A Research Assistant opportunity is available through Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA), a dynamic and influential organisation within the arts and culture sector, for the Cultural Producers Programme and the SOCreative Hub Summit 2022, as well as BASA’s broader 2022 programme. This is a 6-month fixed-term contract commencing February 2022.

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) was founded in 1997 as a joint initiative between government and the private sector, as part of a strategy to secure greater involvement in the arts from businesses operating in South Africa and built on the values of collaboration, innovation, diversity, agility and integrity. BASA champions business investment within the arts, cultural and heritage sectors, and is the connector catalyst for both businesses and the arts, driving focused and sustained partnerships by unlocking shared value and fostered social cohesion. We are committed to ensuring the relevance and sustainability of the arts in society by offering innovative programmes providing and supporting knowledge transfer, skills development and training within the cultural and creative sectors. In this way, BASA provides agency and access for the arts sector to support its engagement with the business sector, helping to make creative organisations ‘opportunity ready’. 

For more information, please visit https://basa.co.za/.

The Research Assistant will report directly to the Research Manager / Producer and will be required to work collaboratively with the Research team as well as the broader BASA team to plan, execute and manage various aspects of BASA’s research division programme. The successful incumbent will assist with relevant projects and provide day-to-day support of administrative and operational functions within the Research and Grants portfolio.

Duties and responsibilities will typically include assisting with grant planning and administration, financial, budgetary and/or other associated transactions, programme implementation and administration, internal and external operational/administrative liaison, programmes marketing, monitoring and evaluation and reporting.


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Recent graduate with research skills
  • Experience in arts administration
  • Excellent writing skills 
  • Conversant in multiple South African languages
  • Time management and planning
  • Attention to detail
  • Administrative skills
  • MS Office proficiency 
  • Adaptability


Application Process

Email CV/Profile/Portfolio (including contactable references) and motivation letter to recruitment@basa.co.za by 12h00, 7 January 2022 with the subject line  “BRHR22_03”. 

Enquiries may be directed via email to Virginia Nkobi (BASA HR) at virginian@emergencegrowth.com

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