Executive Director for IJR

Closing Date: 2016-02-28

The vision of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is to contribute to building fair, democratic and inclusive societies in Africa. As a think tank with roots in applied research, as well as in grassroots communities, the IJR has earned a reputation for innovative data analysis, bold policy suggestions and in-depth grassroots reconciliation work. The IJR makes a unique contribution to issues of political and economic transition by drawing on its historic links to the South African transition, as well as on quantitative and qualitative data generated through its ongoing work. We employ a diverse team of professionals based at our office in Cape Town.

The IJR is looking for a dynamic and highly-skilled Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for providing leadership and driving the activities that will ensure the long-term survival of the organisation, and that the IJR maintains a reputation for delivering programme interventions and thoughtful leadership on the cutting edge of justice and reconciliation throughout Africa.

The IJR offers a competitive, all-inclusive salary package and a dynamic working environment that prioritises the professional development and wellbeing of its employees.


A Doctoral degree or a Master’s Degree in International Relations or Political Studies, or any equivalent field of study, from an internationally recognised academic institute.
  • The ability to interact and manage people at all levels in an organisation with a proven track record in providing development, guidance and support;
  • Strategic thinking and planning;
  • An ability to contribute constructively to academic and popular debates;
  • Capable of representing the IJR nationally and internationally; including Policy makers and State Officials.
  • Exceptional writing and communication capabilities related to the presentation and dissemination of information, as well as to the production and presentation of research and conference papers;
  • Understanding of financial planning, organisation and control;
  • A network of relevant contacts in the field of justice and reconciliation.
  • Substantial experience managing a programme of multiple project interventions aligned to the strategic intent of the programme and the overall organisation;
  • Appropriate experience leading and directing a team who are experts and professionals in their respective fields;
  • A track record of innovation and practice in the fields of justice and reconciliation.
Work-related knowledge
  • An exceptional understanding of the politics and socio-economic realities of countries in transition globally with particular focus on South Africa and Africa, coupled with a proven ability to translate this into strategic programming;
  • An in-depth understanding of community development;
  • An understanding of how to bridge the gap between academia and the lived experience of ordinary citizens;
  • Excellent analytical and research skills;
  • The ability to handle a heavy workload and work well under pressure;
  • Expertise in translating recommendations into programmes of action;
  • An ability to analyse and interpret socio-economic trends in Africa
Documents required for application:
Please submit a detailed C.V. with references and a motivational letter to Ekotze@ijr.org.za


Name: Elisha Kotze
Phone: +27 21 202 7041
Email: EKotze@ijr.org.za

Job requirements
  • Regular travel locally, regionally and internationally;
  • South African citizen or permanent resident, or a legitimate work visa.
Crossposted from PCDN
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