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  • Posted: Sep 13, 2021
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    Communications and Advocacy Manager

    About the job

    The Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ) seeks a Communications and Advocacy Manager.


    The Institute for Economic Justice

    The IEJ is a progressive economics think tank based in Johannesburg South Africa. The IEJ’s core objective is to provide policymakers and progressive social forces in South Africa with access to rigorous economic analysis, and well-thought-through policy options, as a basis for advancing systemic change. Interventions proposed by the IEJ must advance social justice, promote equitable economic development that realises socio-economic rights, and ensure a thriving, democratic, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive economy that places the needs of the majority at the centre.



    Communication is critical in advancing and supporting the work of the IEJ. The communications team needs to ensure the work of the IEJ is appropriately designed, targeted, and disseminated, and that all media engagement and platforms strengthen the advocacy of the IEJ.


    Communications and Advocacy Manager

    Under the supervision of IEJ’s Director the advertised role includes, at least, the following areas:

    Communications strategy

    • Developing, implementing, and periodically reviewing a comprehensive communications strategy for IEJ that advances the organisation’s mission, values, and overall strategic objectives by growing our reach and influence among key audiences.

    • Working to develop a shared understanding across the organisation of key audiences and messages, and how communications drives positive change in the fast-changing context we work in.

    • Maximising our impact by presenting and disseminating our work in an accessible manner across various channels, including social media.

    • Creating and reviewing metrics and indicators to assess progress on digital and traditional communication output, and gathering relevant data for this purpose, drawing on best practices.


    Communications management and implementation

    • Developing a communications content plan that aligns with programmatic output and strategies, collaborating with program staff to amplify program work, current affairs and significant days.

    • Producing a wide range of communications materials and other outputs, including news blasts, reports, briefings, factsheets, blog posts, periodic bulletins, press releases, annual reports, Op-Eds, video and other audiovisual materials.

    • Maintaining content on IEJ’s website, including writing, editing and content management; enhancing design and accessibility and ensuring search engine optimisation support.

    • Generating engaging social media content and growing IEJ’s audience through platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn, relevant listservs and aligned industry blogs.

    • Proactively seeking opportunities to bring IEJ’s perspective and voice to public conversations on economic injustice, maintaining and expanding contacts with relevant media and relevant activists.

    • Editing and coordinating the production and dissemination of IEJ’s research and advocacy publications and other outputs, ensuring these adhere to house style and quality standards, as well as promoting distinctive and consistent visual branding for the organisation.

    • Managing relationships with web developers, designers, translators, videographers, photographers, and other communications-related service providers.


    Organisational development

    • Ensuring IEJ’s communications strategy and plan contributes to its development efforts, helping to draft fundraising materials and appeals, in coordination with the Operations and Finance Manager.

    • Working with programme and project teams to ensure communications work (print and digital) is effectively built into project plans and is adequately resourced.

    • Keeping abreast of developments in the field of non-profit strategic communications, including digital communications technologies to enhance the effectiveness of IEJ’s communications approaches.

    • Exploring strategies to boost internal communications capacity, including capacity for multilingual production.

    • Contributing to a highly collaborative organisational culture that reflects IEJ’s values, ensuring open and transparent channels of internal communication and decision-making.



    Minimum qualifications/experience required:

    • Higher degree in journalism, communications, international relations, social sciences, or a related field;

    • At least 5-7 of experience in similar role; and

    • Experience in the development or non-profit sectors.

    • Familiarity with and commitment to social and/or economic justice issues.


    The candidates should have some or all of the following attributes:

    • Strong writing and analytical skills;

    • Creative and proactive problem solving skills;

    • Experience of advocacy on issues relating to social and/or economic justice for different audiences;

    • Proven ability to conceptualise communications in terms of audiences, objectives and channels;

    • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in communications strategy, tools and channels; strong technical skills, including familiarity with digital platforms, email marketing platforms (MailChimp), website content management (Wordpress), and search engine optimization best practices; proven track record of growing social media following;

    • An ability to synthesise ideas and communicate complex or technical concepts clearly and accessibly;

    • Close attention to detail and concern for the quality, consistency and effectiveness of IEJ’s communications; the ability to effectively edit and proofread the work of others and to integrate multiple perspectives into a consistent organizational voice;

    • An eye for coherent visual branding; familiarity with producing graphics and audio-visuals (e.g. infographics, data visualisation, video), and basic design skills (e.g. using InDesign, Photoshop, iMovie) are highly desirable;

    • Sound project management skills, good judgment and proven ability to work effectively as a member of a small and diverse team;

    • Be committed to progressive economic transformation in South Africa and Africa;

    • Cross-cultural competence and strong interpersonal skills; a commitment to IEJ’s values and a strong track record of working across the lines of gender, race, class and culture;

    • English language fluency with strong writing ability; and

    • Understanding of the national and international context of the IEJ’s work.


    The IEJ is committed to gender and racial equity and transformation and will consider this when reviewing applications.


    Contract details

    The contract will be a full-time twelve-month contract beginning as soon as possible. The contract is renewable for a further two years, performance and funding dependent. The position will be based in Johannesburg. Remuneration will be at market rates and based on work experience.



    Applications should be made via: by 24 September 2021. For queries contact [email protected], no applications will be accepted by email nor replied to.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Institute For Economic Justice (IEJ) on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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