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About the Foundation for Human Rights (FHR)

The FHR was established in 1996 to promote and advance transformation and human rights based on the new Constitution. The FHR is a human rights organisation supporting civil society organisations in South Africa and the region that implement programmes which promote, protect and fulfil human rights.

The FHR seeks to appoint a qualified individuals for various positions, based in Johannesburg.

  1. Position:         Intern (12 months)

Responsibilities:

  • Participate actively in assigned programme work, ensuring that systems, processes and outputs are grounded in FHR values
  • Conduct research in support to FHR Programmes
  • Work within the programme team to ensure the effective implementation of organisation’s objectives
  • Provide administrative assistance to the team
  • Assist in coordination and organising of events around the launch of reports produced by the FHR

Requirements:                                                                                             

  • A degree in the social sciences or other relevant discipline;
  • Working knowledge of and commitment to human rights, especially in a South African context;
  • Experience doing policy research work is desirable;
  • Experience in advocacy work will be an added advantage;
  • Experience in report-writing and conducting independent research;
  • Communication skills -excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Ability to work independently and with a team;
  • Fluency in English;
  • Passion for social justice and realisation of socio-economic rights;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility for areas of work;
  • Additional language skills and project work experience are a plus.

Application Process:

  1. Submit a CV along with copies of certificates, motivational letter and the details of three contactable referees to the email:  intern2022@fhr.org.za   
  2. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for the position – only suitable qualified candidates will be considered.
  3. Deadline for all application submissions is 04 April 2022.
  1. Position:         Project Officer (Fixed term contract)

Responsibilities:

  • Project management – management of grants, monitoring and oversight of grantees
    • Responsible for the administrative management of grants using FHR procedures and grants management tools
    • Assist potential grantees with finalising their proposals, contracts, implementation plans and budgets.
    • Receive and review reports (narrative and financial) from grantees
    • Provide support to grantees in finalising their reports and ensuring that all  supporting documents are provided, where necessary
    • Draw out key strategic issues from reports drawn out from thematic areas and provide an analysis of key issues  relevant for the sector
    • Writing and finalising reports to donors and FHR management
    • Conduct  monitoring visits to grantees where necessary  
  • Report on project activities and expenditure
  • Develop content and support the development of content related to the project goals, including writing reports, editorials or policy briefs
  • Engagement with stakeholders
    • Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with partner organisations working with gender issues
  • Participation in FHR projects as required
    • Participate in general FHR projects as required

Education

  • An post-graduate degree in the social sciences;
  •  Specialisation in gender will be considered an added advantage. 
  • Experience
  • Working knowledge of and commitment to human rights in the South African context;
  • Two years relevant working experience in civil society, with a focus on gender;
  • Demonstrated experience of working in an environment with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Experience of working with community-based stakeholders an added advantage.

Knowledge and skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to relate to people at all levels, from government to community-based organisations;
  • High level of professionalism;
  • Analytical skills and report writing skills;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and adhere to  deadlines and set priorities;
  • Good interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent organizational skills, including developing workplans and schedules;
  • Excellent computer literacy skills, including knowledge of Word l;
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license for South Africa will be an advantage.

Application process

  1. The Foundation for Human Rights is committed to promoting equity and previously disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply.
  2. Applicants must submit a cover motivational letter that details and highlights the relevant experience along with an updated CV, which should include the details of three referees.
  3. Deadline for all application submissions is 04 April 2022.
  4. Late and incomplete applications may not be considered for the position.
  5. Only suitable qualified candidates will be considered.
  6.  FHR reserves the right to not fill positions.
  7. For non-South Africans, it is the responsibility of the applicant to attain a work permit from the Department of Home Affairs, and employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place.
  8. Applications should be emailed toprojectofficer@fhr.org.za
  1. Position: Researcher (Fixed term contract)

Responsibilities:

  • Support the Programme Manager in their everyday tasks related to the Unfinished Business of the TRC Programme in particular by providing administrative, programme and research support;
  • Assist with conducting research on subjects related to transitional justice, international criminal law and South African law with a focus, among others, on investigations and prosecutions of apartheid-era crimes, reparations for gross human rights violations and institutional reforms;
  • Conduct daily media monitoring and identify news and information relevant for the Unfinished Business of the TRC Programme;
  • Contribute short articles to the website on the Unfinished Business of the TRC Programme;
  • Keep the TRC website updated with recent developments;
  • Assist with record-keeping in relation to the TRC cases;
  • Provide programme and administrative support in relation to the Programme i.e., scheduling meetings or minutes taking;

Requirements:

  • A postgraduate degree in law, international law, human rights, conflict or transformation studies; or related field;
  • Knowledge of transitional justice and human rights in the South African context;
  • Ability to effectively conduct research on issues related to domestic and international criminal law, transitional justice or human rights;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility for areas of work;
  • Fluency in English;
  • A sound knowledge of the Microsoft Office;
  • Communication and media skills will be considered an asset.

Application Process:

  • A CV detailing your educational and work experience.
  • A covering letter explaining why you’re a good fit for the position and including details of three contactable referees (please provide both telephone numbers and email addresses).
  • An unedited writing sample related to the work of the FHR (e.g. research paper submitted as part of a university programme; press or blog article– it is important that the piece is unedited and written by the applicant).
  • The Foundation for Human Rights is committed to promoting equity and previously disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply. 
  • Deadline for all application submissions is 04 April 2022.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for the position.
  • For non-South Africans, it is the responsibility of the applicant to attain a work permit from the Department of Home Affairs, and employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place.
  • Applications should be emailed to trcresearcher@fhr.org.za
  1. Position:         Human Resources Manager (Fixed term contract, Part-Time 3-day working week) 

Responsibilities:

Human resource policies and procedures

  • Ensure that the necessary HR policies and procedures are maintained
  • Ensure the implementation of the organisations policies and procedures, including induction, supervision, performance management, grievance/disciplinary procedures, as well as staff training
  • Maintain HR files for all staff members, including current job descriptions
  • Maintain documentation for evaluations and compliance audits
  • Prepare and submit all documents/reports required by the Department of Labour
  • Implement and manage all employee benefits including medical aid and pension

Sage VIP/Leave

  • Maintain the Sage VIP System and leave management system
  • Conduct regular audits of leave
  • Manage all leave requests and discrepancies.

Recruitment and Onboarding

  • Advertise, recruit and short-list new staff positions as needed and prepare the necessary paperwork for the final interviews with appropriate managers
  • Implement psychometric assessment and work sample tests as required
  • Conduct reference checks on prospective employees
  • Implement the induction programme for all new staff

Performance Management

  • Coordinate and bi-annual performance reviews
  • Maintain records of performance review processes

Employee Relations

  • Co-ordinate disciplinary and grievance processes
  • Provide staff counselling

Staff development and wellness

  • Assist with the identification of staff development needs
  • Organise appropriate staff development programmes
  • Implement in-house training and support programmes where required

Oversee, direct and manage HR staff

  • Supervise and manage HR staff
  • Conduct regular performance appraisals and probation reviews as relevant

Other

  • Contribute to the strategic leadership and sustainability of the organisation, and represent FHR as required

Education

  • A degree in Human Resources Management, Industrial and Organisational Psychology, Labour Relations or related field.

Experience and Desired skills

  • At least 5 years in a senior management position, demonstrated leadership and management experience in a generalist human resources environment.
  • Experience working in an NPO/NGO would be  advantageous
  • Computer Literacy
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing, managing and delivering human resources processes, procedures and projects.
  • Knowledge of Basic Conditions of Employment Act, Labour Relations Act, Employment Equity Act and Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; and effectively present information to Management committee, Executive management and Supervisory Board.
  • Ethical business professional with demonstrated strong organizational, leadership and management skills.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing, managing and delivering human resources processes, procedures and projects.
  • Demonstrated experience and skills in performance management
  • Experience in working in a culturally diverse environment with sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • Ability to work as part of a team and adhere to  deadlines and set priorities
  • Possession of a valid driver’s license for South Africa

Languages

  • Proficiency in English with excellent verbal and written skills
  • Proficiency in other South African languages both verbal and written will be an added advantage.

Application process

  1. The Foundation for Human Rights is committed to promoting equity and previously disadvantaged individuals are encouraged to apply.
  2. Applicants must submit a cover letter with an updated CV, which should include the details of three referees.
  3. Deadline for all application submissions is 04 April 2022.
  4. Late and incomplete applications will not be considered for the position.
  5. Only suitable qualified candidates will be considered, FHR reserves the right not to fill the position.
  6. For non-South Africans, it is the responsibility of the applicant to attain a work permit from the Department of Home Affairs, and employment will depend on a valid work permit being in place.
  7. Applications should be emailed to HRmanager@fhr.org.za

Important notice:

Only suitable qualified candidates will be considered, FHR reserves the right not to fill any of the positions. FHR reserves the right to cancel the positions advertised should the needs of the FHR change or should we regard the submissions not to be adequate based on its needs.

For more about the Foundation for Human Rights, refer to www.fhr.org.za

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