Head of Sustained Dialogues Programme

Head of Sustained Dialogues Programme

The vision of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is to contribute to building fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa. As a think tank with roots in applied research as well as in grassroots communities, the IJR has earned a reputation for innovative data analysis, bold policy suggestions and in-depth grassroots reconciliation work. The IJR makes a unique contribution to issues of political and economic transition by drawing on its historic links to the South African transition, as well as on quantitative and qualitative data generated through its ongoing work. We employ a diverse team of professionals based at our office in Cape Town. For more information on the IJR, please visit www.ijr.org.za

The Institute for justice and Reconciliation is looking for a dynamic, innovative thought leader to manage and lead one of its key Programmes, namely, Sustained Dialogues. The Programme Manager will drive the strategic direction of the programme with input from the Project Leaders and guidance of the Executive Director.

The Programme Manager will manage a team of Project Leaders and will be responsible for ensuring that programme deliverables are clearly defined, achieved and regularly reviewed. The Programme Manager forms part of the Senior Management Team and will actively participate in strategic and operational decision-making for the organisation.

Key requirements:


  • Master’s Degree in Social Development, Psychology, Politics or related fields


  • 5 – 8 years working experience in their field of expertise

Work-related Knowledge    

  • Working knowledge of current affairs both locally and globally;
  • Knowledge of key political, social and economic trends in Southern Africa
  • Knowledge and experience in Community Reconciliation work and Transitional Justice
  • Experience working at community level
  • In-depth knowledge about South Africa’s history and current national political and societal issues and debates
  • Minimum of two South African official languages

Skills and Abilities   

  • Proven ability to develop a budget based on the programme strategy and actively manage reporting and expenditure;
  • Can manage complexity, and think strategically;
  • Proven ability to manage a project from inception to delivery; including working with budgets, managing dependencies and taking responsibility for project success;
  • Able to drive to project planning and strategic direction of the unit and actively involve the entire team.
  • Proven ability to manage the performance and development of a small team.
  • Information dissemination skills
  • Facilitation and presentation skills
  • Proven track record in developing and managing programmes or curriculums
  • Knowledge and experience working within a monitoring and evaluation framework
  • Project and programme planning skills
  • Strategic planning skills
  • Teambuilding and debriefing
  • Relationship management and can interact at all levels
  • Research, writing, application and thought leadership
  • Written or published articles/papers or developed programmes
  • Must be able to play a strong mentorship and leadership role within the team.

Personal Qualities   

  • Confident, assertive communicator who can work comfortably with diverse groups of people and across all levels;
  • Excellent writing skills in English and another SA language;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Able to prioritize work and manage deadlines;
  • Innovative and creative, able to see new opportunities
  • Planning and time management – meets deadlines
  • Reflective and open to learning
  • High level of Emotional Intelligence

Job specific requirements  

  • Drivers licence
  • Fluent in a South African language other than home language
  • Willingness to travel when required

If you have skills and qualifications as well the passion for this please forward all CV’s and cover letters to ATT: Ms. Elisha Kotze, Operations Manager: email address: ekotze@ijr.org.za . Applications close the 08 February 2019.

By | 2019-01-21T14:32:55+02:00 Jan 16th, 2019|Categories: News|