Vacancies at the IJR

Communications Assistant

Closing Date: 2016-05-06

Job Description:

The IJR has exponentially increased its public profile over the past two years which forms part of a strategy to ensure that messages on justice and reconciliation are shared and communicated widely among various stakeholders. IJR is proud of its products and outputs in the media and in the public sphere. Its outputs are of high quality, geared towards target audiences.

This also means that the administrative and support work regarding communication has increased significantly. To this end the IJR is looking to hire a communications assistant to assist with administrative and operational tasks linked to communication. 

Scope of work:

  • Draft IJR’s organisational newsletters for 2016
  • Update Communication M&E data;
  • Assist with events communication IJR and Afrobarometer;
  • Assist with marketing and branding;
  • Assist with the development of online campaigns/messages geared towards fundraising;
  • Conduct fundraising research;
  • Conduct media monitoring, media tracking and produce media clippings;
  • Conduct media research and analysis of Google analytics statistics;
  • Assist with website and social media updates;
  • Develop and plan content for various communication products
  • Copy-editing of reports, documents, articles, publications;
  • Attendance of Monday morning’s IJR Pressclub meetings.
  • Assist with designing digital communication material such as invitations, posters etc


One year’s experience working in the marketing and/or communications field, Diploma, BA in marketing/communications/journalism

  • Good writing skills in English and preferably another South African language;
  • Decision-making and problem solving skills;
  • Good understanding of social media (Twitter and Facebook);
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with strong computer skills;
  • Interest, knowledge and experience in the field of work of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation;
  • Experience with media outputs such as opinion pieces, press releases;
  • Creative and pro-active;
  • Responsible and accountable;
  • Dynamic and flexible
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills;
  • Ability to work in a team;
  • Ability to work under pressure;
  • Willingness to learn new things;
  • Ability to work independently


  • Graphic design/ Photoshop skills

Documents required for application:

  • CV clearly stating past experiences and at least 3 contactable references
  • Motivational letter
  • One published written piece – not an academic article


Name: Carolin Gomulia
Phone: 021 202 4073

Other Info:

This is an independent contractor position and the contract will run until December 2016.

Closing date: 6 May 2016, 4pm