Job opportunity: Senior Researcher

SAIIA seeks to appoint a Senior Researcher in its Economic Diplomacy Programme with specialist expertise on Africa’s regional integration efforts, including the enablers of regional connectivity, macro-economic stability, and greater economicinclusion, and in its engagement with the global economic system.

Expertise on Africa’s trade agenda, including the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA), South Africa and Africa’s bilateral trade relations with key external partners and/or engagement within the World Trade Organisation would be an advantage. At least five years of senior research experience on the topic, a publication record in these themes, along with a relevant outstanding post-graduate educational qualification. Excellent writing, research and time management skills are essential, as are computer skills and own transport. This is a senior position with significant research delivery, reporting, project management and fundraising responsibilities.

This position involves travel within Africa and abroad (depending on COVID travel restrictions). The appointment would be for an initial two-year period, with the possibility of extension based on securing additional funding.

Senior Researcher Economic Diplomacy (SREDIP22) Fixed Term Contract (Salary Range, depending on experience: R610,000 to R810,000)


  • Preparing and submitting applications to funders and sponsors for research projects
  • Establishing and running innovative research projects on own areas of expertise, in conjunction with other programme staff, and ensuring achievement of deliverables
  • Producing written research for publication by SAIIA
  • Commissioning work from external researchers and overseeing the publication process
  • Undertaking ongoing strategic engagement and networking
  • Ensuring events and policy dissemination of work have optimum impact
  • Contributing to monitoring, evaluation and programme reporting
  • Maintaining relations with programme funders


  • At least a Masters degree in the relevant field. PhD preferred.
  • Proven publishing record and expertise in the above-mentioned fields
  • At least five years relevant experience (as per above) and well-established networks in the aforementioned research areas.
  • A proven track record of project fundraising in either the think tank or consultancy environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, MS Project).
  • Ability to comfortably represent SAIIA with different stakeholders local and global, including policy, advocacy and the media; track record of media interactions desired.
  • Ability to think strategically in order to execute and articulate the big picture.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Candidates for this position should submit the following:

  • a cover letter stating why they are the best choice for this position and quoting clearly the reference number of the position that they are applying for;
  • A comprehensive CV;
  • Three recent examples of written work; and
  • The names of three referees with their contact details.

These should be forwarded to

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be called in for an interview. Applications close on 10 April 2022. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Preference will be given to South African citizens and employment equity candidates. SAIIA reserves the right not to make an appointment.