We are currently hiring for the following positions:

Senior Researcher

The Socio-Economic Rights Institue of South Africa (SERI) is looking to appoint a Senior Researcher to become an essential part of our research and advocacy team and contribute to cutting edge research, community-based public education, media advocacy and associated services, and work with a wide range of communities, community based organisations (CBOs) and social movements. The position is based at SERI's offices in Braamfontein in Johannesburg, from 1 January 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Interested applicants should have:

  • A Master of Arts degree in humanities or social science-related discipline;
  • Minimum five years’ experience of research design, implementation and publication;
  • Ability to supervise research and advocacy team members and to co-ordinate and manage research projects;
  • A strong track record of writing and publication;
  • Written English;
  • Proven track record of social research design and implementation;
  • Experience in people and project management;
  • Fluency in any of South Africa’s indigenous languages;
  • Proven capacity to research and advocate for change using constitutional and human rights-based frameworks;
  • Strong field research experience;
  • A record of interest in, and engagement with, any area of work in which SERI is currently active.

To apply, submit your CV, two unedited samples of recent written work, together with a covering letter, to Princess Nkuna at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. quoting the name of position in your covering letter. The closing date applications is 17 November 2017. Only short-listed candidated will be contacted and will be expected to make themselves available for an interview in the last week of November and the second week of December.

SERI is committed to transformation. Black South Africans and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Please read the the full job advert here.

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Opportunities for Wits University LLB students

From time to time SERI has opportunities for Wits University LLB students (only) to assist our litigation by compiling information about clients’ household numbers, income, work, access to housing and basic services etc. This work is often over weekends, is not guaranteed (we operate a register and contact people when and if we need them) and is paid according to Wits rates.

If you are interested in being included on our litigation research register, see here for more information and/or email Mami Molefe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..