City of Cape Town

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CORPORATE SERVICES ● POLICY AND STRATEGY

SENIOR PROFESSIONAL OFFICER: APPLIED ECONOMIST

TCOE: SALARY COMMENCING FROM R840 607 PER ANNUM ● REF NO: CS 39/21 ● CIVIC CENTRE, CAPE TOWN

 The City is seeking a technically skilled and dynamic economist to join a growing economics unit that is applying new and innovative economic analysis on a range of urban challenges and projects, directly informing strategic and operational decision-making.

Requirements:

  • A Master’s degree in Economics
  • At least five (5) years’ relevant functional experience
  • Proven experience in undertaking socio-economic cost benefit analysis (and related techniques) and impact evaluation on projects and policies
  • Understanding of the economics of urban areas – experience in working with, or for, local government will be an added advantage
  • Strong ability to collect; organise and analyse diverse data sets
  • Demonstrated problem-solving abilities and adaptability across content fields
  • Strong project and stakeholder management experience.

Key performance areas: 

  • Undertaking research on key informants for infrastructure and service delivery planning (i.e. understanding consumption patterns, demand forecasting, willingness to pay etc.)
  • Undertaking situational analysis of the Cape Town (or sub-metro) economic context, so as to inform policy and project-level decision-making
  • Applying specialised economic appraisal techniques, including CBA; CE, MCDA, to key City of Cape Town projects and policies
  • Evaluating the efficacy and impact of City projects; programmes and policies through the use of experimental and quasi-experimental techniques
  • Interpreting the outcomes of CBAs; impact evaluations and impact modelling for the City and effectively communicating these outcomes and any consequential recommendations to inform decision-making processes
  • Assisting with the economic prioritisation of infrastructure projects and contributing to the City’s stage gate (project preparation) process
  • Providing expert economic advisory services to line departments, particularly at a project level
  • Proactively contributing to the City’s economic research agenda and actively collaborating with external researchers on applied economic research.

Please apply online at www.capetown.gov.za/careers (external applicants) or via the SAP Portal (internal applicants) unless otherwise stated.

 Closing date: 25 June 2021

  • Please quote the reference number of the vacancy in all communications.
  • Certified copies of qualifications must be available on request.
  • Copies of supporting documents will not be returned.
  • Kindly note that applications will not be acknowledged in writing.
  • Visit our website at capetown.gov.za/careers
  • No late applications will be considered.
  • If no notification of appointment is received within three (3) months of the closing date, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.