Vacancies at the IJR

Independent Contractor to assist with database and library

Closing Date: 2015-05-26

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 is seeking to hire an independent contractor to assist with its database and library system. This short-term assignment 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 research, communication and systems as a possible career path.

The Independent Contractor will be assigned the following responsibilities:

IJR Database:

  • Basic research
  • Telephonic calls to stakeholders & beneficiaries to confirm details
  • Updating of IJR database contact profiles via Open Networks CRM (database)
  • Basic administration of database
  • Ad-hoc administrative tasks if/and when required
  • Efficient communication to team
  • Weekly report back on progress made

IJR Library:

  • Clean-up of library & - Categorization of new books
  • Checking & sorting older books by category
  • Updating software/spreadsheet
  • Communication to staff regarding books in their possession that needs to be included in library



Educational requirements/skills:

Some work experience in the field of research, communication, data administration/ capturing and systems would be favourable.
Matric; Diploma in administration, communication or similar fields

Documents required for application:

For more information please download the Terms of Reference

CV clearly stating past experiences and at least 3 contactable references


Name: Margo Newman
Phone: 021 2024071

Other Info:

Starting date: 01 June 2015

Hours: 36 hours per week

Length of contract: 2 months (01  June to 31 July 2015)

R4500 per months

Call for proposals: Concept paper social cohesion

Closing Date: 2015-06-15

Job Description:

Call for proposal for the Drafting of a Concept and Project Development Paper on the Creation of Social Cohesion Measurement Tool for Africa

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) seeks to develop a quantitative measurement instrument for social cohesion in Africa.

The partners in this initiative will seek to identity measureable developmental indicators that are indicative of progress (or not) in the achievement social cohesion in societies across the African continent. This is in line with the UNDP’s pursuit to find innovative mechanisms for conflict prevention that respond to the changing nature of conflict, and the enhancement of analytical capacity to anticipate and foster resilience to shocks and threats in Africa. 

Educational requirements/skills:

For further information please download the Terms of Reference

Documents required for application:

Prospective authors with a proven publication track record should forward their CVs, two examples of peer-reviewed articles on social cohesion or a related topic, and a prospective outline for their paper to Ms Wendy Mpatsi ( at the IJR by no later than the 15th of June 2015.


Name: Wendy Mpatsi
Phone: 0212024071

Other Info:


Remuneration of US$5,500 will be provided upon submission of a final paper of high-standing quality to the project partners within the agreed-upon time frame.