Vacancies at the IJR

SENIOR PROJECT LEADER - RECONCILIATION BAROMETER

Closing Date: 2015-03-02

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 Senior Project Leader to implement this flagship project and raise its profile in South Africa and internationally.  

  • 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

Educational 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 8 years working experience is desirable, but will be evaluated alongside the relevance of the candidate’s qualifications;
  • Proven ability and extensive experience 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 proven 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 Simone Brandi (sbrandi@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.

Contact:

Name: Simone Brandi
Phone: 0027 21 2024071
Email: sbrandi@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

  • 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. 

Project Leader: Gender Justice and Reconciliation

Closing Date: 2015-03-11

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.

In the aftermath of the deaths of Anene Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp and the debate their respective deaths sparked in and around South African communities and in the media with regards to gender relations in the aftermath of conflict, IJR formed a voluntary in-house gender working group in 2013. Since then, vigorous discussions have taken place amongst staff, management and IJRs partners as to whether IJR should be contributing more actively to promoting gender equality and women’s’ rights in South Africa and the continent . Notably, the nexus between gender justice and reconciliation appears not to have been meaningfully explored at IJR nor in the field of transitional justice as a whole.

The Gender Justice and Reconciliation Project Leader is thus tasked with taking further IJRs research and practice as to the linkages between these two themes. The dynamic individual will develop a strategy document for IJR which will guide IJR’s work in this field and will contribute to challenging conventional modes of thinking about gender; especially where the persecution of women as well as LGBTI communities is concerned. Following on IJRs successful trajectory of using dialogue and stakeholder engagement as a tool towards understanding complex situations and dynamics, the Project Leader is required to lead a variety of projects, aimed at positioning IJR as a leading organisation in the field of Gender Justice and Reconciliation.

Due to the fact that this is an emerging desk; initial funding is for a part-time employee 50%.

  • Leading the Gender Working Group, develop an IJR strategy document for IJR’s future work on Gender Justice and Reconciliation;
  • In collaboration with the BIS HOD, develop a workplan and dialogue engagement plan for the coming 18 months;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the overall BIS strategy as well as the general IJR strategy;
  • Produce quarterly and annual reports for the Gender Justice and Reconciliation project
  • Interpret and analyse trends and events, providing relevant high-quality feedback and input to IJR as well as appropriate stakeholders and policy makers;
  • Identify opportunities for cross-programme collaboration within IJR;
  • Develop working relationships with relevant stakeholders working on gender justice related issues in South Africa and Africa; 

Educational requirements/skills:

  • Bachelors degree in Gender Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology or a closely related and relevant discipline. A post graduate qualification or working towards a qualification would be an advantage;
  • 3 -4 years relevant working experience;
  • Analysis, skills and awareness of current debates and policies relating to gender justice, transitional justice and reconciliation in South Africa, Africa and internationally
  • Understanding of, and ability to analyse and interpret relevant data;
  • A demonstrated interest in gender and reconciliation related issues in South Africa, Africa and internationally;
  • In depth knowledge of feminism, feminist theory as well as reconciliation related theory in South Africa;
  • A thorough understanding of transformational politics in South Africa;
  • An ability to engage in academic and popular debates;
  • A talent to communicate, which includes excellent writing and editorial skills, interaction with the media, and public speaking;
  • Some experience in the administration of budgets, fundraising, and communication with donors;
  • Self starter and able to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Proactive, innovate and open-minded;
  • Ability to engage in difficult conversations with confidence;
  • Fluency in English and another South African language;
  • Valid Drivers License.

IJR, in return, offers a competitive all inclusive salary package and a dynamic working environment, which prioritises the professional development and wellbeing of its employees. 

Documents required for application:

Submit a letter of motivation, CV with one contactable references, and salary expectations to Eleanor Du Plooy (eduplooy@ijr.org.za) 

Contact:

Name: Eleanor Du Plooy
Phone: 021 202 4071
Email: eduplooy@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

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 3 weeks of the closing date, you can assume your application has been unsuccessful. We encourage applications from historically disadvantaged individuals. 

Commencement date: April 2015