Are you a postgraduate student with a passion to promote fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa? Do you want to develop your peacebuilding, research and analysis skills in a dynamic South African non-profit organization that works in several countries across Africa? The Peacebuilding Interventions (PI) Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) invites applications for a modestly paid internship to take up employment from January to July 2020 (renewable for six months to December 2020), from candidates who meet the following requirements:

Required skills and knowledge:

  • Solid knowledge of peacebuilding, transitional justice and reconciliation issues in Africa
  • And ability to grapple with and understand complex political and social dynamics
  • Excellent research and analysis skills;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Fully computer literate – Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
  • The ability to work independently and proactively with attention to detail;
  • Competency in English is necessary while another international language would be an advantage.
  • Ability to write, proofread or edit articles, op-eds, etc.



  • Support senior staff of the programme in their research and project implementation work
  • Conduct research and analyses of issues pertaining to peacebuilding, transitional justice and reconciliation in Africa
  • Participating in the planning and organisation of PI events such as workshops, seminars, & dialogues.
  • Attending designated meetings of the PI program and contributing towards its work.


Academic requirements:

Applicants should be in possession of, or in the process of completing a Masters Degree in Conflict and Peace Studies, Political Studies, Transitional Justice, Development Studies, Human Rights, Gender & Peacebuilding, or a related discipline.


Conditions of appointment:

An initial three month contract will be offered, with the possibility of renewal. Applicants from South Africa are encouraged to apply. Applicants should at the time of application be in possession of documentation that allows them to work in South Africa for the duration of the internship.

Please submit your concise CV (not more than 4 pages), a cover letter (1 page) motivating your application, details of three contactable referees, and an example of a short essay or research paper (maximum of 1000 words) to Ms. Felicia Thomas at: by the 6th of December 2019, using PI Intern in the subject heading. This is a highly competitive internship position. Applications without the relevant documentation and that do not specifically motivate an interest in working for IJR, will not be considered. Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.