Vacancies at the IJR

Project Leader - Reconciliation Barometer

Closing Date: 2016-02-08

Job Description:

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was founded in the wake of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission and promotes fair, democratic, and inclusive societies in post-conflict states across Africa.

The Reconciliation Barometer (RB) is a national survey-based public opinion project, located in the IJR’s Policy and Analysis (PA) Unit in Cape Town. Since its launch in 2003, the Barometer has measured citizen attitudes towards national reconciliation, social cohesion, economic transformation, and democratic governance in South Africa.

The IJR seeks to recruit a talented and experienced Project Leader to implement this flagship project and raise its profile in South Africa and internationally.  

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop an annual plan for the design and implementation of the RB
  • Review and update the survey to keep track of current events, without compromising its longitudinal validity
  • Author the annual RB Survey Report, and ensure that it is widely distributed in policy circles in South Africa and beyond.
  • Insert survey findings in public debates through engagement with policy stakeholders, participation in public forums, hosting of events, and interaction with conventional- and social media.
  • Build and nurture key stakeholder relationships
  • Lead research on the feasibility of the survey tool in other countries where the IJR has a presence
  • Contribute to the PA Unit’s strategy development, and assist with project fundraising.
  • Take responsibility for project budgeting, monitoring and evaluation.
  • Develop a public engagement strategy that will raise the project’s profile

 

Requirements/skills:

  • An innovative self-starter with a Masters degree in International Relations, Political Studies, Economics, Development Studies or related social science disciplines;
  • At least 5 years working experience is desirable, but will be evaluated alongside the relevance of the candidate’s qualifications;
  • Proven ability in the analysis of public opinion data with statistical packages, such as SPSS, is essential.
  • An ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ and connect the dots between such findings and broader policy debates.
  • Excellent insight into South Africa’s socio-political environment, and above average understanding of these dynamics elsewhere on the African continent.
  • A flair for effective communication, which includes excellent writing and editorial skills, active social media skills, interaction with the media, and public speaking.
  • A network of contacts relevant to project objectives.
  • Experience in the administration of budgets, fundraising, communication with donors, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Applicants must be eligible to work in South Africa at the time of their application.

Documents required for application:

  • Submit your cover letter, a CV with two contactable references, and salary expectations to Elisha Kotze ( EKotze@ijr.org.za ), together with a recent written sample (no more than 5000 words) that demonstrates your ability to analyse, interpret and report on public opinion data.
  • Shortlisted candidates will participate in an initial interview and final candidates will be asked to complete a practical assessment.
  • If you have not heard from us within 1 week of the closing date, you can assume your application has been unsuccessful.

 

Contact:

Name: Elisha Kotze
Phone: 021 202 4038
Email: EKotze@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

IJR offers a competitive all inclusive salary package and a dynamic working environment, which prioritises the professional development and wellbeing of its employees. Commencement date: As soon possible.

Executive Director

Closing Date: 2016-02-28

Job Description:

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. 

The IJR is looking for a dynamic and highly-skilled Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and driving the activities that will ensure the long-term survival of the organisation, and that the IJR maintains a reputation for delivering programme interventions and thoughtful leadership on the cutting edge of justice and reconciliation throughout Africa.

The IJR offers a competitive, all-inclusive salary package and a dynamic working environment that prioritises the professional development and wellbeing of its employees.

Requirements/skills:

A Doctoral degree or a Master’s Degree in International Relations or Political Studies, or any equivalent field of study, from an internationally recognised academic institute.

  • The ability to interact and manage people at all levels in an organisation with a proven track record in providing development, guidance and support;
  • Strategic thinking and planning;
  • An ability to contribute constructively to academic and popular debates;
  • Capable of representing the IJR nationally and internationally; including Policy makers and State Officials.
  • Exceptional writing and communication capabilities related to the presentation and dissemination of information, as well as to the production and presentation of research and conference papers;
  • Understanding of financial planning, organisation and control;
  • A network of relevant contacts in the field of justice and reconciliation.

Experience

  • Substantial experience managing a programme of multiple project interventions aligned to the strategic intent of the programme and the overall organisation;
  • Appropriate experience leading and directing a team who are experts and professionals in their respective fields;
  • A track record of innovation and practice in the fields of justice and reconciliation.

Work-related knowledge

  • An exceptional understanding of the politics and socio-economic realities of countries in transition globally with particular focus on South Africa and Africa, coupled with a proven ability to translate this into strategic programming;
  • An in-depth understanding of community development;
  • An understanding of how to bridge the gap between academia and the lived experience of ordinary citizens;
  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • The ability to handle a heavy workload and work well under pressure;
  • Expertise in translating recommendations into programmes of action;
  • An ability to analyse and interpret socio-economic trends in Africa

Documents required for application:

Please submit a detailed C.V. with references and a motivational letter to Ekotze@ijr.org.za 

Contact:

Name: Elisha Kotze
Phone: 021 202 4038
Email: EKotze@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

Job requirements
  • Regular travel locally, regionally and internationally;
  • South African citizen or permanent resident, or a legitimate work visa.