The Journalism Department in the School of Literature, Language and Media invites applications for appointment to the full time position of Programme Officer for the Wits Justice Project (WJP).
The WJP combines journalism, advocacy, law and education to make the criminal justice system work better for all. It uses transparent activism to promote the foundational values enshrined in the South African Constitution and international and Human Rights law.

Brief Description


  • At minimum a Bachelor’s degree in relevant fields such as journalism or law – this list is not exclusive and emphasis will be placed on sound work experience and proven abilities.
  • 3-plus years’ experience in NGO sector
  • • Demonstrated excellence in organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • • Awareness of and commitment to human rights principles
  • • Strong research and writing skills;
  • • Well-developed analytical skills and the ability to absorb information quickly;
  • • Highly organized, reliable attention to detail and ability to work independently when needed
  • • Ability to work under-pressure, meet deadlines, prioritise workload and ‘multi-task’
  • • Mature work practices, highly motivated, demonstrated sound judgment and the ability to respond positively to mentoring and directions.

This person is responsible for:

  • • Research and contribute to publications, including the production of WJP publications and compilations
  • Assist in carrying out advocacy-related tasks, including attending and presenting at external conferences and workshops, drafting submissions to oversight bodies, and preparing ad hoc reports as needed.
  • • Overseeing organization of WJP events – seminars, conferences etc.
  • • Developing and tracking proposals and reports for all foundation and corporate fundraising and for existing donors
  • Help secure financial support from individuals, foundations and corporations
  • Help maintain ongoing relationships with existing donors
  • Other tasks as assigned by the Programme Coordinator
  • For further details of the project, see
  • Enquiries ONLY : Nooshin Erfani-Ghadimi

Closing date: 05 June 2015

How To Apply

Submit a letter of motivation, detailed CV with the names and contact numbers of three referees (including email addresses).

Internal employees are invited to apply directly on Oracle by following the path: iWits/self service application/”Apply for a job”

External applicants are invited to apply by: registering your profile on the Wits i-recruitment platform located at and submitting your application.

The University is committed to employment equity. Preference may be given to appointable applicants from the underrepresented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. The University retains the right not to make an appointment and to verify all information provided by candidates.