Work for the IJR

Intern: Communications & Advocacy Programme

About the IJR:

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 Communications and Advocacy’ unit at IJR seeks to employ a dynamic individual as the programme intern from January 2020- December 2020.  The Communications and Advocacy objective is to engage all stakeholders in a relevant way that informs, advocates and sets the agenda for justice and reconciliation.

The Communications Intern will assist the Communications and Advocacy team 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. Ideally, the candidate should have a clear understanding and adherence to communications processes.


  • Compile and gather 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 and messages;
  • Conduct media monitoring and produce media clippings;
  • Conduct media research and Google analytics;
  • Assist with website and social media updates;
  • Assist with media relations;
  • Assist with adhoc programme filing, scanning and administration tasks;
  • Assist with event planning and logistics

This internship will expose and train the successful candidate in the following areas, over the 11-month period. The intern will work across a spectrum of communication tasks which will include social media marketing, media relations media tracking/monitoring, photography, website management and events among others.

Educational Requirements:

Qualifications: BA in Marketing/Communications Science /Journalism

Required Competencies:

  • Good writing skills in English and preferably another South African language
  • Computer literacy skills (MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Understanding of the usage of social media for organisations
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Confidence
  • Strong communication skills
  • Creative and pro-active, responsible and accountable
  • Responsible and accountable
  • Excellent organisational and time-management skills
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Ability to work under pressure

Document Requirements:

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 of the required documentation will be accepted.

Duration of the contract: 11 months (14th January – 15th December 2020)

Additional Comments:

  • This position will only be offered to South African nationals or candidates with permanent residence status in South Africa.
  • Monthly stipend of R5 500
  • IJR will not cover relocation costs

Closing date: _30 December 2019.

Applications to be sent to: Veronique Adonis

IJR Internship: Peacebuilding Interventions Programme

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.