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Terms of Reference for a Sustained Dialogues Gender Justice Project Assistant (Independent Contractor)

Starting date: ASAP
Hours: 40hours per week
Length of contract: March /ASAP – December 2017
Reporting to: Project Leader: Gender Justice Desk
Budget implications: R11 000 per month
Closing Date : 26 February 2017


The IJR’s Gender Justice Desk works with communities to deepen and expand knowledge on Gender, Justice  & Reconciliation. Housed in the Institute’s Sustained Dialogue’s Programme, the GJR is a developing initiative, part of IJR’s new strategy 2017-2020, to engage in a multi-faceted way on issues of justice and reconciliation and to build on participation and empowerment to result in transformation and positive peace.

In its quest to understand and unpack gender reconciliation, IJR seeks to encompass and embrace the multiple meanings of reconciliation and works with the understanding that gender is intersectional.

The IJR is looking to hire a Gender Justice Project Assistant to contribute to with the conceptual   development of the nexus between gender, justice and reconciliation and the practical implications thereof for working in communities in post-apartheid South Africa.

Scope of work:

  • Assist in the development and planning of various project interventions and outputs
  • Assist with administrative and operational tasks linked to project interventions and outputs;
  • Conduct literature reviews on relevant research on gender, justice and reconciliation;
  • Conduct research on existing and innovative projects pertaining to gender, justice and reconciliation both local and international;
  • Co-author and copy-edit reports, documents, articles, publications;
  • Attendance of weekly / bi-weekly meetings;
  • Actively participate in the in-house Gender Working Group
  • Overall administrative and ad hoc support to Project Leader


Minimum of one year’s experience working in the field of gender justice with knowledge/experience working within the NGO sector; At least an Honours Degree in social sciences with preference to the Humanities (Gender Rights, Women’s Studies, Human Rights, Justice etc).

  • Deep understanding of gender justice and feminist theories & practice. An understanding of Black feminist thought, LGBTQI issues and intersectionality would be an advantage but not a key requirement;
  • Good facilitation and workshop management skills;
  • Very good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in academic research and writing;
  • 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;
  • 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


  • Interest in youth work and development
  • Interest in broader social and economic justice


  • CV clearly stating past experiences and at least 3 contactable references
  • Motivational letter

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