We're Hiring: Research, publications and knowledge-sharing manager

Heartlines is looking to recruit an experienced social researcher to collect, collate and analyse data that will allow the organisation to document and improve its edutainment and values-based programmes, as well as contribute to the local, regional and global bodies of knowledge (formal journals, as well as popular publications) that focus on social and behaviour change, edutainment, values and/or theological programming. The researcher may do this work while holding down other employment, such as at a university. The incumbent would need to work both with Heartlines’ internal M&E team, as well as develop and manage external academic partner relationships. This position offers the opportunity to work in a vibrant and flexible environment at the forefront of some of South Africa and the world’s most pressing social issues.

More detail

Heartlines is a South African based NGO that promotes the values that underpin the rights and responsibilities enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights, in order to achieve a more equitable, caring and just society. Heartlines’ objectives are: to create an enabling environment for personal and societal change on key issues through film and television narratives supported by bespoke resources, social mobilisation, advocacy and facilitated dialogue.

Heartlines wants to dramatically increase its capacity to use its programme experience and evaluation data to contribute to the work of practitioners globally and to the literature on social and behaviour change, edutainment and values programming.

The successful candidate will be required to:

  • Build relationships and manage partnerships with relevant academics/academic institutions to undertake studies into Heartlines’ work in order to write and publish academic articles. This may be through engaging with master’s, doctoral or post-doctoral students.
  • Collate relevant science-based knowledge with the aim of assisting Heartlines and other interested parties in developing effective programming. This will focus particularly on information that has resonance in the African context.
  • Develop and deliver papers for relevant meetings/conferences.
  • Engage with and/or facilitate dialogue with others in relevant fields both for learning and sharing purposes. This includes developing a database of potentially interested individuals and organisations.
  • Manage qualitative and/or quantitative research interventions, from design to analysis, and then through to publication, where possible and desirable. For most studies this would be in collaboration with an external research agency/academic institution.
  • Share best practices internally to support Heartlines’ objectives to enhance programming.

Minimum requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of a master’s degree with a PhD, or be a PhD candidate, preferably in the social, theological or public health sciences. At least 10 years of work-related experience. At least one first author publication in a peer reviewed journal. Being based in South Africa is preferable, but international candidates will be considered if they are able to work remotely.

Market and experience-related; negotiable

    Send your application to recruitments@heartlines.org.za.
    Closing date: 30 December 2022


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