My Vote Counts: Researcher

My Vote Counts
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 12 November, 2017
Opportunity type: 

My Vote Counts (MVC) is a nonprofit organisation that aims to improve the accountability, transparency and inclusiveness in South Africa’s political and electoral systems. We achieve our aims through research, advocacy, campaigning, popular education and strategic litigation.
MVC seeks to appoint two Researchers to be based in Cape Town.

Start date: January 2018

Salary offer: R16 000 per month (dependent on qualifications and experience)

Contract: 12-month fixed term contract (renewable depending on funding)

  • Conduct desktop research on best practices relevant to our area of work
  • Provide policy alternatives for legislation relevant to our area of work
  • Produce policy briefs, reports, letters, media releases, op-eds, and submissions as required
  • Work closely with other civil society organisations to ensure that MVC’s work complements and enhances the achievement of common organisational goals
  • Deliver workshops/seminars/discussions on MVC related topics when required
  • Work flexible hours to accommodate developing and urgent events
  • Assist with developing content for MVC’s electronic media channels
  • Provide assistance at MVC activities (including, meetings, workshops, seminars etc.)


  • Must be a South African citizen or permanent resident with university qualifications in politics, public policy, law or sociology
  • Must display an interest in South African politics
  • Must be able to produce written material that is coherent and analytical
  • Research experience with an ability to put across complex issues in simple, understandable formats
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of key issues in the area of politics, public policy, electoral processes and systems, democratic institutions and processes
  • An understanding of the South African civil society social justice environment will be beneficial, but not required
  • Strong inter-personal, facilitation, presentation and time management skills
  • Must be able to engage with a wide range of stakeholders and to represent MVC at stakeholder events
  • An ability to work independently and within a team

To apply, submit a CV (maximum three pages), cover letter (maximum two pages), current contact details of at least three referees to quoting  “Researcher MVC 2016” in the subject line.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal

Shortlisted candidates will be required to complete a written assignment.

Interviews to take place on 21 and 22 November 2017.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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