UCT Job Grading – Associate Director

Website University of Cape Town

Job Description:

This role provides an unparalleled opportunity to lead one of the most influential organizations in the evidence to policy space.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Setting the vision for the Policy & Communications team at J-PAL Africa, in collaboration with J-PAL Africa leadership and other Policy leaders at J-PAL Global and other Regional Offices
  • Identify and support opportunities for evidence-informed policy making and scaling up programmes in Sub- Saharan Africa:
  • Questioning and refining ways of working with governments and other partners to increase and improve the use of rigorous evidence in policymaking
  • Identifying and cultivating opportunities for evidence use, matchmaking policymakers with appropriate resources or technical assistance
  • Fundraising for pilot and scaling projects
  • Maintaining relationships with key actors in the evidence to policy space, and J-PAL’s researcher network working on the continent
  • Managing the Policy team to deliver on the strategy: recruit, train, onboard and manage for performance
  • Managing external relations and communications for J-PAL Africa overall, as well as Policy engagements (events and communication campaigns)

Job Requirements:

  • NQF9 qualification (i.e., masters equivalent) in public policy, economics or related fields including graduate level courses in econometrics or statistics, microeconomics, and development economics
  • Advanced writing and oral presentation skills in English and French, particularly the ability to communicate technical research to policymakers in a non-technical manner
  • 5 years relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated leadership and programme management experience, including contributing to team strategy, hiring, and training staff
  • Strong skills in Ms Excel, Ms Word and Ms PowerPoint
  • Experience managing grants, including budget management, proposal/ report writing and donor relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze rigorous quantitative research
  • Experience leading policy outreach including strategically identifying and mobilizing appropriate policymakers and developing and maintaining these relationships
  • Experience in identifying, designing, and supporting opportunities for scaling up effective programmes/ policies and using scientific evidence to inform policy decisions
  • Proven ability to handle multiple diverse assignments at one time, successfully complete assigned tasks and meet deadlines while producing high-quality outputs
  • Professional level of French, both in writing and oral skills
  • Experience organising, managing, and presenting at training/ dissemination events, including preparing high quality written materials and presentations
  • Willingness to travel extensively

Job Details:

Company: University of Cape Town

Vacancy Type: Full Time

Job Location: Cape Town, Western Cape, SA

Application Deadline: N/A

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