Senior Project Leader: Inclusive Economies

Senior Project Leader: Inclusive Economies

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) seeks to employ a Senior Project Leader for its Inclusive Economies Project (IEP), within its Research and Policy Unit, to lead the Institute’s engagement with matters related to inclusive economic development and broader questions of socio-economic justice in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.

The IJR is a leading African think tank, which pursues the creation of fair, inclusive, and democratic societies in post-conflict states across Africa. The IEP contributes to this vision through incisive research and analysis on the economic- and developmental aspects of this pursuit.

Job Description

  • Develop a work plan and strategy that align IEP outputs to that of the broader IJR vision
  • Provide thought leadership that locates socio-economic justice within the broader field of peacebuilding in Africa
  • Craft concrete policy responses that highlight socio-economic considerations in reconciliation process and the broader promotion of social cohesion
  • Edit the Transformation Audit, IJR’s annual publication that focusses on inclusive economic development in South Africa
  • Convene- and/or represent IJR at policy forums and events on the subject matter
  • Write policy- and briefing papers, and liaise with the media on matters related to socio-economic justice in peacebuilding


  • A Masters Degree in Economics or Development Studies
  • A minimum of five years working experience, which includes responsibility for project planning and the administration of budgets
  • Able to draw the connections between development policies and social cohesion in post-conflict countries
  • Strong expertise on the role of economic development in peacebuilding in Africa
  • An in-depth of South Africa’s development challenges and broader political economy debates
  • A strategic thinker with the ability to discern and articulate new trends
  • Experience in the conceptualisation, development and implementation of new projects.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Experience in organising and hosting conferences and workshops
  • An existing network of experts and policy role players
  • Statistical analysis skills will be an advantage
  • Experience of working collaboratively in diverse project teams.

Personal Requirements

  1. A self-starter
  2. A mature individual, who is likely to stay at the Institute for at least three years to lay the groundwork for a new project
  3. An individual that is likely to add diversity to our thinking on the topic
  4. Ability to work independently and as part of a team


Application Process

Applicants, who are eligible to work in South Africa, are requested to forward a cover letter, motivating your application, as well as a copy of your curriculum vitae and a recent written example (min. 800 words) that relates to the position, to Ms Elisha Kotze (, using the subject matter, IEP by no later than the 25th of May 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted, and should you not hear from us within 2 weeks of the application date, consider your application to be unsuccessful. The Institute reserves the right to make an appointment at a lower level than originally advertised.


By | 2018-05-14T07:57:56+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Vacancies|

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