Ndifuna Ukwazi: Researcher

About the job

We’re looking for a researcher to join our forward-thinking and welcoming team! We’re looking for a passionate, enthusiastic and innovative individual with strong research, writing and communication skills to contribute to our research and advocacy work (to commence on 1 June 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter). You will be responsible for conducting policy, desktop and field research on a range of housing and social justice issues, writing an array of research and advocacy outputs, repackaging research for different audiences, and contributing to our policy and advocacy engagements.

Key responsibilities:

Designing and conducting policy, desktop and field research (and making the links between these forms of research) on a range of housing and social justice issues;
Writing a range of compelling research and advocacy outputs for an array of different audiences, including research reports, popular education and advocacy materials, policy submissions, pamphlets for our community and social movement partners, and opinion pieces for popular media. We are always looking for fresh ideas for how to share our work in an engaging way;
Conducting policy and legislative analysis;
Contributing to our policy and advocacy engagements, campaigns and communications strategy by offering ongoing research support; and
Responding to direct research requests from our social movement and community partners.


Between 2-10 years of experience working as a researcher in a non-profit organisation or in another relevant field such as advocacy or campaigning;
Post-graduate degree (preferably a degree in humanities, social sciences, urban planning, law or related field) or equivalent work experience in research;
Proven ability to plan, conduct and execute qualitative research;
Excellent verbal and written English communications skills (additional language skills in isiXhosa and/or Afrikaans would be an advantage);
Proven ability to work well under pressure, independently and as a team member;
Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to easily relate to, and work constructively and respectfully with people across race, class, gender and age;
Self-motivated and productive;
Attentive to detail; and
A commitment to social justice and our mission.

Desirable skills:

Familiarity with the South African legal and policy frameworks governing land, housing, basic services, urban and spatial planning;
Experience with communications, including experience in media relations, social media, website management, drafting newsletters, and/or developing content for public-facing communications;
Experience developing feasibility and bulk modelling of land use on land parcels;
Experience with design software (such as PhotoShop, InDesign or Canva), mapping software (such as ARCGIS or QGIS) or software using for development proposals (such as CAD, Sketchup or Revit);
Ability to analyse spatial plans, frameworks, land use and planning applications; and
Experience in workshop facilitation.

Location: Cape Town.

Salary: A salary commensurate with experience and with Ndifuna Ukwazi’s designated salary bands will be offered.

How to apply:
Submit your CV, letter of motivation and two (2) unedited samples of your written work by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject “NU Vacancy: Researcher”. In your motivational letter, please give a detailed explanation of why you would like to work at Ndifuna Ukwazi and what qualities and experience you would bring to the post (generalised cover letters that do not engage with Ndifuna Ukwazi and our work will not be considered).

Only complete applications will be considered, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Ndifuna Ukwazi is committed to transformation and equity in its recruitment processes.

Deadline: 15 May 2022


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