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