Commission for Gender Equality Head of Department - Policy & Research Jobs in South Africa

Commission for Gender Equality Head of Department - Policy & Research Jobs in South Africa


  • The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) is an Independent and statutory body established in terms of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996). The CGE is committed to a society free from gender oppression and all forms of inequality.

  • Applic ations are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the following positions: Head of Department - Policy & Research.

  • This position reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CGE. The HOD Policy & Research will manage the activities, outputs and outcomes of the Policy & Research Department, providing leadership and strategic direction to the work of the Department, with the primary responsibilities that include planning, implementing and managing the overall business of the Policy & Research Department.

    Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters Degree in the Social Sciences or related fields.

  • Minimum five years relevant working experience.

  • Experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research.

  • Project management experience.

  • Knowledge of statistical software/packages.

  • Analytical thinking the ability to see a bigger picture as well as detail in situations.

  • Astuteness or critical thinking.

  • Curiosity or the passion to delve deeper into issues to unearth insight.

  • Quick thinker, or the ability to adapt quickly when things do not go according to plan,

  • Commitment – policy and research is a tough job, it may involve long hours and short timelines, thus, the incumbent must be resilient.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, especially research report writing skills.

  • Systematic and attention to detail.

  • Sympathetic listener and interpersonal skills, particularly when conducting research with human subjects.

  • Commitment to working towards a gender equal society.

  • Oral and written presentation skills.

  • Valid driver’s licence and willingness to travel.

    The successful candidate must be competent in the following key performance areas:

  • The HOD Policy and Research shall oversee the Policy and Research initiatives of the CGE, including:

  • Participation in the strategic planning of the CGE and ensuring that the annual performance and quarterly plans of the Policy and Research Department are developed, implemented, monitored and reported on as required.

  • Providing strategic leadership, direction and mentorship to Researchers on the implementation of innovative and transformative research initiatives, including change-management within the department and the CGE at large.

  • Developing the relevant skills in the Department, to adapt to the use of new industry technology, promoting efficient transition to the 4th Industrial Revolution as required.

  • Development and enforcing proper work ethics and management standards within the Department and the CGE at large, as well as managing work efficiency and productivity, against agreed upon benchmarks.

  • Setting research goals aligned with the CGE’s mandate, including the institutional vision, mission and core values.

  • Conceptualisation and supervision of multiple research projects, nationally and provincially.

  • Conceptualisation of the research agenda of the CGE in consultation with the relevant oversight structures,
    for consensus management.

  • Implementing effective budget planning and financial management of the Department’s resources.

  • Management of internal and external stakeholders, including service providers, especially for the Policy and Research Department.

  • Ensuring compliance with the CGE internal regulatory tools, as well as national and international legislation governing the work of the CGE and the public sector at large.

  • Ensuring the operations of the department are in compliance with the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) and the CGE Act 39 of 1996, at all times.

  • Taking a leadership role in working with partner organisations on key policy issues.

    Other operational responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating the development of research proposals, terms of reference, methodologies, research instruments and data collection approaches amongst others.

  • Developing and maintaining systems to support research coordination and goals, including standard approaches for qualitative and quantitative research.

  • Developing and managing the research team, including building the required skills development initiatives.

  • Preserving excellent research integrity and ensure appropriate research methodology, as well as managing the production of research reports.

  • Ensuring the integration of research outcomes into CGE programmes.

  • Managing the research process and keep research products on track for release dates determined in partnership with internal oversight structures.

  • Ensuring all research reports are professionally reviewed and edited, including the production of factsheets and policy reviews.

  • Ensuring the policy and research products are disseminated to relevant stakeholders, using as many media platforms as possible, including social media platforms.

  • Coordinating (with HOD: Legal) the synchronization between research findings and findings of legal investigations.

  • Ensuring that research informs improvements in the operationalization of the mandate of the CGE, including assessing benefits to the intended stakeholders.

  • Providing technical research assistance and support within the institution when the need arises.

  • Supporting strategic impact assessments of the work of the CGE.

  • Preparing presentations to Parliament and other stakeholders as required.

  • Participate in CGE internal and external meetings and perform other duties as assigned by the employer.

  • Use your best endeavour to promote and extend the good name and standing of the CGE, including adhere to good governance principles of the public sector.

  • Uphold the institutional values of the Commission for Gender Equality.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; Commission for Gender Equality Head of Department - Policy & Research Jobs in South Africa


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