Vacancies at the IJR

Communications Internship

Closing Date: 2014-11-21

Job Description:

Reference: CI2015

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was founded in 2000, in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and with the purpose of building of fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa. We are an independent organisation located at the interface between civil society and academia. 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 IJR Communication and Strategy Unit is a key component to assist the Institute with cross-cutting services such as fundraising, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, communication and public relations, as well as special events.

The Communications Intern will assist the Communications Coordinator with internal communications, media monitoring, online profiling of the Institute and monitoring and evaluation, as well as ad hoc tasks that may arise, including events management.

The Communications Intern will: 

  • Assist with content for the organisational newsletter;
  • Update and report on IJR ‘news and events’;
  • Assist with marketing and branding;
  • Assist with the development of online campaigns/messages;
  • Conduct media monitoring and produce media clippings;
  • Conduct media research and Google analytics;
  • Assist with website and social media updates.

This internship will expose and train the successful candidate in the following areas, over the 11-month period. The intern will work across the spectrum of communication tasks. The intern will work on a minimum of one practical assignment based as per the schedule below: 

  • Month 1 focus:  Internal communication
  • Month 2 focus:  Media tracking/monitoring
  • Month 3 focus:   Monitoring and evaluation
  • Month 4 focus:   Media research
  • Month 5 focus:   Social media marketing
  • Month 6 focus:   Website management 
  • Month 7 focus:   Writing
  • Month 8 focus:   Photography
  • Month 9 focus:   Communications for NGOs
  • Month 10 focus: Events management
  • Month 11 focus: Consolidation

Educational requirements/skills:

One year’s experience working in the marketing and/or communications field

Diploma, BA in marketing/communications/journalism

Competencies:

  • Good writing skills in English and preferably another South African language
  • Computer literacy skills (MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Decision-making and problem solving skills
  • Confidence
  • Strong communication skills
  • Creative and pro-active
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to learn new things

Documents required for application:

  • Please use the reference CI2015
  • Please submit your CV with a minimum of 2 references, a motivational letter
  • Submit a written sample of your work (published article, blog entry – not academic)

Only applications with ALL the required documentations will be accepted.

Contact:

Name: Margo Newman
Phone: 021 202 4071
Email: MNewman@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

Monthly remuneration: R4500

Duration of the contract: 11 months (mid January  –  mid December 2015)

Working hours: 36 hours/week

Project Officer: Reconciliation Barometer

Closing Date: 2014-11-26

Job Description:

The Policy and Analysis Unit within IJR is responsible for the commissioning, analysis and reporting of public opinion surveys that help measure and reflect national and regional issues that centre around economic and transitional justice, transformation and reconciliation.  The Unit is widely known for publications such as the annual Transformation Audit and Reconciliation Barometer and has recently partnered with the Afrobarometer to manage rollout and implementation of the survey in ten regions in Southern 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 Officer to support implementation of this flagship project and raise its profile in South Africa and internationally. 

  • Data analysis of SA Reconciliation Barometer Data
  • Participate in the development of an annual plan for the design and implementation of the RB;
  • Update and manage the RB blog;
  • Project manage and assist with organising regular events to promote discussion of issues raised by the RB;
  • Contribute to Policy and Analysis programme strategy development and implementation planning;
  • Brief stakeholders, policymakers and potential subscribers of IJR about reconciliation and transformation processes, drawing on statistical analysis of public opinion data results;
  • Develop a publicity and public engagement strategy;
  • Attend conference and presentations that contribute to the Programme’s impact and public profile Produce regular opinion pieces, and policy briefs based on the content of the RB

Educational requirements/skills:

  • Recent post-graduate degree majoring in Politics, Economics, or Sociology;  
  • A high level of proficiency in the analysis in the analysis of quantitative social data using SPSS, SAS or STATISTICA ;
  • Extensive knowledge and appreciation of the broader socio-political context in Southern Africa – must be passionate about developing a deeper understanding about reconciliation.
  • Exceptional writing and editorial skills
  • Must be a South African Citizen or have a valid working permit
  • Willingness to travel in Africa, and occasionally beyond, on a regular basis,
  • Good interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a multi-national environment, An ability to see the ‘bigger picture’ and connect the dots between such findings and broader policy debates.
  • A flair for effective communication, which includes excellent writing and editorial skills, active social media skills, interaction with the media, and public speaking.

Documents required for application:

Submit a letter of motivation, CV with one contactable references, and salary expectations to Simone Brandi (sbrandi@ijr.org.za).

 

Contact:

Name: Simone Brandi
Phone: 021 202 4071
Email: sbrandi@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

  • The deadline for applications is close of business Wednesday 26 November.
  • 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. 

Finance Administrator

Closing Date: 2014-11-26

Job Description:

To provide effective and efficient financial administrative services to the Finance Department. Flow of funds is integral to the daily functioning of the Institute and as part of the finance team, it is critical to ensure that financial systems and processes are adhered to and that the highest possible standards of administration are maintained.

  • Manage and administer the weekly and monthly bookkeeping process
  • Administer Petty Cash
  • Cash/Cheque Reconciliation
  • Manage and administer organisational assets
  • Finance and procurement policies and procedures
  • Assist with general financial administrative tasks

Educational requirements/skills:

  • B Comm  or B Tech(Accounting)
  • 1-3 years experience working in a Finance or Accounting department assisting with payments, invoicing and general clerical duties
  • Attention to detail
  • Well Organised
  • Mature and reliable
  • Teachable and willing to learn
  • Planning and time management – meets deadlines

Documents required for application:

Submit a letter of motivation, CV with one contactable references, and salary expectations to Simone Brandi (sbrandi@ijr.org.za).

Contact:

Name: Simone Brandi
Phone: 021 202 4071
Email: sbrandi@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

  • The deadline for applications is close of business Wednesday 26 November
  • 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. 

Human Resources Manager

Closing Date: 2014-11-26

Job Description:

The Human Resources Manager (HRM) is ultimately accountable for efficient planning, implementation and reporting on the Human Resources strategy in the organisation. He/she or maybe they HRM will work closely with the Executive Director and HOD’s to provide guidance, support and strong leadership to ensure (1) consistent application of employment policies, (2) regular reviews and consultation with staff on policies and structure and (3) development of innovative employment practices designed to inspire and build a high-functioning team of experts, and support staff.

It is the HRM’s responsibility to ensure the effective operations of the Human Resources functions and to identify high risk areas, and areas for improvement.  The Human Resources Managers plays a strategic role on the HOD team and will use their expertise and specialist knowledge to help ensure effective, ethical and prudent decision-making in the organisation.

  • Review and support the performance management system
  • Full implementation and oversight of HR Policy
  • Recruitment & Selection planning, implementation and appointments
  • Remuneration & Benefits
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Employee Assistance and Support
  • Participate in and contribute to interventions aligned to MTO5.
  • Participate in HOD and Staff meetings.
  • Provide input strategic documents such as workplans, annual reports and similar documents regarding IJR’s HR practices
  • Provide data and information on HR management for IJR fundraising proposals

Educational requirements/skills:

  • Commercial or Social Sciences degree in Human Resources or Organisational Psychology from a recognised academic institution
  • Honours or Masters degree in Human Resources, Labour Relations or Organisational Psychology
  • 8 years working experience as a Human Resources Specialist or Manager
  • Familiarity with or firsthand experience having worked an NPO environment providing capacity-building or HR support
  • Experience having performed a diagnostic of general organisational needs and proven ability to provide recommendations based on facts and evidence provided.
  • Knowledge of all South African labour legislation with evidence of having attended regular professional development interventions
  •  Knowledge of organisational design
  • Proven ability to develop an organisation-wide Strategic Human Resources Plan based on an inherent understanding of the organisational needs and strategic objectives
  • Sound decision making and judgement
  • Can manage complexity, and think strategically
  • Ability to facilitate formal interventions across organisational
  • Confident, assertive communicator who can work comfortably with diverse groups of people and across all levels
  • Can build trust relationships and maintain the highest level of  confidentiality
  • Excellent writing skills in English and another SA language
  • Attention to detail
  • Able to prioritise work and manage deadlines
  • Innovative and creative, able to see new opportunities
  • Planning and time management – meets deadlines
  • Reflective and open to learning 

Documents required for application:

Submit a letter of motivation, CV with one contactable references, and salary expectations to Simone Brandi (sbrandi@ijr.org.za)

Contact:

Name: Simone Brandi
Phone: 021 202 4071
Email: sbrandi@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

  • The deadline for applications is close of business Wednesday 26 November
  • 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.

Intern Building an Inclusive Society Programme

Closing Date: 2014-12-01

Job Description:

Reference: BISI2015

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was founded in 2000 in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and with the purpose of building of fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa. We are an independent organisation located at the interface between civil society and academia. 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 Building an Inclusive Society Programme (BIS) works mainly in South Africa with various communities in different provinces. The programme works with five projects: Community Healing, Ashley Kriel Youth Leadership project, School’s Oral History, Education for Reconciliation and Memory, Arts and Culture. The purpose of this paid internship will be to work across the five projects and assist with design and implementation as well as reporting of the projects. The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation's Building an Inclusive Society Programme seeks to recruit a dynamic individual as Intern, based in Cape Town with possible traveling.

Some of the responsibilities include assisting with,

  • Adhoc tasks like: Scanning, filing, printing and archiving
  • M&E
  • Data capturing
  • Transcription
  • Minute taking
  • Community interviewing/ facilitation
  • Desktop research
  • Legacy project based on topic of personal interest based on BIS work.

Educational requirements/skills:

Minimum of Honor’s degree (in Social Science, Political or Development Studies or related discipline)

Competencies:

  • Knowledge how to operate audio-visual gadgets;
  • Good communication skills;
  • Understanding of grassroots communities in South Africa;
  • Fluent in minimum of two of the eleven official languages in South Africa
  • Confident and time conscious;
  • Aware of socio-political issues in South Africa;
  • Pro-active, responsible and accountable.
  • Good writing skills;
  • Computer literacy in all aspects of MS Office
  • General Administrative Skills
  • Ability to use initiative and judgment.
  • Good time management skills
  • Attention to detail

 

Documents required for application:

  • Please use the following reference on your application: BISI2015
  • Submit your cover letter, a CV with two contactable references by no later than Monday 01 December 2014.
  • If you have not heard from us by the 15th December 2015, you can assume your application has been unsuccessful. We encourage applications from historically disadvantaged individuals.

Only Complete Applications will be considered.

Contact:

Name: Simone Brink
Phone: 021 202 4071
Email: Sbrink@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

  • This position will only be offered to South African nationals or candidates with permanent residence status in South Africa.
  • The succesful candidater will be offered a 6 month contract with option for renewal

Starting Date: 06 January 2015

Intern Salary: R4 500 per month.

Working hours: 36 hours/week

Please state clearly for which position you are applying for

Intern Policy and Analysis Programme

Closing Date: 2014-12-01

Job Description:

Reference: PAI2015

The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) was founded in 2000 in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and with the purpose of building of fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa. We are an independent organisation located at the interface between civil society and academia. 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.

Are you a postgraduate student (or have recently graduated), who want to develop your political analysis skills in a dynamic South African non-profit organisation, which works in several countries across the Africa? The Policy & Analysis Unit of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation invite applications for a 20-hour per week paid internship from candidates who meet the following requirements:

Responsibilities:

  • Research assistance;
  • Statistical and qualitative data analysis;
  • Writing short articles and research briefs for the Inclusive Economies and SA Reconciliation Barometer projects;
  • Logistical and administrative support to programme staff.

Educational requirements/skills:

Applicants should be in possession of, or in the process of completing a postgraduate degree in Political Studies, Public Administration, Development Studies or a related discipline.

Competencies:

  • Strong research experience;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel and PowerPoint (SPSS an added advantage);
  • Ability to work independently and with attention to detail;
  • Competency in an African language other than English & Afrikaans would be an added advantage.

Documents required for application:

  • 2-page resume or Curriculum Vitae with full contact details of 2 contactable references
  • Please use the following reference number on your application: PAI2015
  • An unedited writing sample (i.e. a university essay, article etc) of maximum 1000words, preferably on a topic broadly related to transitional justice issues. Published documents are welcome.
  • Please email your complete application to Wendy Mpatsi on wendy@ijr.org.za 

Only Complete Applications will be considered.

Contact:

Name: Wendy Mpatsi
Phone: 021 202 4071
Email: Wendy@ijr.org.za

Other Info:

  • An initial 3-month contract will be offered, with the possibility of renewal.
  • Applicants from South Africa and other African countries are encouraged to apply.

Starting date: 06 January 2015

Intern Salary: R4 500 per month.

Working hours: 36 hours/week

Please state clearly which position you are applying for.