The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) Current Job Opening – Job Ref: 27


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. IRJ is an independent organisation located at the interface between civil society and academia.

Job Title: Head of Fundraising and Communications
Job Location: Cape Town
Reports to: Executive Director

The purpose of the Head of Fundraising and Communications is to own, develop, optimise and drives all fundraising and communications processes of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR).


Departmental leadership

  • Develop and communicate department’s annual targets and work plan
  • Manage efficient implementation of department’s work plan, including leading team through unexpected circumstances
  • Support professional development of departmental staff
  • Represent department within the IJR and externally
  • Actively mentor and coach staff

Fundraising strategy

  • Develop, revise and communicate the IJR’s multi-year fundraising plan
  • Ensure alignment of annual fundraising plan with multi-year fundraising plan
  • Ensure alignment of annual fundraising plan with annual project plan
  • Identify and create cutting edge Fundraising techniques and ideas
  • Ensure that the Executive Director is aware on fundraising targets and shortfalls

Fundraising management

  • Assist Executive Director in building and maintaining donor relationships (new and existing).
  • Oversee all fundraising activities allocated to strategy and fundraising department
  • Supervises and coordinates all donor reporting and donor relationships

Project Management

  • Actively drive fundraising processes aligned to general IJR strategy
  • Develop an annual fundraising strategy and work plan for your programme including deliverables and deadlines
  • Hands on management and responsibility for all aspects of the projects
  • Actively facilitate opportunities for cross-programme collaboration
  • Develop proposals and produce reports for the funders
  • Interpret and analyse programmes, providing relevant high-quality feedback and input to appropriate stakeholders and policy makers.

Project Reporting

  • Produce reports based on progress of projects.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of the overall IJR strategy

Business Development

  • Accountable for business development research to investigate potential income generation and establish an income generation pipeline
  • Generate new business for income generation via product development, sales pitches, market scanning, and product offerings
  • Assist programmes and project in development of bids, proposals and accountable for the submission of the final proposals
  • Draft, coordinate and submit bids
  • Develop and implement an IJR business development strategy in coordination with the ED and Head of Finance

Media, Social media and internet presence

  • Develop, revise and communicate the IJR’s media and social media strategy annually
  • Subscribe to relevant media and stay informed of developments in areas of interest to IJR
  • Supervise the implementation of IJR’s media and social media strategy
  • Supervise that internal processes are followed and implementation to protect IJR’s image

Internal communication

  • Develop and support measures to strengthen internal communication

Branding & Marketing

  • Oversee development and update of IJR brand material within budget
  • Develop various communication methods to promote IJR’s brand

Communication and Fundraising M&E

  • Continuous monitoring of fundraising M&E results and of corrective action taken by KPI owners
  • Continuous monitoring of communication M&E results and initiating corrective action


  • Tertiary degree, preferably at a Master’s Degree level, and/or equivalent working experience in a business development field (e.g. Business Administration, Industrial Management, Finance, and Economics)
  • Proven track-record of securing funding from international development agencies, governments and corporations is essential
  • Leadership abilities and strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Long-term and process-oriented thinking
  • Creativity to identify strategic and fundraising opportunities
  • Critical thinking to identify strategic and fundraising risks
  • Collaborative behaviour to engage IJR colleagues and external stakeholders

To apply, submit your CV and cover letter to Attention: Ms. Elisha Kotze, Operations Manager: email address:

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline: 8th Feb, 2019


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