The Citizen Justice Project seeks to appoint a Project Officer: Training and Network Development, based in Johannesburg.

The Citizen Justice Network (CJN) is an award-winning media innovation and part of the Wits Journalism Department. We build journalism capacity for paralegals to develop stories on social justice issues in under-reported areas. We provide technology, editorial guidance and connect them with local community radio stations so they can broadcast their stories in African languages.

CJN is recruiting for a Project officer:

This is a position that is focused on mentoring and the training of community paralegals and community radio journalists. The candidate would be responsible for training and mentoring radio journalists working with CJN, and supporting similar work in Kenya. The candidate would be responsible for choosing community paralegal partners and radio stations for CJN’s expansion into new areas within South Africa. Training focuses on media ethics, radio journalism and story development. The position is offered on a one-year, renewable contract basis.

• Building annual training program and prepare teaching plans
• Directing structured learning experiences and monitoring their quality
• Familiarizing new recruits to the programme and conducting orientation sessions
• Delivering training courses
• Assessing effectiveness of training
• Recruiting, vetting and selecting new advice office partners
• Staying abreast of new trends and tools in journalism.

Criteria for the position:
• Post graduate degree
• Experience as a working journalist
• Experience with journalism training in rural and semi-rural areas
• At least 8 – 10 years of experience in the media and/or media development
• Experience with the community paralegal sector is crucial
• Experience with the community radio sector is crucial
• Experience with media innovation projects
• Experience with writing reports to donors after the completion of projects
• Experience with working with projects in Kenya and South Africa
• Driver’s license and capacity to travel

• Proven ability to carry out journalistic training and mentoring
• Ability to develop and implement  various networking capacity  development programs for paralegal and radio stations
• Ability to work as a member of a small, hard-working, team which is passionate about human rights.
• Multimedia skills (radio, video, film)
• A willingness to assist with a variety of projects including organizing events and seminars

For more about the Citizen Justice Network, refer to
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How to Apply

To apply, submit a letter of motivation – clearly indicating which position you are applying for, detailed CV and the names and contact details of three referees (incl. e-mail 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 a 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 under-represented designated groups in terms of the relevant employment equity plans and policies of the University. Designated groups as defined in the Employment Equity Act 55 of 1998, as amended, means black people, women and people with disabilities.

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Closing Date: 26th June 2019

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