Job: researcher at Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation

Deadline: 20 June 2016 - 12:00am

Where: Cape Town

The Sustainable Livelihoods Foundation (SLF) is a non-profit company. SLF prides itself in ground-breaking research, policy engagement and the development of appropriate innovation strategies in order to contribute towards the improvement of livelihoods in poor urban communities. SLF works across many cross-cutting themes including Informality, Health Participation, Citizen Action, Ecology and Society and Enabling Youth. To find out more about the variety of SLF projects visit

SLF is recruiting a dynamic researcher to support our research and engagement activities within the theme of informality. The researcher will undertake research (and allied support services) on a range of topics related to the township economy and business environment. A core component of the research will focus on urban land related constraints with respect to micro-enterprise development. The ideal candidate should have a strong academic or practitioner interest in aspects of township economic development, such as enterprise development, urban design, land use planning and systems, and livelihood sustainability etc. The work will be predominately desk-based.


  • A minimum of a Master’s degree with a first class pass in urban planning, architecture, economics, development or any other relevant field.
  • Must be South African or have a valid work permit.
  • Must have a Driver’s License (code 8) with 1-2 years driving experience .
  • Excellent proven research ability.
  • Excellent English writing skills across all platforms including academic, blogs, social media and other and strong edit / proof reading ability.
  • Strong project and time management ability.
  • Extremely capable in computer skills such as the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Good knowledge of excel and ability to perform basic statistical analyses on data.
  • Ability to work independently, solve problems and take responsibility for own tasks.
  • Ability to deal well with pressure.
  • Ability to work in an unconventional, fluid and changing work environment.

Responsibilities include:

  • Management and administration of project activities on a day-to-day basis.
  • Conducting desk-top research into various topics of informality.
  • Provide research support such as literature reviews.
  • Qualitative and quantitative analyses of data.
  • Writing of project reports, articles and other.
  • Provide support on other SLF projects where required.

To apply please submit the following with subject line SLF Researcher to [email protected]

  • A maximum 2 page CV.
  • A maximum 350 word motivational letter.
  • An extract of writing capability from a research output (maximum 500 words).

This post is available for a 6-month basis, with possibility of extension. Applications are due by 20 June 2016 to commence work in July 2016. Please note that shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly. If you do not hear from us, please consider your application unsuccessful. Students and candidates that don’t meet the minimum requirements will not be considered.

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