Vacancies at the IJR

Volunteer Intern in the Communication & Strategy Unit

Closing Date: 2014-07-20

Job Description:

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 .

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 volunteer intern will assist the unit with desktop research, basic administrative tasks and logistics for special events.

This internship is a great opportunity to learn about various fields of work in a non-profit office environment and is a dynamic placement to gain experience and learning in fundraising and marketing as a possible career path.

The volunteer intern will be assigned the following responsibilities:

  • Research potential donors
  • Assist with online campaign design and implementation
  • Assist with fundraising event design and implementation
  • Basic administration of databases
  • Sourcing of quotes and service providers
  • Ad-hoc tasks administrative tasks
  • Assist with logistical arrangements for IJR events

Educational requirements/skills:

  • A matric certificate
  • BA in public administration/marketing or similar would be favourable
  • Project management skills
  • Computer Literacy skills (MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent writing skills in English (ideally in another SA language)
  • Previous experience with fundraising or fundraising events (added advantage, but not essential)
  • A creative, pro-active and energetic  attitude with the ability to identify and seize opportunities 

Documents required for application:

Please submit your CV with a minimum of 2 references and a brief motivational letter.

Only applications with all the required documentations will be accepted.

Contact: Juzaida Swain
Phone: 0212024071


Name: Juzaida Swain
Phone: 021 202 4071

Other Info:

Other Info: This is a volunteer internship without any remuneration. The successful intern will be expected to complete a volunteer agreement with the Institute.

Duration of the contract: 3 months

Working hours: Negotiable - minimum of 3 days a week

Project Leader - International Justice and Kenya

Closing Date: 2014-08-08

Job Description:

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

The Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme (JRA) team has worked to develop and implement initiatives that contribute to the building of fair, democratic, and inclusive societies in Africa. A significant number of African countries have embarked on a path of political transition. The establishment of transitional justice and reconciliation processes in these countries will be an ongoing need. JRA is the Institute’s flagship initiative to engage and interact with African countries beyond South African borders.

We are looking for an established professional with experience developing and implementing projects in the field of justice and reconciliation in Africa.

Job Description

  • Actively drive strategic planning aligned to the IJR organisational strategy and develop an annual workplan for your project with input from the programme team based on your knowledge and experience in the field;
  • Identify opportunities for cross-programme collaboration;
  • Actively develop scholarly and field research in the programme;
  • Author, edit and disseminate articles for publication in public media and academic journals;
  • Responsible for developing content of funding proposals;
  • Initiate and drive research, analysis and engagement on International Justice;
  • Develop M&E Indicators for your project in consultation with Programme staff and ensure that M&E data is collated and reported on using the organisations M&E system;
  • Publication of op-eds / online articles - including of media and social media into project planning and implementation;
  • Organise and co-ordinate meetings and conferences;
  • Network, develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders working in the international justice sector.

Educational requirements/skills:

  • An innovative self-starter with a Masters degree in International Law or International Relations, Political Studies, Economics, Development Studies or related social science disciplines;
  • At least 2 to 3 years working experience is desirable, but will be evaluated alongside the relevance of the candidate’s qualifications;
  • Experience and knowledge of international justice issues as they relate to the African Union, International Criminal Court and the United Nations, an awareness of the Kenya and ICC situation is necessary;
  • Experience in justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding research and in-country interventions;
  • An ability to engage in academic and popular debates relating to International Justice;
  • Time management ability and willingness to travel for work;
  • A talent to communicate, which includes excellent writing and editorial skills, interaction with the media, and public speaking;
  • Experience in the administration of budgets, fundraising, and communication with donors;
  • Project planning and management ability;
  • Presentation and information dissemination skills;
  • Research paper production and conference presentation skills;
  • Self starter and able to work independently with minimal supervision;
  • Fluent in English; spoken French or a regional African language.
  • South African Permanent Resident or Citizen. Alternatively, the successful candidate will have to apply for, and obtain, a Valid General Work Permit or Scarce Skills Permit

Documents required for application:

  • Submit a CV with two contactable references, and salary expectations to Simone Brandi,


Name: Simone Brandi
Phone: 021 202 4071

Other Info:

  • The deadline for applications is close of business Friday 8 August 2014
  • 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 2 weeks of the closing date, you can assume your application has been unsuccessful. We encourage applications from historically disadvantaged individuals.

IJR, in return, offers a competitive all inclusive salary package and a dynamic working environment, which prioritises the professional development and well-being of its employees. Commencement date: 22 September 2014