Careers @ ERSA

Executive Director: Economic Research Southern Africa

Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) is an independent, non-partisan institute, devoted to the deepening and broadening of economic research in Southern Africa. Towards this end, ERSA seeks to appoint an Executive Director responsible for the management and direction of a policy related economic research programme.

The position will carry responsibility for the following:

  • The strategic direction of ERSA;
  • Identifying and coordinating the direction of policy research in ERSA;
  • Dissemination of research output;
  • Fund raising;
  • Financial and operational management of the ERSA programme.

As a result, the position requires relevant senior experience of both the South African policy context and rigorous standards of economic research. A senior post graduate degree in economics (ideally PhD), as well as substantial policy related work experience, strong management credentials and experience, strong communication skills and ability to fund raise, are pre-requisites for the position.

The position is a 5-year contract appointment and remuneration will be highly competitive.

Given the nature of the organisation and the nature of candidates being considered, a progression from a part-time position to a full-time position, will also be considered. This is to ensure that the best candidate is secured, even though they may not be able to transition to the new position immediately.

A detailed information sheet on ERSA is available on request. Any questions regarding ERSA and this position can be directed to Johannes Fedderke, jwf15 [at] psu.edu

Applications will be considered until the appointment process has been finalised. Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Please email: a letter of motivation, your full CV (no certificates) and contact details of 3 referees, to: Gloria Halland at careers [at] econrsa.org with the subject line: Application Executive Director: ERSA. Closing date for receipt of applications is the 20 January 2017.

Economic Research Southern Africa is committed to excellence and equity, and all applications will be considered in terms of both objectives. Website: www.econrsa.org

Policy Associates: Economic Research Southern Africa

Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) is an independent, non-partisan institute, devoted to the deepening and broadening of economic research in Southern Africa. Towards this end ERSA is developing further analytical programmes surrounding policy oriented economic research focussed on Southern Africa. We accordingly invite applications for the above positions. 

ERSA is seeking to hire particularly in the fields of macroeconomics, economic growth and public economics.

Applicants for the positions of Policy Associates are expected to have strong analytical capacity, and indications of promise in conducting independent research. An appropriate postgraduate qualification in Economics (typically a PhD) is required. Duties of Policy Associates include:

  • Managing and conducting any in-house economic policy work being pursued by ERSA, focussed on macro-economic policy questions in South Africa, including drivers of economic growth, and issues relating to public economics.
  • Identifying areas of policy analysis and supporting links with the academic community in order to promote policy-related economic research.
  • Identifying and developing networks linking ERSA with regional governments and other public and private bodies seeking policy related research and analysis.

Selection criteria for the posts will be as follows:

  • Suitable academic qualifications. Ideally a Ph.D. qualification.
  • Preferably some exposure to policy work.
  • Proven ability to write clear and concise briefs.
  • Proven ability to communicate analytical findings and results.

Candidates are requested to indicate the area of research in which they wish to be considered.

A detailed information sheet on ERSA is available on request. Any questions regarding ERSA and these positions can be directed to Professor Johannes Fedderke, jwf15 [at] psu.edu

Appointments will be to a 3 year contract in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal.  

Remuneration packages are negotiable, in line with experience and academic standing, and are highly competitive. Typically the remuneration will be at the South African Associate Professor level.

Applications will be considered until the appointments process has been finalised. Only short listed candidates will be notified.

Please email: a letter of motivation, your full CV (no certificates) and contact details of 3 referees, to: Gloria Halland at research [at] econrsa.org . Closing date for receipt of applications is the 5 December 2016.

Economic Research Southern Africa is committed to excellence and equity, and all applications will be considered in terms of both objectives. Website: www.econrsa.org