The LEGO Foundation : Research specialist with educational knowledge

Opportunity closing date: 
Wednesday, 31 January, 2018
Opportunity type: Employment

Would you like to directly influence children’s skills and development in South Africa? And do you have the network and knowledge of children’s development and the local academic sector to establish the LEGO Foundation as a credible source of information?

Then join us to develop world-class research on local conditions and become part of an international network of experts and a knowledge hub on learning through play.

Are you ready to contribute to make a vision come to life?
The LEGO Foundation shares a mission with the LEGO Group: to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow. We are a Danish corporate foundation with a core team of dedicated employees with one shared passion: to make children’s lives better – and communities stronger – by making sure the fundamental value of play is understood, embraced and acted upon. We are dedicated to building a future where learning through play empowers children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners
Help build our local team
Through local partners, LEGO Foundation has focused on South Africa since 2009. Now we are establishing a local team to ensure a long-term impact. Focusing on children between age 0 and 12 years old, we work with teachers, parents, NGOs and government officials alike, and so will you.

Make us a credible voice in South Africa 
This newly established position is very important to our local programme, as we need to build on our understanding of the local educational sector’s take on play and learning through play. To do so, your job is to map and engage with the local academic influencers and grow the number local credible voices who believe in the importance of learning through play. Thus, you build a network of specialists, to prove that play has a critical role in children’s learning and development. This includes:

Gathering relevant research for the South African context from academic partners and eventually help coordinate development of new research with academic partners
Supporting partners in conducting applied research studies on the impact of learning through play
Managing an academic advisory committee which will be consulted for all our work in South Africa
Providing input to advocacy initiative aim, objectives, plans and target audiences
Managing relevant partner relationships in relation to advocacy or research activities
Experience with research and children’s development 
It is your job to ensure that we are focusing on the right things, when it comes to advocating learning through play and how it affects children’s development in a local context. To do so, you need to be a good listener, who is persistent and attentive to outcomes. But most importantly, you are a passionate believer in play and its benefit for children’s development and learning. Also, you:

Hold a master’s degree and 3+ years’ experience with early childhood development and knowledge of educational assessments as well as the local academic sector
Have a background in developmental psychology, social sciences, early childhood development or teaching and training in qualitative or mixed-methods of research approaches

Are familiar with finding and communicating research examples and studies, facilitating advisory committees and tackling complex results frameworks and research questions
Make a dream come true

If you would like to join our team in South Africa to embark with us on our journey, then please send us your complete application, including your CV and a short motivation letter.

This position was posted 8th November

We take candidates into the recruitment process continuously and close the position down once we have found the right candidate.

South Africa