Vacancies at the IJR

Terms of Reference for IJR M&E Consultant 2015

Closing Date: 2014-11-07

Job Description:

The IJR's comprehensive monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system generates a lot of information and data. Each project at the IJR collects information data and feeds it back into the overall system. The IJR believes that M&E data is key at every reflection and planning stage of the organisational life of the IJR. However, the lack of capacity has in the past years lead to the fact that the analysis of the available data is lacking.

The IJR has in the past work with various M&E consultants that have delivered according to very specific outputs and assisted the organisation to shape its M&E system. The IJR has spent significant time improving and streamlining its M&E system and even thought it might still needs some tweaks, the IJR is looking for someone to assist implementing the system and its frameworks.

Due to the growth of the organisation, the increasingly requirements of donors and funders as well as the IJR’s urge to remain a learning organisation, the IJR is aiming to hire an M&E consultant that will work alongside the organisation and assist with the coordination and development of the M&E at the Institute. The external evaluation in 2014 also highlighted the following areas of improvement for the IJR:

  • The evaluation team found that the IJR’s systems are too complex, extremely comprehensive and data-heavy, and not streamlined across programmes. This is hampering the capacity of the organisation to properly understand its impact, in particular in the area of policy influence.
  • In the area of monitoring and evaluation, it is recommended that the IJR explores specific models of monitoring and measuring policy change as well as prioritise the use of Most Significant Change technique to evaluate progress under MTO4.
  • Maintain consistency in the wording and reporting of STOs against planned activities and targets included in the strategic plan 2012-2016 and annual work plans, in order to ensure that the Institute is able to track and report on its progress towards achieving the MTOs.
  • Reduce and prioritise the number of indicators per medium-term objective and streamline the collection, analysis and reporting of data feeding into those indicators. Currently, there are a number of instances where two or more indicators speak to the same piece of information, adding duplication, repetition and unnecessary complexity to the monitoring and evaluation process.

Scope of work:

The consultant will be asked to spend either two half days or one full day at the IJR offices to assist with the following:

  • Implementation of programme specific M&E frameworks
  • Consistency in reporting on Outcomes and Outputs
  • Skills transfer in terms of data collection, data capturing and analysis
  • Annual organisational M&E analysis reports
  • Assist with the improvement of the feedback loop from monitoring to evaluation
  • Assistance with donor reporting/fundraising proposal input where M&E is concerned
  • Assistance for programmes with programme specific reports

Minimum Requirements:

  • Exceptional ability to take initiative and complete tasks on time;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with partners, staff, and colleagues with a high level of tact, diplomacy and confidentiality;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to monitor and document observed activities and write clear and accurate technical reports;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with strong computer skills.
  • Interest in the field of work of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation
  • Ability to facilitate trainings and workshops
  • Willing to work in a diverse team

Educational requirements/skills:

  • Minimum five (5) years working experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation in the Civil Society or Government sphere;
  • A Masters degree in Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Qualitative, participatory research skills (quantitative skills will be an advantage);
  • Experience with research design, data collection techniques, data analysis and report writing;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Ability to facilitate trainings and workshops

Documents required for application:

  • CV clearly stating past experiences and at least 3 contactable references
  • Daily rate
  • A short statement on how you envisage to assist the IJR based on the TOR, the external evaluation report, Annual report 2013 and the overall work of the IJR (max 2 pages)

Contact:

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

Other Info:

Willingness to work with the existing M&E system

Terms of Reference for Communications Specialist 2015

Closing Date: 2014-11-07

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. The IJR is proud of its products and outputs in the media and public sphere. Its outputs are of high quality, geared towards target audiences.

In order to ensure that the IJR’s documents, reports, publications and articles remain of excellent quality without compromising quantity, IJR would like to hire a Communications Specialist to assist the IJR for four days per months with writing, editing and production of outputs linked to the IJR’s strategic vision and goals.

Scope of work:

The Communication and Strategy team would determine the required scope of work and outputs on a monthly basis, which will include:

  • Assistance with media relations, including the building of relationships with key journalists
  • Assistance with producing press releases, opinion articles and blog articles, if and when required
  • Copy-editing
  • Assistance with conceptualisation and drafting of organisational documents such as annual reports, workplans and funding proposals
  • Attendance of Monday morning’s press club meetings
  • Assistance with formulation of content for the IJR website and newsletter
  • Assistance with writing fundraising proposals

Outputs:

  • Minimum of two media pieces produced each month, based on press club outcomes
  • 2-4 short news features/press releases per month for website and/or blogs
  • Collaboration on IJR printed Annual report 2014
  • Assistance with the development of a Communications and Media Relations manual
  • 1 article per organisational newsletter

 

Educational requirements/skills:

  • Minimum five years working experience;
  • Post-grad qualification in Journalism, Literature, Development or related field;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Experience in writing funding proposals
  • Experience with media outputs such as opinion pieces, press releases
  • Copy-writing and editing
  • Ability to write for different audiences;
  • Exceptional ability to take initiative and complete tasks on time;
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with partners, staff, and colleagues with a high level of tact, diplomacy and confidentiality;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to monitor and document observed activities and write clear and accurate technical reports;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite with strong computer skills;
  • Interest and experience in the field of work of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation;
  • Willingness to collaborate with the team members of the C&S team.

Documents required for application:

  • CV clearly stating past experiences and at least 3 contactable references
  • Daily rate
  • A short statement on how you envisage to assist the IJR based on the TOR and the overall work of the IJR (max 1 page)

Contact:

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

Communications Internship

Closing Date: 2014-11-07

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 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 submit your CV with a minimum of 2 references, a motivational letter and 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