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WE'RE HIRING: Senior Student Assistants (2x) | Assoc. Researcher (1x) | Researcher (1x) |

by PLAAS in 2018

The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape engages in research, post-graduate teaching and supervision, short-course training and policy advocacy in relation to land, agriculture, food systems, natural resources management, social protection, and the dynamics of chronic poverty in contexts of structural inequality.

VACANCY: Senior Student Assistants (2) (Postgraduate)

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons to perform admin support duties. The successful candidate/s would ideally be required to work for 5 days per week, from 08h30 to 16h30. 

Requirements:
  • A postgraduate qualification (preferably a Masters student writing up a thesis)
  • Must be registering at UWC for 2018
  • Experience in admin support work as a Student/Admin Assistant
  • Some research assistance would be advantageous
  • Availability on a full-time basis (ideally no classes to attend; or after-hour classes)
Skills and competencies:
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal English)
  • Good computer literacy (entire MS Office package, internet, email)
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Efficient time management and adherence to deadlines
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Meticulous and tidy approach to work
  • Good interpersonal relations
  • A basic understanding of research assistance
Duties:
  • General administrative tasks
  • Basic research assistance to PLAAS research staff
  • Liaison with students and the general public

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter, motivating your interest, including the names, full postal/ e-mail addresses and telephone/fax numbers of two contactable referees, to: Ms Babongile Malama, PLAAS, UWC, Private Bag X17, Bellville 7535, or e-mail: info@plaas.org.za

Closing date for applications:  Friday, 23 February 2018.

 

VACANCY: Associate Researcher, Land Redistribution in South Africa 

Applications are invited for a 12-month renewable contract post of Researcher at PLAAS. The Researcher will join a team engaged in an action-research project on the character of South Africa’s land redistribution programme.

The overarching question that this project will address is: What is the character of South Africa’s land redistribution programme at present, and who are its principal beneficiaries? Quantitative and qualitative data will be collected in five provinces over a two-year period. Findings will be fed into various forms of policy engagement, with a strong focus on civil society mobilization and advocacy, and will be published in both popular media and academic formats.

We are looking for a Researcher with the following attributes:

  • a Masters in a relevant social science discipline
  • experience of relevant research on rural social dynamics, including land reform, agrarian change and rural development
  • the ability to communicate research findings in both popular and academic formats

Female candidates who speak SeTswana or SeSotho and who have good social media skills will be at an advantage.

To apply, please submit a letter of motivation, a full CV including the details of three contactable referees, copies of your ID/passport and highest qualification, as well as two examples of your research or written work (preferably formal academic publications) via our online e-recruitment system at www.uwc.ac.za and click on “UWC Careers”. Applications may also be submitted to info@plaas.org.za. For further information, please call Ms Ursula Arends at PLAAS, at 021 959 3733.

Closing date for applications: 16th February 2018

 

VACANCY: Researcher, Women's Land Rights and Growth Corridors in East Africa 

Applications are invited for a one-year renewable contract post of Researcher at PLAAS. The Researcher will lead two research projects on agrarian change and agricultural commercialisation in East Africa.
The overarching questions that this project will address are: how can one measure progress towards realising women’s land rights against African Union (AU) and Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) frameworks and guidelines? What is the political economy shaping ‘growth corridors’ on Africa’s eastern seaboard, and with what results for smallholder farmers? 
Key performance areas:
  • Conduct research in Women’s Land Rights and Growth Corridors in East Africa
  • Communicate fi ndings and produce publications based on the research projects conducted.
Minimum requirements:
  • An MA or MPhil in a relevant social science discipline (working towards a PhD preferred)
  • Relevant experience within the field
  • A record of relevant published scholarship dealing with land reform, agrarian change and rural development, with a particular focus on Kenya, Tanzania or Mozambique
  • Familiarity with the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania as well as other growth corridors in Kenya and Mozambique
  • Understanding of legal and social dimensions of land rights
  • Familiarity with contract farming systems and implications for smallholder farmers. 
Competencies:
  • The ability to communicate research fi ndings in both popular and academic formats 
  • The capacity to lead a research team
  • Ability to speak and write in Swahili
  • Planning and time management skills to remain within project timeframes
  • Information monitoring and quality orientation
  • Project management skills.

To apply, please submit a letter of motivation, a full CV including the details of three contactable referees, copies of your ID/passport and highest qualification, as well as two examples of your research or written work (preferably formal academic publications) via our online e-recruitment system at www.uwc.ac.za and click on “UWC Careers”. Applications may also be submitted to info@plaas.org.za. For further information, please call Ms Ursula Arends at PLAAS, at 021 959 3733.

 

Closing date for applications: 16th February 2018

 

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED

In line with the University’s commitment to diversifying its workforce, preference will be given to suitably qualified applicants in line with Employment Targets of the University. The University reserves the right not to make an appointment or to make an appointment at a different level or to seek additional candidates.