, as well as students and young people with finding and using public interest data for decision-making.
2.Package (incl. identify, clean, analyse) relevant research, administrative and/or statistical data for use in data-related events and activities.
3.Assist with updating of websites, social media and other online channels with relevant data-related resources.
Key Requirements:

Senior data specialists/ journalists (8+ years experience):

(1)Proven track record of training on data storytelling/ journalism or advising on data governance and use with government, civil society and/or media organisations.
(2)Experience sourcing and analysing research, administrative and/ or statistical data relevant to the public interest.

Junior data specialist/ journalist (1+ years experience):

(1)Experience implementing technology-related initiatives with government officials, civil society, media organisations, students and/or young people.
(2)Formal training on or experience with sourcing and analysing research, administrative and/ or statistical data.


In your application, please include:
-Your CV
-The names of three contactable referees (with telephone and email contact details)

Please indicate the relevant reference number and position that you are applying for as it appears in the advert.

The HSRC will only consider applications that include the above requirements. Applicants may be required to undertake a written exercise in the competencies required for the position.

The HSRC is committed to accelerating the proportion of its researchers who are black, female or disabled.

Please submit your application on-line at http://hsrc.jb.skillsmapafrica.com. If you experience problems applying online, please send your applications to recruitment@hsrc.ac.za

For further information please consult the HSRC website or contact Dr Temba Masilela tmasilela@hsrc.ac.za (Pretoria). Details of the HSRC can be found on the website (www.hsrc.ac.za).

Closing date: 15 March 2020. We encourage applicants to submit before that 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.


Job Closing Date 15/03/2020
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