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Chief Research Officer- The Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU) South Africa

The Environmental Economics Policy Research Unit (EPRU) is a collaborative association of academic researchers specialising in environmental and natural resource issues. Members of EPRU include six senior researchers and fourteen junior researchers (mostly PhD students) based in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town. The unit is the South African centre of an international network, the Environment for Development initiative (EfD) and receives its core funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) as well as research funding from a variety of sources. It was established in 2007 to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in Southern Africa through policy relevant research. EPRU strives to become a centre of excellence in environmental and resource economics in Southern Africa from which decision-makers will seek well-researched advice. 

More information about EPRU can be found on their website:

EPRU seeks to employ a permanent, part-time (50%) Chief Research Officer. The main purpose of this position is to strengthen EPRU’s interdisciplinary and ecological research capacity and undertake policy-relevant research relating to the economics of biodiversity and ecosystem services.


  • A PhD in the natural sciences or a PhD in Environmental Economics
  • At least 10 years of experience working on environment and development issues
  • A proven understanding of South Africa’s biodiversity, environmental issues and policy
  • Experience in providing policy advice and interacting with policy stakeholders
  • Experience in managing large interdisciplinary projects
  • A good track record of publishing in peer-reviewed journals
  • A good track record of supervising Postgraduate students


  • Undertake policy-relevant research relating to socio-ecological systems and the management of ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Disseminate and communicate research results and policy recommendations
  • Supervise postgraduate students
  • Raise research funds
  • Provide support in the management of the unit

The annual cost of employment, including benefits is R429 777.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents in a single PDF document to Ms Stacey Manuel at (Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line).

An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency test.

Telephone:                 021 650 1673               Website:

Reference number:    E17179                         Closing date: 31 August 2017

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity, and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at For this post we seek particularly to attract black South African candidates (i.e Africans, Coloureds and Indians).