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Specialist: Policy, Strategy and Research

Specialist: Policy, Strategy and Research 

 (permanent position)

Salary package negotiable TCT R 677 574.89


This position reports to the Manager: Policy, Strategy and Research of the Ports Regulator of South Africa. The successful applicant will have a post graduate qualification (Honours / Masters) in the field of 

Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Financial Management or equivalent and/or relevant experience in a 

regulatory or port systems environment. The candidate must have demonstrated experience in conducting research more specifically economic research, collecting, collating and analysing information and research 

data with the ability to problem solve. The candidate will need to demonstrate the ability to communicate both oral and written research findings. The candidates will be required to be meticulous, work independently, have strong work ethic and be able to work as part of a team. Knowledge of the maritime sector is required. The successful candidate will participate in project conceptualisation, planning and execution of port industry development and stakeholder engagements initiatives, port infrastructure assessments, and benchmarking research under the leadership of the Manager Economic Regulations. 


  • provide research and analytical support to the function of Economic Regulation within the Regulator, 
  • conduct quality economic and regulatory research and analysis as required. 
  • Produce quality research report, conduct benchmarking studies, performance monitoring of the Authority 
  • Perform ad-hoc-projects

The successful candidate must be competent in statistics, quantitative and qualitative research, critical thinking, 

problem identification and problem-solving skills; project conceptualisation and tracking; data sourcing, 

arrangement, interpretation and analysis; report writing and presentation on research findings and project management to achieve set objectives. 


  • Have a postgraduate (Honours or Masters) qualification in   Economics, Econometrics, Statistics, Financial Management or equivalent with 3- 5 years relevant experience in conducting economic research
  • South African Citizenship
  • Be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the National Ports Act, its Directives and Regulations.
  • Previous experience within the Ports or Maritime Environment would be an added advantage.
  • Previous experience and knowledge within an economic regulatory environment    

The Ports Regulator is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Our building is accessible to people with disabilities, and the organisation will take all reasonable measures to accommodate the needs of successful candidates with disabilities.

The position will be based in Durban, and a will entail travel. A competitive remuneration package will be offered to the successful applicant commensurate with their qualifications and experience within the regulatory environment and the Regulator’s policies. 

Note: Candidates may be subject to a round of internal testing together with criminal checks and a security clearance. The Ports Regulator reserves the right not to fill any vacancy. 

Applications must consist of the following: • A comprehensive letter of application which includes: * Notice periods required in current position * Date of availability to commence employment * Employment Equity status * Residence status (RSA citizen, etc.) • A complete CV attached thereto, which includes: * Thorough academic and work history * Languages spoken and proficiency * Responsibilities in each position held • A copy of the Identity Document •Certified copies of Senior certificate and other qualifications. 

Contact re*********@po************.org for any enquiries.

Forward your application, clearly stating the position for which you are applying, in the e-mail subject title, 

to : re*********@po************.org by no later than close of business on  20 March 2022. Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.