Recruitment: Political economy researcher and writer

Posted in: Jobs on September 13, 2019

Intellidex is recruiting an experienced researcher and writer to join our dynamic research team in a mid-level position. The appropriate person will support Intellidex’s political economy researchers to produce reports for clients and for public consumption.

The idea candidate should have:

  • A masters degree in economics (or similar)
  • Experience working with large datasets and Excel macros
  • Five years’ experience in a think tank or economics research environment
  • A portfolio of reports that have been produced on important policy and political economy issues facing South Africa
  • Excellent writing skills and excellent numeracy with some statistics and/or maths training
  • Experience with Microsoft and statistics software
  • Experience in writing for the media would be a bonus.

The role will involve research to develop appropriate policy recommendations for clients in both the public and private sectors. It will involve occasional meetings with clients and maintaining a network of relationships to obtain insight into current policy debates.

Intellidex offers a unique environment that draws together top academic skills, financial markets research and insight on South Africa’s policy development. We work with financial institutions and companies, as well as domestic and international policy-makers to improve outcomes for all South Africans. Intellidex is well-recognised for high quality research and you will become a core part of a highly skilled team, providing significant learning opportunities to advance your career.

Performance will be judged by the delivery of high quality research projects and reports, as well as engagement with clients and other audiences. We have offices in Sandton, where this position will be based, London and Boston. The position will report to the global head of capital markets research.

We offer a small company environment in which you will have considerable latitude to shape your role. Remuneration will be a mixture of basic (in the mid-level researcher range) and performance-based pay.

Our standards are high. You will be working with MBAs, CFA charterholders and PhDs on our team to ensure that Intellidex delivers high levels of client satisfaction and responds dynamically to new business opportunities.

If you are interested in the position, please send a covering letter in which you address the seven requirements listed above using the form below. Deadline for applications is 20 September 2019.

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